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in San Angelo Jazz Musician Kevin Brown Tells a Storied History
I've had the privilege of calling Kevin my friend since the 90's, when he was part of an exquisite band called "Slow Motion Monkey". For all of his amazing talent, he's one of the genuinely nicest guys you could hope to meet.
He does owe me ten thousand dollars (or a Milky Way bar, I forget which), so y'all go fill up his tip jar, and tell him an Abilene guitar player said "Howdy"!
in Boxing Day, the Holiday After Christmas
Christians, including many in the United States, celebrate the season of Christmas from December 25, marking the birthday of Jesus to January 5, Epiphany, marking the arrival of the Magi from the east. Disregard the commercial hype that started before Halloween (All Saints eve) and enjoy the rest of a blessed Christmas season.
in Saving Donkeys
"They have a larger brain. They’re smarter than a horse." ~ Doc
I can't back-up the first part of that quote, I actually have no idea whatsoever of the horse v. donkey brain weight comparison, but I'll stand by the second part forever. Horses, in direct comparison with donks, are just plain dumb, & I know that'll offend a whole lot of folks around here, and I'm sorry for that.
A Bad Analogy I use often is Dogs & Cats; horses are like dogs, they'll follow you around everywhere, love you unconditionally, and have a desire to please you. Donkeys, like cats, do not. They can be very fickle in their affections, and if they decide they do not want to do what you want them to do ... well, there just ain't a whole lot you can do about that. The donkeys reputation for 'stubbornness' stems mostly from their intelligence, and also from their highly developed sense of self-preservation. If a donkey does not understand something, or is afraid that there is danger ahead, he will plant his feet. All the cussing & beating in the world will not get that donk to move, if he has determined that it is in his best interest not to.
As seen in movies, horses can be ridden into a river of unknown depth, or off a cliff-face. I've had donkeys balk at crossing a little stream of water from a leaking water trough ... how deep is that? Can't we go around it? Why does he want me to go down there, anyway? I'm just gonna stand here for a minute and think about it ....
Donkeys require alot of patience & convincing. They will not just rush blindly into something, & I respect them for this. Loading them into an unfamiliar trailer when tired & pressed for time can be extremely frustrating for the donkey wrangler, but I have to consider: what would I do if some screaming jerk in a cowboy hat tied a harness around my neck & face and tried to drag me into a dark metal box? I think I'd be a little "stubborn", too ...
in San Angelo Economy Sunny, Long-Term Room Prices May Drop
I totally agree. I lived in Florida when the economy was strong. New houses and businesses being built. Now there are so many foreclosures and businesses out of business there. No jobs for people there. I still have a few friends who have stuck it out there, but they say it has been a tough time. I just hope this doesn't happen here.
I just have one more comment. I current live across from a site where AB Builders are constructing new houses. Yesterday morning, Christmas morning, we were woken to the wonderful sound of construction equipment. We do not have younger children, so from about 8 to about 11 all we heard was this piece of equipment running. How RUDE! On a Christian Holiday!!!!! I just don't understand people these days and their ignorance!
Wow, Joe ... taking ALOT of heat on the PVDR Facebook page over "worthless"!! PVDR Adopters from all across the country are weighing in!
"Valueless in today's market" would've probably been more accurate, albeit more wordy for a lead-in ....
Donkeys regularly appear in Texas sale barns for $5 (or less), making them mostly "worthless" as a livestock animal. County Sheriffs all across Texas who have to catch and care for estray donks can't "fatten them up" and recoup some of the cost at a sale barn, the way they can with seized horses or cattle. The burden of estray donkeys on local law enforcement is no small matter these days in Texas; PVDR-Texas has been committed to taking in these animals as a priority.
As for "making mules", most mule breeders prefer to use Mammoth American Jackstock; since a mule is a hybrid animal coming from a female horse & male donkey (jack), female donks (jennets, jennys) are "worthless" for that purpose. Very few domestic donkeys are Mammoth American Jacks, and such animals are very rarely "dumped", to eventually end up with PVDR. (Ranchers and other irresponsible breeders who keep jacks around for "making mules" usually have other jens around; jacks + jens = more "wothless" donkeys that will end up wandering Texas back roads ... to be caught by Country Sheriffs & brought to PVDR, where we will be tasked with the animals' welfare for the next 30 or 40 years .... donkeys have a long life-span.)
In a "good economy", Miniature donkeys (36" or less at the shoulder) do have value; folks Back East especially seem fond of breeding them to pull little carts & such. The "Mini Craze" has had its downside for us, too ... last year PVDR-Texas took in 80 minis from a "breeding farm" near Houston that financially collapsed-in on itself. The "breeders" had started with one pair of minis, the entire herd was descended from them, with the ensuing genetic problems of massive in-breeding, &etc.
As a pet or companion animal, a "value" cannot be set on a donkey. Their intelligence, emotional range, & obvious displays of affection are simply priceless to those folk who have the pleasure of knowing these wonderful animals.
in Christmas Without Brandon: Lawson's Girlfriend Speaks of Loss and Holidays Past
Thank you for posting this story. Hopefulley someone will have some answers.
I get the point, but If mules have value, it's hard to think of donkeys as worthless, since it takes a donkey to make a mule. (I know some people like that--the only good thing they did was have children that turned out to be decent folks!)
in Restaurants Open on Christmas Day
Ms Noelle, Perhaps some people need a place to go on a holiday for whatever reason for a meal be it Christmas or Easter. Perhaps some people need the extra money and maybe the employer is paying them above their regular wage to work on a holiday. Thankfully we don't live in a theocracy or socialist country yet. Merry Christmas
what! this is an outrage! they shouldn't be working, they should be home with their families! how dare they try to make money on a HOLIDAY.
in Mr. T's Deli Under New Ownership
What's the deal Kit, I thought as you get older you're supposed to work less, not more?!? Or is Courtney trying to work you to death to collect the life insurance!?
In good fun,
Good luck Court and Kit, Love,
Cop Car Dave
I know it wasn't mentioned in this article, but I sure hope the dinner menu that was introduced this past year goes with change as well. I thought the dinner theme was a big bust. Service was bad, quality of food went down hill and the idea that Mr. T had become an upscale restaurant was a joke. Many of Mr. T's menu that was sold frozen was outstanding. I would like to see that menu be expanded.. Good luck to the new owners.
The website said : today's special: pot roast or chicken and dumplins. After finagling a parking spot and waiting at the counter, I was told "We're not doing C&D today. We're doing pot roast."
Lots of places to eat in Angelo. I'll come back here when I've tried them all.
in Christmas Inside San Angelo's Pagan Community
Thank you for the enlightening article. I too, am a pagan/wiccan and i know I'm not one of the 100 counted. I suspect that there are many more of us.
in Drunks, Dope Fiends and Illegals Arrested on Thursday
For names, go to the Standard Times official records, then you can connect the dots between the names of the drunks, dope fiends, and illegals.
in County Abates Hoarder's Junk Lot
Shonna - My apologies! I misunderstood your comment. It was a long day at work :)
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