It’s a topless summer.

Workers. Not just the crews working on the “acreage”. The guy living there since way back when it was a farm has been running around without his shirt on too. Many years ago I quit wearing a hat. Once I had a tractor with a cab roof to protect me from the noon day sun I never felt the need. My son liked open station (topless) tractors. He died eight years ago rolling one over a terrace.

Body slammed by one hundred fifty horses.

Markets. On any normal year we spend the most active weather months, spring-early summer, looking for a top in the price charts. This year we seem to be looking for the bottom. The hedge funds are wearing their shorts and their not covering them. If they do that may be the only rally left this summer. A kind of never summer summer.

How high can that dead cat bounce?

Corn. Up to five in a row. A stalk, an ear shooting out, but a broken off dying top leaf or two and tassel. Topless corn. And I’m very fortunate. Not far north and east of me the fields are really beat up. Driving by those unfortunate neighbors I am starting to see loads of silks covering the almost totally downed-broken off messes. Just add pollen.

Do these anomalies show up on their satellite views?

Beans. The Japanese beetles (Not an Asian cover band) are giving the sore-beans a run for the money. My money’s on not spraying them, the bankers are reluctant to loan farmers the basic needs let alone rescue treatments on a crop in surplus. According to the hucksters down @ the board of trade. I’ll trade ’em their delusions for a little bit of reality.

We’re nowhere near seven years ahead.

Dancers. Bottomless too. Just ‘cross the river from Offutt. Quite a party when the fly boys get paid. Twice a month. For a mere ten or fifteen bucks you can sit and watch yourself thirty or forty years ago. Or get a closer look for a few more ones. But that might only make you feel old. I guess I finally understand those old geezers who only stop for a short while.

Now that I’m one.

That’s enough orneriness for a hot summer day. Stay cool. Stay hydrated. Stay topless. We have a lot of silks to cover. Spin those tassels …….

Then, there.



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