A Wish Fulfilled *Weekend Open Thread*

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lb0603cd20160601092329Well, we made it through another difficult week. Sanders and Clinton are still at each other, maybe even more than usual with the big Primary coming up on Tuesday with California and its hundreds of delegates up for grabs.

Meanwhile, we have Donald Trump attacking a Federal judge  over his heritage. No seriously, he did. Because apparently he just can’t control himself. Sigh. Anyway, check out Megyn Kelly’s take on Trump’s attacks on this judge (via The Hill):

Uh, yeah. And I guess in a way it is a good thing that he is overshadowing Paul Ryan’s endorsement of him (no respect for you any more, Mr. Ryan.). Serves him right.

Oh, and we can’t forget his attacks on a very popular Governor, Susanna Martinez. Oh, wait – never mind. He has changed his mind and now has decided he likes her, he really, really likes her, and would like her endorsement. Wow.

This is just the top of the iceberg of this past week. We also have the revelation that yes indeedy, there were secret talks between the Administration and Iran but they cut out the salient portion of the press conference video where that important issue was raised. And so much more.

I don’t know about you, but I am ready, ready, ready for a break from all this insanity.

And so, we will now turn our attention to Clydesdales. Yes, Clydesdales. I mean really, who doesn’t love Clydesdales? Honestly, I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t just love seeing the Budweiser Clydesdales in the ads on tv, or if they’re lucky, in person.

I still haven’t forgotten the very first time I got to see Clydesdales in person. It was at the opening of a large mall behind my house (what used to be my great-grandfather’ dairy pasture. There were cows in it until the mall people bought it when I was just about in junior high school.). Well, the day the mall opened, they brought the Clydesdales in to celebrate. I became friends with the son of their trainer/groom, and got to actually pet them. I remember running home to show Mom the sweat on my hand from petting one of them. I never wanted to wash it again. I mean, it was a Budweiser Clydesdale, for heaven’s sake!!

I imagine that is how this woman felt when she got her wish fulfilled recently. From I Heart Horses:

Crossroads Hospice has an incredible program called Gift of a Day, where they grant a wish to a patient in their care. Marion Roberts, a 95-year-old patient, has just one dream – to see the Budweiser Clydesdales at their home in Warm Springs Ranch and to “rub noses with them.” Roberts is an equestrian herself, having received her first pony at 7. As a teenager, she was a trick rider for rodeos. Crossroad Hospice knew they had to grant her final wish as part of their Gift of a Day Program.

Image source: Crossroads Hospice

[…] Warm Springs Ranch is located in Boonville, Missouri and is the main farm where the famous Budweiser Clydesdales are foaled, raised and trained for their jobs as mascots for the beverage company. They have over 70 horses in their care currently.

[…]

While the public can tour the ranch, it normally isn’t open this early in the year. The company made a gracious exception for Roberts to come and visit, giving her a once in a life time one-on-one tour of the farm, with plenty of time to kiss and pet the magnificent steeds. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

Image source: Crossroads Hospice

Honestly, this story just brings tears to my eyes. What an incredible gift from Crossroads Hospice Gift Of A Day AND the Budweiser Clydesdales at Warm Springs Ranch to this most deserving woman. I imagine it was everything Marion Roberts wanted and more.

And now I also have another place to add to my list: Warm Springs Ranch. I mean, really – how much do you want to go on a tour there now? Heck, it is sure worth a trip to Missouri, in my opinion. They are CLYDESDALES, after all!

A few years back, the Clydesdales came to Charleston. I was able to talk to their trainer/handler. She and her husband were in charge of taking care of all of the horses in every way, including taking care of their tack and getting them ready. She said it was a dream job, and she absolutely loved it, even with all of the travel.

