December weather has really been the pits. We’ve had lots of rain, followed by a few bitter cold days. The warming trend of the last couple of days has been just enough to turn the ground into the kind of slick mess that no sane person would ride on. However, foxhunters aren’t known for sanity, and with threat of more rain over the weekend, today looked like it might be our best shot for a while. It was only the third time this month I’ve gotten to hunt, and about 10 days since the last time. I really didn’t want that downtime streak to get any longer, so I went out and slid around today.
UPDATE — They’re open!
This is supposed to be the time of year for feeling Mary, or something like that. But I’ve always been a little grinchy about Christmas. And then today, I got hit by devastating news that just killed any desire I might have had to celebrate. It wasn’t completely unexpected; there had been a little advance warning, but I had been in denial. But I got cold hard confirmation today, like a virtual punch in the stomach. I can sense some of my readers trying to guess what’s coming. Is Linden getting married? No, far worse. This doesn’t just shatter fantasies; it shuts off a real source of carnal pleasure. Spaldings is closed!
Still in the “Support the Troops” vein: This quote came from Barb, in reference to this UPI story about homeless Iraq veterans:
“What level of Christian (or other) fellowship
sends its children off to kill others and then offers them no assistance on
Something to ponder during the holiday season.
I have frequently ranted here in the past about the hypocrisy of those who blindly chorus “Support the troops”, while supporting a political regime which is providing the troops with an appalling lack of support as they send them off to die in a needless war.
Rumsfeld’s recent idiotic reply to troops who are concerned about a lack of armor certainly provides yet another opportunity to rant. But I’ve got nothing more to say than hundreds of other bloggers have already said, so I won’t bother. Instead, I’ll pass along this email I recently received which offers a simple way to really show some support in this holiday season, with little more effort than is required to stick one of those stupid ribbons on your car.