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    • CommentAuthoral seth
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2008
     
    Willie don,t complain if ET and I break you. I hear the food tat the rescue mission is of the finest quality. Do you belong to gym and if so can you take a guest? Pardon my two errors.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2008
     
    Al, yes I belong to a gym and we can get you a good workout if you like.
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    Willie - As you know I'm going to New Mexico next week to buy a sheep farm to build an adobe hacienda on. Just in case my stage coach gets robbed I checked out the escape routes. According to MapQuest it is 17.0 hours 19 minutes and 1076.50 miles, at 62 MPH (?) to your farm in Idaho. My question is:

    Is your sheep pen secure from attack?
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2008
     
    We have a lot of Basque Shepards here, so we have to keep our own sheep secure. These Basque dudes will screw anything that moves. This would be an excellent place for you to hide out. The law or your ex-wife would never find you here. With your beard, you would fit right in with the rest of the cast of "Deliverance".
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    My anxiety has been relieved. Now that I know that I and Brushie Bill have a place to stay if the Comanchero's attack I feel safe. This all happens because there are fewer sheep in Texas than there are in New Mexico.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2008
     
    Pat- Are you really moving to New Mexico? Sheep? If Sheep consider being close to the major Indian Reservations, they do a lot of Sheep there and you might want to join in. Have spent a fair amount of time in Santa Fe area, have family there and have fly fished in that state. Great area, Also if you Snow Ski try it there, it is one of the thrills of life at the Peak.
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    Gregh - Yep, movin' to Santa Fe. Actually I'm going to look for property next week. One of my Great Great Grandfathers had a saloon on the town square back in the 1890's. There's lots of stories about him. Not much family left there, they all died out and the younger ones moved on to greener pastures. I took my kids to ride the Chama Choo-Choo when they were around 9 & 10 years old. While we were waiting for the train to start moving the governor came by shaking everybody's hand. I read in the paper the next day he was up there with the state police to stop a gun fight between some sheppards (for real) and some Arizona would be land thieves. They ran the Arizona guys off. Guess they don't want any strangers messin' with their sheep.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2008
     
    I went for a nice hike today. While driving to the trail head on a dirt road, I ran across a Basque guy herding about 200 head of sheep. They were completely blocking the road. I had to inch my way through them slowly, but I couldn't help laughing. I half-way expected to see a crazed Florida bachelor following the herd.
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    Does Jack go up to Idaho very often?
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2008
     
    Is this a joke? Are you trying to make me say "Jack who?"
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2008
     
    Pat- do you see Jack often? Say Hi to him tried to get hold of him just after he moved to Florida so he and Gary could get together. As you know Santa Fe has mucho charm. Let me know of your contact info so when I get down that way to see my cousins we can get together for a beer and find all your sheep.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 21st 2008
     
    Willie
    As soon as the rivers drop to reasonable flow levels for wading for fly fishing I will get my ass over to McCall and perhaps you me and Tom can slap the water and fish again. I keep checking to flows on websites but they are so high and snow runoff is keeping them too high.
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    Gregh - I haven't seen Jack since high school.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008
     
    Jack seems to have gone underground. I talked to him a couple of times after he moved to Florida, and he sounded fine. I called about 6 weeks ago to invite him to our website, and both his land line and his cell phone have been disconnected. Joe Strand says we might be able to find him through his brother Bruce.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008
     
    Greg, we will be waiting for you whenever you think the time is right.
    • CommentAuthoral seth
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008
     
    Willie Glad to hear you have a gym. I will have to work out to keep my strength up to fight off those sheep.
    PAT I hear it is very expensive for property in Santa Fe. Is that true?
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd 2008
     
    I've heard the same thing about Santa Fe, but prices are down all over so now might be a good time to buy.
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    Al - I'm inclined to think that Willie is right about real estate in general. I know that Santa Fe is the most expensive area in the state. Albuquerque is quite a bit lower and a much bigger town by about a factor of 20X. I'm taking care of my mother so a lot of picking Santa Fe is to please her although she might not comprehend where we are by the time we get there. If it was just up to me I think I'd be looking around Flagstaff / Prescott Arizona or north of Santa Fe someplace. On the other hand the weather is really good year round in the Santa Fe area. It snows a little in the winter but usually stays in the high 20's and stays in the 80's in summer. That's a lot better than 110 in LA.
    • CommentAuthoral seth
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
     
    Pat,, the weather is definitly a consideration. Santa Fe also has great Mexican food. As for the weather Westchester hit 92 but it felt like 120. I went to a wedding in Santa Ana Saturday, it was 105.....Willie I hope it is cool up in McCall. Betty and I are going to see Tom Petty at the Hollywood Bowl Wed nite. We will leave for Mesquite,Nv in the wee hours thur morn. One night there and then up to SLC to visit Jim Karren,does anyone remember Jim? We will leave Jim's early Mon on our trek to McCall. If anyone hears from Beutler give him my regards. I have only spoken to him once since our get together at the Airport Marina. That has to be 3 years now.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
     
    Mexican food is always an important consideration. Growing up in Southern California we become addicted to it. The thing that always killed me are the chips. If you put a bowl of chips and salsa in front of me, I find it hard to stop. Then, when the main course arrives, I'm already full but wolf it down anyway.

