On Scene for Aug. 26

Sheet music

I like my bed, my pillows and my faux down comforter. Apparently, however, I have been missing out on a luxury item I didn't know was such a big deal until watching Sunday's third installment of "Filthy Rich: Cattle Drive." The item in question is high-thread-count sheets.

Fabian Basabe, a twentysomething New Yorker, complains incessantly about the cow camp's polyester sheets, the low thread count of which leave him itchy. I asked around. A co-worker, who will remain anonymous because I'm already making fun of him, said, "It's so worth it."

After three weeks, however, most of the people who watch the E! reality show are tired of the spoiled children of the rich and famous. The only reason most locals continue to tune in is because the show was filmed in the area, and the finale will be in downtown Steamboat Springs.

So, instead of being annoyed by the contestants' whining, complaining, backstabbing and dramatics, we are now implementing some of our favorite quotes into everyday conversation and encourage you to do the same.

The first is, "This is ab-uh-normally difficult."

We use this when we are frustrated with our cell phone reception in the middle of a campsite in the middle of Northwest Colorado in the middle of a cattle drive. Or, when the cattle drive leaders expect us to not smoke while sitting atop our horses in a grassy area.

Our second is, "I expect certain comforts. ... I'm willing to pay for them."

We use this when we are frustrated with our dirty dishes or clothes in the middle of a campsite in the middle of Northwest Colorado in the middle of a cattle drive and expect someone else to do something about it.

The third is, "Show me the same respect, Fay-bee-un."

We use this when we are tired of listening to a twenty-something professional partier complain about dirty dishes, clothes and low-thread-count sheets in the middle of a campsite in the middle of Northwest Colorado in the middle of a cattle drive.

Softball rally

Congratulations to the First Western Mortgage Services/Elk River Realty softball team for coming from behind to win a very entertaining Men's B League tournament Monday night.

After watching the men take batting practice or sit around for more than 20 minutes after the semifinals, we joked they wouldn't be ready for the final. FWMS/ERR nearly wasn't, but a great at-bat in the bottom of the seventh saved the game and the tournament for the top seed.


-- Melinda Mawdsley

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