Slim Randles' Home Country
Rib-eye for recovery
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[March 24, 2012]
We hadn't seen our pal, Steve the cowboy, at the
philosophy counter at the Mule Barn truck stop for a while. After a
week's absence, he showed up again for his daily ration of caffeine,
and it was obvious he'd lost some weight, if not attitude.
"Hospital again," he said. We nodded. Steve has internal workings
situations from time to time. Usually, these happen during a
cold snap when the bunkhouse needs extra firewood. He swears this is
just a coincidence.
He appreciates doctors a lot, it turns out.
Especially young, cute, female-lady-type doctors. He has two of them
who look after him. To quote Steve: "Cuter'n a pocketful of baby
But nurses? That's another thing entirely.
"They run this nurse in on me," he said, "to give me one of them
baths, you know?"
Doc grinned. "Cute, was she, Steve?"
"Cute? Doc, her face looked like it had worn out two bodies. She
had the exact aerodynamics of a milk carton and the human kindness
of a meter maid. I didn't stand a chance!"
"Food any better this year?" asked Herb.
We had heard all about 12,000-mile-an-hour toast last year and
how they had used it as heat shields on the space shuttle.
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"Boys, they don't have food in that hospital. They just want to
tease you by telling you it's edible stuff. You just take our
special Sunday dinner. They called it rib-eye steak."
We waited while he sucked down another cup of coffee and asked
Loretta to bring him something that wasn't good for his situation.
"Rib-eye sounds good, Steve."
"Rib-eye? RIB-EYE? Say listen, guys, I don't know what gopher
they cut that off of, but it was sure as sin a long-distance
gopher. That was so small and tough ... I'll bet that steak had more
miles on it than my pickup."
[Text from file received from Slim Randles]
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