Saturday, October 12, 2019


The day started like dogshit. Not the yummy (for certain values of yummy) kind I used to enjoy on the boat in the form of autodog, either. Ahh, autodog. There was the white kind, the brown kind, and the pink kind. You might imagine the flavors would be vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. They weren't. The flavors were white, brown, and pink. It was great!

Anyway, the day started like the kind of dogshit that comes with dealing with people who choose to behave as assholes because they are extremely egocentric, have made specific plans, and you are nothing but an object interfering with what they wanna do.

It happens. In such cases it's somewhat satisfying to shut them down and tell 'em to come back when they can behave like a grownup, and not before.

As satisfying as it is to more or less politely tell an asshole to firetruck off, it's still a dogshit experience, and starting the day that way sucks.

It's a choice to stay in the suck zone though, and nature and or nature's god is/are good about slapping me in the face with some serious non-suckage. I mean the exact right stuff exactly when I need it.

And all I gotta do is observe, experience, and appreciate. That's it.

I am so incredibly blessed.

Some days it's easier, some days it's harder. I suspect that I've won the lottery though because I don't have to go looking for non-suckage. I'm surrounded by it. And that's a fact.

Nature even does cool 'speriments and demonstrations for me.

Uh-oh, it's a race to the second tank.

Look at all that ice!

Bit more than two inches.


Be well.


  1. Do you install tank heaters, later on in the year?

    1. No we don't. We've done it in the past but only at the home corrals which generally have very low water throughput. Out where the cattle are and where they drink every day morning chopping followed by cattle drinking followed by refilling with relatively warm(er) water does the trick. You have to manage unused tanks though as they can freeze solid, blowing out seams and unseating plumbing. Then you're firetrucked. Axe me how I know. :)

  2. Yikes! The joys of living the life you do. Some parts are more joyful than other parts; but that is likely true for most people. My best regards to you and your family.

    Thanks for the post.
    Paul L. Quandt

    1. Thanks Paul. Life is good no matter how you slice it.