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!

Saturday, January 23, 2010


We went North yesterday between snow storms to the fiftieth wedding anniversary of an old friend and range con from our Beaver days. We were good friends and they were surprised to see us there. I am so glad we went.

After the party we went to our son and his wife's home for a quick visit before we hit the road for home. While we were there another good friend came over and brought me these two pen and ink drawing he did for my retirement. They are both signed and both have a very special message to me. The cowboy picture says:
"To my friend Dee Ice Hole-one straight shootin' son of a _ itch."

I have been friends with this guy for 39 years. He worked for industries where we became acquaintences doing business. Usually the company he worked for was applying for new permits and he got the assignment to acquire it. I got the assignment to deal with these permits and make sure all was correct before we issued them. We spent many years working together in these capacities.

Our relationship developed into one of respect and trust followed a little later by loyalty. We both had a great time doing our jobs and we got to know each other very well. He can read me like a book and I think I can read him too. We can communicate pretty well without saying anything. Had lots of corporate meetings where we were the only two that really knew what was going on.


Delirious said...

Wow! Those are really nice! What a thoughtful gift!

Nene said...

He's really good - does he sell his stuff or is it just a hobby?

Lindsay-Weaver said...

These are really good! I'm glad you guys had a safe trip!

Dee Ice Hole said...

He sells his stuff to people he wants to sell to---if he doesn't like anything about the purchaser he just doesn't sell to them. He has been a great friend to me through most of my career. One time he wrote a letter to the Regional Forester telling him he had really screwed up by not giving me a job I applied for. That was when he worked for the Governor.

Amber said...

those are great drawings, I especially love the cowboy one! I'm glad ya'll had such a good trip and had so much fun! :)

Lightning Strikes said...

Those are AWESOME pictures!!!

Dee Ice Hole said...

I am in awe that he gave them to me.