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Writing a book was the last thing on my mind in March 2011. After retirement in 2007 this (A) personality was at a loss for something to do.
Having been employed or self employed for some 65 years, give or take It occurred to me that I had reached the age of maturity and was at a loss on how to fill the time. I volunteered to work for the Special Olympics, painted the house, did some wood carving, yard work and learned to play the harmonica. I took piano lessons. Not my thing. I live in a golf community. Hate golf. I joined a gym and got in top shape.
Two years ago I was at the California Mid-State Rodeo telling stories. One of the cowboys said, “Why don’t you write a book?” Are you kidding me? I can’t write. Just for kicks I wrote an outline. Ten months later I had a book. ”Wait… Wait for the Thunder” is an historical novel spanning eleven decades. Many of the events and stories in the book I lived, and some I experienced vicariously through others.
My uncle Jack Baker taught me to ride when I was a youngster. I did some junior rodeo and spent countless hours riding old Pedro on the trails of the Sacramento and American rivers with my buddy Glen. One day Glen on Buckaroo and me on Pedro took a camping trip into desolation valley near Lake Tahoe, We camped and fished for 2 days and got lost for two days on the way back We were scared tired and hungry when the search party found us. All my uncle Jack said was “Did you cowboys have fun?