Most of the roads in Monroe County (IL) are paved now, but there are still a few gravel and dirt roads, here and there. And as we enter a wet and rainy season, I am reminded of an old joke.
One spring day, after a solid week of rain, was riding his horse along the side of a dirt road that had become a virtual sea of mud. He spied what looked to be a fine hat sitting in the middle of the road. Thinking that if he could retrieve it and clean it up a little, it would be a fine addition to his wardrobe, he reached out with a stick to pull it towards himself.
He was startled when a cry came from the hat. As he drew the hat towards himself, he was even more startled to see a man's head under it, seemingly floating in the mud.
The head turned and looked at him, then greeted him with a cheery "Hello!".
The farmer gulped, then rather tentatively replied in kind, and then asked the head if he was OK, or if he needed any help.
The head replied, "Well, I think I am doing well, all things considered, but I'm pretty sure the horse I am sitting on is in trouble down there."
Till next time,
What is a "tiehacker"?
"Tiehacker" is a term originating in the Ozark hills of southern Missouri. It referred to a class of people from WAY back in the hills that made a living cutting trees into ties for the railroad. I first heard the term from my wife shortly after we married. I had been working outside all day and was dirty and stinky. She had learned it from her father, and thought it just meant "a bum". Never having heard it before, I looked it up. Although I am not really a bum, I thought it was interesting, and I do have a life-long love affair going with the Ozark hills, so ... there you have it!