Monday, April 5, 2010
what a birthday...
So today was my birthday.....but the story gets much better. Labored away half the day in the boiling sun working on the new solar oven - parts are coming together nicely. Had Benita and a few stragglers here all day. Took a much needed HOT shower then ran down to the Starlight and got my dinner bought for me by my best downtown friends, Jim and Carolyn Burr as well as a couple of free drinks from my buddy Trevor Reichman and Brady the bartender.
And now "the rest of the story". A couple of weeks ago I ran in to Dick Cain out on Agua Fria Rd. and asked him about Benita's birthday. He said she was born in the spring of 1988. I suggested to him that her birthday was the same as mine - April 5. So today I'm outside working and up comes a cowboy on horseback with a very big hat. Dick was out riding to check on his herd and stopped by to drop off a birthday card for me. I didn't open the card till after he left. We chatted about longhorns for awhile and he confirmed my suspicion that Beatrice was Benita's daughter - in fact, Beatrice was the last calf Benita birthed. I told Dick that I would like to buy the calf that Beatrice just had (he also confirmed that this is her first calf - named Benito) and have him castrate it so I will have a steer to train to ride - and he said he would do the deed and give him to me. As this old cowboy rides off to check his stock, I opened the card he gave me. Now that's what I call a birthday present! Scored two longhorns today. I sure do love Texas!! We even got a birthday shout out on KRTS Marfa Public Radio this morning. Capped off a spectacular day watching Venus and Mercury on the western horizon. 86,102,52,0,C