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Lee Pitts: Non-refundable

September 12, 2017 — My friend Frank was facing an all-too-common problem: he owned a beautiful ranch that his kids wanted no part of. His son in California is a budding entrepreneur (he builds hothouses for pot growers), and his daughter is a vegan/animal rightist who hates cows and […]

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Lee Pitts: Rattled

September 6, 2017 — Despite having lived in, or near, rattlesnake country my entire life I've never known anyone who actually got bit by one, let alone got bit and lived to tell the tale. Until now, that is. We've lived in our house for over 30 years and […]

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Lee Pitts: A nervous wreck

August 29, 2017 — My entire life has been one long stress test. I'm high strung anyway, and stressful events like an IRS audit and a colonoscopy literally made me sick. Becoming a deadline writer for 40 years probably wasn't the best career choice either. But you want to […]

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Lee Pitts: Better left unsaid

August 24, 2017 — Despite being married for 43 years, my wife and I couldn't have children, so I'm not speaking from experience on the subject of kids. But from the outside looking in, here are what I think would be some of the most dreaded words a parent […]

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Lee Pitts: Six Degrees of Friendship

August 14, 2017 — Six Degrees of Friendship There are six degrees of friendship… (#6) Facebook Friends- In most cases you couldn't even pick out this "friend" in a police lineup because you've never actually met. For all you know this friend could be a serial killer or a […]

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Lee Pitts: The special ones

August 9, 2017 — I've always laughed at city folks and their duded up dogs and fully clothed cats but I can relate to them on some level. I can even sort of understand the bleeding hearts trying to save the so-called "wild" horses," even though many of them […]

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Lee Pitts: Droning On And On

August 1, 2017 — You can't pick up an ag publication these days without finding a story on how drones will revolutionize the cow business. Supposedly, they'll do everything from checking on float valves to spotting a trespassing hunter. They'll even find cattle on a far flung ranch. I've […]

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Lee Pitts: Raccoon Relocation Project

July 24, 2017 — The average cartoon watching child in this country has been led to believe that the raccoon is a polite, intelligent, highly hygienic member of the animal kingdom. Well, I am here to tell you that pound for pound raccoons are the most devious, cunning and […]

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Lee Pitts: My Most Memorable Vacations

July 18, 2017 — It's summer and many Americans are on vacation. But not my wife and I. Other than a day at a bit and spur show we haven't had a vacation in 25 years. I tell my wife she shouldn't complain because last year she took a […]

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Lee Pitts: Get Along, Little Dogies

July 13, 2017 — Among the many things I enjoy about raising animals is watching their interpersonal relationships. If there was such a thing, I think I'd have made a very good cow, sheep, pig or horse psychologist. Wisely, I considered their ability to pay and became a writer […]

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Lee Pitts: Mr. You-Know-Who

July 5, 2017 — Pardon me but I'd like to use this column to take care of a little correspondence I'm behind on. My friend, who we'll call Mr. You-Know-Who, has a bevy of ranching brothers scattered from one end of the Great Basin through Utah and into Wyoming. […]

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Lee Pitts: The He/She Dilemma

June 27, 2017 — On the front page of our weekly newspaper there was a picture of a very masculine bull that the writer called a "cow." To 98 percent of our population every bovine is a cow, even when it's not. You can't really blame the urbane journalists, […]

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Lee Pitts: Old Crows & Wild Turkeys

June 20, 2017 — "Do you happen to know what kind of bird that is sitting on the back of your cow there?" asked the trespassing tourist, peering through a pair of high dollar binoculars. "Around here we call them cow birds," I replied. "It is quite a common […]

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Lee Pitts: As I recall

June 13, 2017 — "What are you in for?" asked the cold-looking culprit, as if this was my first day in prison and he was to be my new best friend: my cell mate. But we weren't in jail, we were in the lobby of the dealership where we […]

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Lee Pitts: Unreal Estate

June 9, 2017 — Being a ranch realtor these days must be difficult because they must appeal to two distinct types of buyers. There are the lifestyle buyers who could care less about about a ranch's carrying capacity, and then there are the ranchers who have pulled the wool […]

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Lee Pitts: Something to chew on

May 29, 2017 — I'm not much of a world traveler. Outside of a dinner in Juarez and a week of giving speeches in Alberta, the only other country I've been to is Australia. The only thing foreign to me there was vegemite, a salty, bitter, wood putty-like substance […]

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Lee Pitts: Turning Minutes Into Hours

May 25, 2017 — Realizing that I have had vast experience in organizational work (I was once appointed Keeper of the Cards in the Nipomo Men's Club and Poker Society), several people have inquired as to how they too could be as successful in organizational work as I have […]

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Lee Pitts: Sorry cattle

May 17, 2017 — It was a strange phone call. Everyone knew that old Bean Belly Bill always sold his cattle to the same buyer every year, so why was he calling Red, a field man for an auction market 500 miles away? Despite his reservations, Red returned Bean […]

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Lee Pitts: Zero to 60 in 20 years

May 9, 2017 — I've been a hustler all my life. In high school I was the richest kid in my class and if I wasn't sleeping, going to school or running, I was working. After a photo appeared on the front page of our newspaper with me holding […]

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Lee Pitts: How to load a horse

May 4, 2017 — Here is the correct way to load a horse. 1. First, catch your horse. Using apples, carrots and sweet talk, draw it near. When it's eating out of your hand, rub its neck and attempt to put the lead rope around its neck. After this […]

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