Everyone has had this happen at some point. When you leave for an appointment only to realize a block from your house that you forgot something important. Yesterday we were on our way to our weekly Slack Key Show this time with featured artist Kimo West, Weird Al’s guitar player who’s real passion is Slack Key (it was a great show by the way anyone who wasn’t there missed out.) When we were about a block away from home I realized that I had forgotten my cell phone.
George who was driving turned the van around to head back to the ranch when out the passenger side window we saw a small herd of wild goats. As we got closer Mom said “hey those goats look familiar.” It was at this point that George realized that these were not wild goats at all, but rather his goats that had somehow escaped from their pasture. Naturally things like this always go wrong on the ranch right before a gig rather than when we actually have time to do them.
Everyone immediately sprang into action, George and Mom leapt from the vehicle and started herding the goats back to the ranch. Even though the farm is not normally my department I threw off my blazer and dress Hawaiian shirt and ran ahead of them to open gates and keep the returning goats occupied with treats. As we herded them, we discovered that they had leapt over a weak point in the fence of the new pasture George had just acquired.
Next step was to get all of George’s goats and Mom’s miniature horses out of new 4 acre pasture which is always a bit of a long drawn out task, but possible if you bribe them with treats. After about twenty minutes (which is how long everything takes to do) we finally had the animals out of the unsecured pasture and back home. Needless to say we didn’t get to go swimming before the show this time. Sometimes it’s a blessing in disguise to forget your cell phone.