Well, recently, I saw what is required of these handlers. Honest to pete, if I was a whole lot younger, I’d be filling out this application tout de suite. From the Horseaholic:

  • Position is located on the East Coast
  • All horse & Dalmatian husbandry related responsibilities.
  • Support hitching and showing of Clydesdale 8 horse hitch.
  • Including maintenance of harness, wagon, equipment, and other support related items.
  • Manage log book, trip reports, and other DOT related items.
  • Interact with consumers during work hours communicating Budweiser Clydesdale information and Budweiser quality message.
  • Hold class A CDL.
  • Days of travel up to 340+
Job Qualifications:
  • Daily care and maintenance of Clydesdales, Dalmatians, facilities, and all equipment.
  • Ensure every guest, AB employee, and wholesaler receives the best customer experience.
  • Market and promote the Budweiser Clydesdales and Budweiser brand to consumer, field sales, and wholesalers.
  • Drive tractor trailer and other horse hauling equipment to ensure safe and reliable transportation for Clydesdales.
  • Assist with the coordination of specialized animal care Provide urgent care when necessary.
  • Abide by all Safety, DOT, and legal requirements.
  • Able to travel with hitch across the U.S. as needed. (Click here to read the rest.)

How awesome would that be?! Yep, I tell ya, that would be a dream job for me. Ah, for want of youth…

How about you? What would your dream job be? Have you had a major wish fulfilled that you care to share? This is the Weekend Open Thread, so have at it, friends!

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62 Responses to “A Wish Fulfilled *Weekend Open Thread*”

  1. insanitybytes22 Says:

    Ah, horses! What’s even better than cat pictures? Horse pictures! They soothe the soul and give us break from all this craziness.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I agree completely. My favorite commercial every Christmas was always the Budweiser one with the Clydesdales. Those commercials were better than most of the programs they were a part of. Oops another participle dangles. Dang!

      And like Amy, a job taking care of horses and dogs? What’s not to love?

    • piper Says:

      Totally agree

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      LOL – glad you like the photos, insanity!

      And yes, horses, dogs, cats, pygmy goats, would all be fun, fun, fun with whom to work!

      I imagine a bunch of us would take that Clydesdale job in a heartbeat!

  2. kenoshamarge Says:

    Just love this commercial:

  3. kenoshamarge Says:

    And here’s a top ten video. Although to tell you the truth I think there are some on that list that don’t belong. Especially the last one. But there are so many good ones I decided to share anyway.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      The first one makes me cry every single time…

      Love these – thanks, Marge!

  4. kenoshamarge Says:

    One last time and only because it features baby Clydesdales.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Love this! The farm is just gorgeous, and rightly so to house such a beautiful breed of horse. Just love them!

      Thank you!

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Thank you for sending me on a Clydesdale quest. I spent over and hour at youtube watching. It was an hour well spent. But I think the last one, the babies was my favorite, although it is hard to choose.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Absolutely my pleasure! Thank YOU for the great videos.

          I asked Suzy if she thinks I have a problem that just seeing the hoof of the Clydesdale in the Top 10 made me teary. She said no – they are beautiful creatures. Whew… 😉

  5. kenoshamarge Says:

    Students Sue North Carolina State University for Regulating Religious Speech

    “The only permit required for free speech on a public university campus is the First Amendment,” Langhofer said in a statement, adding that the permits are “unconstitutional restrictions on the free speech of students.”

    http://dailysignal.com/2016/06/03/students-sue-north-carolina-state-university-for-regulating-religious-speech/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      GOOD FOR THEM FOR SUING. It sounds like the policy NC State applies is disparate depending upon the group(s) there, those with and without a permit.

      I have had family attend NC State, but that was before they (and other) universities became such narrow minded bastions of restricted speech…

  6. kenoshamarge Says:

    VFW blasts Obama for asserting members are confused by right-wing media

    In attacking Donald Trump, President Obama has managed to anger on of the nation’s largest and oldest veterans’ groups.

    The Veterans of Foreign Wars took offense at Mr. Obama’s assertion that its members are confused by right-wing media pundits.

    “I don’t know how many VFW posts the president has ever visited,” VFW National Commander John A. Biedrzycki Jr. said Thursday, “but our near 1.7 million members are a direct reflection of America, which means we represent every generation, race, religion, gender and political and ideological viewpoint.”

    He added, “We don’t have confused politics, we don’t need left- or right-wing media filters telling us how to think or vote, and we don’t need any president of the United States lecturing us about how we are individually effected by the economy.”

