Sometimes I Gets To Weepin’

Sometimes I gets to weepin’

It ain’t always cuz I feel bad

Life genrelly doan treat me that awful

Tho it seems to try mighty hard sometimes.

It’s more you get up and you is standin’ in that rivah

And life is rushin’ by not payin’ much attention to you at all

And you see how fast and how much is goin by

And you wanna say Wait! Just Wait a damn minute!

You lift yoah arms up, Yell some But it doan wait, it doan even slow down,

Even goes a little faster if you look close.

Nothin a body can do. Cept wait for a bright spot later in the day.

But it does set you to weepin’ sometimes

Just a little

End of Year Stats For 2017

Map of the World showing where our Visitors To BigShotsNow – the Blog are

If you’re reading this it is safe to believe you are somewhere in 2018. Congratulations! You too have made it through another year. This is the time of year when we revisit everything, or everything you’re willing to talk about, and consider all that’s befallen you, good, bad, or indifferent over the past year. For many of you that has probably been really good things. Like suddenly becoming ungodly rich, or you got your first puppy, or you’ve been deliriously happy the entire year.

For the rest of us the past year may have been a little more spotty. The year contained a lot more ups and downs. Maybe you found out you were a co-joined twin, or you noticed the license plates on your car have been expired for two and a half years. Not all good luck stuff like the people in the paragraph above. That’s kind of like the experiences we here at The Institute have had.

There have been some colossal swings in our fortunes. As you know if you’re a friend and loyal reader we have gone from owning a small country where we had our world headquarters of The Institute to relocating our entire operation to a small but well kept refrigerator box under the North College St. Bridge, here in Fort Collins, Colorado. This has taken some adjustment and rethinking on our part as to what our future and goals may be. So far that future is still somewhat cloudy but it’s clear that The Institute still has a major role to play in the world’s future and we shan’t back away from our responsibility.

One of the things we have been surprised and delighted in has been the incredible increase in visitors from around the globe. We have had folks from 108 countries visit us, most of them of their own free will, and what’s even more astonishing is that they have returned for more. Some of them time and time again. It just shows you what a brave place this world we live in is. Being appreciative of their efforts we have attempted to extend to them our gratitude and thanks by saying Happy New Year in their very own language.

Below is a list of the afore mentioned countries and our attempt to say Happy New Year! in their language. If we have inadvertently screwed this up, even after our exhausted efforts to get it right, we humbly apologize in the language of your choice. Note: We don’t speak many of these languages so there is the occasional small chance of error, slight but still there. Also to put this entire thing into a more visual representation we have put up an image of the entire world as it’s known so far, with each country we have had visitors from colored in either red, yellow, or black, but not gray. The gray colored countries are ones we haven’t heard from yet. So if you know anybody in a gray country, or even know what that gray country is, send them an email with our link in it and tell them to hurry on over. We miss them.

Ok then, thanks for visiting us and come back when you get the chance. We have big plans, really, really big plans for 2018. Plans for The Institute, plans for getting a new larger refrigerator box, plans to start a cooperative tobacco farm. You’ve noticed the lack of tobacco use lately, we see that as a vacuum in the marketplace and an obvious opportunity to become really rich. Hope your new year is as filled with new experiences as we think, make that know, ours will be. So please find your country below and accept our best wishes for a Happy New Year!

