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  • Santa Arriving, Texas-Style

    Posted by Sgt. Mom on December 6th, 2020 (All posts by )

    (Yesterday, at noon, at Christmas on the Square, in Goliad. A wonderful time was had by all, even the very tame longhorn.)

     

    11 Responses to “Santa Arriving, Texas-Style”

    1. Roy Kerns Says:

      That beast makes “where’s the beef” take on a different shade of meaning. Tame, indeed.

      I cannot see the name Goliad without reflecting on a debt to Sgt Mom for having written about the town and for leading me to learn a lot more about Texas history than I would have otherwise.

    2. MCS Says:

      The Longhorn breed was almost allowed to go extinct before it was discovered that they had a very valuable trait. Their calves tend to be smaller when they are born. Back crossing them with other, beefier, breeds allows more live calves and lower maternal mortality.

      Range cattle tend to be fairly placid, even bulls, since there aren’t any predators around up to taking them on. Dairy bulls are uniformly dangerous to be around, especially on foot.

    3. Mike K Says:

      There is a fellow with a farm near McMinnVille, OR who has a heard of longhorns. I see them every time we visit my stepson who lives about a mile down the road. It seems the herd is larger every time I see it.

    4. Mike-SMO Says:

      And the guy with the shovel is preventing/limiting CO(2) and Methane release?

    5. Deep Lurker Says:

      I’m reminded of an old old Merrill-Lynch TV ad that had a placid and well-trained bull walking around and between displays of fancy glassware and china in a pointed inversion of the “Bull in a China Shop” idiom. Ah, here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMKd1NkTEB8

    6. Brian Says:

      Nice to see people enjoying the season with no masks in a situation that doesn’t call for it. None of that here in NY.

    7. MCS Says:

      Mike-SMO,
      The shovel reminds me of marching band. The organizers always promised the bands scoopers behind the mounted units and never seemed to deliver. White buck shoes and no way to see where you were stepping. one steer is probably more manageable.

    8. Sgt. Mom Says:

      It was terribly pleasant to have a bit of normal – masks were required inside, but outside – eh, maybe about half the people I encountered were wearing them. The other half didn’t – although they had them, weren’t wearing over their nose and mouth.
      I see now that Gruesome Newsome in CA is dictating that everyone stay home! Not even going for a quiet walk in the neighborhood.

    9. suburbanbanshee Says:

      Holy crud. I don’t think I have ever seen a longhorn in relation to humans standing next to it. That is big.

    10. PenGun Says:

      “That is big.” I dunno, about the size of a Holstein, a pretty standard cow in my part of the world. You should get close to an Elk if you can, they are really big.

      If you click my name you will see 3 of my friends, from when I used to live near them. A small family, that’s her old man and kid. They killed and ate the old man, a little later on that year and the kid will be dinner by now. One reason, among many I have been a vegetarian since I was quite young.

    11. Tatyana Says:

      Besides, the coming new year in Chinese calendar is a year of the ox/bull – much better, than 2020 – a year of the rat, with its dirty infections, lies, sneaky thieves, and some other [RINO] rats fleeing a ship…
      Not that I believe in such things