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!

Sunday, May 3, 2009


Yesterday was the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby - won by - Mine That Bird (purchase price $9,500) who went off the boards at 50-1 + change. This was the second biggest upset in the history of the derby according to the announcers - I don't know what the biggest was but this was truly an unknown pulling it off. The trainer dragged this horse 21 hours in a trailer behind a 40 year old pickup truck from New Mexico to get him to the derby. Just a little quick math and you will find that the horse earned nearly 10 times his purchase price every hour of that journey when he won the derby. Bet the owners were pretty happy - you know - just a couple of old boys that love the races and thought this was a pretty nice horse from Cananda. He was a Kentucky bred foal though so just went home to pick up some much needed money.

We had PsychoDoctor and two of his girls come for a while yesterday. It was fun to have them. We barbequed some hamburgers then started a fire in the back yard stove Epitome of Sweetness and her husband gave me for Christmas and roasted marshmallows. Pretty tricky way to get all the little branches cleaned up from the yard.

I watched the 1974 championship fight between George Foreman and Muhamud Ali last night. It was the first time the rope-a-dope tactic was used by Ali. Foreman finally got so tired of swinging at him he could barely lift his arms - then Ali knocked him out - in the eighth round. Foreman came back later when he was in his forties to win the title again and his comment then was that the ghost of Ali was finally lifted. It was one heck of a fight.

The stock market finished up about 3% for the week - if it kept that up for the rest of the year we would all have more than all of our money back. Is this a Bull Market - I doubt it - just a fluke.


Lindsay-Weaver said...

I was watching the early races of the Kentucky Derby, but didn't see that one. How cool would that be to win like that?

Dee Ice Hole said...

It would be WAY WAY WAY cool - the media gave him almost no chance of winning. The jockey rode the race of a lifetime though. It was awesome to watch from the sky - you couldn't hardly see what he did from the ground.

Amber said...

That's an amazing story about the Kentucky Derby - I especially like that they're from New Mexico ;>