Letter to Dave-January 2006
Viking, Minnesota

Rural Reflections Radio

Letter to Dave-January 2006
Dear Dave,

This is gonna have to be a quick letter. Lisa will soon be home and I haven’t even taken out chicken for tonight. It’s strange custom, I call Lisa at work in the afternoon and she tells me to pull out meat from the freezer for the evening meal. It’s too late for the frozen chunk to thaw so she’ll defrost it in the microwave when she arrives home. Maybe she’s testing my ability to handle stressful situations such as finding frozen chicken inside a packed freezer. If so, then tonight I have failed terribly.

How are things in Carrington, North Dakota? I hope you don’t mind but I blew your horn about your work to introduce global positioning and auto-steer to the local agriculture community. Our nephew, Jamie and I really enjoyed our visit last week. We particularly enjoyed the sermon on Garrison Diversion and other North Dakota politics. “Sermon” is used only in jest but you do speak with conviction and knowledge. I wonder if Case/IH could spare a man such as you for a job in the public sector at the state capital? Mr. Nelson goes to Bismarck, perhaps? All right, I know you’re happy where you are but I also know the goods when I see it.

Speaking of government, I have recently been working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service on a plan to graze our cattle better. There are many energetic people working for NRCS in this area but they are tasked with working in the confines of a slow, lethargic government. It’s wonderful that our government will partially fund new and better grazing practices but they will only fund the practices that have met the approval of many layers of bureaucracy. I find comfort on the cutting edge and employing “new” grazing practices that have already evolved a couple of generations is decidedly uncomfortable. I think dad probably made a good suggestion when he told me to try rotational grazing but on my own terms. I won’t get cost-share on new fencing but it may be the best money I’ve never received.

I’ve burdened everyone with this story but I always say “many hands make light work” so now it’s you’re turn. I recently converted my old pump-jack well into a pressurized system. It was good work and employed three trades that I enjoy disproportionately to my ability to perform them; carpentry, electrical and plumbing. The week in which I actually completed the project was only a portion of the enjoyment. Planning and purchasing had occupied the previous three weeks and were substantial allies in my fight against winter boredom and good topics over coffee at work. I hope you can see it one day.

Lisa’s home so I better go. Remember the television sitcom that touted itself as the “show about nothing?”
Maybe I should have titled this letter “Seinfeld.” Talk to you next month.

Your little bro’