Monday, January 9, 2017

Drive - A Memior 9th Installment

in Hamer. Everybody knew that.
“Hey, slow poke, what are you doing lagging back there?” Russ was striding out on his lanky long legs with real purpose that usually caused me to run a few steps off and on to keep up; however, not today. I was in no hurry to race home and face the Old Man.
Just thinking,” I said.
Russell turned around and waited for me to catch up, “Well, stop thinking!” he glared at me. “Spending a lot of time ‘in your own head’ mulling over things ad nauseam is – well, ad nausea!” He then crossed his eyes, whirled around, and started walking again.
“I knew that.” was my lame comeback and the end of our conversation.
Still we were only part way in our hike to our looming fate, and I started to think about jackrabbits again. Howard believed one of the first men to come into the area and actually staying here told Russ and me about jackrabbits. “The word jackrabbit comes from a book by Mark Twain,” Howard explained, “in which Mark Twain describes the creature as a jackass rabbit, on account of the hare's ears looking as though they belonged to a donkey. Later on this term shortened to jackrabbit.” Howard went on “The white–tailed jackrabbit is the type of ‘hare’ and the biggest hare I know of around here. This jackrabbit has an adult length of over 26 inches including a tail adding another 4.0 inches and a weight of 9.5 to 10 pounds. A jackrabbit may slink away when approached, but if detected, they bound away running up to 35 miles per hour and leaping up to 15 feet, adopting a zigzag course. Most hunting of jackrabbits is done for pest control or sport and many hunters will not collect the jackrabbits they shoot. If you grab one, the jackrabbit better be dead and if you dare snag it, you are well advised to wear heavy leather gloves because they are fierce fighters with long, powerful rear legs, sharp claws and chisel type front teeth.” I was agreeing with Howard as he was explaining because I have been scratched up pretty good fighting with these predators. “And don’t even think about eating these germ bags!” Howard told us, “The rabbits host many parasites including fleas, ticks, lice, and you could contract tularemia!” “Tular–what?” I remember shouting. “It is a particularly horrible disease they carry. I’ve seen them dying, and the ulcers are not pretty. Jackrabbits do not migrate or hibernate during winter and interbreed in the same habitat year–round, probably causing them to become fierce to compete for food and probably causes of the die off cycle and diseases they carry.”
We rolled under the fine wire fence, the single wire electric fence that separated our dairy cows from the fields, very carefully, a little edgy about touching the wire. The Old Man always liked to rewire his electric fencer giving it more of a shock than

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