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It started in 1950-well, in our neck of the woods, it did. REA came to the country and everything changed at that point. In most ways it was for the better and lookin back I think it still was for the better. Cheap sometimes reliable power that changed the whole outlook on llife to country folks like us. No more of the Delco light plant power [32 volts DC] and it's sometimes flickerin lights or any of the other things associated with it that were just a few short years before that had been considered the "best thing since light bread" to come along in awhile. That Delco system WAS the startin of a new era and for that I'm thankful. Although the flickerin dim yellow glow of the old kerosene lamps were just a warm memory by the time the REA came into being that memory seems to still remain in the minds of older country folks. Refrigerators that worked all the time, lights, radios and other things that quickly followed the advent of the REA. Of course, no electric can openers, tv, puters and a host of other modern conveniences were even thought of at that time. Phones were almost non-existant too. Only the "richest" farmers/countryfolks had those things! They also had to help maintain the "open wire" to keep it up and runnin. Many times tree llimbs would blow down over those old wires and take'm down to the ground thereby knockin out the phone service for a spell.
As time seemed to pick up from a crawl to lightning speed, the old ways quickly fell by the wayside makin room for the "modern" way to live. I wonder at times if all of the "progress" was actually "progress"! I'm sure a lot of it wasn't but still things change and the more things change the more they stay the same.
After runnin all over the country, after Lil Dumplin and I were married, partaking of the fruits of "progress" we moved back to the land in 78. Now, Lil Dumplin was a "city dudette", from N.E. Texas when the old hootowl met'r. She's still as purty as when I met'r way back in 1965. Wouldn't trade'r for that new 65 pontiac I was drivin back then and it would be worth a bunch now!!!! She had a lot to learn about country liv'n and did a rite smart job of doin it too, I mite add! Now it would be easier to move a mountain than mover her off of "our" land!! She travels all week long on her job but is really glad to get home on the weekends and her "week off" every month. Only workin 3 weeks a month---that week is spent restin up mostly and gettin ready to go again when that week is over.
We have reverted so far back to my days growin up in the country that I still have kerosene lamps [84 at last count] and many other "old " things just settin around and takin up room. I also have a generator but not in the 32 volt DC range but rather regular 120 volt AC. It's set up to run on propane and it's quite large enough to power my entire household with only a [3KW] 3,000 watt alternator.
If only I could get rid of the land line phone, its' bill, grid power bill and TAXES---I'd have some left over cash! Well-I rekon a body can dream, can't he?
"Son go get my children"--Words Jesus is waiting to hear from the Father. Are ya'll ready to meet Him? Time is VERY short! Now more than ever--Matt.24:44: Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh"!!! ole hoot. Matt.24:44
-- old hoot gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 05, 2001
After postin this thread I was reminded of a little venture in my life that I'd like to renew. I had traded for a little 2 cylinder steam engine. "Shorts Duples High Speed Engine" with a steam activated sliding valve. A little dude standin less than 24" tall with a 2" wide X 6" diameter flat pulley. In a moment of weakness I traded that little feller off. I've wondered a bazillion times [more or less] since then just WHY did I do such a stooooopid thing like that. I would really be happy to locate another little steam engine that I could afford that would be similar to that one. I think it was rated at about 5 or 6 h.p. I've seen new ones and although they would suffice just fine---who can afford'm? I surely can't! Well, nuff daydreamin for this old fat man. BTW, if anybody has a steam engine that the old fat man could afford ----holler! ole hoot-livin in the past--gibson. Matt.24:44
-- hoot gibson (email@example.com), August 05, 2001.
There ain't nothing like the sound of an old Gibson
-- Chet (Musicman@ sound.com), August 06, 2001.
Hey Chet! LOL!! There AIN'T nuthin that sounds like and old Gibson-- Mastertone 5 string banjer, that is! Course my Ode don't sound too awful bad for a $25,000 banjer either! Old hoot, the banjer pik'n Gibson. Matt.24:44
-- old hoot gibson (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 08, 2001.