Every summer is different in Wyoming. We were looking back at a few Sven columns in years past at this time of the summer and learned things were “bone dry” and the fire danger was extreme by mid-July in 2012.
Saw Tom Sexton running a swather for Jim Borgialli this week. He was off the machine, so we asked him about how things were going. Tom explained the weather had put operations a little behind schedule; a lot of the hay was so heavy it was slow cutting and slower drying while afternoon rain showers added to the problems.
Outside of those little items things are running normal … but anyone who has put up hay in Wyoming knows there never seems to be a “normal” year.
Meanwhile, back down on the Main Drag this week one of the Bench Sitters saw the new head coach of the Buffalo Bison boys basketball team, Tanner Hart, crossing the street.
He ran right over said… “Hi there, Coach Hart. I just wanted to ask you why my boy isn’t on the starting five.”
Tanner looked at this guy, smiled and said … “You look too old to have a kid in high school and basketball practice doesn’t start for quite a while.”
“I know,” the Bench Sitter replied, “I just want to be the first local who got to complain about something. Isn’t that part of the fun of coaching?”
You can tell when things get slow at the early morning coffee gathering. That’s when they start talking about golf and some new and popular sport called pickleball.
One of the regulars said pickleball is a form of tennis for people with bad knees and shortness of breath. But it has caught on in the village.
On another subject, the later-in-the-morning older-and-wiser coffee group wants to start selecting the “pothole-of-the-week” and they claim to have several candidates on Klondike south of Clear Creek.
One of this same bunch got on a roll last week when he started passing along some of his favorite thoughts…
A penny saved is a government oversight.
The real art of conversation is not only to say the right thing at the right time, but also to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
If you think there is good in everybody, you haven’t met everybody.
If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.
And “health issues” are always a great topic of conversation at the later-in-the-morning-older-and-wiser coffee club. One of the best we heard was about a relative who lives in California.
He got very sick with a wide variety of symptoms.
After a battery of tests his doctor scheduled a conference with him. The doctor had all the results from tests, looked very serious when he said . . . “We have some bad news. You have a very contagious disease that could be fatal”
Then the doctor explained they were going to put him in an “isolation room” at the hospital and put him on a strict diet of pizza, pancakes and pita bread.
“Will that cure me?”
“No, but it’s the only food we can slip under the door of your hospital room.”
This is the coffee club where “just the other day” could mean as far back as 1960. And they all admit they can’t get up in the morning without making a lot of “sound effects.”
When you ask one of these guys what he’s doing today, and he says “nothing” . . . it doesn’t mean he’s free to help you plant a new bush . . . it means he’s doing nothing.
And if you ask him what he did over the weekend, he’ll probably squint at you and ask . . . “What did you hear?”
If you tell these guys, “if one door closes another will open” . . . they assume you are talking about jail. And when someone tells them to drink responsibly, they assume they shouldn’t spill any.
They avoid “natural foods” at the grocery store because they know most people die of “natural causes.”
In the meantime, we’ll watch Longmire Days activities this week, take a short break and get ready for the annual Johnson County Fair and Rodeo, which isn’t too far away.
Soon we’ll hear someone ask, “where did the summer go?” Nobody will have a good answer, but we do hope you are having a good week.