Home Country — No matter the game, cheaters never win

May 20, 2015

I was studying my card when the guys walked in for coffee.

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Slim Randles

“What did you get?” Doc asked.

“D-24.”

“Just one?”

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Home Country — Not everyone appreciates a sharp idea

May 12, 2015

Delbert’s at it again. You know Delbert McLain, our local chamber of commerce? He’s the guy who wants to bring lots of people here so the place isn’t quite as nice as it is now.

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Slim Randles

Well, ol’ Delbert zipped into the Mule Barn truck stop the other day, plopped down at the empty Round Table, and motioned for those of us at the philosophy counter to join him. We did.

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Home Country — Being a hands-on supervisor can be a good thing

May 5, 2015

Doc saw Dewey the other day, supervising as Windy Wilson unloaded a dump truck of manure into a huge bin on a vacant lot.

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Slim Randles

“I’ll go persecute some more, Dewey,” Windy said, and drove off toward the feedlot.

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Home Country — Fishing is important even if there isn’t water

April 28, 2015

It was just one of those things. It didn’t really mean Marvin Pincus had lost his mind.

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Slim Randles

Consider this yourself for a minute. Marvin had opened the mail that morning and in it was the Fenwick glass flyrod he’d ordered. Oh, it was used, of course. But there’s a feel to a Fenwick that only a man dedicated to a life of using dry flies can appreciate.

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Home Country — Teaching a horse to calm down is slow business

April 21, 2015

Steve, the tall cowboy of us philosophy types, was riding a young horse through town the other day to get him used to “boogers.”

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Slim Randles

To gentle a horse, he explained, you give them something to booger at, and then talk them out of it. You keep coming up with new boogers and calming the horse until screaming fire engines and jet exhaust are no problem at all.

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Home Country — Love can be inspiring

April 14, 2015

Dud looked at his Anita across the kitchen table and smiled at the wonderment of her. She didn’t take him for granted, and he didn’t take her for granted, either. Seemed like a nice way for a man and his wife to be in love.

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Slim Randles

But how was he going to translate this? This has been the problem for several years now with the book.

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Home Country — Being American is a great thing to salute

April 7, 2015

“So why do we salute the flag, kids?” Abraham Lincoln Bahdziewicz said.

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Slim Randles

Woodrow Wilson Bahdziewicz, the oldest of the Bahdziewicz kids, raised his hand.

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Home Country — Wisdom sometimes overcomes theory

March 31, 2015

Instead of the philosophy counter, we were at the righteous round table yesterday, because Herb got there first and he picked. It’s a good venue at the Mule Barn truck stop when you’re expecting more than three or four members of the world dilemma think tank.

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Slim Randles

But we weren’t expecting Windy.

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Home Country — Climbing mountains of all sizes makes you tired

March 25, 2015

“There’s no sense a-tall,” said Alphonse “Windy” Wilson, “in climbin’ a mountain. Why, you can percolate up to the top and what do you get? Tired.”

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Slim Randles

Windy had cornered several old ladies who were leaving the Rest of Your Life retirement home to walk two blocks to the store. They weren’t fast enough to escape him.

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Home Country — Fishing can be therapeutic, you should try it

March 17, 2015

As a prequel to the morning coffee inhalation down at the Mule Barn coffee shop, the members of the world dilemma think tank were found at the break of day, armed with fly rods, in their other guise as charter members of the Lewis Creek Piscatorial Pursuit Alliance.

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Slim Randles

“I like your presentation, Dud,” said Doc, waving his hand-tied midge through the air.

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