I sure hope this story works out to be as funny to you as it was to me. Sometimes things occur and you just have to be there to understand.
My wife and I have a piece of property located in Lake Windcrest off FM 1488. When we purchased the lot there was no access to the land and I had to drive through the ditch when I mowed or cleared brush, so we decided it was time to install some culverts.
I went through the normal process and contacted Montgomery County Precinct 2 office and asked for help. I was pleased to learn that the county is actually involved in the installation, as long as I supplied the material.
On the appointed day of installation, by chance, I had driven by the lot on my way to the ranch on one of my days off. Stan was with me. I knew there was a window of time assigned by the county for their work, but the exact time was not known. Anyone involved in any kind of construction work knows you cannot assign a specific time to arrive somewhere, if other jobs are lined up in front of yours, because life just never works that perfectly.
As I drove past the lot and toward the exit of the subdivision, I noticed a Gradall and dump trucks entering the subdivision and just on a whim I wondered to myself if they were headed my way? I turned around because I wanted to make sure we were all on the same page about the placement of the culverts and sure enough, the guys drove up to our lot to begin work. It was a chance happening.
I parked my truck and trailer and climbed out of my truck to greet the men. I was dressed in my work boots, work shirt, and jeans and it had to be pretty obvious that I was not going to my office. I greeted the fellows and one of them, named Ronnie, immediately struck up a conversation with me. The other two fellows, George and Eric, also greeted me and they each set about their work while Ronnie and I chatted.
When men meet each other for the first time a common thread of conversation begins to bring us together. I can throw out a comment about the weather and if the guy responds back to me that his hay field has dried up, then we have something in common and can expand our conversation to cattle. If I make a joke about politics and the person responds favorably then I know we are like minded about politics. If the guy frowns and scowls at me, I know we are miles apart.
I don't recall how Ronnie and I started our conversation, but the good Lord was mentioned and proudly I knew this would be a good group of guys to visit with. I soon learned he goes by Brother Ronnie using the Christian greeting between brothers and sisters of the same faith and beliefs.
As they continued with their assigned jobs we bantered back and forth for a few short moments and then I knew it was time for me to move on toward the ranch.
As I began to end the conversation I made the statement "well, I guess it's time for me to head out and check on my girlfriends." I don't recall exactly who said this but one of them countered back, "girlfriends, how many you got?" I remarked "well, I used to have twenty two of them but now I'm down to only eight. The drought last year really hurt me."
Brother Ronnie straightened his back and threw his head up in amazement. With a stunned and shocked look on him he immediately shot back with the words "how in the world do you take care of eight women?" In that split second I looked at him and I began to wonder in my mind, wow, don't I look old enough to be somebody's grandpa and he thinks I would have eight girlfriends and besides, look at the way I'm dressed. Would I go visit women dressed like this! When my mind came back to me George immediately said "no, he's talking about his cows Ronnie!"
Well, in that moment we all busted a gut with laughter! I soon realized that my girlfriend comment was taken literally! We laughed and laughed and I walked away just shaking my head at the occurrence.
The guys did a great job on our culverts! Commissioner Doyal and Charlie Riley, manager of precinct operations, need to know that their people are taking care of the community and I thank them for a job well done and I especially thank Brother Ronnie, George and Eric for their work and the laugh Brother Ronnie gave me that day!