Month: July 2010

Settle Down

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Settle Down

Settle down.

That’s right. Settle down. You are going to put yourself in a hive. The situation may be bad and terrifying, but letting your imagination and emotions run wild will only increase the intensity of what is happening. You are going to make the situation worse by injecting all your angst and fear into what is already a very tense situation. So settle down.… Continue reading

Have You Got Worms?

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Have You Got Worms?

Juan Hernandez just told me I’ve got worms.

Maybe that’s why I don’t feel well. And then through my pathetic Spanglish I comprehend that I don’t personally have worms but there are worms in the grass in my fields and they are going to eat me out of house and home if I don’t do something about it. The worms are of the Spodoptera frugiperda variety and they love Bermuda grass that has been highly fertilized. They are discerning little buggers and they won’t eat trash grass or unimproved grass; they have a taste for the grass that makes the best cow and horse hay in the Gulf Coast. They are called armyworms because they march across fields like an army taking new territory, and when they walk through your field you’ll have nothing but a bare field when they are gone. Nothing. Nada. Nil.… Continue reading

God and Mr. Bean

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God and Mr. Bean

I wish you knew Ed Bean. My story from many years ago would mean more to you if you did.

Growing crops or hay requires good soil, good rain and good timing. If any one of those three ingredients are missing then the crop will fail. So I walk out in the field and look around at the withering crop and wonder. I think I have done all my homework and I can’t figure out what has happened because I should be standing knee deep in Coastal Bermuda grass; a highly palatable forage for horses and cows. Instead of walking through a lush, verdant, green field, I am standing in a wilted, yellowish-green, scattered field of nothingness.… Continue reading

The Symptom of Travel

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The Symptom of Travel

So here I am sitting in my hotel room in Chicago looking through the Guest Information Guide and find a section called “Forget Something? It’s A Symptom of Travel,” and my mind begins to race.

The symptom of travel is forgetfulness. Traveling takes away the familiar and pushes us into the terminal of the unknown. In the rush of leaving for the airport something that is valuable to the trip gets misplaced; the symptom of travel. Hurrying through the terminal trying to satisfy the ever-changing TSA regulations and the random rules applied differently at each city…and you pat your pockets down looking for your passport; the symptom of travel. Realizing that your overnight toiletries suitcase is neatly packed and sitting at the foot of your bed at home while you are standing in the airport is a symptom of travel.… Continue reading