    Jim Huckstep, I finally put the Hobie in the water yesterday. I didn't fish, I just wanted to check it out, and everything worked out fine. Next time, I'll go after the lunkers.
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    The best two places around Santa Fe for Mexican food are Tomasita's and Rancho Chimayo. Tomasita's is in the old train station in Santa Fe. I used to eat lunch there once a week and dinner twice a month. Rancho Chimayo is about an hour drive north of Santa Fe east of the town of Espanola. It's an original Spanish Land Grant adobe. The chapel for the land grant is famous for it's 'Holy Dirt'. People claim that the dirt in a little anti-room off the main chapel will cure what ailes you. There's all kinds of crutches and braces hanging from the walls of that little room. Around Easter people walk and some even crawl to this little chapel on the side of the highways. You goota be careful not to run over them.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
     
    Don't forget that the most important component of Mexican food is the Margaritas. The best I've had were at El Chollo on Western Ave. between Pico and Olympic. I've had some good home-made ones too.
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    Margarita no, Cerveza Si. But no Corona piss water. It should be Dos Equis or Tres Equis. Personally I prefer a Cubre Libre or Mojito.
    • CommentAuthoral seth
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd 2008
     
    Pat and Willie..I agree..Negro Modelo,Si, Corona, No..I am drinking a Screwdriver as I write this. By the way the temp is about 78 today.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
     
    Pat I lived in Prescott for a time. Hiked Flagstaff area. Personally, I liked Sadona the best. Santa Fe area is even better. Have relatives also in Espanola as well as Santa Fe. Like fly fishing try the Soaring Eagle Lodge at Navaho Dam, private access to tail water areabelow dam. 80,000 trout in 4.75 miles of stream. Always seems like good weather to be outside in New Mexico. Willie- El Collo, does have the best Margarita's and you can buy them by the Beer Pitcher. Spent many a extented lunch at that place, remember when it was only a converted small old house, now they are a chain of restaurants. I still have them ship me the Margarita mix, they send it packed in dry ice. Makes a great BBQ even better.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
     
    Greg, I have many El Chollo stories and here is one. In 1984 during the L.A. Olympics, two friends and I went to El Chollo after watching track and field at the Coliseum. Half the crowd was there and there was a two hour wait. We just ordered pitchers of Margaritas and appetizers, and that was our meal. We were crocked by the time we left, and as we staggered out the door, they called us for our table. We just laughed. I think I first went to El Chollo with Richard Courtney when we were still in high school. It was legendary even then.
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    Greg - Unfortunately my mother sold a large lot in Sadona without asking if anyone was interested. She'd owned it for years and I'm sure she got ripped on the price. Then she bought a time share at some ski joint in Colorado. I might look at lots around Espanola while I'm at it.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
     
    Pat- Just read a news article. A man was apparently bathing outside got attacked by a cougar and he was killed and partly eaten. happened southeast of Santa Fe. there have only been about 100 known events of cougars attacking humans with 20% fatal. Right now real estate is real cheap where this happened in Pine Altos. Matter of fact the victims place may soon be available.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 24th 2008
     
    Pat has a lot of guns. He'll be ready.
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    Where's that Cougar? I want to feed him some good venison for helping my real estate quest. I don't blame the cougar for being outraged by some grotesque guy exposing himself on the cougar's land.

    Actually I don't find anyplace named Pine Altos via MapQuest. Southeast of Santa Fe is mostly flat desert land that I've driven through. Southwest might be a little different. I'll let you know about SW when I get back as I'm taking a train ride through that area that is too far from the highway to see. From the train advertisement there is some large canyon in that direction.

