Saturday, May 13, 2017

He's Already in Our Meat House . . .


Introductory note: A meat house is a small building in which hams and side meat were left to dry cure during the winter (back when we had consistent winters.) Our neighbors' looked a lot like an outhouse.

In the summer of '73, having just bought the upper portion of what is now our farm, we were camping out in a barn, getting to know our neighbors, exploring the land, and, in odd moments, listening to the Watergate hearings. 

John spent a lot of time following our neighbor Clifford around and learning from him the thousand and one things that go into a small farm with pigs, chickens, beef cattle, milk cows, and one ancient mule. 

One day, as the two were chatting, the subject of the hearings came up and John asked Clifford what he thought of Nixon.

The answer was classic.

"I wouldn't trust that man in my meat house with a muzzle!"

Funny -- I find myself thinking that a lot these days . . .



8 comments:

Thérèse said...

;-)

Susan said...

Ah....yes!

Barbara Rogers said...

Watergate times are back, eh? And then we might have a Pres Pence, heaven forbid!

Anvilcloud said...

"Our neighbors' looked a lot like an outhouse."

I urge you to remove the apostrophe, just because.

Vicki Lane said...

Tee hee. I should perhaps have said 'our neighbors' outhouse.' Though it would be more fun your way.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Your posts really should come with a health warning . I keep on getting hiccups .

NCmountainwoman said...

Amazing how often the word Watergate comes up these days. Made it even dumber for #45 to tweet that Comey better hope he wasn't taped. Seriously? Did he think it wise to to the word "tape?" Then today at a commencement crowd he began by boasting about how large the crowd was that came to see HIM.

Love the old saying. True then and true now.

Jim Egerton said...

HE probably deserves an outhouse jail with a Russian flag on the door. All his stinky actions and faces deserves no less.