    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jun/2/vfw-blasts-obama-over-comments-against-donald-trum/

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Oh, boy – I am sure the VFW members were not at all amused by Obama’s patronizing, arrogant comments…

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        Sometimes I am so busy loathing Trump I forget how much I loathe Obama. Two peas in a rotten pod!

  7. kenoshamarge Says:

  8. kenoshamarge Says:

    Why Ted Cruz and Every Discerning Republican Should Renounce Trump

    http://soshable.com/why-ted-cruz-and-every-discerning-american-should-renounce-trump/

  9. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Honest to pete, those people who want Trump to change his stripes and become a decent human being are just idiots. He is not going to change. This is who he is. So when McConnell, who ENDORSED Trump, complains abt how Trump treats other Republicans, he is simply demonstrating what an idiot he is: http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/282192-mcconnell-pushes-trump-to-change

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Why in the world would anyone think that a 70 year old man is going to suddenly change his behavior?

      This isn’t Paul on the road to Damascus, this Trump on the Road to the White House.

      He is who and what he is. If the fools that endorsed him thought they could control his behavior they stupid as well as corrupt.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Exactly, Marge. It is delusional to think Trump is going to be anyone but Trump. That is who they endorsed. They need to admit they were stupid for supporting someone as crazy, abusive, intolerant, arrogant, and assholic as Trump is. They built this…

        • amarissa Says:

          You are both so right! Those Republicans supporting Trump are not only delusional but they are putting our country in danger. I pray, with all my passion, that Trump receives the biggest loss in the history of American elections.

  10. kenoshamarge Says:

    The Trump-Rally ‘Protest’ in San Jose Was a Riot and Indefensible

    For those in need of a First Amendment refresher course, the distinction between protests and riots is simple:

    To object to candidates with words of political dissent (i.e., not incitement to violence), and to peaceably assemble in order to propagate those words, are constitutionally protected rights; to destroy property and commit assault are not. Those are crimes, which should be prosecuted vigorously.

    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436202/donald-trump-rally-protest-riot-san-jose

    I take a back seat to no one in my loathing of Trump and Trumpanzees. But to have American Citizens attacking people who come to a rally is wrong.

    If we condone such behavior because we don’t like Trump and his supporters we are no better than they are. Maybe worse because we supposedly are in our right minds.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Absolutely, Marge. There is no excuse for that kind of behavior. This is what the Obama Regime has brought us – people acting like thugs with reckless abandon to get their way because they have been taught that WORKS. There has been no comeuppance for the bullying thuggish behavior or liberal protesters, so they know they can take away the First Amendment rights of others with no accountability.

      And not for nothing, but their behavior is doing nothing but making Trump supporters that much more stalwart in their support. How could it not?

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        To prove the point abt this helping Trump: http://townhall.com/tipsheet/christinerousselle/2016/06/04/dilbert-creator-you-know-trumps-protestors-are-probably-helping-him-n2173580

      • kenoshamarge Says:

        And the Mayor of San Jose, who’s job it is to keep people as safe as he can in “his” town blames Trump.

        Trump is a crazy POS IMO but that Mayor is worse – he’s using a riot in his city to play politics. And that’s not only inexcusable it’s criminal!

        I was very disappointed in how many #NeverTrump people don’t seem to care about the riots because they are targeting Trump people. Wrong is wrong. And be careful how much you hate what and who you hate lest you become them. JMO.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          I agree – wrong is wrong no matter who is engaging in the behavior. There is no doubt that assaulting people is wrong PERIOD. They should be dealt with accordingly not given a pass because of politics.

          Again, this is what the Obama regime has made of this country.

  11. kenoshamarge Says:

    Dear GOP Convention Delegates: Declare Your Independence

    By Steve Deace

    https://www.conservativereview.com/commentary/2016/06/dear-gop-convention-delegates-declare-your-independence

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      What a great, informative, educational post from Deace. And yes, if someone who is actually on the RNC Rules Committee is saying that delegates should vote their conscience, then so be it.

      If not Cruz, then I wonder who Deace means? I agree that it would be a set-up for Cruz to be the one. Maybe Walker?

      Thanks for this!

  12. helenk3 Says:

    republicans forgot the pottery barn truth

    you broke it ,you bought it.
    they allowed trump to be the nominated of their party, even before the convention. hell Trump was acting like their nominee even before the debates were finished.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      So, so true, Helen! They did indeed make this situation. And like McConnell now trying to tell Trump to be someone else, they have no one but themselves to blame.

