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Story and photos by Cathy Martindale
The 17th Working Ranch Cowboys Association World Championship Rodeo drew thousands of spectators to the Amarillo Civic Center for four performances Nov. 8-11. Twenty teams representing ranches from as far away as Florida and Wyoming competed in events similar to what might be necessary on a working cattle ranch.
The WRCA promotes the Western heritage and values through sanctioned ranch rodeos. Its philanthropic arm, the Working Ranch Cowboys Foundation, annually awards thousands of dollars in college scholarships and through its crisis-assistance fund.
Although divorced dads may identify with this most easily, every dad faces relationship barriers of some kind, and all dads can benefit from being reminded about a few simple truths.
It seems every day that I hear from a man who is divorced or going through the court process. As I sit and listen I am overwhelmed at the magnitude of the emotions I hear expressed — either in complete sadness or a lot of anger. I have learned not to judge if I am hearing pain, anger, disappointment or whatever term a counselor would like to place on the words. In my years of listening and drinking a lot of coffee at a local coffee shop I think I hear mainly pain. It may come out in harsh and bitter words called anger, but I think the seed within the soul might be called pain. The conversation usually involves talk about an affair (on either side). After you listen to the aches, pains and devastation, the discussion is then about the kids.
Center City Block Party
Band Lineup Aug. 18, 2012
Circle A Title VIP Area
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Andy Chase
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Yvonne Perea
Happy State Bank Stage 10th & Polk
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Beyond Country
6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. AJ Swope & the Last Train Home
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. The Smeetones
9:15 p.m. – 10:15 p.m. The Smeaton Brothers
10:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Vic Fontana & The Automatics
Street Toyota Tundra Zone Stage- By Paramount Bldg.
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The Invisible Blues Band
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Wayne Williams & Just 2 Guys
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Cruise Duke
8:45 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Mike Fuller
10:15 p.m. – 11:15 p.m. The Carol Huddleston Group
Underwood Law Firm Stage 8th & Polk
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Texas Heat
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Hurry Sundown
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Kracker Jack
8:45 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Insufficient Funds
10:15 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Noah Jenda
Xcel Energy Power Stage 7th & Polk
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Smooth Condition
6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Rock Bottom
8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Bryan Kelley
9:15 p.m. - 10:15 p.m. Remedy
10:30 p.m. - 12:00 a.m. Chancy Bernson
Coca-Cola Monster / Toot ’n Totum Stage 6th & Polk
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Atteberry Station
6:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. Dry County Drifters
7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Rocking Plowboys
8:45 p.m. - 9:45 p.m. Union Street Band
10:00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Tom Velasquez & the Global Nomads
We all get into “routines” of life. We have set ways of doing particular things and most of the time we do them without thought. For example: My wife gets up every morning at 5:45 and has a quiet time or a time to herself meditating. The coffee has been made the night before and set to be brewed before 5:45. She lets the dog out, pours herself a cup of coffee and has her morning devotion till approximately 6:45. I hear the shower running and that is my cue to get up and get my coffee and get going into my routines. I shower, grab a quick breakfast snack and head up to my office at home. She comes and kisses me good-bye and the day has started. With some exceptions, I would say that is a pretty consistent “routine” most days of the year.