Random Thoughts from the Asphalt Cowgirl

Greetings loyal readers!  Or disloyal readers.  Or any reader(s) at all.

Happy Father’s Day to all those fathers out there – I hope your day has been great and you ate some beef to celebrate!

In today’s post, I’m just going to throw some random things I’ve been wanting to write about out there.

·         The Mid-Year meeting of the Montana Stockgrowers Association was a smashing success, thanks to the hard work of the great staff.  Way to go, guys and gals!  We had a great fundraiser for the Research, Education and Endowment Foundation which entailed a stickhorse race.  Bad news:  my horse, Miles City Mayhem, and I lost by a nose in our race.  Good news:  the Young Stockgrower Syndicate, of which I was a member, bought the winning horse and jockey in the calcutta of the third race.  If you’d like to see still photographs and video of the whole extravaganza, check out the Montana Stockgrowers Association page on Facebook.

·         The Young Stockgrowers now have a vote on the MSGA board, which is very exciting!  I salute the YSG group for their past and current hard work and involvement in the industry.

·         Things are fixing to get wild in Miles City this week, as we’re hosting the annual Western Section, American Society of Animal Science meetings.  This year’s meeting will feature the regional academic quadrathlon (an undergraduate contest), a beef symposium featuring Fort Keogh scientists and research, a graduate student paper competition, plus scientific sessions about current research in the region.  Somehow (just kidding, I know exactly how), I am in charge of organizing the quadrathlon, a speaker during the symposium, a member of the committee that judges the graduate student papers, and I’m giving a paper about some of my research.  No rest for the wicked and the righteous don’t need it.  Your choice on whether I’m wicked or righteous.  Or wicked righteous?

·         Even though it will be crazy-busy, I’m so looking forward to seeing my friends and colleagues from around the West.  It’s nice to get together and learn what everyone has been working on in their research programs.

·         Speaking of honing skills, my friend Ariel and I ended up talking about leadership the other day.  She was telling me about a leadership book by Rudy Giuliani that she had read.  In the preface, he talked about how he’d been working on the book right before the 9-11 tragedy.  He credited the research he’d been doing with his ability to respond effectively as a leader after those horrible events.  Just a reminder that we can always learn more, no matter what level of leadership we have in a particular situation.  Don’t pass up those opportunities to hone your skills, leadership or otherwise, when you get the chance!

Have a great week, everyone!

Yours in travel,

The Asphalt Cowgirl

“Now our windshield’s a painting that hangs in our room, It changes each mile like the radio tune” –Rodeo Moon, Chris Ledoux

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