One of the nice things about writing this column each month is that I can share some inside information about Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) with you, and maybe show the human side of your association staff.
At the end of this month, Larry Gray, head of the TSCRA special ranger force, will retire. He started with TSCRA when he was 28 and now, more than 30 years later, he has decided to let someone else have the honor of leading the law enforcement division of your association.
You may not know that Larry helped to weld the barbeque grill we use for staff luncheons. Years ago, he and some of the other special rangers custom-designed and built the mid-size monster on which we’ve successfully cooked hamburgers, steaks and beef tenderloins. Many a special ranger has stood next to the grill, conferring over the proper amount of lighter fluid to apply and the safest distance from which to throw the match.
Larry Gray took this picture in 2014 when we started using his custom-made grill to cook beef tenderloins for the staff holiday luncheons. Special Rangers kept a close watch on the meat thermometer readout, on the ground below the grill, during our first, and successful, attempt. From left are Dean Bohannon, Toney Hurley, John Bradshaw and Scott Williamson.
No eyebrows have ever been singed in the cooking of any of our meals. Larry did, however, raise an eyebrow the first year I proposed we cook beef tenderloins on that grill for our staff Christmas luncheon, with just a meat thermometer to guide us. That was about 4 years ago, or so, and now it’s our tradition to light the fire at Christmas and share a great meal and a lot of family news around that grill.
When Larry announced his plans to retire, the first question I asked him was, “Can I keep the grill?” He said “yes” and promised he’d be back at Christmas to help cook again.
Thanks, Larry, for all the years of leading the special rangers. Thanks for being a great colleague. Thanks for the grill and all the friendship it represents to all of us.
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