Friday, May 31, 2013

Very well. Let me try this for the fourth time. I’ve gotten as far as the heading twice.

First it was Renter. His concern, on a Friday during the work week, was the snake bit calf. Some progress. Renter figures he’ll come back later and give it another shot of everything repellent.

I don’t mind, of course. After some discussion of long term effects of snake bite, we agreed that in the calf’s case it won’t matter much as the calf would be a thousand pounds of meat in someone’s freezer long before we’d have to worry about permanent arthritis or other joint illnesses.

Then cam the installer of the cameras. His work had dropped dead. No pictures. He fussed and fumed and finally, after my telling him I wasn’t happy with the black box he’d built, finding, I said, that a ten cent black box screwing up thousands of dollars of equipment, the box, not trying to hurt his feelings was without pedigree.

He wasn’t happy, but did admit he was tired of coming over. Which was fine with me, I’m tired of his face.

Friendly like, you know. He’s promised to make it work. I have thought of collecting all the blog entries and submitting them to a consumer site.

Nah. Can’t do that. I considered long (if not well) and choose this man. He is trying to establish a business and a place in the area after being bounced off the police force. A decision I from which I cannot retreat.

And thirdly: I mowed the road. The county road right of way. I mention that because it’s a quarter mile of barr ditch. I ran out of gas at the far end, of course. I had given some thought to gas in the mower, but thought I’d only done the back yard and the RR property off a full tank.

About the time I ran out of gas, not grass, I remembered I’d done the front and side yards and . . . yes, of course. I ran out of gas.

The temps have hit the eighties. The BBQ is smoldering. I have some quarter pound hot dogs and expectations.

AS a civic minded person, I bring you a reminder, and, if you’re travelling, several links to the Wichita River Festival, McConnell AFB has an open house, usually in the last week, just before the State Fair Opens:

Eight things you can ride at the fest

  • By Annie Calovich


  • A person rides the zip line across the Arkansas River at the Wichita River Festival. (June 4, 2012)

    Jaime Green/File photo

    A person rides the zip line across the Arkansas River at the 2012 Wichita River Festival.

  • The Zipline operators help a young boy land safely at the Wichita River Festival Saturday. (June 8, 2012)

    Fernando Salazar/File photo

    The Zipline operators help a young boy land safely at the 2012 Wichita River Festival.

  • The S.S. Waterwagon docks north of the First Street Bridge. The Wagonmasters River Tour is new this year at the Wichita River Festival. The 15-minute rides are $5 per adult; $4 for ages 3-16; kids 2 & under free. (June 3, 2012)

    Jaime Green/File photo

    The S.S. Waterwagon docks north of the First Street Bridge at the 2012 River Festival. The Wagonmasters River Tour gives riders a look at attractions along the Arkansas River.

1. Helicopter. Take a three- to four-minute ride over the fest for $35 with a Wichita River Festival button. Takes off from the West Bank. Hours: 2 to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturdays, and 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Read more here:

Go to the papers links and enjoy the summer


From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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