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Tales from the O-NO Ranch

by Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

Let’s see, how do we start this conversation? I cud just start off and get rite to the point, okay? Can u c where I’m headed? It’s like this …

We spend all this time and money trying to educate our children to the point where they can leave home, go out, get a job, and make grandchildren. And it’s all come down to this … text messaging. I completely get it. I understand why folks don’t spell out complete words when sending a message to a friend. It’s because they are driving down the interstate at 90 miles per hour with a hot cup of Starbucks in their lap and they feel compelled to send a text. It’s certainly easier to use one letter to make a complete word than it is to spell out the word in its entirety while glancin’ up at traffic while sippin’ the fluffy stuff.

Now, see, gentle readers, I don’t text. Nope, never have, probably never will. Reason being is I am not equipped to do so. If you remember in one of my columns about a year ago, I mentioned that I dropped my cell phone in a bucket of water. When I went to purchase a new one, I was astonished to discover that I was not able to simply pick out the cell phone I wanted. No siree!

I picked out one of those nice folding cell phones in a delightful color and was told I couldn’t buy that one. Nope, according to the contract I had with my provider, I could only have in my possession a simple $34 phone. Apparently I am just not savvy enough to handle anything any more sophisticated than the most simple unit.

Hmmmmm … again I will interject here that it seems odd to me that I am able to cruise down the interstate at 80 miles per hour on a 1500 cc, 800-pound motorcycle, but I am not capable of handling a cell phone that has a flip top and other options. Well, they could very well be right. I am not very good when it comes to this technological universe in which we reside. Quite honestly, I am perfectly happy with the simple little cell phone that I have now.

Well, it’s almost time for my daughter and granddaughter to show up so we can go for a relaxing horseback ride. Now that is something that I am good at and am lookin’ forward to.

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion, and I’ll c. ya.


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