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Alias    Posted 07-24-2004 at 08:18:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read in your post below about swinging on grape vines.

Reminds me of when I first saw Johnny Weisemuller in a Tarzan Movie. All us neighborhood boys talked about it for some time. One of the things that impressed us most was his strong forearms. Whenever he was shown swinging on a vine, the veins on his arms would buldge out as tho they were ready to burst.

Now, us kids, with our kid minds, determined that, if we were to have strong arms, we would need to take up vine swinging. So, we headed for the woods and found just the right vine to use. It was about 1 and a hlf inches in diameter and when it was pulled away from the tree, it hung clear for about 35 feet from the branches above. And, where it was located added an extra danger to the swing because it was over a deep ravine.

Elmer was the first to give it a go. he was the biggest and if it held him, it would probably hold any of us. Well, to make a long story short, we swing on that old vine for the remainder of that summer. But, if you know anything about vines, you know that lack of sap and winter weather, with snow and rain and wind will dry them out and they lose their holding ability. And, so it was that the next spring I went again to the swinging vine and grabbed ahold. Without testing to see if it would hold, I backed up the slope and as far as I could go. Then by lifting my feet, I became airborne out over the 10 or 12 foot deep ravine. I sailed on across with the wind whipping my hair about my head and let go a strong Tarzan Call. When the vine had carried me as far as it would go, I hung momentarily until it started it's return to the other side. That's when all manner of popping and cracking started high above me as the vine lost it grip on the branches and I felt myself falling.... falling.... falling to land on the rocks at the bottom of the wash.

When I was able to move, I crawled out of that old ravine and limped all the way home. And, as I look back on it, I wish some one, anyone, would have explained to us kids not to try that sort of thing at home. For, I'm not entirely sure the chronic back pain I suffer today wasn't caused by that fall. Well, maybe not. But, it probably contributed some. And, I think I got those bulging veins and muscles from working on the farm and in the lumber camps......gfp

DD    Posted 07-24-2004 at 15:41:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good story, Thanks for sharing it with us : )

toolman    Posted 07-24-2004 at 09:49:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
nice story Alias, things we did as kids , makes ya wonder how we ever made , somebody sure must of invested a great deal of time watching over us haha.

Alias    Posted 07-24-2004 at 16:30:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Toolman, you sure got that right. I can't tell you the number of times I would have been a goner, save for the grace of God. It has crossed my mind, time and time again, why He has been so good to me.........gfp

toolman    Posted 07-24-2004 at 18:03:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
HE has saved me so many times i can,t remember, sombody once told me to write down things when they happen like miracles or what i think are miracles, wish i had listened to them, someday i guess i,ll find out what i have been saved for.i hope .

Clod    Posted 07-24-2004 at 11:48:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
My pop bought us a Christmas present when we were young. It was a Farmall Cub with all attachments.We had a 2 acre garden and canned or froze all the food we could eat.We sold the rest to the store.Then we took mowing and plowing jobs so he let us keep our money. We began to buy old Cushman scooters and traveled the country roads.When we got older we bought cheap junk cars and fixed them.You seldom saw a boy with exercise equipment because we all had to push start our cars. You get all the exercise you need if you are out in the country. I always wondered later why a person would do exercise with barbells or machines where there is a shovel or axe nearby to make their time more useful.But eventually TV came to every home and the population has went downhill ever since.The TV addicts say computers are evil..But I can learn things that make me money or better at something. Instead of watching those shows where they fix the world. I would suggest they fix the world by tossing the TV set out a convenient window.

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