Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The West is the Best!

Slow/hot day today. Low of 48 - High of 101. Took a leisurely morning at the Grub Shack. Borrowed a sifter from Aunt Kathy and came home to collect more gravel for the next pours. Picked a nice big yucca bloom and brought it home for the first longhorn to want it. Angelina won. Gathered and sifted the next 4 loads for my concrete mix. Too bloody hot to consider stirin' it up so layed back for the afternoon. Managed to work into the light schedule a minor modification on my solar oven reflectors. Did an adjustment of about 5 degrees to bounce more light into the oven. That little task has been on my mind for months - glad I finally got a round tuit. Had some stormy looking weather blowing in from the SW so I battened down the hatches and tarped all my concrete mix. Alas.....only about two drops of rain.

Went into production mode late this afternoon and shot my cowboy poem. I was a bit disappointed that the Texas Country Reporter segment on the Field Lab only featured half of the piece. Now it's out there in it's entirety for all the world to see.


The Buzzardcheater said...

Great poem, good sir! Well accompanied by the music of longhorn munching.

Bob O said...

The West is the best....And one has to take that into account.... I couldn;t find a haiku for this....

This is the end
Beautiful friend
This is the end
My only friend, the end

Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
Ill never look into your eyes...againRide the snake, ride the snake
To the lake, the ancient lake, baby
The snake is long, seven miles
Ride the snake...hes old, and his skin is cold

The west is the best
The west is the best
Get here, and well do the rest

The blue bus is callin us
The blue bus is callin us

Man, those Doors....

Son Of Liberty said...

Well said sir

Bob O said...

Excellent poem. Well said.


Mr_Brown said...

Nice job ... I'll drink a Keystone Light to that one.

pwp said...

I love seeing Angelina. :) Glad you finally recorded your poem, John.

Flag Discounter said...

I'm not into poetry very much but that was very nice and you could tell it came from the heart.

Allen Hare said...

Thanks for taking the time to set this up and video it. The longhorns munching in the background is priceless. I really liked the poem. Will be e-mailing it to my friends.

k1mgy said...


The poem and your heartfelt recitation were inspiring. And surprising to learn that the costs are so low. Less of a surprise as to the benefits of living there. But I would hesitate to turn my back on those steers :)

As I slave away here near Boston, working hard to being solar energy to the masses, I thank you for the perspective.

Maxcactus said...

Great poem

Anonymous said...

Haven't heard you moo like that since the high school prom.