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This one's....gonna hurt you
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Cindi    Posted 01-28-2004 at 03:46:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, it finally happened. The thing that I have been dreading most since we moved out here three years ago. I hit a hog. And I don't mean the kind that goes vroom, vroom, and has a leather clad man with a skull cap on the back of it. I mean the kind that goes grunt grunt, and tends to look up at you the moment before impact, leaving you with a visual that you'd just as soon not have in your memory bank, especially since it was a young one, only about thirty pounds or so.

I know that in time I will hit one of the big ones that weigh in at two or three hundred pounds. I see them on the road side often enough, and as many trips as I make back and forth to town, it's inevitable. Yes, this was just a small one, not as bad as it could have been, not big enough to do any damage to the truck, and I'd rather not have run it over, but in a bad kind of way, it was good practice.

I was coming back from town at about six thirty. It was already dark and I decided for a change to take the back way home. I usually avoid this road at night for just this reason, but it does cut a few minutes off on trip time, and I was late for getting dinner ready, so I decided to risk it.

There I was, all relaxed, singing along to Travis Tritt, which may have been what brought the hog out of the woods to begin with, as I long ago stopped being able to carry a tune worth a dang, so the hog may have thought I was calling him.

'Baby close that suitcase,
Let's turn this thing around
We got everybody talking all over town
But if you have to leave, well keep one thing in mind
Ahhh this one's gonna hurt yeeewww, for a long long time...'

I was really into it. 'Singing' at the top of my lungs. There was only one other vehicle on the road with me, a truck of some kind behind me, putting just enough light into the rear view mirror that I had to keep squinting.

'...There's a bottle on the table to help me understand
How love can go so wrong between a woman & a man
But just beyond the door here's what you will find
Ohhh...... this one's gonna hurt yeeewww....'

And here he came. Trotting out in the road like he had good sense. There was no time to react. If I'd slammed on my brakes, the truck behind me would have plowed into the back of me, and I have practiced this event in my mind often enough, that I remembered not to swerve to try and avoid it. That's a bad habit to get into, as hitting a hog can be bad, but hitting another vehicle head on, can be much much worse.

I just got a glimpse of him before he disappeared under the right front tire. Then it felt like I'd run over a parking curb.


I peered into the rear view mirror just in time to see the truck behind me, some kind of big old dually, diesel-type truck, hit it for the second time.


Travis had stopped singing but I thought the words were appropriate, so I finished up the song.....

Ye-e-es, this one's gonna hurt you....for a long...long...time.

KellyGa    Posted 01-28-2004 at 12:52:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
SOrry you killed a porker. Glad your truck didn't get banged up in the process. I didn't realize y'all had them running around out there! Kinda neat, kinda wierd, lol. Thanks for the picture, I had no idea. I personally like Travis, he is from here, I love the new guy, Josh Turner, and all the others, most all of them I like. I got Shelby off that pop music junk, and got her to liking Martina McBride and such. She loves Alan Jackson, Montgomery Gentry, they were her first country concert! She is 9, by the way. She loves country music, which unfortunately is not mainstream these days in her age group.

bob ny    Posted 01-28-2004 at 05:50:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
did you hoyt yur truck?

Not that I can tell (nt)    Posted 01-28-2004 at 05:51:11       [Reply]  [No Email]

Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-28-2004 at 05:25:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
While I feel as though I'm ageing faster each new day, I still have to admit I'm still learning. An activity I find rewarding even at my advanced age.
Pray tell me, where is this open hog range you are talking about.
Open Ears

Cindi    Posted 01-28-2004 at 05:35:29       [Reply]  [No Email]

Florida. As far as I know, everywhere south of the panhandle. They're wild.

GusandEdie    Posted 01-28-2004 at 18:49:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
That picture looks like javelinas not hogs.

Thank You    Posted 01-28-2004 at 08:49:10       [Reply]  [No Email]

Um...    Posted 01-28-2004 at 05:04:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Maybe it is just me, but...

Don't spose you could, like, maybe, just maybe mind you...


Inevitable?..Hitting things is INEVITABLE?

