Slim Randles' Home Country
'Honorably mentioned' ain't bad a-tall
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[September 17, 2017]
fair time again. Time for dreams to come true and for
disappointments to temporarily sweep through our lives. But the
disappointments can’t really get much of a purchase, because there’s
too much fun going on.
Last year’s surprise winner of the quilting
competition, Windy Wilson, didn’t win this year, but he was
‘honorably mentioned,’ which is pretty good for an old cowboy and
camp cook. Windy was having a deep-fried turkey leg later. When the
boys from the Mule Barn found him, and commiserated with him on his
lack of a blue ribbon, he just told them, “Boys, I got honorably
mentioned this here year, and when you jest consider all them needle
ladies I go up against, ain’t bad. Ain’t bad a-tall.”
Doc has a bottle of his homemade wine in the action this year, but
the rest of the members of the world-dilemma think tank think Doc’s
vino is going to tank. They’ve sampled it before. Doc even had Dewey
bring over a pickup load of fertilizer last spring for his
But when he’d announced this one morning at coffee, Steve leaned
over and whispered in Bert’s ear, “Better off eating the fertilizer
and pouring that wine on the rose bushes.”
Dud was quieter than usual at the turkey leg get together. He could
probably enter the accordion-playing competition, but he wasn’t even
close to being good enough to give the others a run for their money.
His book, well, it might not be published for years yet. And there
wasn’t a book-writing contest at the fair, anyway.
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But it’s fair time, and there’s
just so much time to entertain disappointments before they are swept
away by the happy screams of children coming from the midway, and
the looks of pride when a young person brings a beautiful animal
into the show ring to be judged.
Besides, where else can you find a deep-fried turkey leg?
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