I went to a really fine round-up and branding just the other day. This one always draws some great riders and ropers. We filled the branding corral twice, starting at a little after sun-up and finishing by eleven-thirty. Then it was back to HQ and an excellent meal and some good fellowship, characterized by tall tales and friendly lies. If there is a "social season" out here it would have to be the round-ups and brandings and the attendant camaraderie. It's sad to think they are part of a vanishing America. But I plan to enjoy it while it's here!