United States – Hey! Happy New Year (Hey! optional)
Canada – Hey! Happy New Year Eh  (Hey!  & Eh optional)
Germany – Frohes neues Jahr
Brazil – Feliz Ano Novo
France – Bonne année
United Kingdom – Happy New Year!
Russia – С Новым Годом
Italy – Felice Anno Nuovo
Australia – Happy New Year mate (mate optional)
India – Nav varsh ka shubkamnayein
Netherlands – Gelukkig Nieuwjaar
Poland – Szczęśliwego nowego roku
New Zealand – Happy New Year – Tau Hou oaoa (Maori)
Czech Republic – Šťastný nový rok
Mexico – Feliz Año Nuevo
Serbia – срећна нова година
Ireland – Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh
Austria – Ein glückliches neues Jahr!
Spain – Feliz Año Nuevo
Philippines – Maligayang bagong taon
European Union – Happy New Year !
Slovenia – Srečno Novo Leto
Norway – godt nytt år
South Korea – 행복한 새해 보내세요!  Hang- bok-han sae-hae bo-nae-se-sae-yo!
China – 新年快乐  xīn nián kuài lè
Portugal – Feliz Ano Novo
Japan – 明けましておめでとう
Hungary – Boldog Új Évet
Switzerland – A guatis noiis Joa!
Argentina – Feliz Ano Nuevo!
Malaysia – selamat tahun baru
Thailand – สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่
Belgium – Süleyman Eroglu
Greece – Ευτυχισμένος ο καινούριος χρόνος
Romania – An Nou Fericit
Denmark – Godt nytår
Turkey – Yeni Yılınız Kutlu Olsun
South Africa – Voorspoedige Nuwejaar!
Jersey the Country –  Bonne année or Happy New Year!
Chile – Feliz Año Nuevo in Spanish; glückliches neues Jahr! in German; sretna Nova godina! in Croatian
Indonesia – Selamat Tahun Baru
Nigeria – Barka Da Djiri Barey-Yan
Iceland – Hamingjusamur Nýtt Ár
Finland – Hyvää uuttavuotta !
Taiwan – 新年好 / 新年好 (Xīnnián hǎo); In Mandarin: sshin-nyen haoww; In Cantonese: sen-nin haow
Sweden – Gott Nytt År
Colombia – Feliz Año Nuevo
Uruguay – Feliz Año Nuevo
Peru – ¡Feliz año nuevo!
Israel – shanah tovah
Croatia – sretna nova godina
Belarus – З Новым годам
Venezuela – Feliz Año Nuevo
Kenya – Nu Muhiga Musha
Singapore – Selamat Tahun Baru (Malay) 新年快乐 xīn nián kuài lè (Mandarin)
Guyana- sirito Kypoton Ra’a
Egypt – kol sana we ento taybeen
Bulgaria – Честита нова година
Guam – Magof Tinilaikan i Sakkan
Morocco – Asuggas Ambarki
Puerto Rico – Feliz Año Nuevo
Ecuador – Feliz Año Nuevo
Kuwait – Kull ‘Aam Wa-Antum Bikhayr
Cyprus – Ευτυχισμένος ο καινούριος χρόνος (greek); Yeni Yılınız Kutlu Olsun (Turkish)
United Arab Emirates –  كل عام و أنت بخير & سنة سعيدة
Costa Rica – ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!
Saudi Arabia – عام جديد سعيد, لتكن لك إجازة عام جديد سعيدة (تقال وقت بداية سنة جديدة)
Angola – Eteke Lio Bowano, Inilimo Ciwa
Pakistan – نیا سال مبارک Nayasal Mubarak
Ukraine – З новим роком
Malta – Is-Sena T-Tajba
Qatar – Kull ‘Aam Wa-Antum Bikhayr
Bosnia & Herzegovina – Srećna Nova godina!
Georgia – გილოცავთ ახალ წელს
Mauritius – Banane! ( Mauritian Creole)
Nicaragua –  Feliz Año Nuevo
Cambodia – sur s’dey chh’nam t’mey  Khmer: បុណ្យចូលឆ្នាំថ្មី
Lithuania – su naujais metais
Albania – Gëzuar Vitin e Ri
Algeria –  كل عام و أنت بخير & سنة سعيدة
French Polynesia – Bonne année
French Guiana – Bonne année
Paraguay – Nutan Varshbhinandan (Gujrati ) ¡Feliz año nuevo!
Bolivia – ¡Feliz año nuevo!
North Korea – 새해 복 많이 받으세요
Ethiopia – Enkutatash (Amheric)
Dominican Republic – Feliz Año Nuevo
Vatican City – Felix Annus Novus (Latin); Felice Anno Nuovo (Italian); Bonne année (French)
Guinea – Bonne année
Azerbaijan – Yeni Bayramın Mubarək
Dominica – Feliz Año Nuevo
Curaçao – Bon Ana Nobo
Estonia – Hääd Uut Aastat
Tunisia – No translation, prohibited by Fatwa
Nepal – नयाँ वर्ष सँगै नयाँ र राम्रा कुरा अवश्य सिकिदै गइन्छ नै,
Honduras – Feliz Año Nuevo
Trinidad & Tobago – Bon Ane (Trinidad French Creole) Happy New Year (English)
Guadeloupe – Feliz Año Nuevo
Hong Kong SAR China – 新年快樂 /sen-nin feye-lor (Chinese); sshin-nyen kwhy-ler (Mandarin)
Kazakhstan – Kazakh Жаңа жыл құтты болсын
Lebanon – Mabrook hal sina jdeeda
Macedonia – Среќна Нова Година
Sri Lanka – අලුත් අවුරුද්ද Sinhalese
Bahrain – كل عام و أنت بخير & سنة سعيدة
Armenia – Շնորհավոր Նոր Տարի Shnorhavor Nor Tari
Syria –  عيد ميلاد مجيد وذكرى سنوية سعيد
Tanzania – Mar Higa manyien
Zimbabwe – goredzwa rakanaka Continue reading

