CHAPTER 3 OF MY NEW BOOK. I DON’T KNOW WHEN IT WILL BE FINISHED BUT IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GET ON MY MAILING LIST EMAIL ME YOU EMAIL NUMBER AND i WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN IT IS READY. MY EMAIL IS nmcclint@twcny.rr.com. thanks.

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  EMAIL ME YOur EMAIL NUMBER AND i WILL LET YOU KNOW WHEN IT IS READY. MY EMAIL IS  nmcclint@twcny.rr.com. thanks. 3-YOU KNOW YOU ARE A RURAL RESIDENT IF YOU HAVE—
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      Have seen a cow taken to the auction in the back seat of a car! This is one of the scenes viewed by an officer when he was on patrol in a rural area. It was a full grown Holstein cow, comfortably seated or laying on the back set of an automobile. Not a truck, or a trailer designed for this chore, but an automobile! I am sure there are many more citified, strange objects transported in cars but I have heard of none. We country folk do transport deer on our vehicles but not in them. I have seen city hunters do this as well but it is required that you take your prize home or why else would you spend all that time hunting?
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      Another thrill for rural drivers is the “Dodge’em game” That you play, daily or nightly with the wildlife. Just this morning, I rounded a bend and spotted six or eight turkeys flying low over the road. They can do a lot of damage to your ride if you hit them. It is a good thing that I slowed because as I topped the rise and started down the other side there were about twenty five of these ten pound or larger, birds lined up as a wrecking crew aimed at my bumper. I stopped and they dispersed. I like dogs but these critters can give you a bad time when you are driving. I have had four of them hit my vehicle.  Two of them dove off a high bank and smacked the side of my car. They weren’t hurt bad but they did not know the ins and outs of NASCAR and how to defeat another car. Another time a dog ran under my car from his driveway. I went right over him but he was not hurt bad. I don’t know why.       The oddest one was the first one. I learned after the incident that this dog was a city dog that had never run leash free. The family was visiting relatives in the North Country and I guess they thought it would be safe to let the dog run free. The only problem is that I was just driving by at the opportune time . This dog heard me and charged out to do whatever a dog can do with a full sized car. It turned out that all he could do was bounce off from it. He ran smack head on into the front passenger door and bounced back. I stopped to check his condition and he seemed stunned as he sat with a goofy look on his face but he soon came around . I guess he was okay but smarter? I don’t know.       People who live in rural areas will see strange sights sooner than later. I have seen peacocks wandering my area in the winter as well in the summer. Most people think they are  tropical bird but people raise them around Central New York and the are difficult to pen up so they will escape and wander at times. I must say they are a striking sight with a white snowy backdrop!       Speaking of snow, you know you  are a rural Northerner when you get a foot of snow and you have to go to work, anyway. Nothing short of a three foot Nor-easter  driven storm can shut us down when it comes to snow, Ice is another matter. That tears the power lines down and closes everything for a while. When the first responders get out and fix that we all love the electric and phone companies.       Rural people, on the other hand, see snow as playtime. You need at least ten inches to start to enjoy it. The snowmobile runs better when it is cold and the snow is adequate.  Three feet of snow usually is a good thing since it assures the machine owners  that there will be a longer season to enjoy their activity. Trail rides with friends, poker runs, how far and high can this thing jump, and how fast will it go.  Those last two items are not good ideas but there will be some daredevils that will have to try them.        You  know you are living in a rural area if as you drive down the road you notice a trail of road apples in the path.
      These are dropped by the Amish residents or the local horse fanciers that need to use the public roads to work or enjoy the pleasures of  riding or driving their horses. Thankfully, these items will dissolve during rainy days and slowly disappear. The road side weeds will thrive with this free fertilizer and jobs will be created since people will need to be hired to mow the weeds for visibilities sake , later.  For those of you who may be rose fanciers, these road apples are one of the best nourishments for your flowers, so get out there and collect a free source of beautification. Make your yard and America beautiful!
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