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Dixie Lee    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:07:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't want to be one of those "stick in the mud" politically correct, boring people, but do most of you feel the Amish are well described in the joke, and spitting on the floor of the truck post? I have had lots of contact with the Amish in several different communities, and I have never seen anything but immaculate farms, and homes. I have heard that there is one community, or sect of the Amish, that might match this description. They are called Swartzentruber, and are the most primitive and strict Amish order. Where do you all live, that wrote the posts about the Amish? I don't want to get my dander up, but I just want people to know, that most Amish are clean, hard working, very good people. Actually, they have made a big difference in my life, I have started living a Christian life, because of what I learned from them. They accepted me into their homes, and introduced me to their families, this was nine years ago, and I go back to visit every year. I couldn't love them more, if they were my kin. No offense is taken, in any way, from the joke or anything else, just wanted to know where you live.


New-Gen    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:49:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm from Illinois. My opinions of the amish are based on my experiences in dealing with them at horse and equipment auctions throughout the midwest.

I have found them to be one of the most prejudiced groups of people out there. The have a "them against us" attitude toward the English (meaning us)

A friend of mine who dealt in stationary engines passed away. An Amishman came to the estate auction and made a big scene over a small antique tractor because the widow refused to sell it to him cheap before the sale. So during the sale he interrupted the auctioneer and began accusing her of misrepresenting it. This woman had worked side by side with her late husband to built the business, and he was talking down to her like she was a misbehaving child.(By the way, I now own the tractor, I bought it mostly to show him who was boss)

Another Amishman over in Indiana used to frequent the auctions. He used to make his wife and daughters load the truck while he and the boys stood there publicly belitling them.

I sold a load of hay to an amishman and made the mistake of extending credit to him.."Until he got two of his horses sold...That was 21 years ago, the horses were 18 years ols at the time...do the math..I don't think horses have that kind of lifespan..

I believed an Amishman once when he told me the engine in the tractor he sold me had gotten stuck from setting....well....I guess he didn't technically lie...it was "setting", but probably setting there belted to the threshing machine at full throttle when it ran out of oil!!

So...it looks like you formed your opinion of them by your personal aexperiences, just like I formed mine in the same way. I respect your opinion, like you respect mine, but apparently we didn't deal with the same ones!
NG


New-Gen    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:31:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm from Illinois. My opinions of the amish are based on my experiences in dealing with them at horse and equipment auctions throughout the midwest.

I have found them to be one of the most prejudiced groups of people out there. The have a "them against us" attitude toward the English (meaning us)

A friend of mine who dealt in stationary engines passed away. An Amishman came to the estate auction and made a big scene over a small antique tractor because the widow refused to sell it to him cheap before the sale. So during the sale he interrupted the auctioneer and began accusing her of misrepresenting it. This woman had worked side by side with her late husband to built the business, and he was talking down to her like she was a misbehaving child.(By the way, I now own the tractor, I bought it mostly to show him who was boss)

Another Amishman over in Indiana used to frequent the auctions. He used to make his wife and daughters load the truck while he and the boys stood there publicly belitling them.

I sold a load of hay to an amishman and made the mistake of extending credit to him.."Until he got two of his horses sold...That was 21 years ago, the horses were 18 years ols at the time...do the math..I don't think horses have that kind of lifespan..

I believed an Amishman once when he told me the engine in the tractor he sold me had gotten stuck from setting....well....I guess he didn't technically lie...it was "setting", but probably setting there belted to the threshing machine at full throttle when it ran out of oil!!

So...it looks like you formed your opinion of them by your personal aexperiences, just like I formed mine in the same way. I respect your opinion, like you respect mine, but apparently we didn't deal with the same ones!
NG


Texas    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:53:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ohhh....Deja Vu! :)


