8 May 1996
Since June tells me the men have been assigned the family letter for this month here goes:
As most of you know - I have never been very sociable and never too good at carrying on a conversation.
This characteristic hasn't improved with my advancing years. As my mind, memory, reasoning, and physical condition deteriorate I do like most people who grow old - think of things in the past: things I did which were good and things that were not so good. Hopefully those that were not so good have been repented of so that I can concentrate and remember those that have been good, pleasant and worth doing again (if I have the ability.) Some of the good and pleasant things can be summed up by borrowing some one liners which I have adopted as becoming part of my being and philosophy, most of which is related to my chosen profession which I have loved and enjoyed. I thought you might be interested in some of them. If you have heard or read them before don't let it deter you from relating them to me; I am doing as Elder Bruce R. McConkie has done when using statements of others as "they are now as if they were mine in the first instance."
"Don't never interfere with something that ain't bothering you none."
"Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much!"
"Never miss a good chance to shut up!"
"Generally you ain't learnin' nothin' when your mouth is a-jawin'."
"After eating a whole bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring. He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him. The moral: when you're full of bull keep your mouth shut."
"Honesty is not something you flirt with - you should be married to it."
"Comin' as close to the truth as a man can without actually getting there is comin' pretty close, but it still ain't the truth."
"The best way to have quiche for dinner is to make it up and put it into the oven to bake at about 325 degrees. While it is baking get out a big T-bone steak, grill it and eat it. As for the quiche continue baking it, otherwise, ignore it."
"There's more ways to skin a cat than sticking its head in a boot jack and jerking on its tail."
"Don't squat with your spurs on."
"You can just about always stand more than you think you can."
"There's a lot more to riding a horse than sittin' in the saddle and lettin' your feet hang down."
"Remember your horse kin see and hear a lot more than you kin."
"The good thing about talking to your horse is he don't talk back."
"Every jackass thinks he's got horse sense."
"You can't be hurt by words you don't say."
"A chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a blockhead."
"It's best to keep your troubles pretty much to yourself, 'cause half the people you'd tell 'em to don't give a damn, and the other half will be glad to learn you've got 'em."
"You can wash your hands but not your conscience."
"The wildest critters live in the city."
"No matter how hard the winter, spring always comes!"
"A man (me) can never learn to spell if the teacher keeps changin' the words."
"A man who straddles the fence gets a sore crotch."
"There's a little boy a'sleepin' in many a grown man you'd call sensible."
"An old timer is a man who's had a lot of interesting experiences - some of them true."
"Don't complain of getting old. The only alternative is worse."
"Cowboys are paid to out-think cows."
Since I'm now living on past deeds I thought you might be interested in a letter from a friend with whom I worked in Clayton.
"July 17, 1990
When people work together on a daily basis as close as we have at CLRC, you many times don't take the time to say how much you appreciate that person you enjoy being around on a daily basis. So, if I have not told you before, I would like to take the opportunity now to say what a privilege it has been for me to have worked for you and to have known you during the past five years. It has always seemed rather funny to me that when some people find out that I work for you they get kind of an awe-struck look across their face while they say "You work for Lofgreen,...wow". And I must admit that I feel a particular sense of pride in having had the opportunity to work with a scientist of your accomplishments and notoriety; how-ever, the lessons that I learned from you were not so much concerned with the facts or figures or how to's of research; rather the most important lesson that I learned from you concerned the why's for doing the kind of research that you have done throughout your career. That philosophy being that research should ultimately contribute information or ideas which can be applied by the industry for the improvement of animal agriculture and for the benefit of people who make their living in agriculture. It often seems to me that this idea gets lost in the scramble to get grants or publish papers, but its an idea which should always be remembered and which should be a basic motivation for all of us engaged in agricultural research. Glen, your whole career has been a testament to this ideal and the impact of your work has been felt far from the boundries of Davis or El Centro, or Clayton. Few people ever have the opportunity to realize that the fruits of their labor have benefited so many others. And so I would like to thank you again for all that you have given me and I want to wish you and June the best of everything in the years ahead. Take care.
Always a friend,
(signed) Mark Branine
Despite everything that I have ever done and enjoyed in this life I hold my dear wife and family closest to my heart. Without you, my life would not have been very good.
Since this is supposed to be this month's contribution from June and me then it best be signed:
Mom and Dad