Monday, October 29, 2007

Country Mouse/City Mouse


Country Mouse/City Mouse

There are plenty of city folks who can spot a Gucci bag at 100 feet. They can name the designers of the shoes women are wearing as they walk past. They can tell the difference between a Toyota and a Lexis that passes by in the opposite direction at sixty miles per hour at night. However get these folks into the country and they will call all evergreen trees “pine trees.”

Country people have different things they can identify. They know the difference between straw, grass hay, orchard grass, timothy and alfalfa by sight and smell. They know the difference between a dairy cow and a beef cow. They know that gray or creamy dark blue tractors are Fords. Tractors that are green with yellow wheels are made by John Deere, Allis-Chalmers and IH Farmall tractors are red.

City folks know how to program their cell phones and know which buses go where and when. Country folks know when the sun will rise and when it will set, and they usually are working the entire time between.

City folks know the price of a dozen eggs. Country folks know how long it will take for their hens to lay a dozen eggs in the winter and the summer.

City folks can tell the difference between the sound of the garbage truck and a construction truck and a delivery truck. Country folks can tell the temperature by listening to the crickets.

I am so glad I live in the country.

14 Comments:

Blogger Auntie said...

Right on, Pappy!

5:35 AM  
Blogger Jaggy said...

So what do you call a girl that grew up in town, but whose family farms? I can spot a Coach purse at 100yds, but I usually want to beat the platinum blonde carrying it over the head with it. Likewise, I can tell you what kind of soils are better for what kinds of plants.

Country people are very different from city people. I'm not really either, but I'm a bit of each.

7:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We simply know what we need to survive and prosper.

9:33 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

Oh god. Jaggy's "A Little Bit Country..She's a Little Bit Rock and Roll" ! LOL A reference that may be lost on you and I know will be lost on her.

Anon? You need lots of honey too, don't forget. And good books and candles for when the power goes out. And you know it always does.

10:29 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

I don't know where the heck I fit in. Although I live in the city, I don't recognize designer products or different cars, don't own a cell phone...and I'm not very good as to knowing/recognizing country matters.
Guess I'm in a little world all of my own.

10:37 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Geeze Beth...Almost sounds like you are living in a retirement village...I'm just sayin...

Auntie, JAggy is a dancer so I'm sure she's familiar with all the material by Marie Osmond.

Jaggy you are either a hybrid or a mutant. You decide, cuz I'm not going to call it.

Agreed,anon.

11:05 AM  
Anonymous walter richards said...

Beth - I think you (and I) fall into the classification of "Suburbians" ... not quite city OR country.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

Auntie, I snorted when I read your comment! It wasn't lost on me, that's for sure.

Guy...you didn't mention Kubota orange. Oversight, I'm sure. (giggle)

2:12 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Yes Walt, that's another word for retirement village, isn't it?

Syd, that ain't "Merican". Isn't that the tractor that you are always high centering and getting stuck? You'd think you would have learned about foreign equipment after living with the Benz for all these years.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Sooooo, you don't like the tint of red that is Massey Ferguson ???
Let us not forget that Harry Ferguson INVENTED the 3 point hitch, first released in the 1939 Ford 9N tractor.
Also, automatic draft control, a very spendy option these days came stock on the 9N.
I have a 9N and Massey's latest.
Love-em both.
We were talking about tractors; wernt we?

3:45 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Gearhead, don't you have a Ford?

4:52 PM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Yes. A Ford Ferguson:

http://www.livinghistoryfarm.org/farminginthe40s/machines_0204.html

And a brand spanking new Massey Ferguson 1540.
:-;

5:07 PM  
Blogger Jaggy said...

I'm Uniquely Normal, neither a mutant or a freak. LOL, you can have whatever opinion you want about that.

And of course I know who Donny and Marie Osmond are. Sometimes I think I'm a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll... except I'm not really a fan of either. Swing, baby, swing!

7:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Schwartzenegger insists the victims of the 2007 Southern California firestorm residing at Jack Murphy Stadium are happy.
First he calls Tonight Show host Jay Leno an "idiot". Then he drops this bomb.
If it were Gray Davis the gods would have their media attack him mercilessly for these mistakes. Together they may be enough to cost any other politician his career. But not Arnold Schwartzenegger.
They say he says makes suspect comments all the time, and they are all buried. And it is because they have BIG plans for him::::He is a tool who will be used to accomplish historical evil for the gods.

They say there is a sense of "unease" at the State Capital, like he doesn't belong there. It is because he doesn't. He is not American. Sadly this is an issue that is too readily discounted:::
He is not from the United States. His loyalties lie with a country that was the enemy of the United States a mere 65 years ago.
Just as we witnessed with Clinton in 1992 expect blacks to register and vote en masse for Schwartzenegger as well, a clue and a red flag.

Just as we haven't seen any more of that "Everybody is happy." idiocy from the Preditor so do we no longer hear anything of the possibility a firefighter started one if not more of these SoCal fires, buried forever.
Weight training, promotion of pharmeceuticals, desensitizing "guy flicks" all prove the name "Preditor" is warranted.

6:59 PM  

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