by Lt. Bobby Ross, Staff Writer
Well, I’ve been taking ya fishing, and huntin’, and even crawdaddin’, but now I’m gonna change the whole picture!
When I retired from the Music Industry in Nashville at the end of 2004, I had arranged to come home to this 1000 acre PARADISE only 35 miles South of where I was born in Sacramento, California. My Brother who served with me in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam had worked with me on this deal before I left Music City, and due to Napster’s first free download of music on the Internet, I was destined to bring my talents back to the West Coast and re-group.
I had a lot to learn when I landed on this Hot LZ, but like my Brother says, "You have farming in your blood!" I guess I do. My grandparents were farmers, and I was raised on their 60 acre plot of ground up the Sacramento Valley from here. We still have that farm. So not only did I learn the main factors of managing this property that summer of 2005, I also worked for our neighbor on the South Side of our property and drove all his tractors planting corn for that season.
Farming is hard work. This is why Mexicans do most of the work here in California on our farms. This is because Americans will not work this hard. When we plant, it is 14 hour days, 7 days a week, usually 1 to 1 1/2 months before the crop is in. Americans will not work like this. So, we have our Mexicans do it. And we pay them a fair wage, and they are Happy Campers.
Some of you might think this is wrong, but if we can not harvest our California crops, where are you all going to get your food?
In February, on the 16th, 2006, I bought a dozen baby chickens. That is the day I started my chicken business. From that purchase, I have become one of the more respected "Chicken Men" in California. I started showing my birds at the California State Fair in 2007. It’s a gas! Lots of fun. But, lots of work, and the competition is stiff. I have attached 5 pictures, as I always do with each of my posts here on VT. In these 5 pictures, you will see the judging in process. People at the Fair get to watch the talented judges do ‘their thing’ and award the ribbons to the best birds. Some win, many lose. A "Number 1" on the paper on each bird’s pen is the first step of gathering ribbons.
Not many Vietnam Veterans are involved with this ‘game’. So, I thought all of you would get a ‘Big Bang’ out of seeing me doing it. The last picture here tells the whole story.
Meanwhile, dove season has come and is almost gone. We will be hunting rabbits soon. And then duck and pheasant season opens at the end of October. Keep your eyes open for my articles here. I’m going to share with you the whole hunting season.
I am now planting my Winter Crop in my organic seed garden. I am also keeping up on my music in Nashville, and we are getting rave reviews on my first 4 songs of my new "Patriotic Military Music Project" which you can see here:
I’m also in full swing again in the Music Industry in Nashville, and you can see my whole business layout here:
And, finally, my newest release "LT Bobby Ross – The Fisherman" can be viewed here:
So, enjoy my chicken pictures! And think of me the next time you pull into KFC!
LT Bobby RossAmerican National Commander