Salmoneye, The Unbeliever

deadcarp    Posted 01-28-2004 at 06:47:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
heh heh - you sound like my aunt evelyn - she was almost 80, always drove carefully and had pretty well decided that hitting deer with cars is something other people do - "inevitably" her turn came around. she was just coming back from her friend hilda's, going maybe 30 and bam! well of course she notched one fender so admitted it happened too fast and easy but tried to rationalize it, so the lord gave her a clicher, bam! about a week later she whacked a pregnant doe and, went over it and splattered the contents all over. well she still drove to church and that, but it was a very humbling experience. i'd say inevitable's a pretty good word. and in australia they hit wallabees with similar frequency so even moving won't help. :)

Cindi    Posted 01-28-2004 at 05:19:05       [Reply]  [No Email]

Salmoneye, Salmoneye, Salmoneye.

Slow down?

Yes, inevitable.

Here are the choices:

A)Slow down to a speed that will allow you to stop if one of these critters darts out in front of you, prompting any driver behind you to mutter under his breath, swear, and immediately make an effort to pass. Which raises a new threat since the road is somewhat curvy. Even if I slowed down to forty miles an hour, a sudden slamming on of the brakes still requires several feet before the truck comes to a complete stop. So unless the hog jumps out at least ten feet from the front of your vehicle you are going to smash into it anyway.

B)Stay home.

C)Only drive during the day.

The thing about hogs is, they are like deer, they run out, immediately realize their mistake and freeze. If they would just keep on going, about ninety percent of them would get away. Haven't you ever hit one before?

Salmoneye    Posted 01-28-2004 at 07:18:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hit a hog?...Not that I recall...And I have never hit anything (other than a snapping turtle and a squirrel once)...

I did get hit by a guy with his brand new truck in Glens Falls, NY one time...I got a scrape next to the pointy front end over the headlight on the 1971 Malibu...They towed his truck away...He got to ride in a pretty black and white car with flashing lights too...Lucky guy...

Salmoneye, aka The Slowpoke In Front Of You

PS.....I don't care what the guy behind me is thinking...That is his cross to bear...Not mine...


PPS.....What does daytime have to do with it?...Just cuz it is light means you can go faster?...

Nope    Posted 01-28-2004 at 10:49:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
They do most of their far range roaming at night. Plus they are easier to see during the day from a distance. Most of them are black.

Well then...    Posted 01-28-2004 at 11:50:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
You just aint hunting hard enough ;-)

Salmoneye, Who VOlunteers To Shoot (AND EAT) Em All For You...

Cindi    Posted 01-28-2004 at 12:09:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Now...this is true.

Come get 'em!

Newgen    Posted 01-28-2004 at 04:33:42       [Reply]  [No Email]

But when you think about it the hog only hurt for a very short time--

Cindi    Posted 01-28-2004 at 04:35:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hopefully. I suspect he didn't feel the second truck.

There's yer trouble    Posted 01-28-2004 at 03:53:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
It's that dang Twavis Twitt. If you'da been listening to some decent music it probly wouldn'ta happened.

Les, who doesn't think highly of a lot of today's so-called country music and musicians.

who is that    Posted 01-28-2004 at 05:05:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
fella over on tales who is always talking about roadkill sausage and such? here is an opportunity!

Yum    Posted 01-28-2004 at 04:21:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Anybody for cold road pizza?

Cindi    Posted 01-28-2004 at 04:36:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
More like succotash, I think. (grin)

Cindi    Posted 01-28-2004 at 04:06:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yeah, I'm not big on him either, but since Marty Stuart was in there with him, it turned out to be a pretty good song.

Alias    Posted 01-28-2004 at 04:06:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with you Les, did I ever tell you why I don't like a lot of today's country music? Well, it's simple enought, I just can't stand to hear grown men cry.

Anyway Cindi, I'm glad you came through your hog killing ordeal and be able to write about it. Just be thankful you didn't run over somebody's family pet, or worse yet, a human..........gfp

Dieselrider    Posted 01-28-2004 at 03:59:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
They, the country artists, are still allloooootttt better than most any other types of music offered out there in todays world. Lol

Cindi    Posted 01-28-2004 at 04:11:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
You do have a point

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