Brings Back The Past

Sometimes when you are attending an event like an Indian powwow you observe a participant that is so perfectly matched to the event, it is like time travel. Such was the case at the Shoshone/Bannock powwow in Ft. Hall, Idaho. This man so epitomized the spirit of the warriors of old that he seemed to be a conduit between the past and the present. One could easily believe that he was riding out of his camp that morning over a hundred and fifty years ago and rode right into this gathering today to the amazement of both him and ourselves.

He rode in on the tail end of the parade as one of the last members of the procession and as he appeared time seemed to stand still. It was as if he had just stepped through a portal from the past and found himself in the strangest of circumstances. He rode at the crowd brandishing his lance. He yelled in his native language, he chanted, he swung his horse around in circles lest anyone try to sneak up behind him. And people believing that they were seeing someone unbound from modern conventions scrambled out of his way. His actions appeared to be those of a mid-1860’s warrior rather than someone participating in a parade at a modern-day powwow.

It was a spectacular presentation of a person completely in touch with his history, his culture and the spirit of the event. It was as if he were chosen to be the one that Brings Back The Past.

What’s The Worst That Can Happen

Yellowstone National Park

“Come On let’s do it.”

“Leave me alone Earl.”

“Come on boo, it’ll be cool.”

“No, You always do this. And I catch it big time because I listened to you. No, not after last time.”

“Come on… She’ll have forgotten all about that, it was days ago.”

“Yeah right she doesn’t forget anything.”

“What about that time she left us up in the tree all night. She forgot which one she sent us up.”

“She didn’t forget you doofus. Old Split Tooth was coming around. If you remember, you still got the marks on your butt where he tried to catch you. You were squealing pretty good if I remember right. He fell asleep right at the foot of the tree all night. Mama had a cow until he left.”

“Well that was a little serious. She won’t remember this because it’s small stuff. Mama don’t sweat the small stuff.”

“Just like she didn’t sweat the small stuff when you thought it would be funny to see how many nipples you could get in your mouth at one time. She carried you around by the scruff of your neck for two whole days. The skin on your neck is just now looking normal.”

“That was then this is now. I was younger and slower then. Let’s do it it’ll be fun. You bite her on that spot by her tail that she licks all the time and I’ll jump on her face and hold my paws over her eyes. She won’t even know it was us I bet. Then we’ll hide behind this log. Get ready and bite her. Come on, what’s the worst that can happen.”

We Need To Talk

Does this picture make my ears look big? Click to see more

Listen we need to talk. It’s about this clock thing, the setting it back an hour that you guys do every year when it starts to get cold. I know I’ve heard some humans talking about it as they walk by. How it makes it dark at 3:30 in the afternoon and it’s still dark when you get up in the morning. It really causes us a problem. See it doesn’t matter to us what your clock says. We get up when it’s light and we go to bed when its dark. It’s an agrarian thing. Unless of course we ‘ve been eaten by something during the night, then all bets are off.

