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What would we do without signs? There are welcome signs, stop signs, warning signs, billboards, sandwich boards, blinking neon monstrosities and so much more. Most of us would be wandering aimlessly like bison on the prairie or freshman at college were it not for signs. But do you happen to know who invented the first traffic sign? It was the Romans, of course.
Do you know what has become taboo in North Dakota? Risk. Now you might scoff at such a suggestion, especially since we are in the midst of an oil boom. But it's true. North Dakota is a no-risk state and has been since long before the oil boom. It didn't start out that way. I know this because I've heard my grandfather's stories. Nor is it necessarily a bad thing, but it will affect our long-term legacy and it will result in unachieved potential. Of course the media refers to it as "conservatism." But that puts a political spin on it and this is not political.
Do you think you could go through life without ever seeing yourself in a mirror? Noah probably did, and maybe even Adam and Eve. Of course, each of them had the option of looking at their reflections in a quiet pond.
Chapter 6 The greatest difficulty in life is not deciding what you're going to wear or how you're going to spend your money. It's figuring out who you are and what you're supposed to be doing.
I do a lot of things with my horses including team roping, rounding up cattle, branding, giving people riding lessons and even venting in front of them, just to get things off my chest. Therefore, I have to ride them a lot to keep them in shape if I expect them to perform at a high level. After all, you can't expect a horse to spend a day or two rounding up cattle in the Badlands without being in shape. That'd be like asking New Jersey Gov.
Do you know what testosterone is? You should, because we have more of it in North Dakota than any other state in the nation. There was quite a bit before, but now that the oil boom is here, it's overflowing like a backyard pool filled with two elementary schools and the Minnesota Vikings. Our testosterone levels are off the charts. Of course, the fact that there are 34,000 males to every female might have something to do with it.
Guess what North Dakota? You lost another legend the other day. If you didn't know him, that's too bad. Other people around the country certainly knew him and knew him well. Or if they didn't know him, they knew his name and respected and honored him for the pinnacles he reached that no one else ever has. Of course, that's how you become a legend.
Chapter 1 The right front tire of my pickup truck caught the edge of the highway and woke me up from a brief nap. I'd already danced on the roadway's edge too many times and once again overcorrected by using most of the oncoming lane.
Is there anyone that doesn't know what chalk is? Probably not, but when it comes down to it, do you REALLY know what chalk is or what it's made of? If you're over 30 years old, you probably think chalk is something used for writing on chalk boards in classrooms and locker rooms. If you're under 30, you probably think it's something used to draw pictures on sidewalks.
What is this North Dakota fetish with parking old, antiquated threshing machines on every hilltop across the land as if they were some religious icon or graven image to be misworshipped? Who is it we are paying our respects to? The farmers of a bygone era, Andrew Meikl, the Scotsman who first invented threshing machines in 1786, or are we putting them up there because they look a little like intimidating dinosaurs scoping out the valleys below? One can only wonder what might be put up there next. Studebakers, hippie vans, Deloreans or maybe some golf carts?