"Dud's book can be a real chore"


   Dud sat quietly this morning at the daily meeting of the World Dilemma Think Tank … that’s Dud and the guys, of course.

  Herb had brought some new jokes with him as a way of pumping new adrenaline into our winter conversational doldrums. They weren’t all THAT good, but we all laughed, and Dud smiled a little.

  “You’re quiet this morning, Dud,” said Steve. “Everything okay?”

  “Oh sure,” he said, smiling. “Just wondering about what goes on in a guy’s mind when he’s on special assignment.”

  “You’re on special assignment for who now?”

  “Not me, Doc,” Dud said. “I was just wondering what thoughts a man might have if he volunteered to be a truck driver on special assignment in eastern Europe.”

  Ahhhh….. the book again. The oft-rewritten, oft-rejected novel.

  “That’s right. So what would make a guy take his 18 wheeler to somewhere Dracula used to live and drive it around on government orders until the assignment is complete?”

  “What’s the assignment?”

  “I don’t know yet. The truck driver is still waiting for his assignment to come through.”

  “So …” Doc tries to be kind …”the truck driver takes his own 18-wheeler to eastern Europe and drives around with an old girlfriend who happens to be a duchess and lives in a castle, but he doesn’t know why he’s there?”

   “Well … pretty much. Sounds strange when you put it like that.”

  “In this book you’re writing,” Steve asked, “is the government buying the diesel for him to drive around?”

  “Haven’t worked that out yet, either, Steve.”

  Writing a book can be a real chore.

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Newspaper columnist Slim Randles, who writes the weekly Home Country column, took home two New Mexico Book Awards in 2011. His advice book for young people, “A Cowboy’s Guide to Growing Up Right,” took first place in the self-help category, and “Sweetgrass Mornings” won in the biography/memoirs category. Randles lives and works in Albuquerque. Home Country reaches 3 million hometown newspaper readers each week

Slim Randles learned mule packing from Gene Burkhart and Slim Nivens. He learned mustanging and wild burro catching from Hap Pierce. He learned horse shoeing from Rocky Earick. He learned horse training from Dick Johnson and Joe Cabral. He learned humility from the mules of the eastern High Sierra. Randles lives in Albuquerque.

Randles has written newspaper stories, magazine articles and book, both fiction and nonfiction. His column appeared in New Mexico Magazine for many years and was a popular columnist for the Anchorage Daily News and the Albuquerque Journal, and now writes a nationally syndicated column, “Home Country,” which appears in several hundred newspapers across the country.


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