First of all, thanks a LOT for getting back to me, Pat. I agree that the behavior of Congress, particularly toward the president, has all the quality of a BAD Gilbert & Sullivan (to borrow from a fictional Georgia senator).
Here's the hell of it, too: there's a better than average chance that the first black president will be followed in office by the first FEMALE president. If that proves to be the case,I have to say that I'm afraid this whole business will just continue as it has been and for similar reasons.
I think I've only seen one pro football game, too (L.A. Rams vs. Wash, back in 1967!). But I have see many college games--both football and basketball-and several pro baseball games. Alas, those days are gone. Hard, cold seats don't compare to my recliner. My old boney body with an enlarged prostate couldn't take sitting in the cold for 4-5 hours. Appreciate your comments.
Amazingly, this particular farmer friend that can't identify trees, etc., is a Purdue graduate (1970)! You'd think he'd know. Further, his grammar is awful ("we was.."). Otherwise, he's a good guy and friend. To your point, sorry you don't have access to that 4 acres you referred to. I hope it's being taken care and advantage of.
It's not just the local farmers who are ignoramouses, but the whole community. 99% religious zealots, too. I'm not that smart, but I know dumb asses when I see and hear them. Of course, that wasn't my point in the blog.
It probably says something about Quincy and its environs, that Kankakee was exotic and worldly by comparison :)
You are right about the ""I warn't birthed here like all y'all" syndrome. Unfortunately, added to that is "you, your father, and your grandfather were never one of us". Much later, as a grad student in Indiana, the same syndrome descended on me multi-fold. It's much better for me in the Northwest, where people reserve their judgement for the invading,, overwhelming, Californians.
Still.... there is part of me that misses - what - the familiarity?
My dad knotted fish nets, and did the same to make hammocks. We didn't have air conditioning. On hot summer nights, we would tie the hammocks between trees in the creek bottoms, and sleep uncovered. Mosquitoes, wow. Snakes, frog, spiders, OK. But those damn mosquitoes.
Pat - I grew up in Quincy. For me at the time, Kankakee seemed like an exotic, far away place, almost urban - proximity to Chicago I guess.
When I was growing up, we could only get Quincy and Keokuk TV and radio stations. There was no 4-lane out of town, so even St. Louis was a major trip. Driving on longer trips, we could get radio signal from St. Louis and Chicago, once we reached 30 or 45 minutes out of town. I used to say that was the effect of the "Corn Curtain".
Undergrad and MS at Champaign, PhD at Purdue. It was life in Lafayette that led me to get as far away from the Midwest as I could.