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Big Al's View Of The World


There is little doubt that “a little bit of common sense goes a long way.” Thank goodness, because it looks like there is less and less of it to be found these days. I’m glad that the little bit that is still out there is being put to good use and even though it will obviously be spread very thin over the globe, it will no doubt still do its job.

Just as I hit send on last month’s issue Hurricane Harvey hit. There is no need to go into detail of what happened next. Unless you were literally in hibernation you know the story by now. Out of all of this tragedy came a chance for common sense to come out from hiding.

There has been story after story about the flooding and how common people came to the rescue of so many stranded. In my 48 years of dealing with every kind of person you can imagine, I believe the common man has the most common sense of them all. Who else would you ask for help? The common guy is my choice. I’m not demeaning any person when I call them common. I’m just saying that the regular everyday Joe has the best chance to “get ‘er done” as they say. I hope I fall into this category, although my wife is constantly asking, “what were you thinking?”

I read a story about a group of helicopter pilots that came down to the coast to help people and were met at every turn by “bureaucrats” telling they were not needed or that they couldn’t do that here. These are guys that have flown their $500,000 helicopters from the panhandle to the coast. They have penned cows, sprayed crops, trapped deer and hunted coyotes from the air and you are telling them they might not be qualified to help in the recovery of the flood. I have ridden with a chopper pilot on more than one occasion penning cattle. If there is ever anyone “without” any common sense they might be the one, but the things they do with a helicopter will make you lose your Whataburger just watching it from the ground. These guys “are the real deal” when it comes to getting things done. I couldn’t think of anyone I would rather have in my corner when the you know what hits the fan.

The real heroes in the Hurricane Harvey tragedy are the regular everyday Joe’s that came to the rescue. From the FFA kids that went around gathering donations to send to the flooded areas, to the ranchers that gave up their hay to the ones that have lost every bale in the field and the barn. From the Cajun Navy that came from Louisiana with boats to help rescue people to the guys in choppers that came from the panhandle. Hurricane Harvey brought out the best in everyone and once again proved that a little bit of common sense can go a long way.

Now on the other hand we still have this whole no common sense thing going one. I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the lady that wants Hobby Lobby to stop selling cotton stalks for decorations.
I am speaking for every child that ever had their parents stop on the side of the road so they could pick up a piece of cotton. Slavery is so far from their thinking when they see cotton. All they want is to just feel it in their hands. If you grew up in a cotton family then you probably don’t know what I’m talking about but if you grew up in an area that didn’t have cotton farming then I guarantee this applies to you.

My gosh people, what is the world coming to that we can’t even have cotton as a decoration. They’ll be picketing Fruit of the Loom next. It’s going to be pretty hard to find a name sponsor for the Cotton Bowl this year.

Like I said, I’m glad a little goes a long ways. You either have it or you don’t. Boys have it when they are young and then they lose it in their teens. Thank goodness they get it back later.

Common sense.


Big Al


October 2017 Cowboy Sports News Magazine

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