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By Jerry Nine

(Nov. 20)--It is Thanksgiving time again. Most all of us are very fortunate. We have so many freedoms that most all of us take for granted. A lot of lives have been sacrificed so that the rest of us could enjoy the freedoms we have. I challenge every family to do something nice for a neighbor or friend that might have lost a loved one. Whatever the case, find someone and brighten their day. Particularly the elderly who often get ignored. Make them a pie or cake or something and see if that doesn't make both of you feel better. If you want your kids to be givers instead of takers, you have got to be a giver yourself. Talk is cheap. Happy Thanksgiving.

Five of us from the sale barn went to a marathon in Tulsa last weekend. It was a little over 26 miles long. Some runners ran 13 miles and some 26 but five miles seemed like enough. A friend of mine that buys cattle sent me a text that morning and said that he and his girlfriend were coming over that morning to run. I knew he was joking. He said, "Sign us up." I said, "I already did. Your girlfriend is in the 35-mile race and I entered you in the 60-yard race." I said, "You will recognize your race because you see a sign that says, 'Fat Man Race.'" We joked back and forth for quite a while. I told him there were 10,500 runners total. He said, "Have you passed anyone yet?" I said, "Yes, I passed two fat women, one crippled person and one blind person." He said, "Well, surely out of 10,500 I could have beaten somebody." I said, "I do not know for sure as I only saw three crippled people running and all of them looked pretty fast. I'm just not sure." It was all in fun. I about froze. I had this leotard-looking outfit, skin tight with long shorts over them and a short-sleeve shirt that my sister bought for me. She said every runner would be wearing something like that. I was too cold to be embarrassed. I felt like a Brahman bull in a snowstorm. As cold as it was I probably resembled a steer. Every time I put a comment like that in here some of my family reminds me that some of my customers will probably not think that is very funny. But for the record--you either like me the way I am or else you don't like me. I will not put on a front so that anyone will like me better. That's just the way it is.

Five of us from the sale barn went to a marathon in Tulsa last weekend. It was a little over 26 miles long. Some runners ran 13 miles and some 26 but five miles seemed like enough. A friend of mine that buys cattle sent me a text that morning and said that he and his girlfriend were coming over that morning to run. I knew he was joking. He said, "Sign us up." I said, "I already did. Your girlfriend is in the 35-mile race and I entered you in the 60-yard race." I said, "You will recognize your race because you see a sign that says, 'Fat Man Race.'" We joked back and forth for quite a while. I told him there were 10,500 runners total. He said, "Have you passed anyone yet?" I said, "Yes, I passed two fat women, one crippled person and one blind person." He said, "Well, surely out of 10,500 I could have beaten somebody." I said, "I do not know for sure as I only saw three crippled people running and all of them looked pretty fast. I'm just not sure." It was all in fun. I about froze. I had this leotard-looking outfit, skin tight with long shorts over them and a short-sleeve shirt that my sister bought for me. She said every runner would be wearing something like that. I was too cold to be embarrassed. I felt like a Brahman bull in a snowstorm. As cold as it was I probably resembled a steer. Every time I put a comment like that in here some of my family reminds me that some of my customers will probably not think that is very funny. But for the record--you either like me the way I am or else you don't like me. I will not put on a front so that anyone will like me better. That's just the way it is.

The cattle market is good with less cattle in the feedlot. Our numbers should keep our market good for quite some time. Bred cows are in strong demand. We need a rain very much. That would heal a lot of wounds. Please pray for rain over a big area. Smile--you're doing good whether you know it or not.

Date: 11-26-2012



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