Years ago when I was first beginning my career here as a ” social director for the over-privileged”, an old Oklahoma oilman said to me.” Son, I love the holidays and all of the holiday lights, but the prettiest lights that I ever see during the holidays are the tail lights on the cars of my children and grandchildren as they are leaving my house”. I have finally lived long enough to understand what he meant. I am a firm believer in the old adage that it is the time spent with children rather than the money spent on them that counts the most. Martha and I spent three full days with our family running a full court press over the Thanksgiving holiday period, and we were worn slam out when everyone left.Grandchildren are such a blessing, but they do not have an “off” button.


Much to my chagrin, I just realized that Christmas is just around the corner, and we will have to “lock and load” all over again shortly. Whose bright idea was it to schedule Christmas and Thanksgiving so close together in the first place ?


Now that football season is over I can really concentrate on the important business of quail hunting. For the few of you who may not have caught the score, my beloved Georgia Bulldogs lost to our arch rivals, the Insects from the North Avenue Trade School, also known as Georgia Tech. So, for me, the football season is over. Some of you may still have teams in the running, and I wish you well if that is the case.


We are running wide open at Riverview now. Most of the fall has been abnormally cold, but we have hit a week this week that is running about 10 degrees above average. According to the weatherman, next week drops back to below average temps. As a matter of fact we have been so busy that I have had very little time to observe the circus known as Washington politics, and that’s a good thing because I have rested better that way.


Our English Cockers continue to impress everyone with their performance this season, and we remain very excited about this program. We just need to bring more of them on-line as we have decided that each guide using these little fellows needs two, one for the morning and one for the afternoon. We simply do not want to work them to death. As any of you who have hunted with us know, there are quite a few birds to retrieve here on any given hunt. If you have not visited Riverview, I would encourage you to give us a call. We have precious few openings remaining for this season.