Ranchers.net Bull Session

Halloween 1982

Things that come up in the daily operation of a ranch.
User avatar
Soapweed
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 16072
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:54 pm
Location: northern Nebraska Sandhills

Halloween 1982

Postby Soapweed » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:14 am

Halloween 1982

Our oldest son, Will, was due to be born on October 31, 1982. He jumped the gun and came into this world on August 17th of that year. Being right at two and a half months premature, his weight upon arrival was a mere three pounds four ounces. A couple days later, he shrank down to two pounds and fourteen ounces. Carol and I felt extremely blessed that outside of being so early and so small, Will was a remarkably healthy and active newborn. He did so well that the hospital allowed us to bring him home on September 12th, when he weighed just four pounds six ounces.

Back in those days, the last Saturday of each October was the Fall Festival Soup and Sandwich Supper of our local Methodist Church. Since this was always close to Halloween, the ladies and kids dressed in Halloween costumes to serve the supper. In 1982, Halloween actually fell on Sunday, but Saturday night everyone showed up with their costumes.

We arrived at the hall well before the supper was to be served. As we were getting out of our pickup, the lady minister pulled into a parking space beside ours. She was a divorcee in her late 30's, with two small children. She must have found a baby-sitter for the evening, because the kids weren't along. She was wearing a mini-skirt and sporting a spiked butch-waxed hair-do. She informed us that she was a punk rocker, before she oohed and aahed over Carol's costume, and that of Will, who Carol had dresses as a miniature Smurf. The preacher lady then looked me up and down, and said, "Did you come as Tex?" I said, "No, this is how I always dress."

It was a successful supper, with serving from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. One couple showed up at about 8:15, as cleanup was in full swing. The sandwiches were gone, but there was still a smidgeon of soup left. The ladies dished up some soup and brought the pies back out. The late-arriving lady checked out the food supply, and wistfully complained, "What, no sandwiches?" Somehow this has become a family byline through the years.

I don't remember if it was this particular supper, but on one occasion I was following an older gentleman through the chow line. He was working hard to extract a piece of pie from a full pie plate. I suggested, "Lloyd, there are pies already cut further down the table," He said, "Yes, but they aren't Ruth's." Ruth was his wife, and an outstanding cook. Lloyd sure didn't want to take a chance on anyone else's pie.

Supper was over, food put away, and the hall was cleaned. Everyone headed for home. The next day at church, our lady minister told us that as she drove the 24 miles back to where she lived, she came across an automobile accident about halfway home. There were only minor injuries, but the lady got out of her car, still in the costume of a mini-skirted punk rocker. She introduced herself to the accident victims, and said, "I am the local Methodist minister. May I be of any assistance." She admitted that the victims turned down her offer.

User avatar
Big Muddy rancher
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 21285
Joined: Thu Feb 10, 2005 6:29 pm
Location: Big Muddy valley
Contact:

Re: Halloween 1982

Postby Big Muddy rancher » Mon Oct 31, 2016 9:28 am

I was at the dentist on Halloween a couple years ago. All the ladies had on costumes and my dentist walked in to work on me wearing a snap button shirt, jeans ,boots and a bandana around his neck. I looked at him and said i guess I should have dressed up like a dentist.
Avatar by Haymaker

I can't tame wild women.

But I can make tame women wild.

User avatar
Soapweed
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 16072
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:54 pm
Location: northern Nebraska Sandhills

Re: Halloween 1982

Postby Soapweed » Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:18 pm

Big Muddy rancher wrote:I was at the dentist on Halloween a couple years ago. All the ladies had on costumes and my dentist walked in to work on me wearing a snap button shirt, jeans ,boots and a bandana around his neck. I looked at him and said i guess I should have dressed up like a dentist.


:cboy: That is funny. This little video is pretty funny, too.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ti ... &FORM=VIRE

littlejoe
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 1606
Joined: Sat Feb 19, 2011 6:18 pm
Location: Montana, East Slope

Re: Halloween 1982

Postby littlejoe » Tue Nov 01, 2016 9:03 am

That's great! And a whole bunch of them on same link---Tim Conway's elephant story, Dorf--very good~~Thanks!

Long Pines
Member
Member
Posts: 11
Joined: Mon Aug 26, 2013 3:34 pm
Location: SE Montana

Re: Halloween 1982

Postby Long Pines » Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:20 am

Loved the pie story Soap.

I happen to feel the same way Lloyd did. I came home for lunch one day to find that my wife had just made a fresh blueberry pie and there was a fresh carton of Schwan's vanilla ice cream in the freezer. By the time we had finished lunch and were on to dessert, the pie had time to cool to just about the perfect temperature. I took one bite of the pie and ice cream and without even really thinking I said to my wife, "You should get an award for making pies like this"

So I have become a bit notorious at pie auctions that if one of my wife's materpieces is on the block, I will pay whatever it takes. Recently, however, she has employed a new strategy and usually makes 2 pies, one for us and one for the auction, in hopes that we don't spend quite as much money. But be warned, if you want one of her pies, you best be ready to pay for it.

User avatar
Faster horses
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 27776
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2005 12:21 pm
Location: SE MT

Re: Halloween 1982

Postby Faster horses » Tue Nov 01, 2016 11:53 am

I love pie stories, and I love pie.
On one of our trips we stopped in Nebraska or Kansas to eat at a 'local' café. When we were finished, Mr. FH ordered
lemon pie. We intended to share it. So when I had a bite of it, I said, "there is no sugar in this pie." When the waitress came
by, I told her. She went into the kitchen and came out rather flustered. She said, "you are right. A 90 year old lady makes
our pies and she forgot the sugar in all the pies." :lol2:
"All the Democrats know how to do is lie and “forget.”--Trey Gowdy

User avatar
leanin' H
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 5757
Joined: Thu Nov 08, 2007 9:33 pm
Location: Western Utah Desert

Re: Halloween 1982

Postby leanin' H » Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:59 pm

Great stories! :)

I had a guy at my day job ask me and my wife to attend a mystery dinner show on a Halloween evening. He lives in the city and is a very nice guy but we live on completely different planets to put it mildly. He raved about how many other couples would be there, and how fancy the theater was, and a extravagant costume party, ect.. I sweetly told him that I'd rather have a tooth pulled while sitting naked on a glacier by a guy with vicegrips! He was a little taken aback that I wasn't more enthused and tried to change my mind by telling me I could "Dress up like a cowboy"!!! I about died laughing. I told him I dress like a cowboy everyday because that's what I am and not what I pretend to be. We didn't go to the hoorah and he doesn't hate me so we must be good. I sure got a kick out of his invite. Dressing up in a costume and attending a crowded theater packed with strangers is my definition of HELL! :)

Pie Story,
My Grandma made a fabulous feast and invited an old batchelor sheepherder up to their ranch for supper one sunday night. After a grand supper she brought out a freshly baked pie for desert. She served the sheepherder and Grandpa and herself a slice and they started in eating. When the old sheepherder had wolfed down his slice, she asked if he'd like another piece? He cut a small piece and then left it in the pan and took the rest of the pie and put it on his plate and exclaimed..."Don't mind if I do!" :)
A poor ride beats a great walk any day!
<Parry Taylor>

User avatar
Faster horses
Rancher
Rancher
Posts: 27776
Joined: Fri Feb 11, 2005 12:21 pm
Location: SE MT

Re: Halloween 1982

Postby Faster horses » Wed Nov 02, 2016 9:09 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
"All the Democrats know how to do is lie and “forget.”--Trey Gowdy


Return to “Ranch Talk”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Baydog, Bing [Bot], Fish Bar and 13 guests