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Sunday, October 18, 2015

The Simple Things

From the CD they played that night

Today, as I’m writing this on the thirteenth, I’m feeling so happy for no reason at all.  I’m off work and taking it easy.  Maybe that’s reason enough for my good mood.

This afternoon hubby and I had some errands to run.  He had a new Bluetooth radio installed in his truck so he wanted to try it out.  He put in the CD by the Bar G Wranglers.  Boy did listening to those songs bring back some memories of a few summers ago when my sister and brother-in-law came to visit me a year after I moved to my new home in the desert.

 The Bar G Wranglers in concert - 2005
One of the smartest things I’ve ever done in my life was to get tickets to a Bar G Wranglers concert while they were here.  They love western music and the night included a chuck wagon barbecue dinner.  The food wasn’t that great and the weather wasn’t either.  We had to drive for forty-five minutes to the concert in the rain.  Lightning struck the parking lot while we were all in line to serve our plates for dinner, which was served buffet style on the patio.  My sister hates lightning and that scared her shitless. 

 The Bar G Wranglers in concert - 2005

The Bar G Wranglers in concert - 2005
I might mention here that my brother-in-law is the barbecue king.  No one in the world makes barbecue as he does.  He has the patience to stay awake all night to tend the pit while the rest of us sleep.  He’s mastered the art of barbecue, which I hope continues to be a great love of his so I get to taste some more of his cooking before he decides he’s too old to do that any longer.  I don’t know many people who would stay up all night to tend a barbecue pit.  Do you?

My sister and brother-in-law before the concert

Thank goodness the music outweighed it all and made the evening so worth it!  We were close enough to the band to reach out and touch them if we wanted to.  That made the night extra special, as if they were singing to us individually.  I don’t think my brother-in-law ever experienced anything exactly like that before and he was speechless.  It was so much fun to watch him enjoy the concert that was taking place right in front of us.  I’ll never forget the look on his face that night.  It made the ticket expense worth every dollar to me and reinforced the thought that something simple like that was one of life’s best pleasures.

I hope he still looks upon that experience today as I do.  When I listen to the Bar G Wranglers songs today, he immediately pops into my mind with flashbacks to the night of that concert.

To listen to one of their songs, click here.

How many of you have experiences like this in your life?


  1. Sounds like a fun time enjoyed by all. My son likes to smoke meat, he doesn't stay up all night to do do, but has gotten up in the wee hours of the morning to start the fire and get the meat on the smoker. Memorie like you described here are priceless.


    1. Betty,

      My brother-in-law makes the best barbeque I've ever had. And taking him and my sister to that concert was indeed a priceless moment. I think everyone had a really good time.

      Thanks for reading a family story.


  2. He stays up all night tending the barbeque? Are you sure he doesn't nap while you're all fast asleep? I'm sure there's a trick in there somewhere.

    1. Liz,

      It's possible, but he's very serious about barbeque. If he does sleep, he must have an alarm out there someplace to wake him every hour so he can turn the meat. He also puts things on at different times. He has a huge pit and will fill it with brisket, ribs, sausage, chicken, and roasts. Each has to be added at a different time so they all come out together.

      I know my sister and I were up until 2 AM at the prep sink putting all the rub on the meat, etc to get it ready. We had to carry it to him to place on the pit before we could go to bed.

      They sell what they have left over, but usually everything is spoken for before he even puts it on the pit. The next two days are spent delivering orders.

      They used to go to Dead Wood with a big barbeque wagon every year.

      Thanks for reading and your comment.



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