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Burn the House Down!

It was just another day of oil field gate guarding.  Trucks in/trucks out. Wave. Write. Piddle.  Don’t matter what day it is, the view never changes.

Muenster VFD on the scene

Then one of my regulars skidded up to the stop sign and hollered out the window “Got a fire on the hill!  Muenster is on the way!” and he roared off.  Even with my bad hearing, I could hear the warble of sirens in the far distance.

I hollered to Miss Kathy and she joined me outside. We looked up the hill towards the active sites which are over a

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The Time It Never Rained

Man’s biggest enemy is one he cannot control.


Ft Davis fire with McDonald Observatory in foreground – April 2011


I loaded up the Kindle 3G with plenty of reading material when we headed out on the West Texas Ramble  last month. One of the books was The Time It Never Rainedby Elmer Kelton.  It is a pseudo-factual retelling of the several years drought that decimated Texas back in the early part of the 1950’s.   I enjoyed the insight into West Texas ranch life back in the day even if the  agonies of the drought 60 years ago were a bit

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