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Floyd, NM

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-09-2009

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You  know, this week I drove through Floyd, twice, on my way to and from Portales. Floyd is very important to me. About a thousand years ago, in the First Baptist Parsonage there in Floyd, I was married for the first time…..Well, I guess for the last time too, since it stuck….She ain’t kicked me out, yet anyway….Two kids, marrying up to face life together…And we have…Wasn’t always easy, for her anyway and at times I guess I had my doubts about us making it, but it did not last long…God just kept on Blessing us with children..Took both of us to keep them fed and clothes on their backs but not much was left over. A lot of you folks today know what I’m talking about. For some reason, at times, grass in your neighbors pasture looks greener than yours until you step over in it and look at it up close…..Not a bit greener than yours, just different….So take it from an old boy married years ago at a little Baptist parsonage in Floyd, NM, you just keep on “dancing with the one what brung ” you to the dance. Then when you get my age you will be so thankful that you stuck it out….Listen to me, now, listen to me….

Woe is me!!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-09-2009

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New Mexico Lobos got beat, bad…..New Mexico State got beat, bad…New Mexico Highlands got beat, bad….Western New Mexico won, good….beat up on Sul Ross…I don’t know about Eastern New Mexico yet, but I think they may have lost…ok, guys, so you are 0 – 1…next week is a different time and place….practice hard and go get’um….Alabama  won, beat a good team in Virginia Tech too…My two Baptist teams did pretty good for playing each other…Baylor beat Wake Forest by about 3 points…I wonder if they say, God Bless You after they hit one another, reckon?…Probably not…..But they might…

Labor Day

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-09-2009

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To all  of you who labor for your families, we salute you. You have earned a day of rest, and we hope it is a good, peaceful day for you and your family. Which reminds me, I need to ask the Boss for the day off….She has been in a pretty good mood lately so it may fly…Things are in pretty good shape on the outside of the house….I would ask for a raise, but…It has been a while since she has had a raise herself, so it could end up costing me more that I want to pay…What do you think?…Keeping my mouth shut may be the more prudent thing, huh?,,,,,

Playing 42

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 04-09-2009

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How many of you guys and girls play 42…Its a game of domino’s   for those of you who do not know…My bud-in-law and I get our butts beat soundly pretty regular….Lately, things have changed…We are beating our ladies so badly we are beginning to feel sorry for them, however, we don’t dare tell them that…I have had two outstanding big’n hands just lately…My bud-in-law has had some outstanding seven’s hands….We may have to lose a couple on purpose if we keep playing this good…For your information, neither of our wives read this post, so I can safely write all this stuff….I hope

New Mexico Yards, Rocks/Grass

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 31-08-2009

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I have received some comments on homes in New Mexico having rocks in their yards and the question asked as to why…. Not every home has rocks, but we all have one problem…water shortage…Did you know that much of the water flowing through New Mexico in the Rio Grande River and the Pecos River belong to Texas… We can keep our share only…And once they sued us, big time, for not releasing a sufficient amount of water, water they believed we owed them…And I guess we did as the Supreme Court (or some higher power than the States of New Mexico and Texas) agreed that we must repay the water to them…That was really tough in some of the dry years and our reservoirs were really low. Also, the water table has been losing water for some time now. We have Texas paid for the old water and the last two years we have had good snow run off and that has helped…We are told to cut back on watering our yards to conserve water and a lot of us have rocks in our yards instead of grass. I have rocks front and on the sides and partial rocks in the back. I have a small area in the back, roughly 100′ long and approximately 25′ wide, but it is a z shape….That is my grass and I enjoy it….Water is very precious here and we all recognize that fact..There are a few that require a water patrol who issue warning and fines for abusing water usage…So we try to conserve water anyway we can…Albuquerque gets about 10 inches of rain fall per year..We get a snow or two per year in the valley…the mountains gets enough rain and snow to support beautiful pine and fur trees… and aspen up above 8000 feet…The peak of the Sandia Mountains is 10,683 feet..they get lots of rain up there…The Rio Grande River is at 4900 feet elevation and my house on the west side is  5653 feet, but we don’t get much rain at the lower levels..Thats probably more than you wanted to know about “rocks in New Mexico yards”, but thats why we have them….

Cuba/Governor Richardson Visit

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 27-08-2009

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Well, Bill is at it again, traveling all over, Cuba this time, but not representing the good old U S of A. No sir, he is over there representing New Mexico Agricultural products; green Chilies, peanuts, pecans and some other stuff. We have lots of beef too, Governor, and dairy products….Have you thought about pushing tumbleweeds, Sir? You know they are plentiful and they burn with a tremendous BTU…We could roll and package them as fire logs, etc…Does it get cold in Cuba?…Anyway, keep up the good work Bill and are you going to bring back a few cigars???…You might let us know where we can pick one of them up…

Healthcare

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 27-08-2009

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Well, I have stayed away from this subject for several reasons….One, it is so touchy  with most people, as we all have strong feeling about this…I want everyone to have healthcare, I really do, but I don”t want to pay for everybody’s….Do you? We cannot afford to have our government pay for all to have healthcare either…Is there something half way that we can afford? I don’t know of anything….Forcing all the employers to provide healthcare is also scary as this could force the smaller companies out of business and we don’t want that either…There just “ain’t no easy button” to handle this…I always thought it was going along pretty good before…Reckon what happened?….You might send me your ideas as I certainly don’t have any good answers, or better yet, send them to Mr. Obama… he could really use them, right?…..

Town Hall Meetings!!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-08-2009

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I am one of those guys who try to avoid confrontations. My Mom and Dad fought like cats and dogs during my early childhood, scaring me to death…And it usually was over my Dad’s drinking and maybe some other stuff…But I could never go to a town hall meeting and shout at people or have people shout at me…I cannot handle that sort of thing…If I differ from you I’ll let you know, and I will not back down,  but rather than shout, I’ll walk away…Is that good..no, I don’t think so, but how do people handle shouting at each other in town hall meetings? Do they become enemies or what? Some of the health-care meetings seem to have been knock down, drag out, screaming matches and who cares for that? I have not read anything that has upset me so much that I need to scream at someone or have I missed something? Well, let me know what I missed, just don’t shout at me, ok?…….

One more picture/reunion

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-08-2009

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In my book Cousins, I spoke of 1st and 2nd cousins, cousins once removed and twice removed and stated in the book that I was not sure how to figure it all. These are cousins and I think 3rd cousins….But if any of you know for sure you can enlighten me…How about it my cousins, can you tell me? Anyway, this may be the side we get our good looks from….It was so good to see all of you…

Writer’s write and don’t save!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 18-08-2009

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Dang…..I wrote some powerful words the other night….you will just have to trust me on that because I did not….SAVE….when I finished….Can you believe that?…Let me rephrase that….I cannot believe that….Well, powerful words might be a little much, but goll-lee, I hated to lose them….you know, they are pretty hard to come by since this was a darn good gun battle, with bullets flying all over, cowboys getting shot, etc, now I have to fight that battle all over again..Its plum scary being this close to all the fighting and blood shed….Oh, well, somebody’s got to do it…..I hope I SAVE this batch of words ’cause I have been lucky so far…If I keep on screwing up they may start shooting at me..reckon?..