Three years back, the Hinsleys of Dora, Missouri, had a tough decision to make.
To buy a new mule.
Or invest in a used bug.
They weighed the two possibilities.
First there was the problem of the bitter Ozark winters. Tough on a warm-blooded mule. Not so tough on an air-cooled VW.
Then, what about the eating habits of the two contenders? Hay vs. gasoline.
As Mr. Hinsley puts it: “I get over eighty miles out of a dollar’s worth of gas and I get where I want to go a lot quicker.”
Then there’s the road leading to their cabin. Many a mule pulling a wagon and many a conventional automobile has spent many an hour stuck in the mud.
As for shelter, a mule needs a barn. A bug doesn’t. “It just sets out there all day and the paint job looks near as good as the day we got it.”
Finally, there was maintenance to think about. When a mule breaks down, there’s only one thing to do: Shoot it.
But if and when their bug breaks down, the Hinsleys have a Volkswagen dealer only two gallons away.
[Genuine VW ad found here.]
Well done satire, that.
Big Bug vid found here.
Clarence Gatemouth Brown & Roy Clark (with Leon Rhodes) do some serious pickin’ on Hee Haw (1979). If this ain’t roadtrip music, nothing is.
That’ll do for now. Gonna get some R&R and see you back here tomorrow as far as you know.
The Deltones (UK) had a nice reggae cover of The Staple Singers’ hit “I’ll Take You There” in 1972. (There were a lot of groups who called themselves The Deltones, so I’m not sure which to link t0.)
Fighting the Hoover & Denham fire, Washington D.C., July 1918.
“Effa didn’t liver ad move, wooden chew?” Appalachian dialect sawsum, enna fokeser grate.
[Top image: That love bug stayed on the side of my garage for two days, and I took it to be a good omen. It was.]
Take a guess as to what it was – the answer’s below the break. Continue reading “The Bug That Wasn’t A Bug But Was.”
According to the source of that image, this happy guy was discovered after someone cut down a cherry tree, and one of the commenters believed it to be the larva of some type of long-horned beetle. Beetles come in all shapes and sizes, and the Xixuthrus Heros is one of the largest.
No shine. No polish. Pure awesome Babe Magnetage.
C’mon now. Her beetle needs loving, and you just don’t care, do you?
G’wan, hug it. Its name is “Sirpaul.”
[Found in here.]