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  •  I live along one of the main streets in Eugene,OR (16+ / 0-)

    My neighbor is a loony republican who also is an exceptional programmer so he ain't dumb. I just say that he is emotionally handicapped and we mostly don't discuss politics. Yet we mow each others lawns, we loan him the use of our tools and utility trailer, he gives us fish and elk, we commiserate on the thistle lady across the street (ever seen an 8ft thistle- she had 15), we sadly commiserated when his best friend from childhood recently died at 50 from an inoperable brain tumor.... We really like this guy and we certainly don't think he is dumb but he definitely ignores anything that might get in the way of hunting or fishing.., otherwise his mom who lives in AZ seems to give him most of his political points. I actually have giggled at his points and now he seldom dumps a Limbaughian or Beckian rationale. We get along and we are not rural but we really do not want to fight... We really are there for each other and our other neighbors.

    I think that this rural crap comes from the fact that many who live a distance from near neighbors develops the delusion that they are totally self-sufficient. Somehow they don't see a neighborly helping hand as in conflict with their attitude. Now my son is a republican and lives in LA as far from rural as a human being can get. He is coming around slowly.

    Fear is the Mind Killer...

    by boophus on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:07:46 PM PST

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    •  thanks for the word-pictures (4+ / 0-)
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      really pleasant to visualize that "loony" and your other neighbors

      your sig -

      Fear is the Mind Killer...
      makes me think of -
      Woody Guthrie's guitar is the fascist killer...
      if there weren't any loony birds, then Minnesota would be out one state icon!

      - and good luck with that boy o' yours in Angelville.

      Hope is, after all, the currency of popular politics, and a coin surprisingly hard to devalue. -- Fred Anderson, Crucible of War

      by ornerydad on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 07:39:12 PM PST

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      •  I love Minnesota. Lived there from 4 to 14. Hated (7+ / 0-)

        the mosquitos that carried children away sometimes and the humidity. But I really loved the snow. Seems it doesn't get as cold as when I was a wee babe. LOL but the lakes were fab. I especially liked leech lake where we came out of the water covered in leeches. Truth in naming and we ignored it cause we wanted to swim. LOL. I want my honey to see it and consider moving there because we could easily go to all the eastern states.

        I was a farm girl all those years as my stepfather worked as a tenant farmer on wheat , corn, turkey and dairy farms. Loved those silly old cows especially the one I called Daisy. Later I found out that my favorite place to lay was the back of a mean old bull (except he was so sweet). We lived on a turkey farm for nearly a year. Hate them since they attacked me as a flock while I was doing the chore of collecting the goofs who simply died of surprise to be dumped in a cistern. We as imps that many children are used to try to surprise them and see if they would fall over dead. My brother-in -law didn't believe me until I showed him an article about a turkey farm that sued the fire department for running with sirens ... they lost lots of dumb turkeys (probably why some people are called turkeys)... Fun to stampede them too. AND dumber then chickens.

        I love the sound of loons. They don't bother me like peacock cries. Is fishing still good there? Does the Miss still flood? I read somewhere that Itaska is drying up. Is that true? Is the Miss going to shrink? It has been over 30 years since I last went back to visit relatives... You know all of us Finns who descended on Minnesota. Most have moved away now. Anyway just hearing Minnesota sent me off sorry.

        Fear is the Mind Killer...

        by boophus on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 12:59:49 AM PST

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        •  sweet sweet writing (1+ / 0-)
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          ain't been up Minnehaha way for awhile myself either - but there's a land where the urban and the rural have a lot positive interplay!

          thanks for writing.

          Hope is, after all, the currency of popular politics, and a coin surprisingly hard to devalue. -- Fred Anderson, Crucible of War

          by ornerydad on Fri Dec 07, 2012 at 05:11:54 AM PST

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