Good Men Are Hard To Find

Posted Tuesday, September 29, 2009, at 8:17 AM
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  • Slicker,

    You have just described what it means to be

    COUNTRY, and to be


    Back in ancient history, about the time I started in that one-room prairie school, a senior couple moved into the neighborhood.

    "Uncle Ben" and "Aunt Margaret" soon became integral to our community.

    "Uncle Ben" had acquired a near new Farmal Model M -Diesel tractor which could pull four 16 inch moldboards and a 20-foot double disc plow.

    When someone tried to get into the fields to soon in spring and bogged down a smaller tractor, truck or loaded wagon -- "Uncle Ben" came to the rescue.

    The youngsters stopped by their house every day after school to see if "Aunt Margaret" needed help with chores, repairing anything around the place, or needed anything carried.

    Being allowed to help her was a privilege.

    "Uncle Ben" was no longer able to do heavy lifting, of handle a pitchfork or shovel -- but with his big tractor, he was able to be a major contributing member of the community.

    Your experience and in all probability some acquired skills can be invaluable to your rural and general Cambridge community.

    Do the Ben Franklin page -- draw a line down the middle -- List the things you need help with and the things you can do, which involve skills seldom developed on the farms and small towns.

    You'll find things you can do, in addition to running grain carts, which probably have not occurred to your neighbors.

    You haven't said specifically -- but do you have any special skills in low-voltage wiring, telephone systems, intercoms and other electronic devices and systems?

    You already have the most important characteristic.

    You appreciate the values of good neighbors, don't want to abuse their willingness to help AND WANT to keep the scales balanced -- if possible in their favor.

    Guess you aren't such a Slicker after all.

    Keep it up, you may yet qualify as a COUNTRY BUMPKIN.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 9:45 AM
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    Thanks for the kind words Hank.

    You said "You haven't said specifically -- but do you have any special skills in low-voltage wiring, telephone systems, intercoms and other electronic devices and systems?"

    I do! I've installed thousands of telephones and commercial phone systems including dedicated intercoms and loudspeakers in most types of structures and environments. I know time division switching better than most, can troubleshoot electronic hardware logic problems to the component level, and have extensive experience with commercial voice mail systems, and outside telephone plant. Previously low voltage licensed in Wyoming, and I've been a mini and micro computer repair specialist, though I'm not certified on the new operating systems anymore, and that's part of the reason I retired... I was getting tired of learning a new system every 6 months. I like computer hardware, I'm not so sure about software.

    We've done some volunteer work in Cambridge since we got here, and I'm considering offering publicly to do some stuff. Though we've been here nearly 2 years, we still feel like newcomers for the most part, and somebody new in the area offering to help strangers? I'm not so sure how people would take that offer. As Margie has said to me... we're still people of suspicion as some folks wonder why anyone would want to settle down here. All I can say to that is... go be a city slicker for a while and you'll know!

    -- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Sep 29, 2009, at 11:38 AM
  • Slicker,

    If you ever get tired of being among real people at Cambridge -- I'll try to find you a place near me.

    You sound like the answer to a country boy's prayer.

    Your neighbors will be spreading that word for you, if you don't do it yourself.

    Wouldn't be surprised if you couldn't just about barter your skills for dang near everything it takes to operate in that part of the world.

    Don't expect to be able to outright give or donate,

    most Republican Valley folks kind of expect to do something in return.

    As you already show and know.

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Wed, Sep 30, 2009, at 2:20 PM

    Most country folks consider strangers as just nice folks they haven't met.

    After meeting, we all get to decide who we want to associate with on a regular basis.

    But as my pappy said, "It's a small community,so it helps to be decent and not talk about people behind their backs. You'll be seeing them lots of time."

    -- Posted by HerndonHank on Thu, Oct 1, 2009, at 11:35 AM
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