Another day, another nickle #34: Here We Go Again!!

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Blog entry by Thos. Angle posted 10-19-2013 03:15 PM 1989 reads 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Sometimes I think my life would make a good soap opera. It couldn’t be listed as true life, it would have to be in the fiction section, ‘cause no one would believe it. To say the least, again, the job in Colorado didn’t work out. I put up with it for four days and left. I believe I was the victim of unrealistic expectations. I stayed out the month to use my rent. I was lucky and got my deposit back. I had booked two shows in Cripple Creek. We decided to cancel them because they were percentage shows and might not support long distance expenses. When I got back to Jordan Valley, I unloaded my household into the shop and because the house was rented, drug my old camp trailer to a RV park in Nampa, Idaho.

Somewhere in here I called Snake River to see if I could get my job back. No go, it was already filled. I wound up calling Gary and Dede Fales at Rimrock Dude Ranch. Rimrock is west of Cody, Wyoming on the way to Yellowstone National Park. Gary is a couple years older than I am. We’ve know each other since we both were riding saddle broncs, about 40 some years. I used to work for Gary’s dad and mom back when they owned the ranch and hunting camps. I never worked on the ranch. I always was guiding hunters and pulling pack strings in the wilderness. ( We actually kinda looked down our noses at those “dude wranglers”.) Gary said, ” I can’t pay ya what yer worth.” I said,”Hell, I’m gettin’ old. I might not be worth much.” We struck a deal and I went to work the first of May. I only had to spend a little over 40 days in that little camp trailer.

When I got there, Gary had bought a pen full of new horses. The first order of business was to get shoes on these knot heads and then ride them to see if they were any good. Bear in mind, Gary is 68 and I’m 66. I found out that my new knees were pretty good for shoeing horses but my back was still a little weak. I then found that when you go from being extremely bow-legged to being knock-kneed, getting on a horse is not the same as it used to be. I couldn’t find my right stirrup. This has some interesting ramifications when mounting a somewhat knuckle-headed bronc. I did pretty good; only wound up in the rocks once and that was because my saddle slipped when I was getting on. I then spent the whole summer riding “these kind of horses”. We then went to fixing up the ranch. It needed a lot of work. Post holes and corral poles and paint them too. I rebuilt a bunch of pole gates.(my wood working for the summer, that and chain sawing trees out of the trails.) Then we cleaned the place up and built a fence around the swimming pool. I literally worked my butt off. I took one little 4 day pack trip to Hardpan Basin over Memorial day. I started a nice bay mare and she turned into a pretty good little girl by the end of summer. The guests arrived the first of June and then I got to put up with a bunch of kid wranglers. Sometimes I though I was running a daycare. The rest of the summer is a blur. I played one music show per week at the ranch. That was all I had time for. It was all over and I left on Labor day.

I took a trip to Indiana to see family and friends. I then came HOME!!! The renter was gone. I moved back into the house and decided to see if I can get the saddle shop up and running again. I think I will use my website to market custom guitar straps and belts. I’m sort of pushed this way by a remark that Gary made toward the end of the summer. I’d just had a tough time with one of his horses. He said,”When ya was young ya had ta ride these kinda horses ‘cause the ol’ guys wouldn’t. NOW, ya have ta ride ‘em ‘cause the young guys don’t know how!” I’m really tired of “these kinda horses”. I think it’s time to do something else.

By the by, just so this has something to do with wood working; I have my handtool wood shop all set up and ready to go. I will post photos of the NEW shop in the near future.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Douglas Bordner

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#1 posted 10-19-2013 03:25 PM

You tough old bird, God Bless you. Been a weird year here too. Big surgery and a replumbing of my waste line (I wish they could have used PVC), cut a slice into my right paw on the bandsaw, non-agressive cancerous lesion burned off my nose. This getting old isn’t for sissies.
Onward and upward, with plenty of commissions and woodworking galore for both of us. Take care out there, Thos.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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Thos. Angle

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#2 posted 10-19-2013 03:37 PM

Lordy, I thought I had a tough year. Mine is pretty easy compared.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 10-19-2013 03:37 PM

Sounds like your still pretty tough Thomas ,I’m your age and I’d be doing good just to ride a bike for a distance near enough a bunch of green horses. Good to hear form you. Take care and God bless


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#4 posted 10-19-2013 04:06 PM

“These kinda horses” is kinda like some people. Glad you were able to connect with enough good ones to
make it through the year. Sounds like you & Gary are about like the man I am working part time for, since
he is 6 mos older than me, I am the new hand and get stuck with all the scut jobs. Good thing he does not
have a chicken coop or I would get stuck cleaning it out next spring. That fence work sounds familiar, did
you use the two handled post hole diggers and a mule shoe, or has Gary gone modern and put an auger on
the tractor so you can screw into the ground and use a big wrench to back it out. Glad to hear that you
are able to get back into a somewhat set down job in the shop for now and hope it works out. Do you have
enough wood cut to get through the winter, or are you going to take it easy and just turn up the thermostat.
Hope to hear more from you this winter.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 10-19-2013 05:01 PM

Thos Great to hear from you again. Glad that you were able to survive the summer.

Now on to surviving the winter.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 10-19-2013 05:16 PM

I looked on line to see if Tom had a web site and sure enough he has a great one,thought the rest of you might like to take a look.


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Thos. Angle

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#7 posted 10-19-2013 05:23 PM

I just got off the phone doing a live interview with KHTS, Santa Clarita, California. It was about 45 minutes and they played songs from my album. If you go to my Facebook(Tom Angle Cowboy Entertainer) page you can get the links to the pod cast that will be up probably on Monday. YOu also might hi the “Like” button for me. Thanks.

Blue Pine, Gary doesn’t even own a tractor!!! We were lucky to have a pickup instead of a team of horses.
Hello, Karson and Doug

Thanks JIm for the heads up. I need to get to work on that website again.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 10-19-2013 07:05 PM

It sounds like you are leading an interesting life Thomas. My most dangerous ride is my Lazyboy recliner (makes me lazy sometimes).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 10-19-2013 07:07 PM

just saw your blog here thos, it was a good read, from this end of things, it good to see something worked out after the colorado went bust, its always good to hook up with old friends, i hope the saddle shop and things will go well…god bless ya brother…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 10-19-2013 10:40 PM

Good to hear from you again Tom. Things can only get better mate. You sure are a survivor.
All the best for the future & keep those posts coming.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 10-19-2013 10:47 PM

Good to see you’re kicking. Been a while sir.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#12 posted 10-19-2013 11:08 PM

Hey there Thomas!

Good to hear your still stompin around, even if it on new knees! I visited your website, and listened to your tough times song.

Now I have one more thing to admire you about! Nice website, too.

Wish you all the very best for the future.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Thos. Angle

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#13 posted 10-19-2013 11:40 PM

It’s great to hear from all of you.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 10-20-2013 03:16 AM

Thomas, Good to hear you are still on the right side of the grass after this summer. I’m your age, also an ex saddle bronc rider, and I finally gave up “those kind of horses” 2 years ago after finally realizing that I fell off a lot easier than I used to! I hope things get some easier for you. But you have proved that cowboys can do whatever it takes!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 10-20-2013 06:58 AM

Great to hear you are out and about. Good luck with the shop! BTW, my dad advised, “You know better than to ride broncs and bulls.” I left that “work” for a couple of my uncles to handle ;-) I have just stayed away from “those kind of horses” since I left Kuna in ‘68. I know somebody has to handle “those kind of horses”. Glad you boyz are up to the task ;-) Speaking of guys that can handle “those kind of horses”, did you know Henry Hatton?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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