Saturday, July 21, 2012

Just finished 106 hours of driving with Goodall Trucking.  Tomorrow we head off again for a shorter run.

I'm on Killdeer Mountain with the folks today.  Grandpa's old paint horse, Shorty (pictured below, rear), has been sick for the last few days.  This morning the vet diagnosed him to be terminally ill.  We led him over a ridge on the south meadow just west of an old Lakota burial mound, and I used Dad's .30-30 carbine rifle to put Shorty down.  We said goodbye to Partner there last year, and before that Peanut, Topsy, Beaver, and others, when they were dying.

Goodbye, Ol' Paint
It's been emotional for all of us saying goodbye to Shorty.  Besides his being such a beautiful, gentle, and curious horse, he was Grandpa's.

Now, except for Freckles, all of Sandy Bob's ponies are gone.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Last night's Woody Guthrie birthday bash at historic Union Hall in Missoula was a success! Close to one hundred folks showed up to celebrate America's Great Folk Troubadour on the eve of his centennial birthday.

Organizing the show took a lot of work, and I've been feeling exhausted for the last three days. Yesterday's near 100-degree temperature didn't help.  Fortunately, union angels came out of the woodwork and volunteered in multiple ways.  Some brought water and ice.  Some brought floor fans.  Some helped take money at the door.  Some ran sound and lights.

It pleased me that the gritty and fun-loving crowd embraced the heat and sweated it out.  Some lasted the full four hours!

The hootenanny got great press from both the Missoulian and the Missoula Independent.

Thanks to all the bands, dancers, actors, artists, organizers, journalists, and everyone who showed up who helped make this event so memorable and inspiring!

Happy Birthday, Woody Guthrie.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

ROC DVD-Release Party in Missoula, MT: this Friday!
It's almost showtime for the Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration I'm organizing (see details two posts down).  This show will also be the Montana DVD-Release Party for Roll Out, Cowboy.  DVD's will be going for $20 each at the show.  Call me at (360) 789-7684 if you'd like me to deliver 'em to your doorstep.

Thursday, July 05, 2012