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Hero to Zero

Digging in the guts of the machine

Another day and the scenery remains the same. A South Texas Brush Country summer; Weatherbug is saying 109, Miss K says 111 on the Suburban thermometer driving to town, my meter outside the Old Girl in the shade says 117 and I say it is damned hot.

So I am pretty smug sitting here in the Old Girl with 3 air conditioner units humming away. The

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Funny Money

Miss K and I were having a spirited discussion last night and she challenged me for some reason or another; hell, I can’t even remember how it came up. I bet she can because she is just plain scary when it comes to stuff like that. I get by with very little when it comes to the he said/she said thing.

Any way, she said ‘You don’t have any money in your wallet. You never

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HOOTENANNY – Hootenanny is an Appalachian colloquialism that was used in early twentieth century America to refer to things whose names were forgotten or unknown. In this usage it was synonymous with thingamajig or whatchamacallit, as in “hand me that hootenanny.” Hootenanny was also an old country word for “party”. “Hootenanny” was also used by the leadership of early firefighting battalions to describe a “meeting of the minds” of higher ups or various department heads.

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Riding Herd on the Bad Boys

I wish! This sign was spotted just outside of Alpine, TX

Now, to some of you, this is gonna make sense and to others it is going to be like trying to understand Chinese arithmetic. Most of a gate guard’s day is spent avoiding getting addlepated from the sun and swallowing a gallon of caliche dust. All that changes if they are building new roads or drilling pads at your location. Construction is

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