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By Jerry Nine

(Feb. 6)--In our area lately we have seen a lot of sickness and also some deaths with cancer. And it seems lately there have been a lot of young people affected by this. It is hard to understand, particularly when these young people are extremely nice. You could drive yourself nuts asking why when there are so many other people, some older with no quality of life. And also some mean people in this world who would seem a lot more deserving to have cancer. You can see right now very easily that it would be a lot different if I were God. I think the only way you will ever understand is if you make it to heaven and see it from God's eyes. I am just reminded that most of us need to be more thankful for good health, which we often take for granted. You should also remind your family to be thankful. Things can change very fast.

They are giving us a chance for moisture later this week. And most of us are clinging to that word hope. Being around a lot of different people each week it is somewhat amusing to listen. Most often the negative people are almost always negative. And in a drought like this, even some positive people are losing hope. I do not like being around negative people very long. Life is too short for that. They say the grass is always greener on the other side. So I just bought some land on the other side. Now they tell me it is a lot drier there too.

Through all this drought we have one thing to be thankful for and that is a very good cattle market: when a 400-pound steer will bring way over two dollars a pound, and a good young bred cow from $1,400 to a few weeks go up to $1,775. That is a very healthy market. The only thing worse than a drought is having to sell your cattle at a very low price because of it. That can change your financial situation very fast.

At coffee this morning someone asked me if it was foggy at my house this morning. Before I could answer another cowboy so-called friend hollered down and said, "It is foggy at his house every morning. And then sometimes it is foggy outside also." Sometimes you have to fend for yourself, particularly if you dish out as much as I do.

We have a new cop in town. He was joking and said, "My sister got all the brains and I got all the good looks." I said, "That must be one ugly woman." He is single. I said, "Have you found any single women in town?" He said, "I called my buddy back home and said a woman just looked at me three times. Does that mean she is interested?" He said, "Who cares if she is interested? If you can get one to look at you--three times--turn back around and go meet her."

Date: 2/11/2013



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