November 23, 2023
It pays to get up early. Case in point. Got up around six, went out to get the papers and spotted this glorious little weather happening creeping across Ratcliff Ridge.
Uno approves, although he spots something to the north he would like to get in his mouth. Ironic, yes?
And, here is the view looking the other way.
And, here, on this thankful day, is a sketch I noodled this morning.
"Last Light On Idiot Ridge Rider"
Larry McMurtry grew up on a ranch near Archer City, Texas and one of the prominent landmarks on his dad's ranch is Idiot Ridge, so called because, well, the local tradition is that who would want to live there but idiots. Having a healthy sense of humor, the McMurtry family called the whole place the "Monkey Ward house on Idiot Ridge."
"When as I was growing up something was wrong. I didn't know what. My father couldn't. . .have articulated it. But I could tell something was over and it was not going to come back. And I knew my father knew that."
—Larry McMurtry, explaining his writing mission early on