VOLUME 120-----------JUNE 2012
SHOOTIN', HUNTIN', AND RELOADIN'
WITH THE OL' MISSOURI HILLBILLY
June 9, 2012
I'm calling this month's newsletter a milestone. This is number 120, or a full ten years of putting these things on the web! Never a month missed either. (Some were very late, but all 120 months were covered.) I have been having technical issues in publishing these things over the past few months, perhaps because the software I'm using is obsolete and no longer supported.
Microsoft FrontPage software has served me well over these many years and has been pretty simple for the Ol' Hillbilly to learn and stumble through. However, my web hosting service tells me that they can no longer assure that the FrontPage extension files required to publish to the site will continue to work like they are supposed to.
No final decisions have been made, but I'm considering moving to using the Mac to administer the Ol' Hillbilly website. This would require new software and entail using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) to move files and publish to the web servers, none of which I now have that are compatible with the Mac operating system.
Should this move be made, it will require some time to re-adjust and update. (Learning to operate under a new system is sometimes not so easy for an old fart!) The update and learning curve, along with our upcoming trip to Australia may mean that there will be no new newsletters for a month or two. As long as FrontPage keeps working, I'll try to get something posted each month, especially our Hunter Education activities, but don't bet on it.
The site will remain up and active, so feel free to browse some of the old stuff should you not see any new material for a bit. The email links will still work, and we always have a laptop with us when we travel, so we can keep in touch. Also, Ann's Facebook page will remain active, so you can keep in touch that way as well.
Dang! It made me kinda sad to write that.
In current news, Jennifer ended her track season in a somewhat different venue than distance running events. During a couple of 1600 meter races early in the season, a hip joint problem surfaced that sidelined her from running those long distance races. So, she discovered pole vaulting!
When it was determined that the short approach run along the vaulting runway did not aggravate the hip problem, Coach Tim Severns took Jennifer under his wing to teach her the fundamentals of vaulting. Not only did she like it, but very unexpectedly, was soon competing at varsity level in East Valley's athletic conference.
This is not to say that Jennifer is ready to compete in the Olympics, but clearing over 7 feet after only a few weeks of training made her very happy. This level of performance was enough for a second place finish in a tri-school meet in Pullman, Washington. When District competitions at West Valley High School rolled around on May 10th, Jennifer finished in fourth place, which was just one place short of qualifying for Regionals!
Jennifer and Her Fourth Place Ribbon in Pole Vaulting at District
Jennifer is now in physical therapy for the hip joint problem, and back to training for the distance runs she will be participating in soon in Australia. Rick, Christi, Ann, and I are all looking forward to accompanying her on that trip. Rick, Christi, and Jennifer will be with the DownUnder sports group during their entire stay in Australia. Ann and I will see Jennifer's two races in the Gold Coast area near Brisbane, and will then be off to some touristy things such as a couple of days at Ayers Rock in the Outback and touring the Great Barrier Reef off the coast from Cairns.
Our first Hunter Education class of 2012 was completed on June 2nd. For more information and pictures, click on the Hunter Education button, then 2012 class picture link.
Time to turn to another subject, called Turkey Hunting.
Seems as though we were in a combination of procrastination and hectic all this Spring, so we did not get our Hunting and Fishing licenses purchased in a timely manner. We buy Rick's license for his birthday each year, and usually have his and ours in hand shortly after the March 31st expiration of the previous year's. This time we didn't get the purchases made until May 14th.
With our traditional opening of Spring Turkey season on April 15th, this meant that some opportunities were passed up here at the ranch for lack of license. The situation changed on May 16th however. With that turkey tag only two days old, I was sitting downstairs at the computer when Ann yelled, "There's a gobbler in the front yard if you want one!"
By the time I opened the safe, retrieved the old Winchester 1200, and found the turkey loads, Mr. Gobbler had scratched and pecked his way out by the dirt pile backstop on the shooting range. When he strolled behind the pile of dirt, I hotfooted it to the mound, stepped to the side and surprised the old boy at about 25 yards!
I didn't weigh the bird, but he felt plenty heavy when I packed him to the house.
Rick's birthday was May 31st, but schedules have delayed our celebration and dinner out, so I'll have to report on that later.
I'll close out this newsletter with more news from back home. I reported last month on Ann's Mom's 100th birthday celebration, and her failing health that was making it necessary for her to move to a nursing home. Ann and I both ended up flying back on May 23rd for a few days, to help Sister Sue, vacate Vivian's apartment and handle business matters attendant to such a move.
With the welcome assistance of my Brother Ed, Sister-in-law Nancy, and a young man named Blake Emig, we managed to get everything from the apartment packed up, loaded into Ed's stock trailer, and placed in the hands of a nearby auction house owner. Thanks Ed, Nancy, and Blake. We couldn't have done it without you!
This month's hillbilly wisdom comes from a quote from Pericles (430 B.C.):
Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you.
Well, It's time to shut down here, So . . . .
'Til next time, Keep 'em shootin' straight, shoot 'em often, and above all, BE SAFE!!!!!