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    We only get brown and green. Whichever of the colors you prefer can be found everywhere in Texas, all of the time!

    We also only have two seasons - hot or cold.


    The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike View Post
    We also only have two seasons - hot or cold.


    I forget...Which one are we having right now?......Ben
    “I firmly believe that it is not wise and statesmanly for our leaders, in this their darkest hour, to teach our people to avoid sufferings and hardships at the sacrifice of fundamental principles of government and the democratic way of life. On the contrary, it is their bounden duty and responsibility to inspire our people to willingly undergo any kind of difficulties and sacrifices for the sake of noble principles that they nourish deep in their hearts. Instead of depressing their patriotic ardor, the people should be inspired to be brave and courageous under all kinds of hardships and difficulties in defense of what they consider righteous and just. We shall never win or deserve the esteem and respect of other nations if we lack principles and if we do not possess the courage and valor to defend these principles at any cost.” - Tomás Confesor, Governor of Iloilo...

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    It's 96 degrees
    here and the leaves are falling off the trees. I'm just now getting the last of last years leaves up.
    This is your mind on drugs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mgrist View Post
    This old dude is cold at 75 degrees in the house!
    Amen to that. My landload wants to keep it at 70, told her I was moving, she recanted and we live at 75 with me wearing sweats and a flannel shirt.
    This is your mind on drugs!

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    Well fall has come and gone and I am in the gloomy process of winterizing things. Today the high will be 40 with lows in low 20's on both ends. Soon it will be frosty in the basement so I have to drain and clean the cistern tank. Picture ladders, bungee cords, vacuum cleaners, hoses, duct tape and beer cans.

    I pump anti freeze tru everything after learning the hard way that you just cant blow it out and get everything. Thats a pretty easy job that me and the dogs did last weekend. But, I have been battling with a squirrel who decided to take up residence there. He came up the drain line (since covered with wire) and drags buckets of leaves and organic crap in. I chase him around, clean up, set traps, and we repeat a few days later. Lately he started getting more aggressive with his hoarding and has included nuts, bolts, spray paint cans, my mouse traps, and even a hammer to his collection. Bastard.

    While I was filling things with anti freeze, the german shepherd Gus insisted that I move some boards so he could chase the mouse. I chit myself when I picked the board up because what appeared to be a kangaroo jumped out. And the chit hit the fan. Me and Gus had us a rodeo.

    And we proudly present the biggest packrat in Colorado.
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    "Back after 5 years. I thought you had died.

    don"


    Splitting my time between the montane and the mesas

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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    It looks like Gus is having a good time
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” ---Sir Winston Churchill

    "Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the world's ills, and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back of it all." ---John W. Gardner

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    Yes, Gus is enthusiastic about each and every day. He needs something to do and I need someone to boss around so we make a good team.

    We worked to make sure he was gentle around kids and kittens and such. But he loves it when I start hollerin for him to "get em!". Like those dogs on cops when they get to drag someone out from under a trailer.
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    "Back after 5 years. I thought you had died.

    don"


    Splitting my time between the montane and the mesas

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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    4th try
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    "Back after 5 years. I thought you had died.

    don"


    Splitting my time between the montane and the mesas

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusCurt View Post
    4th try
    Good boy......Ben
    “I firmly believe that it is not wise and statesmanly for our leaders, in this their darkest hour, to teach our people to avoid sufferings and hardships at the sacrifice of fundamental principles of government and the democratic way of life. On the contrary, it is their bounden duty and responsibility to inspire our people to willingly undergo any kind of difficulties and sacrifices for the sake of noble principles that they nourish deep in their hearts. Instead of depressing their patriotic ardor, the people should be inspired to be brave and courageous under all kinds of hardships and difficulties in defense of what they consider righteous and just. We shall never win or deserve the esteem and respect of other nations if we lack principles and if we do not possess the courage and valor to defend these principles at any cost.” - Tomás Confesor, Governor of Iloilo...

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    I really do think twice before I go outside at night up there. This is about 50 yards off my deck.
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    "Back after 5 years. I thought you had died.

    don"


    Splitting my time between the montane and the mesas

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusCurt View Post
    I really do think twice before I go outside at night up there. This is about 50 yards off my deck.
    Might make peeing inside a good idea
    "A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity, an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty” ---Sir Winston Churchill

    "Political extremism involves two prime ingredients: an excessively simple diagnosis of the world's ills, and a conviction that there are identifiable villains back of it all." ---John W. Gardner

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    You are a very fortunate man to see all of the wildlife the rest of us can only dream about.
    The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Quote Originally Posted by CactusCurt View Post
    I really do think twice before I go outside at night up there. This is about 50 yards off my deck.
    I told the story on this board before of running into one of those guys eye to eye about 20 feet apart, when I was dove hunting as a teenager. The big guy could not wait to turn around and run off. Humans are such smelly creatures. It was exhilarating to me.
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    This particular picture is off of a trail camera but we have seen several in person while up there. Scary part is I know I have been seen a hell of a lot more than I have seen them. My heart skips a beat every time I see one.

    Down in Az near my hometown they have one of those Africa wildlife places. Once when we were quail hunting a mile or so away a male lion went off roaring and bellering and the sound was absolutely terrifying. I want to hear it in person in Africa someday.

    This BIG guy was breeding a female all day one day about 125 yards off the deck (I play with a rangefinder sometimes). They made a hell of a racket. The neighbors came by to watch and everything. Sorry about the crappy cell phone pic.
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    "Back after 5 years. I thought you had died.

    don"


    Splitting my time between the montane and the mesas

    The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
    But I have promises to keep,
    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep.

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    Tales of cats in the wild always brings this great old Jerry Clower story to mind —

    https://youtu.be/ev0li6_fFfo
    ...............
    ”Life is tough; tougher if you are stupid.” — John Wayne

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