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Home Country

I can't stand winter, said Herb Collins, who had dropped in at the Mule Barn's philosophy counter for a quick cup. ÒThereÕs nothing to do.Ó

ÒGet out and enjoy it,Ó suggested Doc. ÒGo skiing. Go ice fishing. Build a snowman. Do something. Then youÕll feel better.Ó

ÒI donÕt think your advice will take,Ó said Dud. ÒHerb seems to be intransigent on this one.Ó

We all looked at Dud.

ÒYou see, he said he couldnÕt stand winter,Ó Dud continued, Òwhich shows he has a proclivity for intransigence on that particular subject.Ó

We looked at him some more.

ÒIf he were to take up a winter hobby,Ó he continued, Òhe could stop being intransigent and enjoy things more.Ó

Even Herb was staring at him now. ÒI usually,Ó said Herb, Òenjoy a proclivity in that direction, but winter is pretty boring, so maybe I really should be intransigent on this point.Ó

ÒWell Herb,Ó said Dud, Òeven though you might have a proclivity this season for being intransigent on your attitude about winter, you could kinda ease up and consider a hobby. That way youÕd be showing a proclivity for transigence.Ó

ÒTransigence?Ó said Doc. ÒI thought those were people who lived under bridges. You might want to look that one up, Dud.Ó

Dud blushed as we laughed.

ÒSay Dud?Ó said Steve, the cowboy. ÒWasnÕt proclivity last monthÕs word?Ó

ÒYes,Ó said Dud, Òand I believe IÕve used it a couple of dozen times already.Ó

ÒAnd now this monthÕs word is intransigence, right?Ó

Dud nodded.

ÒWell then,Ó said Doc, Òit looks like you are going to have a proclivity for saying intransigence this month. ThatÕs a veritable plethora of proclivity my friend.Ó

Dud pulled out a pencil and grabbed a napkin.

ÒHow do you spell it, Doc?Ó

ÒSpell what?Ó

ÒPlethora.Ó

We just groaned. Sometimes education can be ugly.

Brought to you by Sun Dog Days, a novel of real cowboys, available at www.slimrandles.com.

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