Hunting season is over. I know because hundreds of trucks pulling ATVs passed me on the highway. The economic crunch has not quite hit the hunting industry. That is a wonderful thing for this area! So many businesses rely on this annual influx of buying. That thought of course, brings to mind the Dr.Pepper mess in Dublin. Some petty execucrat decided that Dublin was a threat to their profit line, and destroyed this business and I suspect many others in Dublin. Someone with half a brain is going to have to explain to me the complicated reasoning behind the decision to sue a small town multi-generation business. Surely the bad press would offset the profit line? This petty decision is going to be extremely destructive to families in the area. The Dr. Pepper/Snapple executives should be ashamed of themselves. What did you gain from destroying a small businessman and tiny Texas town? I shall not be buying any DP. According to the poll that KCEN took, 94% of the Central Texas area thought this was a poor decision. The Face book chatter was thumbs down for this mean-spirited move. So I hope someone is happy there in DP land.I tried to get a picture of my Saturday early morning junket, but it didn’t take. The lady at the Valero station just as you leave Early for Comanche, said she couldn’t believe what she was seeing. My tiny little s-10 Chevy was pulling a huge 1 ton Ford down the road! It started about 1:30am when I received the dreaded night call. Fortunately for me, I was so asleep, it didn’t dawn on me right away that it was my son. By the time I woke up, he had explained his predicament. Russ has said for years that computers and hot engines don’t go together. In this case it proved to be correct. The computer in his fuel system wasn’t feeding the fuel. For all you math students it sums up this way… no fuel no go. He headed back to Dallas to get a trailer, then to Bangs to get his friend Beau and his son Jacob. The Valero clerk was very gracious and allowed us to keep the truck on their parking lot all night. I thanked them in person, but I’m thanking them again in this column. It was a wonderful, neighborly thing to do. I can’t possible describe to you the machinations it took to put that huge truck on a trailer that had a slightly narrower width than the wheels of the truck. I’m sure it was very entertaining to anyone who came by as we were winching that monster onto the trailer! So it is off to Dallas and all the computer testing equipment that Shane has at home. Mechanics are no longer grease monkeys, (if they ever were); they have to be computer savvy to keep up with these new cars. I have failed to mention the ongoing Chevy better than Ford debate in our household. It will be some time before Shane can live down the episode. Go Chevy!I had a long chat with my older son Scott today. He leaves for the war on Friday. I’ve put him in God’s hands. My Bible says that which I’ve committed onto the Lord, He is able to keep. That’s all I can do except pray. I need to check and see if he still has that little pocket copy of Psalm 91 that Velita gave him. Like many other parents, I will be praying for a safe return for my son and his unit. We’re geared up for the Youth Fair and Stock Show this weekend. My camera is on loan to my students so that they can take pictures to enter into the fair. I guess I’ll be printing pictures the next few nights. Hopefully there will be enough to get onto posters.The shower for Khalid and Callie Khatib was very well attended. Callie is scheduled to be induced this Friday with the idea that the baby will be born before Khalid has to go back on duty. He will be out of the Navy shortly and intends to become a firefighter. There were many familiar faces at the shower. I hope both those young people appreciate just how exceptional is the love shown by this community. Rhonda was the proud granny to be. I goofed and mistook Khalid sister for Callie. We won’t even go into the stupidity of that. It seems to go with my territory. Brenda Roberts was there to hug Khalid’s neck. I didn’t get to speak with her, so I’m not sure what she is up to these days. Emily Smith was there with her mom Lara and dad Ed. She is looking sleek and grown-up. She is studying to be a personal trainer. Some of my other favorite people were there as well, the Hammetts, Kathy Brockman and most of our school staff. Those young people were “showered” with wonderful gifts and it will make the first year much less of a financial burden. We wish this young couple all the best of luck in the future.I have a new hunting partner for next year. My son Shane’s friend Beau does all his own processing. He says he is going to show me how to do it so that the meat is tender and delicious. I want to give some away to the hunter food basket program, but I’m going to make some jerky with my new dehydrator. Beau and Shane pronounced my jerky to be pretty good. Not bad for a first try. I have more plans to improve my jerky product!I need to shoot an Axis deer. I was told that they are pretty good meat. I don’t have any out here on my place. Actually, I don’t want to shoot it. I would want my son to shoot it and have Beau close by to show me how to prepare the carcass. I believe in game management. I just don’t want to be the shooter. We took four deer from our 100 acres, and there are still 8-12 out here every day. That is way too many animals for this property.I hope everyone is saving their box tops. I would love to be able to buy over a $1000 worth of books this year. Mrs. Gossett would be just ecstatic. She works very hard on improving the content of her library. If you see cars up at the school at night, don’t worry; it’s one act play time as well as basketball. As soon as basketball is over we begin tennis and track. One act play will still be in full swing. I think it is one of our longest activities. That’s one of the joys and trials of a small school. You need everyone to participate to keep teams going. The flip side is you get to participate in activities that wouldn’t give you a chance in a big school. I just love the whole idea of being able to compete.I managed to get everyone’s name right last week. Please pray for Kenneth Powell and Weldon Faught. Both will be undergoing treatments for cancerous growths. Weldon seems to be doing a little better, but is scheduled to go in for another round. Please keep him in your prayers. June MacPherson needs our prayers as well as several others in the community. Baby Maddox will need our prayers as he nears his birth date on Friday.Please pray for our government, our President and our legislators risk. Please pray for our precious troops and their families.