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It still feels like the spring of our campaign, but meteorologically speaking, autumn is in full swing. The National Western family prepares for winter in different ways. On ranches, we make sure the shelters are patched up and their floors have a nice, thick layer of straw. Here in town, we see that the sprinklers are blown out and get that last round of raking done. And of course, National Western is in full-blown Stock Show planning. Everywhere, we look forward to November’s signature holiday. As Thanksgiving approaches, my thoughts—like those of many of you—turn to gratitude.
I’m grateful for many things. Foremost, family. I have a great – and big – family. When my kids and their kids gather around the Thanksgiving table, we outnumber the population of Last Chance, Colorado (located at the intersection of U.S. 36 and Colo. 71 in eastern Colorado), which at last count had a population of 23. Marilyn and I are blessed to be surrounded by this posse of ours, now including 14 grandkids. And where would we be without friends – to share laughs with, to bounce ideas off of, to commiserate with, to spend time with? I’ve been blessed to have had great friends all my life, and no matter how busy things get, I make a point of nurturing longstanding friendships and establishing new ones.