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Our resident cowboy, Steve, brought us the shocking news: cowpuncher Three-Chord Cortez, that bunkhouse balladeer, plans to study opera, in hopes an aria or three will make him even more attractive to girls during a serenade. Apparently, singing La Donna Mobilemight be more effective than "You don't know what lonesome is 'til you start herding co-o-o-ows" ... especially if she doesn't speak European.

I thought I'd jot down a few opera-watching truths for ol' T.C. just to help him out.

1. Take off your hat. You can keep jujubes in it if you want.

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"Don't you just love this time of year?" said Doc. "Football season. Rodeo finals coming up soon. Time to go hunting. All that stuff."

Windy Wilson sipped at his coffee. Oh good. Doc gave us another topic.

"Sports," Windy said. "thems my putner fav-o-rite things ... well, 'long with dogs ... and country musicals and that kinder thing."

The guys at the philosophy counter of the Mule Barn truck stop grinned at Windy, who has yet to encounter a sentence or thought he couldn't improve.

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One of the great pleasures of hanging around down at the livestock auction barn each Saturday morning is being able to take your dog along.

Why do we go to the sales barn? We love agriculture, and it's part of living here to see who buys what and rejoice in their good fortune, even if our own grass is stressed to the limit by whatever varmint we're currently feeding. Or, it could be that we figure we've already lived too long, and if the right horse or cow comes through there, and we buy it, our wives will see to it that we don't suffer in agony for untold years.

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You have to look for the schism, Jasper said to himself out at the woodpile. He put another chunk of firewood up on the splitting block and took a look at the checking cracks that ran part way through the circles of age rings. 

If I hit it right there, he said to himself, it should cleave.

"What do you think, Arthur? If I hit it right there...?"

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"Doctor's office."

"That you, Doc?"

"Sure is. How you doing, Windy?"

"Finer'n frog hair, Doc. Say, did you hear about ol' Bob over at the junction?"

"Sure was a shame, Windy. I had no idea he was sick. Went pretty fast is what I heard."

"Me, too. Say Doc, you remember Minnie up at the capitol? I heard she passed just last week."

"You don't say. That's a shame. Used to see her at dances at the Legion. So how are you, Windy?"

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The other night it was hot. Hot during the day, hot at night. Heat seems to define summer for us, in many ways.

But in spite of that, after a day in the outdoors, we built a fire. A small fire. A "hat" fire, which mountain people define as one you can put in your hat. Why so small? Because it was hot and we didn't need the heat. Why the fire? Because we need the fire.

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Doc didn't expect any patients before 10 o'clock this morning, so he was up and coffee'd and gone by 6:30. Lewis Creek. The Lunker's hole on Lewis Creek.

The Lunker is a huge rainbow trout that everyone knows about and no one has caught. So far he has resisted flies, worms, salmon eggs, spinners, and even an imitation mouse that Dud tossed in there one time just to see if the Lunker had a bass's appetite.

Colorado State Fair Starts Today

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The Colorado State Fair opens for its annual 11-day run Friday with a PRCA rodeo and concert with the Oak Ridge Boys. The fair will run through Labor Day, September 3.

Each day is packed with events, activities, exhibits, rodeos, concerts, and more. The full schedule is available at https://www.coloradostatefair.com/events. Featured entertainers include Larry the Cable Guy, Old Dominion and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

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When Jim Kennedy uses his big backhoe, a crowd usually gathers. He's an artist, you see. 

At Bud McFarland's place the other day, he was there to install Bud's new septic tank. This was to be a massive septic tank.  Now and then Jim would just do something to show off his skill. At one point, when Jim's backhoe cut through a buried tree root, there was about a foot-long section of root lying alone at the bottom of the hole.

"Hey Jim," Bud yelled at Jim, good-naturedly, "firewood!"

Prowers Partners for Progress Launching Annual Car Show this Week

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Prowers Partners for Progress, a non-profit organization, will be hosting what it hopes to be the first annual Downtown Custom & Classic Exposition in downtown Lamar August 17-18. The event will kick off Friday night at 6:00 p.m. with the opening of the Car Art at the DCCE exhibit at the Shore Arts Center at 115 South Main Street.