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Old 11-24-2007, 03:32 PM   #1
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I'll never stop learning,,,

My LSW thinks I'm nuts when I do stuff like this, but it turned into a great experience. Even if it was only a half hour.

I'm driving down the road on my way to work yesterday and I see about a dozen pickups parked all over this guy's front yard and about 6 or 7 carcasses hanging from stands. Well, bear season ended Wednesday. And besides, that's way too many bear for only 12 guys. Deer season hasn't even started yet. Got me wondering.

So today, when all those trucks were there again, I turned around and pulled in the driveway. I asked forgiveness for intruding, which was readily given. Then I explained my stopping and they all started talking at once. Turns out this is a "tradition" for these guys and their wives. (LOL "Just friends, most of these guys you wouldn't want to admit being related to.") Every Black Friday they butcher at least 6 pigs, 7 this year. ("Well, 6 and a half. Can't give Wally credit for a full growed one.") Then on Saturday they boil up all the scraps to make scrapple and render the fat to make lard.

They had four huge cast iron ketles boiling away when I got there. Guys were picking chunks of liver, kidney and tongue out of the pot to nibble on. And there was liberal amount of liquid refreshment available as well.

I asked a bunch of questions, learned a whole lot, and took pictures with the cell phone. Must have made a good impression. I was invited back next year to participate. ("Just wear clothes you don't care about.")

That's an offer that is too good to decline.
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:03 PM   #2
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Cool. Despite being a city boy, I've read the Foxfire book series from cover to cover multiple times. Love learning about how our rural ancestors survived on the land before Walmart and China-made goods took over!
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Old 11-24-2007, 04:22 PM   #3
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Excellent story. My father in law would often stop and talk to people who were doing interesting things like that. He could make friends anywhere. It surely enriched his life, and the more reserved among us loved hearing the stories.
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Scrapple ,one of the Pa. delicacys.I bet they had shoo fly pie for dessert .Two things I don't miss !
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You have seen the movie "Deliverance" haven't you? Did you see a fiddle anywhere?
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If you noticed any buttons or pieces of clothing in the pot, don't go there next year.
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Old 11-24-2007, 07:30 PM   #7
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You have seen the movie "Deliverance" haven't you? Did you see a fiddle anywhere?
No banjos or fiddles, just a bunch of "good ol' boys" and their women.

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If you noticed any buttons or pieces of clothing in the pot, don't go there next year.
One guy made a wise crack about his old lady being in one of the kettles, but he couldn't remember which one. When one of the others mentioned the uniform and that I worked for the prisons he was pretty quick to say "That was just a joke, man."
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