After substitute teaching last
school year at six of the local high schools, I headed back to Colorado towards
the end of May. Karen was powering her way through the last couple of quarters
of college on her way to her Bachelor's degree in Marketing and Advertising,
which she received mid August. It was quite an accomplishment and we are all
very proud of her. She worked like a mad woman in every class and it was no
surprise that she graduated cum laude.
wrangling duties at the ranch kept me in the saddle six days a week. I greatly
enjoyed working the guests there, many of whom have become good friends. When I
wasn't horseback (and holding up gate posts), I spent the better part of my time
fishing and playing music. My good friend and hot concertina player, Larry
Gulley, and I entertained around the campfire. I must say that we did have our
act together. I also was part of the ranch's bank, which included Johnny Fisher,
Randy Kelley, John, and Bob. Fine musicians all. We had those guests tapping
their tuckered out little tootsies. Of course, it didn't hurt that they had
probably just imbibed a goodly amount of vino.
Whereas for the first two years of
my Home Ranch employ I handled the fly-fishing duties, these last two years I
just wrangled. But I spent many after work hours happily fishing the Elk River.
How can you beat having some of the best fly-fishing anywhere in the country
just outside your door? It was glorious. For the third year, my good friend
Steve Cooper came out from Los Angeles to fish. We had another great time. While
I didn't that all that many fishing photographs (usually I fished by myself and
taking pictures when alone is a hassle), I did take a few. Here's one of a nice
18" 'bow. The Elk will certainly hold fond memories for me.
Upon my return to Oregon in
mid-October, I've plunged once again into the sub teacher world. While there are
some things I miss about full-time teaching (like benefits...), I enjoy subbing.
It fits me. I teach everything from English to physics to guitar to Spanish to
math to God only knows what. Last week you could have caught wrangling beginning
strings at an elementary school. Try that one on for size!
my own music, I'm rehearsing right now with a fine fiddle player here in
Portland, Flauren Ricketts. We're putting together an eclectic repertoire --
standards, fiddle tunes, cowboy, Irish, western swing -- and about to start
gigging at some level. I dearly love to perform. I'm also back jamming with the
gypsy jazz community here in Portland.
After having been enmeshed in
academia for the last few years, Karen is once again about to enter the work
world. Whatever job she finds, I'm sure she'll shine as she always does.
Laura Kelsey is in the midst of
medical school interviews. As with Karen, it's been a long road for her to get
to this point and we have high hopes for her realizing her doctorly ambitions.
That about does it for now. I wish
you all a fine holiday season.
Adios for now,
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