One of her and the Rancher's friends is in the midst of a nasty and bitter divorce. Another friend has to have her elderly dog put down. Yet another friend was complaining to the Rancher that he approached his bank for a loan and was having trouble getting approved because he, as a rancher, doesn't have a JOB! WTF? The man has a herd of some 100 cows, but the bank, because he doesn't leave his home, work 8 hours, and put a paycheque in the bank every two weeks, decides that ranching is not a job?
Thousands upon thousands of people used to farm/ranch as their sole support a mere 30 years ago. A few cows, chickens, pigs, a crop of some sort and they managed to raise a family and perhaps even send a child or two to college or even university. Nowadays, ranching is not considered a job. The people who raise the animals who feed this great nation are not actually working. What the hell do the bankers think the ranchers do? Where would the rest of the world be without the people who raise the food they eat? Ranching is no longer a living - it's a lifestyle.
On a lighter note...... ummm, anyone want to step in here?