Beta Culture: Earthman’s Journey – Part 3 of 8

LAKEHank

[ Part 1 — 2 — 3— 4 — 5 — 6 – 7 — 8 ] Cutter After seasons of proving myself at many of the other chores of branding, on this day, I’m in charge of castrations. After the calf slides to a stop and both the heel rope and the top man are firmly in place, I step forward and kneel down by the calf’s belly. I stretch out the scrotum and slice across the lower third of it with a sharp knife. The testicles usually pop out on their own, but sometimes you have to fish around, pressing here and there, to … [Read more...]

Travelin’ Dog (Repost)

[ Another repost, from 2003. ] ________________________________Some stories touch you even when they have no clear ending.I was recently on a week’s vacation to California. I got to see a lot of people and visited a number of places I’ve loved—old good places where I sojourned for a while with dear friends. Sadly, I also said a number of goodbyes. One was to my good buddy Chardonnay, who happens to be a Golden Retriever currently engaged in dying.Chardy used to come for runs with me and my … [Read more...]

When Coyotes Danced (Repost)

[ This weekend I'm transcribing masses of audiofile notes for future posts on Beta Culture, as well as working on some book-y stuff — I have a book in the works, working title "BraynDrops, the Freethought Bathroom Companion" — but unfortunately neglecting things here. I swear I'll be back soon with some new stuff. Meanwhile, here's a repost of a piece from Sept. 15, 2011. ]_______________________________________________It was hot, the day the coyotes danced.It was about 1990, and I was ran … [Read more...]

Tito the Mighty Hunter: Good Dead Things

Thinking about dogs tonight, so I'm reposting this bit from 2008:In most dog-related things, I was a fairly indulgent dad. But having my four-leggers roll in dead stuff, or go off into the brush and bring back something rotten, I had a hard time with that.Tito was especially bad about it.One summer day we were out along Varmint Creek hiking. I have this thing I sometimes do – I think of it as my super power – I hike and read at the same time. The subconscious Guardian Idiot that resides in … [Read more...]

60th Birthday Whale Watching Tour a Success!

I done seen whales!But you don't get to see them unless you click below the fold. The pictures are so awesome, so breathtaking, that I fear you will be awed and breath-taked to the point that you'll pass out and fall onto a smaller, less massive bystander — possibly a child or a dog.Meanwhile, content yourself with this picture of an extremely rare bird known as a "sea gull." (Click to embiggen.) … [Read more...]

Freezing Their Bear Asses Off

 This was the scene at about 7 a.m. today, Eastern time, on the Brown Bear and Salmon Cam broadcast from Brooks Falls, Alaska. … [Read more...]


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