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verybody knows someone like him. It may be an uncle or a rgrandfather evonworCoryeven rreJ yB your own father for which phrases such as, “he’s so tight, he squeaks when he walks” or “he’s still got 9 cents of the first dime Jerry Crownover is he ever made” are used to describe him. In my case, a farmer and former he’s a neighbor and good friend that I will call ‘Don.’ professor of Agriculture Don is at the coffee shop every morning at 7:15. Education at Missouri To save money, he brings his own thermos mug State University. He is a of coffee from home, and drinks it while spending native of Baxter County, about an hour visiting with neighbors and friends Arkansas, and an before starting his day. Don is always ready to author and professional speaker. To contact Jerry, lend a helping hand, offer advice, or just ride go to ozarksfn.com and along to check cows or go for parts, as long as he click on ‘Contact Us.’ doesn’t have to spend any of his own money on the trip…and he is always ready to go, since he retired from his own business a few years back. He still runs a few cows and spends most of his days keeping his farm in a constant condition of obsessive, immaculate neatness. Because I enjoy his company and find I can still learn a lot from the old man, I invited him to go with me on a cow-buying trip last fall. He was eager to ride along and we arrived at the sale barn a couple of hours before sale time to look over the offerings and visit with the consigners. Since the auction has a nice café, I asked him if he wanted to have a quick supper before the sale began. He agreed and, as frugal as he is, he amazingly grabbed the ticket from the waitress when she brought it after our meal. Of course, the next morning at the coffee shop found him complaining that I had threatened to leave him at the sale barn if he wouldn’t pay for the meal. After all, he did have an image to uphold. Earlier this spring, I once again invited Don to ride along to a huge farm sale that I was attending. He jumped at the opportunity and we left for what would
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