Weatherford Democrat

Farm & Ranch

January 11, 2010

Good deeds gone awry

Baxter Black, Syndicated Columnist

Most of us in our daily lives have occasion to be a good Samaritan. It’s a tenet in the Cowboy Code; to be kind to the less fortunate, to help someone in need. Selfless deeds like stopping to help a stranded motorist, feed the neighbors' dogs and horses while they are away, or euthanize an old cat ... well, maybe I shouldn’t count that as a good deed, but I am a veterinarian!

However, in spite of our good intentions, our generosity can backfire! Like offering to tune Willie Nelson’s guitar, or painting someone’s car while they were away, or as a surprise, cutting down the big oak tree in the neighbor’s yard so they can have a better view of the reclaimed open pit mine.

There are many versions of friends helping friends who are doing something in the dark that needs illumination; like siphoning gas, or adjusting the acetylene torch, or sticking a bloat! I can still hear the scratch of a match and Hank saying, “Here, lemme hep ya! as my trocar penetrated the swollen rumen! The explosion lit the night sky, sterilized the surgical field, set the brim of my hat on fire and singed my moustache! But, he meant well.

I ran into Scott at the Wheat Growers meeting. He reminded me that he had come to a poetry gathering I had done in Ogden, Utah. He had worried that he would not be able to get a good seat, tickets were scarce. “But,” he said, “to my good fortune I managed to get a single on the fourth row center!

“It was great,” he told me, “There were lots of fancy lookin’ cowgirls prancing down the aisles, boots shinin’ and curls bouncin’. Maybe one or even two would have the seats next to mine!”

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