Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Humorous Interlude from the Park Review

We have been kind of busy of late, and it looks to get even busier in the next couple of weeks. Because of other priorities, I’m getting to the computer pretty late. Thus, there is no time to sit down and write more on our daily events in Red Rock Canyon State Park.

However, I received an e-mail from my boss this morning that really made the morning hilarious for both of us. Let me first provide you with the audio/video file and let you hear the explanation for how bodily wastes are disposed of while astronauts are in space. Pay close attention to what the NASA official says at the end.

OK. After receiving this from my boss, I immediately went into her office and told her this:

“Thank you. You have now completely destroyed any romanticism from standing in a mountain meadow and watching the stars.”

She made some comment to the effect that she knew that I would really like it.

To which, I then said, “So, what have you been wishing for lately?”

I thought she was going to laugh so hard she fell out of her chair. And, that wouldn’t be good because she has had a hip replacement in the last 6 months or so.

Now, I hope you got a little giggle out of that yourself.

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