I’ve got kids, three of them. Solenoid, Nodule and Edna, the triplets. Yeah I know, I was lucky, but even so that’s the last time I’m going out with that smooth talking buck from Loveland. The point is though, they’re all just one year old and don’t have the brains god gave a toaster, but they’re good kids. The problem is now that it’s night way early for you folks, you’re driving in the dark earlier, the visibility is dorked, and my goofy half-witted kids are standing on the side of the road, in the road, in the ditch ready to dart out whenever a synapse fires in their tiny little brains and you’re tooling along thinking about dinner or whatever and there’s my little ones in your lights.

Yes, the obvious answer is “Hey! don’t stand in the road.” There is an answer for that and it’s a function of what makes us Mule deer. We’re prey animals. We exist to feed other animals up the food chain. Cougars, they’re the really mean ones, Wolves, not too big a problem unless you live in Yellowstone, Wild dogs, a problem anywhere, and unfortunately you guys. Yes I know, you don’t start home with the idea of hunting and killing us, or even hitting us for that matter. Many of you don’t want to, just because of issues with your insurance companies. But because we are prey animals the safest places at night or the edge of it, dusk, are open spaces like meadows, those flat grassy places behind high schools with all the white lines on them, yards, yards are nice, and the open areas along the roads you guys use to get where you’re going. Shoulders, verges, bar ditches, medians, berms, especially at night, that’s when the creepy things are out to get us so it’s safer to be somewhere where we can see for along way.

I’ve been asked “Why then, do you run into the path of the oncoming traffic, I know you said your kids are dumb, but wouldn’t it be better instead to race back into the shadows of the forest, eh?”. Therein lies the very answer to that question. The forest isn’t safe at night. Safe from you maybe but not from the dark evil things that like to eat us. Some of you have also driven into the forest with what I believe has been the express notion of getting us, and if all those trees hadn’t stopped you, you would have. I don’t why you do that. The end result is still a broken vehicle and the same insurance issues, but you’re the smart ones, so we have to defer to your ultimate wisdom.

My little ones had a near death experience the other night by running out in front of this 18 wheeler. Luckily the driver was able to lock it up and not hit them. I asked them why they did that and their answer was, “the other side of the road was the only thing they could see in all that bright light so they went for it.” We don’t have the ability or the spatial recognition to judge the relative speed of an oncoming vehicle, especially in the dark, so our threat assessment is all screwed up and we become 100 lbs. of ground round before we can get out-of-the-way.

What’s the answer? Simple. Kill all the cougars, wolves, bears, and wild dogs so we can stay back in the woods. That would be cool. If that doesn’t work for you, slow down. Watch for those deer on highway signs. Did you know they were put there because a deer was killed there. We’re creatures of habit. One of us getting taken out doesn’t change the fact that we’ve been using that crossing since before a road was there.

Yes I’ll talk to the kids again. Nodule shows some promise, but the juries still out on Solenoid and Edna, so I don’t hold out much hope. But I will try. Meanwhile put yourself in my place. Cougars and wolves on one side. 3000 lb. unyielding metal monsters that wouldn’t recognize a Mule deer if it slammed through their radiators. Give us a break please. Seeya in the Spring when they put the clocks back to normal. If we make it. Ciao

Half Yellow Face

Half Yellow Face  (or Ischu Shi Dish in the Crow language), (1830? to 1879?) was a distinguished Crow Warrior who is probably best known for his role as one of the six Crow scouts serving with General George Armstrong Custer and the 7th Cavalry during the Battle of The Little Bighorn. He was attached to Major Reno’s force and thus survived the battle. Due to an earlier death than the other five remaining scouts, White Swan, White Man Runs Him, Hairy Moccasin, Goes Ahead, and Curly, he is the least known member of the Scouts even though he was a “pipe-carrier” and believed to be the leader of the scouts due to his prestige, experience, and age. He led a fascinating life and if you consult Wikipedia and search for Half Yellow Face you will find an extensive history and links to other sources of information describing him and his life.

The photographic image above is of a modern Crow warrior wearing the regalia of Half Yellow Face at the gathering of the Crow tribe called Crow Fair. It has been enhanced to show the power, mystery and honor that is still attributed to this hero of the Crow tribe to this day.