“You must either conquer and rule or serve and lose, suffer or triumph, be the anvil or the hammer” GoetheKirby Saloon

Fried green beans and cheeseburgers – could anything be more American than driving a 43 year old Jeep over the mountain to Kirby? Kirby, Montana is no more than a blink of the eye bordering the Northern Cheyenne Reservation. I love 4 wheeling over ! This last weekend a good friend of mine stopped to drop off hay and said his mountain lion pelt is ready – shot just off the road to Kirby. In Montana, we usually have a gun in the truck/Jeep. Could that be construed as conquer in Mr. Goethe time? Are we the hammer?

Well, I was out hiking without the Remington 870 Tactical slung over my back. I had both dogs and came around the corner of the river and saw the most beautiful Mountain Lion! Now the Corgi sucked in and did not bark a word and ole Mojo let out a howl half way between “oh shit” and “please don’t eat us”  and I realized I need to always carry a hammer!

I am not going to get into the politics of guns, Obama, or even the Police State of Amerika – because the bottom line in life is “choices”. If you want to live in the country and carry a gun good! If ya want a gun free zone either go to Chicago, a movie theater in Denver, or teach school in Connecticut.

In the lyrics of my favorite song –  Aaron Lewis “Country Boy” –

‘Cause Hank taught me how to stay alive
You’d never catch me out the house – without my nine or forty-five’

Goethe wrote these words in the 1700’s and they hold true today!

Looking West


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