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No Bar Too Far

Double Cat Bone Zune Moment this morning…….

  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want  by the Rolling Stones from the Let It Bleed cd ca. 1969
  • For What Its’  Worth  by Buffalo Springfield from their debut cd somewhere around late ’67 or early 1968

 

Yep, that is Stephen Stills in the hat before he really was Stephen-Stills-as-we-know-him.  Even a shot of Neil Young later in the video before they even would let him sing a note.  If you can’t finish this opening line “There’s something happening here…”  you need to youtube it young ‘uns and see what it is I am talking about. So that is how my day got going right outta the chute.

Miss Kathy– my hippie chick

A retro-rocket ride right back to 1969 and I remember well what it was like to be a teenager during those years. They say those are the years that shape a man and I have to agree.  I am sure that is where I developed the affinity for bra-less,  hip hugger wearing, long haired hippie chicks.  Damn straight!  Some things never get old.

It was something else to grow up as a part of that generation.  No bar was too far, the music was extraordinary and it defined our generation and there was an undercurrent of change in the country.  A change for the better and we could feel  it.  We would live  it when it was all said and done and it would change us forever more.

I get that same feeling these days.  Same-same as 40 something years ago.  I feel the groundswell of change coming,  I see the attitude of the Nation changing en masse little by little.  Except this time, the heady anticipation of change for the good is not there.   2 weeks or so until the election and I could care less who wins because there is not a nickle’s worth of difference between the two of ’em.  Whoever wins IS going to kowtow to the Powers That Be and Big Business.  Not a damned thing I can do about that.   About all I can manage is try and figure out how to get through the Dark Times ahead.  I got family to see after and take care of and shoulda been smart enough to see this coming in ’08.  I gotta tell ya I wish there were a few less miles on my clock.  I would feel better ’bout the road ahead.

They say West Texas is all right for men and dogs, but hell on women and horses and that ain’t far from the truth.  The time we have spent in Study Butte /Terlingua / Big Bend over the past few years has showed us first hand how harsh and unforgiving that country can be.   With the current resources available, it is marginal as far as being able to survive and eke out a semblance of a normal life.  When we decided to build our Desert Refuge there a few years back, we considered the obstacles and felt like the land  and the people overcame the negatives.  Not so much now.  Our decision to homestead out there in the High Desert in a mostly sustainable fashion was based on the  idea that we had 3-5 years to get our preps done with the end result being  a casita and land holding that would shelter and provide for us.

We returned from an extended stay at the Desert Refuge six months ago and a recurring topic since then has been Is it still doable? Do we have the years required to develop the property with our limited budget and limited free time?   Our final answer was No.   With the current state of affairs in this ol’ world we needed to find us a landing spot that was just a mite more feasible.  Someplace with more rainfall and arable land that we can get in shape quicker and with less effort.   Plan for the worst and hope for the best.

Terlingua Happy Hour — filed under ‘As Good As It Gets’

I told Miss Kathy that as much as we wished we could keep it, we would have to sell the Terlingua property to finance future ventures.   I also believed that now was an optimum time to market it since so many folks are looking for remote retreats.  It stayed on the market for 5 days before somebody snatched it up for just a tad less than asking price.

So Miss K is actively searching out a new spot for us to land.  Anything south of I10 is out since we both believe the Narcos will eventually control a wide swath of  the United States north of the Border.  Anything east of I35 is out because the humidity just devastates Miss K.  I reckon that is just how you are if you grow up in Arizona.   Can’t say I care for those summers in the Piney Woods much my own self.  Anything with less than 15″ annual rainfall or a decent source of potable water is out.  X out a big portion of West and Northwest Texas right there.  With all those considerations in play, we are pretty much left with somewhere in the Hill Country or Central Texas which is perfectly alright by me. We live in interesting times  my friends.

End Note:  Assuming the following statement is true:

“I may be old but I got to see all the cool bands.”

I offer up the following:

Little Martha  –  From Eat a Peach  by Allman Brothers band — 2 minutes of Duane Allman acoustic goodness

Sweet Home Alabama – From Second Helping by Lynyrd Skynyrd — and the Honkettes be saying ‘Riiiiiiiiiide Alabama,  Riiiiiide Alabama.’

Baba O’Riley – from Who’s Next by  The Who…..that whole teenage wasteland meme, even back in the day.

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5 comments to No Bar Too Far

  • Joel

    Sorry the Terlingua thing didn’t work out the way you planned (although I’m not surprised). Good luck on your next real estate adventure!

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  • we are pretty much left with somewhere in the Hill Country or Central Texas

    Yall, and every other Texan with a few dollars in their pocket. Even undeveloped stuff on the edges is high dollar. I’m fond of the Evant / Meridian / Gatesville area. Kind of the foothills of the Hill Country. But — $5000 per acre seems common.

    But, good hunting to ye. I’m eager to hear what you find.

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    • Andrew

      Scott,
      We spent several months working a job at Cranfills Gap between Hamilton and Gatesville. I like that area too.

      As far as our land searching– we are looking just a bit farther to the west. More Hwy 83 than Hwy 287.

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  • David

    Hi Andy,

    I’m sorry your dream in Terlingua didn’t work out. I recall your disappointment when you found out some of the locals there were involved with drugs.

    The good news is you were able to sell it quickly and begin your search for something you will like even better.

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  • Bryan Irwin

    Have you guys considered New Mexico at all? Sorry to hear that things in the Big Bend area didn’t work out.

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