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RAMBLING VINES

RAMBLING VINES

Friend Beverly and I decided that we both needed a good dose of sitting and looking at the water last Saturday and like to have never got off on a fishing trip. We were traveling down this gravel road and, looking ahead, I said "Boy, we really do need a rain, look at the dust behind that truck over there on the other road." As we got closer we realized that "over there" was out in the middle of a field and that it was smoke instead of dust. Just as we got close enough to see better, the truck driver jumped out, raised the hood and started throwing hands full of dirt on the flames. We turned around and went kiting and flying back up to Raymond and Linda Johnson's house and I'm sure it sounded like a whole posse of wild people had arrived...we were both talking far too loud and pointing in the direction of the burning truck. Raymond called the fire department then he and his sons gathered up their shoes and took off down there.

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Pocket knives and handkerchiefs

As much as technology has done for our society, there are few things that it has taken away, like privacy, and the ability to work on a vehicle. Gone are the days of driving through a neighborhood and seeing fathers and sons or daughters, working under the hood of the family car or truck. These days you practically have to have a degree from MIT to figure out how to change a spark plug. I’ve always loved old cars and trucks. I get that from my dad. Over the years, he has had an old Chevy truck, a Packard, a ’55 Chevy, and a ’64 Mustang convertible. Currently, he has a 1946 Ford truck he tinkers on. For the past couple of years, I’ve been wanting an old truck. There’s something about the heavy clang of the door slamming shut, and the sound of the engine. Recently my husband and I purchased a 1965 Chevy truck to work on a little at a time. It runs, but it needs a lot of work. My dad is helping on the project. Right now, the work involves a new wiring harness and connecting many different wires. The way the previous owner has everything connected, he must have had stock in electrical tape. You can tell a lot about a person by the decisions they made when you raise the hood of a truck. The shortcuts, fixes, and rigging of wires and connections provide insight into the previous owner’s thought processes. It can either tell a story of meticulous work or haphazard effort.

RAMBLING VINES

RAMBLING VINES

Read with interest about members of a local E.H. Club meeting to make a flag to take to state convention. How well I remember the time the B. and P. W.

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