I’m glad I ran out of time on my last loop thrown. It gave me time to reflect back a little more on the past twenty years.
One day in Madison, Wisconsin at the Mid-West horse fair a fellow came up and visited me while I was eating lunch in the stands. He told me he was getting on the Amtrak train in the morning and taking a few days to get to the west coast, I think it was Seattle, Washington. When I asked him what for, he told me to get a hamburger.
I laughed and told him I’d buy him one right here, as I was eating one. He said it wasn’t about the hamburger, but the journey.
Well, I have been on one heck of a ride for the last twenty years and it’s been a great journey.
All the great times working in Sweden, the horse fairs, the clinics, and miles of travel have been the greatest. The people I have worked for/with have been the real deal, and a real bunch of characters.
From the movie stars and celebrities on the Horse Whisperer, my old friend Sven from Sweden, who really helped me transition from a hick cowboy to being able to get along anywhere. Darrell Burnett that really saw value in what we were doing and got us paid for it, and then showed me how to spend it on good music, food and having a good time. All the beef folks that I have worked with in the past few years making sure that fellow making the trip had a good burger.
The folks that have been the conductors on the train I’ve been riding have allowed me to see so many things, meet so many good people, and work with so many great animals.
Wife Tammy was pretty emotional on our recent trip. That’s understandable as she cries when someone wins on the “Wheel of Fortune”. She has been a big part of the journey.
I didn’t get emotional or really even think about it as I was to busy doing what I had to do. I am just glad it all came together like it did, and I got to see who I got to see and do what I got to do, and I’m not talking about last week, but the whole ride. I’m still not eating my hamburger, I’m just getting on another train.
I guess contentment from good memories and the endorphin release you get from those memories is emotion, so if you happened to be a part of my little train ride, thanks for the memories!
I am so glad that fellow interrupted my lunch and told me the train story. I really think it was one of those moments in life that changed the way I looked at things and really added to my quality of life. I hope sharing the story does the same for you.
The next loop I throw is going to be about our days in Texas and that may be a big loop!