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ThrowingMyLoop
BY MICHAEL JOHNSON

The Horse Trailer with the
Broken Heart (Part Two)
When we last left Michael, he was sitting in the trailer with his head in his hands wondering if Blue
would ever load in the trailer again. He was at that place in life where we all are sometimes - when
we are on the edge of the precipice, certainly not wanting to jump off...but wondering if there is any
other option.
Blue and he's staring at me.
We're at the back door of the trailer. Nothing on
him but his halter. I'm sitting on the floor of the
trailer facing him with my feet on the ground. He's
in front of me staring back. His head is low and even
with mine about a foot away, and we are staring...
looking for all the world just like Clint Eastwood
and Lee Van Cleef in one of those old spaghetti
westerns. Standoff! All we need is some strange
music in the background. We've been out here for
days. (Well, not straight. Actually, while it has been
days, it's more like three or four hours most days.)
I'm over the flag-waving, put pressure on him,
rope-around-his-butt thing. Nothing is working
and my heart is filled with negative certainty that
nothing is going to work.
"Would you go in the trailer?" I asked him
again. Blue looks away.
Where to turn? What to do? Mystery. Then
this thought comes..."Why won't he go in the
trailer?" the little voice says. "What?"
I'M STARING AT

"Why won't he go in the trailer? Why don't
you ask him?"
"Why won't you go in the trailer, Blue?" I ask
him, realizing I had never stopped long enough
to think about or even consider that question.
"Well, I'll tell you, Pop," said Blue, "It was
a mouse. A mouse scared me. Or maybe it was
hornet...or maybe a grass snake inna' twailer
one day. Or maybe it was because you stopped
too quick when we wuz widin' down na' woad,
and I bumped my nose, or you took a curve too
fast and it scared me. Maybe you didn't cool me
down enough after working and I had a cramp."
"Well, that didn't do me any good at all," I said
in frustration to the voice.
"Yes, it did," said the voice. "Asking that caused
you to think about why."
"I still can't load, Blue," I said.
"You never could," said the voice.
"What? Of course I could. I loaded him for
12 years!"

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2017

From the President: 2017 Legislative Efforts
From the Executive Director: Give Us Another Drum Roll Please…
2017 VRWA Conference Highlights
Locating Plastic Pipe
The Value of VRWA
Portable Ladder Safety
The Chesapeake Bay
These Boots Are Made For...What?
RUS-Funded Projects: New Requirements
SOPs: The First Step to Sustainable Utilities
Throwing My Loop: The Horse Trailer with the Broken Heart (Part Two)
VRWA Member Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Intro
Streamline - Summer 2017 - cover1
Streamline - Summer 2017 - cover2
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 3
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 4
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 5
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 6
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 7
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 8
Streamline - Summer 2017 - From the President: 2017 Legislative Efforts
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 10
Streamline - Summer 2017 - From the Executive Director: Give Us Another Drum Roll Please…
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 2017 VRWA Conference Highlights
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 13
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 14
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 15
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 16
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 17
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 18
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 19
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 20
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 21
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Locating Plastic Pipe
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 23
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 24
Streamline - Summer 2017 - The Value of VRWA
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Portable Ladder Safety
Streamline - Summer 2017 - The Chesapeake Bay
Streamline - Summer 2017 - These Boots Are Made For...What?
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 29
Streamline - Summer 2017 - RUS-Funded Projects: New Requirements
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 31
Streamline - Summer 2017 - SOPs: The First Step to Sustainable Utilities
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 33
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 34
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Throwing My Loop: The Horse Trailer with the Broken Heart (Part Two)
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 36
Streamline - Summer 2017 - VRWA Member Corner
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 38
Streamline - Summer 2017 - eLearning Benefits
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Membership Application
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Benefits for VRWA Members
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 42
Streamline - Summer 2017 - VRWA Committees
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 44
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 46
Streamline - Summer 2017 - cover3
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