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      All those that jumped on the Trump crazy train now own it – like you said. And that includes the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Senate Majority Leader. That pretty much tells you the shape the Republican Party is in right now. Glad I’m an Independent because I would be ashamed to have an “R” after my name.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        You betcha they ought to be ashamed of themselves. As he doubles down on the Federal Judge from Indiana, and then starts spewing that a Muslim judge wouldn’t treat him fairly either, you can just see these Reps backpeddling fast as they can. But as I said, they did it to themselves and want to subject our nation to this lunatic. We deserve better than all of them…

      • amarissa Says:

        I am seriously considering changing my status to Independent. The only reason I registered Republican was to be able to vote in the primaries. I do not care anymore. None of these people deserve my vote nor my time.

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          Unfortunately, SC doesn’t even give us the satisfaction of changing parties like when I stopped being a Dem and became an Indie. It was frustrating since I had been one for decades. Oh well. But yeah – I hear you!

  13. helenk3 Says:

    I just ordered a crisis of character from amazon. It is by a secret service agent during the clinton’s time in the white house.

    just finished reading the confessions of congressmen X. Our government is really screwed up right now

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      I’m reading Liberty and Tyranny by Mark Levin. I’ve ordered Plunder and Deceit and Men in Black about the Supreme Court. I figure I’m not to old to learn and Levin has a lot to teach.

      This is why we know the things we know Helen. We may be over the hill but we are still learning. And that’s always a good thing.

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        So true. We can always keep learning.

        Hey, if you or Helen ever want to give us a report on these books some time as posts, that would be great! No pressure, though – just a thought!

  14. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Oh, wow, Helen – that sounds intriguing indeed! Please let us know what you think of it.

    And “Confessions of Congressmen X” sounds revealing. I’ll have to look into that!

    • helenk3 Says:

      Crisis of Character will be released June 28.

      congressman X had me using railroad language

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        I bet it did. I saw something abt it the other day, and I’m going to have to look into that one more…

  15. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2016/06/05/why_a_real_independent_candidate_is_urgently_needed_130772.html

    can it be done in time?

    • kenoshamarge Says:

      Supposedly David French is thinking and praying on entering the race. If not very soon it is way too late. If it’s not too late already. But it could be the start of getting a real party going for 2020. Because the two we have are so flawed it is no longer possible to vote for the people they present as nominees.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      I hope it can be done in time. Johnson is not my preferred candidate by any mans, but he is still superior to a lunatic or a criminal. Still, I would love to have someone for whom I could wholeheartedly vote.

      Don’t get me wrong – Johnson will get my vote with a clear conscience if, for no other reason than hoping it sends a signal loud and clear to BOTH parties that they need to clean up their acts pronto (assuming others follow suit). He would certainly do better than either Hillary or Donald. I mean, really – how could he NOT?!

  16. kenoshamarge Says:

    Johnson will get my vote too if the only other choices are Hillary or Trump. If I thought he had a chance it would be different. Like you my vote for him will be a message to the GOP – as in we do to have someplace else to go.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Ohmygosh, that cartoon is PERFECT. That sums it up so well.

      And yeah, we could do worse than Johnson and Weld. We WILL if either Trump or Clinton get in.

      Still, hope springs eternal that the Delegates, or enough of them, will go by their conscience…

  17. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    I have ZERO doubt this is true. The media choosing candidates again: http://therightscoop.com/reporters-sat-on-trump-university-story-until-after-primary-says-cruz-advisor/

  18. amarissa Says:

    By the way, French is NOT running:
    http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436222/david-french-not-running-president

  19. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    As y’all know, I am not a fan of Gov. Cuomo’s by a LONG shot. But he got this one right. Good on him for it: http://legalinsurrection.com/2016/06/governor-cuomo-signs-executive-order-directing-divestment-of-public-funds-supporting-bds

  20. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.aim.org/aim-column/interview-with-retired-lt-col-buzz-patterson-on-obama-clinton-and-national-security/

    this is from 2010. I am ordering his book right now

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