We can mark the 2019 Johnson County Fair and Rodeo down as another success. Great parade on Saturday, organizers kept the rodeo running smoothly and everyone had to be pleased with prices at the annual Junior Livestock Sale Saturday evening.

Members of the Fair Board – along with Gary Arno and his staff – can take a bow for the excellent conditions at the fairgrounds this year. We realize the unusually-wet spring and early summer helped, but that wasn’t the big reason the grounds were in such great shape.

Next week, Johnson County youngsters will have a lot of exhibits and livestock competing in the state fair, and the Bench Sitters wager some of the top ribbons will find a home here.

When the dust has settled from the fair we can start counting the days until school is back in session and the football season is underway again.

If you have postponed some of those mountain fishing outings, hikes or picnics, it may be time to zero in on a good day.

The Bench Sitters are at the stage of life where the days don’t pass so quickly; even the weeks and months are not much of a problem. It’s the years that bother them the most. That old saying . . . “years pass like the toilet paper near the end of the roll” . . . is sure the truth.

But these old guys can remember when they felt no pressure about aging and believed they were forever young and bulletproof. Now they are watching the grandchildren of a generation or two behind them busy with high school activities or getting ready for the first year of college.

Down at the Co-Op coffee gathering on Monday morning, a few were talking about the tornado that ripped across the top of the Bighorns near Powder River Pass and really tore up a swath down through Munkers Pass last month.

They agree it was amazing that no one apparently was in the area at the time and it’s possible some wildlife may have perished.

Learned that Don Tavegie got a cataract fixed on his left eye, and will have the other done soon. “I didn’t realize the mountains were so close to town,” Don joked. “And there is some blue carpet in my house. I always thought it was black.”

Under the heading of quick thinking . . . the award goes to Lester Gibson this week.

He was cutting tall grass with his riding mower in the ditch in front of his house last week when he hit a big rock. Shirley heard the clanging sound and asked him what he was doing.

“Just sharpening the blades,” says Lester.

The mower is in the repair shop right now.

Meanwhile, back down on the Main Drag, the Bench Sitters came up with a few more random thoughts that might help you smile a little this week.

Some of their best were:

• I’m not saying let’s segregate all the stupid people. I’m just saying let’s remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out.

• You can tell a lot about a woman’s mood just by her hands. If she is holding a gun, she’s probably pretty well ticked-off.

• You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone you’ve just met? That’s common sense leaving your body.

• I don’t like making plans for the day, because then the word “premeditated” gets thrown around in the courtroom.

• I didn’t make it to the gym today. That makes 1,500 days in a row.

• Everyone has a right to be stupid. Some people in Washington just abuse the privilege.

We hope your garden is catching up with the season, and the rest of the week has lots of laughter for you. We will write again next week.


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