Traces Posted January 27 Share Posted January 27 I recently reread this quote: "We camped one night on a pretty grass plot. After midnight there was a Texas shower, and soon there was six inches of water in our tents, and I made my first military mental note: when you see a green spot in Texas, ask why before you camp there." ----- Colonel Percy M. Ashburn, 1914 Thinking about Colonel Ashburn's words made me recall Mark Twain's observation that "A man who holds a cat by the tail learns a lesson he can learn in no other way." We all know that life in Texas frequently teaches lessons the hard way. I thought I'd start a thread about lessons Texas has taught you the hard way. Here are some things I've learned: 1) Don't change your tire in the middle of the night on the side of the road without first getting your flashlight out and examining the spot in which you intend to squat down. You might very well be squatting in a fire ant bed and, 19 seconds later, be ripping your clothes off as fast as you can in an effort to get those little bugger off of you. Your so-called "friends" will find your frenzied gesticulations hilarious and never let you live it down. 2) You cannot eat a live oak tree at 25 mph while barreling down a steep trail on a bicycle. Believe me, folks, I've tried. It can't be done. 3) When camping, always shake out your sleeping bag before going to bed. I learned this lesson on a Boy Scout campout when I was 13 and a scorpion wound up in my sleeping bag. I thought somebody drove a nail through my chest. That's all it took for me to become a fanatic sleeping bag shaker outer. Sometimes I'll shake out my sleeping bag, put it back in my tent, and then five minutes later take it out and shake it out again "just to be sure." I done held that cat by the tail once and don't care to repeat the experience! 😎 Anyway, I thought that maybe some younger folks would read the advice that we wise old sages post here and learn from it. Then I thought" who am I kidding? They won't learn a dang thing. Everybody has to taught these things on their own. And yet, if I can save ONE young person from being stung by ONE scorpion, I'll feel like our work here has not been in vain. What lessons has Texas taught you the hard way? 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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