Monday, December 17, 2012

Back In The Olden Days

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Do you remember the TV sitcom titled The Beverly Hillbillies? Do you remember the song that was playing during the intro? "...and then one day he was shootin' fer some food..."

That's the way I think of guns. As tools of subsistence. That's how it was around my hometown in rural Indiana back in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. I grew up with guns. Using shotguns to shoot birds: quail and pheasant and ducks, and such. A .22 rifle for wild rabbits tracked through winter snow, and for squirrels crouched on boughs in Autumn trees.

They probably don't remember, but my four kids spent their early childhoods eating a great array of wild game and various critters provided by the use of guns.

My dad, being the long-time custodian of the County Courthouse, often was required by the County Commissioners to do the shooting of pigeons up on the courthouse roof. The roosting birds made a terrible mess on the sidewalks and strollers below. They had to be culled. And a .22 rifle was the most economical method for doing that.

Pigeons. I remember my mom plucking them, eviscerating them, cutting them into portions, and then cooking them, all of us eating them, and we shared them with less fortunate families of folks who were grateful to get them.

Punishment for carelessness with guns in those days was swift and sure: spankings with willow switches, belts, straps, and huge flat boards. We learned at an early age to treat guns with respect and care.

Yep, that's my memory of guns, and what they were for. They were for subsistence, not for mass murder.

Is there a lesson in the above revelation? About responsibility? About the meaning of and reasons for certain seemingly harsh punishments?

Probably not.

But that's the way it used to be.

That's the way  it was.


While walking West on the sidewalk that runs along Speedway Boulevard at just before noon yesterday (Sunday) I noticed that some of the Catalina Mountain peaks had accumulated a portion of the snow that had fallen during the winter storm that swept over Tucson Friday night and and most of Saturday. Down here in the lower elevation we enjoyed a deluge of rain instead of mountain snow. Which is fine. We need the water.

Snow On The Mountain Peaks
December 16, 2012



-  The action or fact of maintaining or supporting oneself at a minimum level.
-  The means of doing this.
existence - living - livelihood - being - life



Ernie Hudson

 Born Dec 17, 1945
Age:   66 years old

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Born Dec. 17, 1928
Died:  May 6, 2012

George Smith Lindsey was an American character actor, best known for his role as "Goober Pyle" on The Andy Griffith Show, Mayberry R.F.D. and his subsequent tenure on Hee-Haw.

Born Dec 17, 1945
Age:   66 years old

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Born Dec 17, 1953
Age:   58 years old

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Experience is not what happens to you; it's what you do with what happens to you.
--Aldous Huxley

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