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Archive for March, 2009

  modern medicine has greatly changed the way we treat diseases today… in simpler times lacerations were called cuts and treated with kerosene.. people didn’t succumb to illness , they just laid down and died from single syllable afflictions like gout…

  more complicated causes of expiration included two or three syllables…but were still restricted to only one word…polio , typhoid , cholera , and the much dreaded consumption…. you never hear of anyone dying from consumption anymore , guess they discovered a cure…

  now fatal afflictions have more mysterious acronym type names… c.o.p.d. , a.i.d.’s , s.i.d.’s , m.s. and the debilitating but rarely fatal… e.d. how can they possibly find cures for diseases that no-one can spell.. the medical names for these modern diseases are longer than the life expectancy of the patient…

   the standard treatment for any common acronym diseases , understandably almost always includes an acronym treatment… the  m.r.i. ….. or possibly a trip to i.c.u.

   i remember a time when all home first aid kits consisted of two miracle components… monkey-blood and vicks… seldom used simultaneously but either standard could cure most any childhood affliction and hold the most feared diseases at bay…

   if you never studied medicine in an acronym college , ( O.U. or T.C.U. )chances are you will never know what killed you…possibly a medically mis-diagnosed case of  the dreaded consumption…

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   urban renewal continues in the shadow of the courthouse… earl’s full service mobil is currently undergoing a face-lift… the side entrance to the welding shop has closed except to foot traffic… a new lean-to porch and side-walk access to front….cedar porch post set the mood despite slight encroachment into the city street… a plethora of antique vehicles and farming equipment cover a courtyard that once served as earl’s wrecking yard… parts department !

    the garage portion, where lota and cub once replaced water-pumps on flathead fords , welded up plow points , and burned monkey-grip hot patches on tractor tire tubes will now serve a more refined clientele… the purveyors of art and culture has finally arrived at the governmental hub of montague county… a full blown art studio standing proudly where decades of  oil soaked grime was trampled under foot..

     it’s a literal transition from sow’s ear to silk purse … culture shock for the memories of earl , bear-cub , elmo , and  lightning lota …they still inhabit the native rock structure if only in my innocent childhood memories…that piece of real-estate will always be a spot of cherished reflections on simple times and fine friends , no matter what changes…

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peaches and cream

   june heat waves will be no match for the mixing bowl portion of fresh peaches and blue-bell ice cream for me this year… i just checked the outside thermometer… it’s sitting solid on 37… no ice in the bird bath…my trees are loaded with english-pea size morsels of chin dripping good peaches…….. high temps called for the sixties today…the free-stone alberta’s were mercifully spared from terminal hypothermia…   God is good !

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no news….

 today’s relentless north wind and unpleasant temperatures kept me close to the couch for the better part of the day… venturing out only long enough to feed the frigid chickens and cover my modest peach crop late this afternoon..( three half grown trees )

   clear skies are predicted for tonight and possibly some damaging frost around sunrise…hopefully my peach crop won’t  meet the same unseasonable demise as last year…i ‘m not much on canned peaches…

   carolyn and i spent a couple of hours listening to the cleveland-diamondback game… the indians got beat 3-5 and taylor never got off the bench… but he had a great time… said the club boy cleaned his cleats twice during the course of the day… once after batting practice and again after the game… then carried his bag to the bus… red carpet stuff compared to the minor leagues…

   he’s back in goodyear now , sufficiently rested to pitch on sunday, or the next time he gets the nod…..granny’s tired of waitin !

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    despite the near blizzard conditions , thirty two degrees and blowing snow , we had a revival crowd at the moochers breakfast today…. big-o and danny , chipper and kurt mc carty , the holcomb boys and me , and of course the corporate sponsor ed …

   hot coffee and bald face lies kept most busy as big-O patiently stirred the gravy…. the well guarded secret to quality gravy , is medium heat and patience… continuous stirring according to camp cook..

   danny and chipper were doing some continuous stirring of their own…. stirring politics and corporate greed…. i think they had the heat too high on their cauldron…it boiled over several times…

    anyhow , i think we narrowly escaped any damage to garden last night but it’s supposed to get colder tonight ! we’ll see !

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bottom of the barrel

   news flash down-town nocona….. just last night the nocona chamber of commerce held their annual banquet and presented the ” man of the year’ title to none other than our very own little danny… he’s single handedly revitalized the deserted buildings on the northern quadrant of the main drag…. the post office is next slated for demolition and restoration….

   yohee made the presentation while other concerned businessmen looked on… they still remember the political speech dan made when he last had the makeshift podium at the annual steak dinner…. the tirade that followed … the political fit…..and the mass exodus towards the inadequate doorway..it was justified cause for concern…

   danny graciously accepted the award as chief nokona, and informed all in attendance of his plan to build the next branson missouri right here on the brick streets of nocona.. he’s already spent millions of  federal grant funds and a portion of his grand-kids inheritance too…

   next year will prove a tighter race for danny as chipper  struggles to compete for the much coveted man of the year in two thousand ten… he’s building  another alliance airport on the west side of nocona… home for several planes , motor homes , and his three thousand square foot living space  all under one gigantic roof…. he’ll be the second good brother i know , living in an airplane hanger….

     anyhow….. we’re all secretly proud of the red ant and his undetered attention to authentic detail in the restoration of the down-town nocona..but what about the other qualified contestants….red walsers roadside vegetable stand and chicken emporium…. kookarachee’s golf course bar and grill …. then there’s mooches  bar-B-Q and recap tire center….henley’s baptist drive-thru liquor store…

   all are responsible for the unique perspective of commerce  and free trade in what’s left of our still-capitalistic town..but intimidation played a large factor in the final selection… let’s face it !  well meaning commerce members were afraid not to select dan….. afraid he might just come uncorked again in the middle of their annual banquet….bringing mayhem and confusion to an otherwise lovely evening….. he’s “man of the year” by cautionary default….

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gayle’s pilot

    a few months back i inadvertently gave birth to an air-born monster…i wrote and posted a short story about our air-traffic controller out at bowie municipal air-port… dandy don…and his quest to restore an antique plane of his youth…

   since that fateful day , he’s had more press and television coverage than barrack obama .. every newspaper in a fifty mile radius has plastered him on the front page… television news cast are dominated with personal interviews and follow-up stories concerning either him or his base of operation , the bowie municipal  airport….it’s like a bombing raid every time you pick up a paper or turn on the t.v….. there’s don all over again !

  frankly i’m tired of hearing about the pot-holes in his runway , the homeless living in the east hanger , or the orville wright airplane… hind sight being twenty- twenty , i should have never launched his flight to celebrity by the initial interview  and subsequent posting on the shortfellow blog…  i apologise…

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