Ron/PA    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:26:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dixie, it was meant mostly in fun, but all humor is based in at least some truth.
I'm from central PA. North of Lacaster county. the Amish capital of the world.
I used to have alot of amish as contract egg producers. Some of them were the best producers in the company. Others were not. Some of them were imaculate, some were not.
One day I went to visit a contract farm and the lady told me that Issac was sick in bed, but he wanted to talk to me. I followed her in, and there was Issac in bed, barn clothes on, boots and all. Under the covers, and when he sat up, shreds of manure fell out of the covers. OOOOKKKKKKK
I have many friends in the Amish community, I've been to weddings, funerals, and good old fashioned parties. They make some of the best home brew I've ever set my lips to.
They're great friends, and wonderful neighbors. I'll seldom if ever do business with them as I can't win, or even break even.
Now that I've sung their praises, and rightfully given them their due. Please understand our humor.
No one was doubting their christian lifestyle. Nobody works harder than they do, nor was anyone suggesting they aren't good people.
However visiting with them for a few days, is a bit different than living among them and dealing with them on a daily basis.
They are indeed fine christians, and wonderful hardworking people.
They ain't saints, and they're human. Their lack of running water sometimes amplifies their shortcomings.
The one thing a Lancaster area English soon learns is "Ya don't give 'em a ride, and ya don't loan 'em yer phone!"
Ron


Dixie Lee    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:51:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Ron, you were able to put into words, what I was thinking, about jokes, having some basis of what someone conceives as truth. Thanks, I hate it when I can't put into words, what I am thinking.


Dale Anne    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:18:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Howdy dixie...I didnt post the joke but did get a kick out of it...I come from Pa. Tons of amish and like you I have seen only very clean folk and farms...but These are jokes and ya will see alot of them about farmers and truckers also....which are the majority of the KL forum.....Dont get yer dander up my dear.....go read some of the jokes about women and men....I being a woman dont take offence...I'm not only a woman but also a blonde,farmer, a hay bale weights almost as much as I do, I live in the back woods and yes I know how to drive a truck...so most the jokes posted I could see as being aimed towards me...however they are jokes and this board has nothing but the finest back wood toothless inbred hicks ya couls ever find without looking in caves.....glad to have ya aboard...dale anne..P.S. I even got a boys name[Dale} lol...AKA..Eieio


Dixie Lee    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:31:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Dale, thanks for the advice, like I said, I think that I started off on the wrong foot! Guess everyone has something that is really close to their heart, and the Amish is my thing. I don't have any kin of my own, cept my husband and daughter,so they have been like my family. I know that you are all real good people, I can tell by your posts! Hope no one holds this against me!


bob ny    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:26:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
why you old crow i wondered what happened to you


Dixie Lee    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:38:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Old crow huh? Why let me tell you a thing or two you no good, Just kidding, see I can take a joke, (you were joking, weren't you :) !!!!!!!!


bob ny    Posted 02-17-2005 at 12:59:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
unless you are also dale ann aka eieio i didn't mean it for you but if the shoe oh never mind just kidden after all i'm only 38 or was it 39
or whatever have a nive day


Mark/Ks    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:15:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Most of the jokes at the Amish' expense could be changed to be about any group of people. I used them as easy pickins because,chances are,there aren't any Amish folks surfin this message board with their kerosene powered computer and therefore using them as the target of some good natured joking around won't upset anyone.WE'RE JOKING!! BTW,I live in Kansas,the brunt of more jokes than most,but still enjoy a good laugh at our expense. Mark in Kansas


Dixie Lee    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:23:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heeeeeeeloooooo, didn't I say that I wasn't offended? I have heard people make the kind of remarks, that were in the jokes, I was only curious as to whether you all lived close to the Swartzentrubers! The rest of the post, was just conversation (or I should say writting) about myself, since I'm new here. Have a feeling I haven't started off very well!


Mark/Ks    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:33:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Welcome to the board,and I'm glad to "meet"you. It's all good.As far as the Swartztrubers go,I don't know them,but I have used their last name when ordering pizza. Mark in Kansas


Dixie Lee    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:55:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Swartzentruber Pizza? Oh, you're just rattling my cage, right?


Dale Anne    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:31:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ahhh h#ll ya started off just fine. Does some folks good to get thems feathers ruffled.....ya might get grilled fer some things said down the line but just like any other family we will loves ya anyways.......dale anne


Dixie Lee    Posted 02-17-2005 at 08:40:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thank you, there is nothing like being accepted, even if you are a little different:)! And no one knows better than I do, that I am different!!


New-Gen    Posted 02-17-2005 at 09:00:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
"Acceptance is a relative concept"


Dixie Lee    Posted 02-17-2005 at 09:06:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just whose relative are you talking about?


Dang you're quick!!    Posted 02-17-2005 at 09:13:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
LOL
Actually I'm the relative the rest of the family doesn't want to admit to knowing....
(Which is probably why I don't fit in with any group of peple)
NG


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