Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Dixie Chain Saw Gang
Imagine this ~ ~ The Castle family is officially on their way to a Georgia vacation. They are breezing their way through the beautiful countryside when "out of the blue" a man is trying to flag them down. My first reaction was, "He is sitting in a running vehicle, and I do not want to stop out here in the middle of the nowhere to find out what a complete stranger wants." It wasn't my goal to become a Reader's Digest story that evening!
In case he was legit, we slowed our pace and heightened our senses a bit, and it wasn't long before ~ ~ we had the privilege of stopping behind a line of red tail lights. Bummer! Come on, People! Don't you know we are on vacation and don't want to find our lodging in the dark?! Hmmm. What is the hangup?! A wreck? Bridge out? Snake crossing the highway?
None of the above. It was a good old tree that had just taken a tumble right across the road. Come on, Tree! Couldn't you have fallen the other way?!
So, what do you do in the boonies when this happens? #1 There is no signal, so cell phones are a joke! #2 Wait for the Dept of Transportation to remove it? Ummmm. No, thanks. (That could take a year.)

Thankfully Charlie the Chain Saw Carrier came to the rescue! It was hilarious, but it is what I love about rural America. It is where everyone is your friend and neighbor, and some people carry chain saws in their vehicles. :-) I am pretty useless I guess. If you were in a pinch I might be able to give you a lawn chair, a few napkins from the glove compartment and maybe a salt packet or two. I don't even have a flashlight in my vehicle, let alone a chain saw! In no time it was out of the way, and life went on as planned. Georgie, here we come. Thanks, Charlie. It is people like you that keep America running!

  posted at 10:11 PM  

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Constance said...

Thank God for those old-timers. If it was up to me to be the rescuer, we would have just sat there. Have a great vacation.

At 8:52 AM, Blogger Angie Davis said...

We got to sit around on I-65 last weekend. Everyone was out of their cars chatting and borrowing cigarettes off each other. And I saw a lot of interesting tattoos. It was hilarious!

At 12:18 PM, Blogger LaDonna said...

It's not just the "old-timers" that carry chain saws in their trucks!! My hubby's a young whipper snapper, and he could have come to the rescue!! You never know. When we go on a trip, he has every tool that could possibly be needed to work on our vehicle and any other one from here to yon!! :) I bring the food, he brings the tools...welcome to the southland!!! :)

At 10:40 PM, Blogger Lavy Country said...

Did he have a rooster in the passenger seat? :o)

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Martha C said...

You are the gal I need to take on trips! :-)

At 3:57 PM, Blogger Sarah Cook said...

That's great! Sometimes we have a chainsaw if Ron is doing a tree job, but we don't generally tote one around.

At 5:14 PM, Anonymous jodyj said...

That's hilarious. Always aware; always be prepared!

At 9:57 AM, Blogger Les said...

I'm actually a little concerned about people carring chain saws in their cars.

At 11:17 AM, Blogger tacomom said...

To the previous post: Chainsaw Massacre meets Road Rage. Yikes!

To Martha, that is way too funny. I'm glad you had your camera and the courage to take pictures. Thanks for the laugh!


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