If you've ever been around Frank, you know that's he's not modest about much of anything and if you had any doubts as to how good he is, he has no compunction of telling you. Gotta love a guy you never have to guess where he's coming from. Some years back he wrote an article on taxidermists themselves and how it seems, no matter how hard some of us may try, they tend to look like homeless people and bag ladies. When confronted about it, they all get damned defensive and explain to you how they're the salt of the earth and how they don't need to dress up for anyone. You're right of course, but looking like a slob and a skank just keeps us in the back woods as far as being credible artsts. Years ago, Sandy Garland held a seminar and she asked all the taxidermist to describe what a taxidermist looked like. Honest to God, these are the descriptions TAXIDERMISTS used to describe TAXIDERMISTS: Usually pot bellied Needs a shave and hair combed Wears a baseball cap needing an oil change Wears a T-shirt, usually stained Chews tobacco, dips snuff, or smokes Wears faded worn blue jeans Wears a big belt with a big buckle Wears old cowboy boots Talks like a redneck. Well, I swore I'd never fit that description and though a few items might have applied at certain times, I simply don't like to carry our banner unless I look as if I could go to bible study if I wanted to. The reason for this is what I saw in pictures at the World Show this past week. I'm sure it will be the same at the NTA this summer. Our biggest events standing a wishful chance at publicity, our best and brightest artisans walking down the red carpet, and they guys Sandy Garland described show up. How many pictures have I already seen about winners standing there with the perfectly groomed mount, big showy plaque, and huge ribbon with dirty fingernails and a baseball cap on backwards. At least I didn't see a chaw chipmunked in a cheek or black teeth showing through a toothy grin, but it does look like a few of you would take just the least damned bit of pride in yourselves and your work when appearing of our biggest stage. And just to get a leap on you who'll come out and defend that crap, Goodwill sells good clothes and even Walmart could get you into a polo style shirt, a pair of cheap dress pants and a pair of loafers for under $40. If you can't spend that much getting yourself respectfully dressed, how the hell did you afford the registration, entry fees, hotel and meals for the week.