As we approach Easter Sunday, I am reminded of what Jesus said on the cross when he uttered, “It is finished”. We ended the 2022-2023 season with a bang rather than a whimper. I must admit that I am getting most of my information about this past hunting season from Cader IV since I was noticeably absent for most of the season. However, since he owes me a fair amount of money, I try to stay in close contact although I have absolutely no doubts about his ability to run Riverview which is now his to own and operate.
We finished hunting season with an almost full house. Due to a light October, Cader added an extra week on the tail end of the season, and it quickly sold out. After talking to Cader IV for a while, I realized that my definition of a great season was definitely achieved. We had no guides, guests, OR dogs injured. As I grew older, that became my definition of success rather than money.
We took four days off after closing to allow all of our employees to rest and relax. I’m not certain if getting blind or running drunk qualifies as relaxation, but to each his own. It took us almost no time to switch gears.
Jerry, who is the only one we trust with woods burning, led his merry crew of pyromaniacs. As of today, we are roughly 60% finished with this mission. We would have finished, but the rain has curtailed our woods burning for a while. The horrific tornadoes and storms that have wreaked havoc on our country have all fizzled by the time they arrived in South Georgia. PRAISE THE LORD!
Meanwhile, Greg and his crew have already begun harvesting blueberries. The price is great, but it will not be long before Mexico begins dumping blueberries into the US, and our prices will plummet. So we are trying to make hay while the sun is shining.
Andy Hay is taking a pro-shop inventory to see how many of our guests took a five-finger discount on items in the shop. The truth of the matter is that Andy would get busy, and forget to write down a few purchases. Our other Andy, Andy Moss, is diligently working with each guide to determine how many dogs need to be retired or need to go to remedial training.
I’m going to attempt to do a better job of writing blogs if this lady who has kidnapped me allows me more time at the office. Cader IV is her biggest fan since I’m no longer sticking my nose in his business.
As always, I would like to close with a few thoughts from this weirdly wired mind of mine:
- Do hummingbirds hum because they don’t know the words?
- What happens to an 18-hour bra after 18 hours?
- What if the hokey pokey is really what it’s all about?
- Do pilots take crash courses?
- What is a refried bean? Do they have to fry it twice?
- What was the best thing before sliced bread?
As you can tell, my mind works in strange and mysterious ways. However, there is one thing that I am certain of, and that is the fact that the best folks in the world come through our doors. Thank you for your loyalty and friendship. May God bless you and your families!