The Leading Edge

Posted Tuesday, November 20, 2007, at 7:29 AM
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  • Here's the thing about us country bumpkins - it's in our DNA to be self contained. Just like your motor home.

    We never met a man we didn't like, but we only trust you and me - and we're not really sure about...

    You know how it goes.

    We are rural people. We don't trust the very concept of community - any further than they can throw the b.s. up and down main street, or our tax money down a deep dry well.

    We've been robbed and cheated by the slickest of willy's from the city, AND harrassed or even murdered by the sweetest old farmer from down the dirt road.

    These are the kindest, most thoughtful folks in the world. However, soon as you get more than two dozen of us together, all bets are off. It's a crap shoot whether, or not, we'll do the right thing as a group.

    We simply have a profound distrust of the MOB, wherever we find it. And that includes our schools, churches, family reunions and all forms of government.

    I prefer to think of it as the unintended intelligence test - that I believe we unwittingly pass with flying colors.

    And for those of us who DARE (or can't help but) speak our minds, much less write it down in black and white, there is a standing rule.

    It is better to remain silent and be suspected a fool, than to say what you think - and thereby remove all doubt.

    I've enjoyed reading your 'diary' on this website, and offer this note of encouragement. The deafening silence you hear in response is merely the sound of 'one hand clapping.'

    We only admire the people who LEAVE this place and become 'successful' - and toot their horns so loud we can hear it way out in the pasture.

    People who COME here on 'purpose,' will be alternately ignored and suspected, by those who feel the multitude of loved ones who reluctantly left - made the right decision.

    Surprisingly, that includes the same ones who are finally able to come 'home' again. We have to wonder what's wrong with them to make such a choice.

    It's a shameful inferiority complex.

    It seems no matter what our mailing address may be, a lot of us really reside at the intersection of Provincial Road and Parochial Avenue.

    Welcome to southwest Nebraska, where I have lived much of my life. And my grandchildren, and my great grandfather before me.

    Watch your back, brother, no matter 'where thou art.'

    Sincerely.

    -- Posted by ReallyNeedJustOneMoreCharacter on Mon, Dec 3, 2007, at 10:45 PM
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    "It is better to remain silent and be suspected a fool, than to say what you think - and thereby remove all doubt"

    Well...I guess I've removed the doubt all right!

    Thanks for the insightful comments!

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Dec 4, 2007, at 9:53 AM
  • Wow - well said, Onemorecharacter! I didn't know us country bumpkins could express our thoughts so well. Maybe you should start a blog too! Brian - keep up the good work!

    -- Posted by cowgurl1 on Tue, Dec 4, 2007, at 11:10 PM
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    I'll do my best cowgurl1.

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Wed, Dec 5, 2007, at 8:26 AM
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