Let me know if you know how to hypnotize a chicken. Just raise your hand if you do. It’s not easy. It’s a combination of laying on of hands and having a strong will. The chicken needs to know you are completely in charge. A steady unwavering gaze into the chicken’s eye and steady whispering with a firm broad grimace. However wearing glasses, like I do, might help. The chicken will often see its own image times two reflected by my wire rimmed glasses and think he or she is being stocked by two chickens. Resulting in complete surrender. Therefore the chicken will flop on its side and play dead with the hope the two reflected chickens will go on to the next unassuming Rhode Island Red.
Now I think of myself as fearless and brave even if I do wear glasses. An Okie boy who all by me has experienced using a wooden outhouse. Yes, an outhouse. Summers we Okies would leave our Los Angeles home to take an annual trip back to my mom and dad’s homeland. Oklahoma. Sometimes referred to as being a bit ‘Third World.’ My older brother, once we were in southern rural Oklahoma, he kept daring me to use the outhouse by myself. He said there might be snakes down in the hole of the outhouse. However I never trusted my older brother to give me the straight scoop. But I went in and sat down and never heard snakes riggling around. No rattling’s. No hissing. What self-respecting snake would enter such a smell pot anyway? But being an Okie boy from Los Angeles, I often wondered why people in Oklahoma kept their bathrooms outside. Yes, it did smell a bit and I don’t like using pages from the Sears catalogue to finish my business. Not sure this is necessary. We got our TP from Safeway’s by the way.
But when visiting the folks back home in Oklahoma my favorite thing to do is go to the ice house in town. There we would buy a 50-pound block of pure ice. We drove that big block of ice to my Aunt Minnie’s house south of town and place it in her icebox. An icebox is a good place to put a block of ice. How cool is that? But later when oil was discovered on her property she moved her outhouse indoors. Plus bought a refrigerator once she had her house wired for electricity. Things really progress when you have lots of money. A good lesson in rural economics.
Until next time.