February '21

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IN THE TRENCHES R I C K W I L L I A M S 1 0 G R A P H I C S P R O F E B R U A R Y 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M COLD WEATHER AND GOOD DEEDS I t's wintertime here in Texas, and though cold weather is not what we're famous for, at least in the northern part of the state it does happen. A few years ago, on a particularly cold and dreary night, when freezing rain or sleet combined with wind and cold, my wife determined I should do something about that poor horse my neighbor had next door. She had fretted over him be- fore, realizing he had no shelter, and that night made me go over and offer to let him into our fence, because down below the house was an old barn that he could cozy up in on that miserable night. I did as I was told, and the neighbor agreed to that plan, so I let the old boy onto our property and saw him off to the barn. After that, I dashed back to the house and gave him little thought before morning. But the next day, the old stallion was not to be found, at least around our place. Seems at some point in the night, he real- ized there were three or four mares in the small pasture just over our back fence, and the old stud decided, cold or no cold, he'd be cozier frolicking with the girls. When we retrieved the horse, he was a bit beat up for at least one of the mares didn't appreciate his advances and kicked him around pretty good. But he seemed otherwise happy. However, neither one of my neighbors was very happy, proving once more the age-old adage, "No good deed goes unpunished." So, we may well have changed the ge- netic pool of the horse population around these parts as a side effect of one neighbor- ly gesture gone astray. I just wish that was the only time that some well-intended and generous act on my part had completely unexpected and undesired consequences. At our commercial sign shop, I may well have a reputation. One of the worst was back when a client and friend of mine talked me into using my old ladder crane to lift a heavy-duty air conditioning compressor up to the roof of the Longview Mall. I really didn't want to do it, but he was pinching pennies

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