Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Walking into the local convenience store today, there was a scraggly looking man in front asking for a dollar, said he needed gas to get back home. I gave him a dollar - looked like he could use it. About that time he asked another fellow for some change and the guy gave him a dirty look and stomped off. Inside this guy tells me, "That bum is just going to buy wine with that money." I tell him, "Yeah, or maybe he really needed gas...any way, it was just a buck and it made both him and I feel better." The guy shook his head and walked off. A few minutes later while in the checkout line, I turned around and the non-charitable man was behind me...with a 24-pack of beer. Hmmm... Now I know that man can spend his money any way he wants, but I had to smile at the irony of it all...


  1. Love this story!! We give from the heart, without asking why!! :)

  2. Nice! Just found you accidently and twittered your post today. I'll stay in touch. I'm a YA author who writes about the Southwest and the South. I write crazy blogs about everything from my childhood on an Arizona ranch up in the White Mountain region to my experiences on my grandparents' farm in Missouri. Stop by!

    1. Great blog yourself, Jodi. Hope to hear more from you in the future!


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Jim spent a few years competing in the calf roping event at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association level, qualifying for the circuit finals a few times. He lives on and operates a ranch near Stanfield, Arizona, once a part of John Wayne’s Red River Ranch, and also owns Western Trading Post, dealing in Cowboy and Indian collectibles. 

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