Same here Stradee, thinking and saying prayer for Alicia. Hoping all will be well.
Walter, great photos!! I can smell the photos....... Great. I also see in the distance the wind generators. That's a good thing. Wishing I could be there for a taste. MMMMMMMM
ehBeth, the photo was taken during my senior year in high school - at the time I was very active in training horses and riding in rodeos around this part of TX and LA. Just today, I was fast forwarding through the movie "8 Seconds" to watch another movie behind it - when I recalled an event that happened about a year before the photo in uniform was taken. At rodeos - the bulls are named and "usually" they perform the same way approximately each time they are turned loose with a rider in the arena. Well, the clowns are usually the ones who know how the bulls react - and, this one night I was on a bull the clown told me to avoid after riding because it would turn and attack the rider. I said thanks for the info. Got ready - told the guys to open the gate and went for a ride. I did well and heard the 8 second buzzer sound - I then bailed off the bull and started running for the fence - which was about eight feet high, solid boards. I hit the board about midway up from the bottom and vaulted over the top at the same time I heard the bull slam into the fence at full speed. The clown was right.
Another time, the clown had told me the bull I had drawn would - when the gate opened, buck two times straight out toward the middle of the arena and then turn left sharply and buck around the side of the arena. No problem - I thought....... I sat down on the animal and after I was good to go - motioned the gate men. After two great jumps toward the center of the arena - I leaned left in expectation of the turn the clown told me about. What I saw was the umpires black and white striped shirt as he hit the bulls nose with his clipboard that he kept score on.......Needless to say I and the bull separated and it wasn't a good nights riding. But, the clown had been right except for the unforseeable umpire misguiding the bull in the wrong direction.
Such is life - you do the best you can - and next time - do the best you can.