Just Your Standard Bull


January 8, 2024

            I survived another New Year’s Day and birthday. I have officially made it to 64 years of age! Yes, I’ll need to sign up for Medicare this year which will mean big savings on my health insurance. So, I have that to look forward to…

            Each year on my birthday, I’m reminded on Facebook of all the friends I have made over the years. It really got me to thinking about how big the world really is and of all the people we meet and encounter over the course of a lifetime. And when you study the list of people, how it sort of points to different parts of your life. It made me want to break them down.

            My childhood days. These friends include family like brothers, cousins, aunts and uncles, but also a few childhood friends that I have kept up with.

            My high school days. Yes, I still have a number of old high school buddies who reach out to me every year. NONE of us look the same!

            My college days. I just got off the phone with an old college roommate. His elder brother had just passed away and I passed on my condolences. Before you know it, you find yourself reminiscing about the old days and what ever happened to old so and so, etc.

            My early career. Back in 1984 thru 1986, I had the opportunity to work for a cattle association. From that time in my life, I met a number of people who remain very close friends. Some are even co-workers. In point of fact, there are five or six of us, who continue to work closely together to this day. These are friendships that started 40 years ago and are still going strong.

            My church life. My wife Lauren and I have been members of the same church since 1988 or 89. Lauren is better with dates than I am. But many of these dear friends we have worshipped and served alongside of for many years.

            My Charolais friends. Our family has been breeding Charolais and even Charbray cattle since back in the 90’s. It has also been my pleasure to serve on the Charolais board, which has led to friendships all over the country.

            Our old Entre Ganaderos Days. Yes, we used to publish a cattle magazine in Spanish, which was distributed in Cattle Unions all over the Country of Mexico. I have friends from many states across Mexico.

            Our San Antonio All Breed friends. We’ve been putting on this sale since 1992. We have long-time friends here and continue to make new ones every year.

            Our Silveus Insurance friends. Many of our insurance customers come from our other circles, but these have also led to relationships with producers from across the country. We have customers going West to New Mexico, and going as far north as Missouri, extending all the way east to Georgia and Florida.

            And finally, our Southern Livestock Standard friends. Since 1989, I have shared with you my thoughts through this column. Some have been serious, some bizarre. Some on point, others not. But I am constantly reminded no matter where I go that you still pick us up every other week and give us a quick read. For this we are very thankful.

            And for all of you who reached out to me by Facebook, text and phone, I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. And I wish you all a very prosperous, healthy and Happy New Year!

Southern Livestock

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