Thursday, July 27, 2006
I enjoyed all the times I spent with my grandaddy but I am glad he is not here to see this. Of course, he never would have made it through people paying $2 for a bottle of water and $50 thousand for a car. Keep in mind that this hard-working couple NEVER lived in a house with an indoor bathroom. Folks who go on mission trips are amazed to see people live like that today but it wasn't that many decades ago that it was common in the USA. Try to picture that this couple who died in the 1970's were born just before 1900. They were young adults before seeing an automobile, beyond middle-age before seeing a TV, never saw a computer unless it was a glimpse at the doctor's office. So much about the way we live would be shocking to them. How many people are overweight would be hard for them to believe. How spoiled we are and how little physical work we do would be unbelievable. Then today, I turned onto the by-pass from Hwy. 231 behind an SUV pulling what I first thought was a pop-up camper. I was not surprised to see a roof-mounted air conditioner since that is expected now when we "rough it". I was surprised to see that the trailer was narrower than normal and about 10-12 feet long and made of polished aluminum AND had vents along the side. Wait a minute, that is no camper--that is a dog-box. A doggie travel trailer--a doggie Airstream. As I got closer the painting on the tire cover came into view. It was a drawing of a Bluetick hound treeing a racoon. Apparently this was an air-conditioned Bluetick Airstream. I am not making this up. Now my grandaddy hunted coons at night and owned hounds of various description. He treated his dogs well and would fight you if you mistreated one but he would not believe hound dogs are now traveling in airconditioned trailers that costs more than any vehicle he ever owned. Come to think of it, he never had a car with air-conditioning and only the last house he lived in had a window unit. Our dogs are better off than 90 % of the worlds population and much of our population just 30 years ago!