You can complain about the cold, wintery weather, or you can go out and enjoy it as Doc suggests in this post by Slim Randles. Doc is one of the more positive-thinking members of the Mule Barn Think Tank, as he tries to keep the other guys focused on the good things in life.
It is cold here in East Texas today, and could get even colder over the coming New Year’s weekend. It’s soup and chili kind of weather and I am prepared, with lots to share.
Before you grab a bowl for yourself, you need to know that I make a mild chili that my Mexican friends and family laugh at. What can I say, I was raised in the north before anyone in Michigan had heard of Tex-Mex food. The first time I tasted chili that a Spanish friend made, I choked. Kind of like you choke on your first swallow of whiskey or your first drag on a cigarette. (BTW, I’ve given up the cigarettes, but not the whiskey.)
While I do make the chili a little spicier than I used to, it is still fairly mild, so add your own red pepper if you need to and enjoy.
“I can’t stand winter,” said Herb Collins, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn’s philosophy counter for a quick cup. “There’s nothing to do.”
“Get out and enjoy it,” suggested Doc. “Go skiing. Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then you’ll feel better.”
“I don’t think your advice will take,” said Dud. “Herb seems to be intransigent on this one.”
We all looked at Dud.
“You see, he said he couldn’t stand winter,” Dud continued, “which shows he has a proclivity for intransigence on that particular subject.”
We looked at him some more.
“If he were to take up a winter hobby,” he continued, “he could stop being intransigent and enjoy things more.”
Even Herb was staring at him now.
“I usually,” said Herb, “enjoy a proclivity in that direction, but winter is pretty boring, so maybe I really should be intransigent on this point.”
“Well Herb,” said Dud, “even though you might have a proclivity this season for being intransigent on your attitude about winter, you could kinda ease up and consider a hobby. That way you’d be showing a proclivity for transigence.”
“Transigence?” said Doc. “I thought those were people who lived under bridges. You might want to look that one up, Dud.”
Dud blushed as we laughed.
“Say Dud?” said Steve, the cowboy. “Wasn’t proclivity last month’s word?”
“Yes,” said Dud, “and I believe I’ve used it a couple of dozen times already.”
“And now this month’s word is intransigence, right?”
“Well then,” said Doc, “it looks like you are going to have a proclivity for saying intransigence this month. That’s a veritable plethora of proclivity my friend.”
Dud pulled out a pencil and grabbed a napkin.
“How do you spell it, Doc?”
We just groaned. Sometimes education can be ugly.
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Slim Randles writes a nationally syndicated column, “Home Country” that is featured in 380 newspapers across the country. He is also the author of a number of books including Saddle Up: A Cowboy Guide to Writing. That title, and others, are published by LPD Press. If you enjoy his columns here on the blog, you might want to check out the book Home Country. It features some of the best of the columns he has shared with us.