Some say the world will end with fire.

Others say with ice.

From what I've tasted of desire

I hold with those that favor fire.

But if I had to perish twice,

I think I know enough of hate,

To say that for destruction ice,

Is also great and would suffice.

Robert Frost


"Good things come to those who wait, but, only the things LEFT by those who hustle." - Unknown (at least by me)

"Life is wonderful, without it you are dead." - Hy "Pete" Peterson - Park City and Kenecott Miner

"Don't worry about those people in your past---there is a reason they are not in your present." - Unknown

"Life's tough - it's even tougher if you're stupid." - John Wayne

"The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary!" - Vince Lombardi

"If you aren’t living on the edge, you’re probably taking up too much space.” ~ Attributed to Jim Whittaker by Doug ‘Swani’ Swantner, Alaska Smokejumper and Air Attack Base Manager (Ret.)

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I am married and have seven children and twenty grandchildren. I retired January 1, 2010 after working 39+ years for the Forest Service...NEW CHAPTER IN MY LIFE HAS BEGUN!

Friday, May 15, 2009



On ta the Preakness tomorrow and the world is astir with the filly Rachel Alexandra and the turn coat jockey (my term) Borel up (he rode Mine That Bird to the win in the Kentucky Derby a couple of weeks ago) being the favorite to win the race. (OK It might just be my opinion that he's a turn coat - turns out they have won five of five races together since the first go).

Yeah right - it has been 85 years since a filly was able to compete with the boys in this race and she ain't a gonna win it. Ain't a goin' ta happen Keep your money in your pocket. If you want to double it take it out of your pocket and fold it in half and put it back - that is the only way to double your money on this race.

I believe that Mine That Bird has a great chance of pulling off another win but the start of this race will be a whole new ballgame because of starting positions. I doubt that he will be allowed by the other jockeys to fall to the back of the pack and loaf until they reach the quarter pole and then blow the doors off the competition. They are gonna take it to him - they are gonna make him compete the entire distance. They are gonna run speed horses at him on the front end and long range horses at him on the back end. They are gonna do whatever they can to assure that Mine That Bird doesn't win the second leg.

BUT it is my guess that he will pull off another win and will do it with style - I'm not putting any money on it just sayin'. By 4:00 pm MDT the race will be history and we'll all be talking about the horse with the chance to win the triple crown for the first time since 1978 or about waiting for 2010 when the next colt has a chance to win it all.

I hope that Mine That Bird has the where with all to do this. We need a triple crown winner.

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