MORE THAN A GAME
This is getting ridiculous. Payson’s football team has chartered a bus three times for long road trips the last two seasons.
In 1957, two Air Force bases and two more stripes after I went back into the service, I spent 50 bucks for a mud-green 1950 Plymouth which quickly found its way to its natural home — the junkyard. Then came a solidly built Chrysler Saratoga two-door with a metallic green finish and a Red Ram V-8 that whizzed me over halfway across the country from Texas to New Jersey.
It’s often said that America has a love affair with the automobile, and I have to tell you that I have no argument with that, none at all. How could I? I just did a count. I’ve owned 14 of the little puppies.
As I’m sitting here early in the week writing this week’s article, I’m watching a downpour of rain pounding Green Valley Lake and the wind whipping through the willow trees at the lake’s shoreline. It sure doesn’t look like there is any end in sight to this year’s monsoon.
Christopher Creek did itself up proud again last Saturday night. Nearly 70 Creekers including 17 of our Colcord neighbors and a couple from OW Ranch made quite a statement at the Northern Gila County Fair’s Demolition Derby.
OUTDOORS UNDER THE RIM
To an outdoorsman, there are a few predictable signs that wildlife exhibit at different times of the year. The gobble of a wild turkey in the spring, the salmon run of an Alaskan summer, and the bugle of a bull elk in the early fall in the mountains of the West are all benchmark events in nature.
Last week I told you how Lolly and I had forded the fabled Indus River in my Jeep on our way to see an archaeological dig. We had climbed a low range of mountains, reached part of the road that curved around a mountain, with a drop of 50 feet on our left, and one of 2,000 feet on our right. Suddenly, just as we topped a low rise at 35 miles per hour, we came upon an old man strolling down the middle of the narrow road with a 7-foot-long lathi, or quarterstaff, stuck under his arms — and no way to get around him.
“Crash! Boom! Bang!” sang rock singer Roxette in 1994. Yes, Roxette, it’s Demolition Derby time here in Payson once again! This Saturday night (7 p.m., Sept. 7) the annual every-man-for-himself, last-man-moving, winner-take-all event will take place at the yearly Northern Gila County Fair at the Payson Event Center.
Hello Payson. I’m excited to be here. Well, I’m kind of here and there at the moment as I begin the next chapter of my career at the Roundup while trying to sell my home in Show Low.
Christopher Creek will play host to the 1970 Labor Day Flood Reunion at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 2 at the Landmark. Marshall Trimble will be here to emcee and there will be a number of witnesses to relate their stories.
We all learn by doing. In fact, many leading authorities believe it is the best way to learn. As someone who taught for quite a while, I would agree — with just one teeny, tiny caveat.
I’d like to remind everyone that time is running out to get tickets for the big raffle drawing this Sunday, Sept. 1. The Riff Raff Rifle Raffle is upon us — and it’s more than just a tongue-twister!
Last week I had finally given up all hope of seeing New Delhi in the few short hours I had during our overnight stay there, and had gone back to my room.
It’s not too late for children and teens to get involved in this year’s Awana Clubs at the First Baptist Church (FBC) in Pine.
Last week I was just leaving Bangkok, Thailand, on the Navy C-121 Super Constellation, which in the 1950s through 1960s flew the Embassy Run along Southeast Asia once each week.