Focus on the positive
By Jerry Nine
(March 12)—On Tuesday the wind was extremely strong with gusts up to 50 miles per hour. In some areas the dirt was definitely moving. We cannot have too many days like that or we will soon lose the moisture we received from those two small snows. We have some cattle showing up for sale now, but most of us think our numbers available to buy will soon get very low. An inch or 2 of rain would change our area immediately, but if we do not get it soon things will deteriorate. I do not like to concentrate on the negative, but for most of us a drought makes it hard if not impossible to make money.
I hear several cattlemen say they would like to buy some stocker cattle, but it is hard to hold the dollars per head to a level they feel comfortable with.
A young couple came to the sale the other day with their 3-month-old son. I liked the shirt their son had on. It read, “Pick me up—I like older hot chicks.”
I was talking to a friend of mine who is married, but it looks like he might get a divorce. Another friend said to him, “I thought you two were inseparable.” He said, “We pretty much were, as the other day at the house the cops came and it took five of them to separate us.” I asked him, “Why are you getting a divorce?” He said it is very simple. “When I married her, I thought I had found Mrs. Right. And that was true, but I didn’t know her first name was Always.”
I do not let my kids get a phone until they turn 14 years old. The third son finally made it, but as long as he had an F in any subject at school, he still could not get one. Then finally the week came with no Fs. He brought that to my attention. But that same week the teacher said he had an attitude problem. So I said we will see how next week is. He got his phone last week. Let’s just say I’m glad he is on the unlimited plan. His 20-year-old brother said to me, “If he calls me one more time, I’m going to break his phone.”
Editor’s note: Jerry Nine, Woodward, Okla., is a lifetime cattleman who grew up on his family’s ranch near Laverne, Okla.