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Ran into an old friend the other day.
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Jake from Jakes Corner, Yukon Territory    Posted 08-14-2002 at 16:04:26       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well boys, I hadn't seen him in about thirty years or so. Last time was bAck in Laos in the late 60s. We was both workin' for a civilian flyin' outfit at the time. We were sittin' in this bar knockin' back a couple and tellin' stories when the conversation came around to old Showerclogs Kelley. Now boys,if there was a character, it was ol Showerclogs, But he could flat fly a C-46 though! He never wore shoes just them showerclogs all the time. He claimed shoes hurt his feet. The story was he grew up in SE Asia, his parents being missionaries. Nobody seemed to know where he learned to fly. He weighed about 275lbs and always had a Lucky in one hand and a beer in the other. His dress was a little unusual too. He favored druppy kaki pants and a selection from his Hawaiian shirts along with a fifties era straw hat that any furniture salesman would have been proud to own. His skin always looked like it was in third stage sunburn. He was never without his "survival Kit" which was an AWOL bag containing two cartons of Luckies, two six packs of beer and a box of water proof matches. One day the Chief Pilot called us all in for a briefin' from one of them Ivy League types from the head office in Wash. DC. Nobody was paying much attention to his talk on wearing the proper flyin' gear and Mr. Ivy League was gettin' irritated when he spotted ol' Showerclogs over in the corner doozing off. "Well Capt Kelley" he said in a loud voice, "just how long do you think it would take you to walk out of the bush wearing those flimisy showerclogs, if you went down?" Well, the room went silent and ol' Showerclogs just kinda sqinted at him, took a long drag on his Lucky and said "The first time it took eleven days and the second time five." I thought the Chief Pilot was going to wet his pants he was laughing so hard and then everybody else did, too. We never saw Mr. Ivy League after that. Yup, I've gotten a couple good laughs just thinkin' of that day.

Hogman    Posted 08-14-2002 at 19:11:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Been plant'n any Pineapples there Jake? Oughtta do fairly well I'd think.

I remember Them ole Curtis C46 oil leakers,out side of that ,recon They was a passable good bird.
Went through C47 school Myself and wound up on A20'. Got My wings on B17',sure was a crazy mixed up world.
Watch out for hydrofobid ice worms I hear They'll do a number on Ya!

Jake from Jakes Corner, Yukon Territory    Posted 08-15-2002 at 10:00:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, got the pineapples in. You know what they say about round engines-- when they quick leaking oil, the're outa oil. C-46 was a pretty good ol' load hauler fer the stuff we was doing.

Rufus Windrow    Posted 08-14-2002 at 17:29:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yup, nicknames are a thing of the past. Now they just nickname your last name, like Smith becomes Smitty, Jones is Jonsey, and Doug is Dougie. But in the old days, nicknames were earned. I remember growing up with a big, tall stick of a guy, sort of gangly and awkward. One of my buddies dad nicknamed him "Jackpine" because he said he looked like an old Jackpine tree. That name stuck (although it was shorted to "Pine") through the years. I think any of us would've fallen over if anyone had addressed him as Don, which was his real name.

Festus McGill    Posted 08-14-2002 at 16:51:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
If there weren't people like that in the world, it just wouldn't be much fun would it?
I growed up with Killer Kimball. I member one day we was in physics class and the teacher was braggin up some atomic clock that was sposedly accurate to within one second per year.
Ole Killer pipes up and says "Well, they otter adjust it!"

Bob /Ont.    Posted 08-14-2002 at 17:05:53       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Anyone that smart is downright dangerous.
Later Bob

Bob /Ont.    Posted 08-14-2002 at 16:23:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'v said it before Jake, must be family too.
Later Bob

ger    Posted 08-14-2002 at 17:11:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
yup bob i think so too lots of family traits ,gim, jake,an the boys seems all to have it later ger

Bob /Ont.    Posted 08-14-2002 at 17:55:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Like it or not must all be BLUENOSERS from the EEEZTCOAST Eh.
Later Bob

ger    Posted 08-14-2002 at 19:04:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
for sure then their family iffn there bluenosers

Grove r    Posted 08-14-2002 at 19:33:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi, all....guess I must be from the old school of thought......young fella came over to our area to do some special job.....bout twenty, maybe, had enough nose, ear, eyebrow, rings to start a junkyard, so...I nicknamed him "Hardware".....took him awhile to figure it out......[not nice, me], another of our engineers has a facial stigma, so....his title is now "Twitch", not nice either...but you have to remember "engineer"! The whole situation is quite ironic, because....I have never been in favour of nicknameing people, always thought it demeaning and derogatory.....consider it "putting the other fellow down to make myself look better", and don't like that at all! But, don't get me wrong, some nicknames can be endearing......After all, how many last names in use today are derivatons of "nicknames", take my last name,[please], means "dwells near a small wood", in Norse, hense, my "handle", "Grove", would be close to the English transllation, and the small "r" for my first if you can figure out what all this has to do with the original post....please let me know, as I have no idea.......have a gooder, R.E.L.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 08-14-2002 at 20:17:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well Grover it has plenty to do with what ever it was I forgot we where talking about. Joe Smallwood was from the EEEEZed Coast, EH.
Later Bob

ger now bob??    Posted 08-14-2002 at 21:05:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
you know where joe smallwood was from an it wasn,t the east coast. it was from the newfoundland place. big difference just ask any martimer lol later ger

Bob /Ont.    Posted 08-15-2002 at 14:32:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Your right Gerry, some of them even refer to the mainland as off shore:<)
Later Bob

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