    I didn't realize there were 100 cougar attacks documented on humans. All I can say is don't go jogging in the foothills of east Orange County.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
     
    Pat- I figure he deserved the attack bathing outside. Pine Altos is an old mining area and is on map quest. WA had some lady get jumped by a cougar while she was in her jacuzzi in winter. Experts figured the cougar was attracted by either a bitch or the hot water? Cleveland National forest is notorious for human encounters with big cats.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
     
    Willie- Just got done scouting river flow reports and Yellowstone wich is the last big un-dammed river has hit peak and is dropping. Tail water rivers also are beginning to ease up. They say its about 2-4 weeks late in flow curve. Shall I bring some El Chollo Margarita Mix?
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
     
    Willie- Do you and or Tom still hunt Deer/Elk in fall? I know Tom did a bit back in time. I've gotten back into Bow Hunting and wanted to see if we wanted to set up a trip in Idaho. I have all the camo gear and blind. blind works real well for a few nips of Bourbon while calling for Elk, turkeys (hell we could drink some Wild Turkey), etc. I think I will pick-up a good wall tent with stove. Does Tom use a guide service or local friends to locate hunt areas?
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
     
    Pat, an old man who bathes outside deserves anything he gets. A beautiful young woman is another matter entirely. She should be protected at all costs, and it will be your responsibility to post the photos here.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
     
    Greg, Tom has been elk hunting 3 times. He hasn't bagged an elk yet but has two nice deer one of which hangs in his house. Since this is my first year here, I am scheduled to go in October. The rules are very complicated here with different zones etc. The bow season is generally in September while rifle season is in October. There is no overlap. I will send you a copy of regulation booklet. I don't bow hunt, but I would be happy to scout or help you set up if you come here. Maybe I could call them in for you. Also, when the flows drop to your satisfaction, I will meet you at the St. Joe or wherever you wish. By all means bring the El Chollo mix if you have it.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
     
    Maybe I can plan a blackpowder hunt?
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
     
    We have a muzzleloader antlerless only season, but that time is different still. Belive me, it is confusing. You'll see when I send you the regs. Meanwhile you can get some info at fishandgame.idaho.gov.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
     
    Are you planning a regular rifle hunt for Deer or Elk? If so, I can break out the real stuff 30-06 or 308?
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
     
    Also, need your street address. Have your PO Box, have a litttle surprise that needs to be delivered directly to House.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 25th 2008
     
    I'm planning a rifle hunt (elk) with some expert friends of my brother. I don't know what the arrangements are, but I'll keep you posted. I don't want to post addresses here so I'll send you an E-mail
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
     
    Willie-
    Any word on water levels in Clearwater River System?
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
     
    I haven't heard any thing official, but Tom just returned from three days camping at Dworshak Reservoir and said everything was fine, although he didn't fish. I'll try to check it out. I mailed the hunting info Friday.
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    I'm back from my real estate hunt. I bagged a 3 bed 2 bath beauty that was barely legal. It has a side gate so when Willie brings his flock down for the winter it will be no problem to get them all in the large back yard. This house has two attached garages. One is a standard size two car garage. The second is almost twice as big. There's enough room for the 32 Ford Roadster I've always wanted, all of my reloading equipment, an air gun range, a full set of weights for Al, a couple Harleys and best of all this garge is heated for those cold winters. I saved the best for last. The house has a full tilt wet bar as big as the Harbor Room down on Culver Bl. so a body won't fall behind on his drinking.

    Greg - I found a new (to me) eating joint. It's called Gilbert's. Located about 100 yards north of the Cuyamunga offramp on the east side of the highway just short of the radio towers. Super Guacamole and although I'm not a great Margarita fan theirs are so good I drank a few. I think the food was great too.
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2008
     
    Pat, welcome back. It sounds like you had a successful trip. Did your mother go with you? I hope I can come visit you someday. If you took pictures of the house or surrounding area, post them here. Al Seth and his wife stayed here for three days and just left about an hour ago. If they ever come to visit, you had better have that wet bar ready.
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      CommentAuthorPat Chambers
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2008 edited
     
    Here's a picture of the Sheep Pasture - I mean backyard ;-) and some other stuff. Unfortuneately I don't have a picture of the wet bar available.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2008
     
    Pat-
    Looks like a great place. Next time I head down to see family hope you are moved by then. Plan on sampling the Tequilla and food.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2008
     
    Willie-
    Did you and Al play golf? Scores?
    • CommentAuthorWillie
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd 2008
     
    Pat, nice house. I think you'll like it. What's the elevation there?

    Greg, I was hoping you wouldn't ask about scores but:
    Willie 100
    Al 99
    Tom( my brother) 88
    The great thing is that even though I had the highest score, I won the money because we were playing skins and I won the carryover holes. I won 2 dollars from Tom and 7 from Al. You should have heard them scream. Priceless.
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    Willie - Santa Fe is about 7,200 feet. Albuquerque is around 5,000 feet.

    Greg - As it stands now I'm supposed to take posession September 4th. I've offerred to let the lady and her kids stay longer if she needs the time. They have a house near Farmington but she is managing the move on her own while her husband is away at work.
    • CommentAuthorgregh
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2008
     
    Hey Men-

    Take a look at LA Times News artivcle regarding Randy Cornfield. He went to Westchester while we were there.