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"The Wisdom Of Barnyard Bruke:" Polar Express, Market'n, Jack Brokaw, Ineptocracy, Ford Dealer's Report, 4 Husbands

Greetings to ever one in western Illinois and to all readers of the Quill.

Thanksgive'n is over fer the most part and preparations fer Christmas are on their way.

Polar Express

"Polar Express" is this come'n weekend at the Old Thresher Park in Mt. Pleasant, IA.

Steam locomotives take young'ns up to the North Pole, and my, what an experience. It's a memory builder fer young'ns and their parents and grandparents alike. All put on by volunteer workers.


Cooler to cold weather has settled in fer now and the first day of winter is not until December 21st. Most folk has their field work done, fertilizer applied, and try'n to figure out whether to sell more crops to pay their bills. Memories of last year alert them to the fact that sell'n too early can cost several dollars per bushel.

This years mistakers can be made on last years lessons. No two years are necessarily alike in farm'n. Over stay'n the market can be costly. A short crop can peak early. Measure your risk management plans carefully!

Jack Brokaw

Jack Brokaw, up north, shore enough submitted a right enterest'n piece last week from Paul Harvey. Me an the boys has entertained the idea of invite'n that younger feller to some of our jaw'n sessions. It'd be a right smart distance fer him to travel down here, but he has much wisdom that could be added to our group.

Oh, and say, fer Jack's improvement, one of the boys introduced our group to an unfamiliar word fer the profit of future discussion:

Ineptocracy - (in-ep-toc'-ra-cy)-

"A system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers."

Ford Dealers Report

Which brings to mind a true story from a salesman's Facebook of a local Ford dealership:

One of their salesmen had a woman in his office want'n to lease a brand new Focus. As he was review'n her credit application with her he noticed she was on social security disability.

He said to her, "you don't look like you're disabled and unable to work." She said, "Well, I'm really not. I could work if I wanted too, but I make more now than I did when I was working and got hurt (non-disabling injury)."

She said the government sends her $1,500 a month in one check. And, she gets $700.00 a month on a EBT card (food stamps), and $800.00 a month for rent. Also, she receives 250 minutes free on her phone.

That totals just south of $3,500.00 a month When she was work'n, she was take'n home about $330.00 per week.

The questions is, after do'n the math, "why should she go back to work." Well, the answer is, I'd guess, she's probably not gonna. More power to her. Ineptocracy at its best!

4 Husbands

On a lighter side, a local news station was interview'n a late 80's some-year-old lady because she had just gotten herself married fer the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marry'n again in her late 80's, and then about her new husband's occupation. "He's a funeral director", she answered.

"Interesting," the newsman replied. He then asked her if'n she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did fer a live'n.

She paused fer a few moments, need'n time to reflect on all those years.

After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered, proudly, explain'n that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20s then a circus ringmaster when in her 40s, and a preacher when in her 60s, and now in her late 80s a funeral director.

The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers.

She smiled broadly and explained - "I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go!"

Oh, just hush-up and pass this on to somebody in need of a "brighter day"!

Where ever ya is, what ever ya be a do'in, BE A GOOD ONE!

Enjoy family and friends and I'm a hope'n ta see you'ns in church come'n up.

Keep on Smile'n

Catch ya later

Barnyard Bruke