AUCTION-When I was a young boy on the farm, I used to tag along with my Dad to farm auctions and sometimes other auctions also. The term used to describe the auctioneers work was called "crying" the
sale. The auctioneers rapid- fire talk was something that interested me. I would try to mimic him when I got home and nobody was around, but it never seemed to come out right.
At times, there would be one particular person, who bought many items.
The auctioneer or auctioneers ( sometimes there were more than one) would "work" this person who bought so much and they would say, "Come on Joe, you'd better buy this garden tiller so can kill all the weeds in your garden." Many times, Joe did buy that extra item.
Because of the noon start, my Dad would stop at a gas station and small grocery store and buy some homemade weiners and sweet rolls. This was like having a picnic as we drove on to the auction.
Speaking of food, there was usually a lunch wagon at the sales. It was run by the neighbor ladies or a nearby church group.
What always amazed me was what got sold at auctions. A box af many small items would be sold and after you bought it you would find that it contained a can of rusty bent nails. When we got home, my job was to clean the nails off with some kerosene and straighten the nails so we coild use them to
Auctioneers could put in a joke now and then to "loosen" the crowd up. Bidding went a little better after that.
My days of going to auctions with my Dad are fond memories and there were other young boys and girls who did the same also.
Auctions were a community event and it served as a time to meet and greet old friends and make new ones. This was a time that consisted of trust, togetherness, and cooperation.
TRIVIA- Paynesville, Minnesota was settled in 1857. It was named for Edwin Payne, an officer in the founding land company and the first Postmaster. The location was chosen because it was a good spot to ford the Crow River.
TITANIC TRIVIA- Captain Smith of the Titanic, worked for the White Star Ship line for 25 years. but went down with his last ship at the age of 60.
It's time to go on a diet when a buddy insists you rotate your shoes every 4,000 miles.
It's time to go on a diet when you take a shower and find out that you have to let
out the shower curtain
Any man who thinks chemical warfare is something new, doesn't know much about a woman's perfume. B. G.
QUESTION: What do you call a 50-year-old man with no gray hair?
JUDGE: "Ole, I'm going to give you 50 dollars or 10 days in jail.
OLE: Vell, I'm short of money, so I'll take da 50 dollars.
SVEN: What would you do if you found a million dollars?
OLE: Vell, if it belonged to a poor person, I'd return it.
WORDS FOR THE WEEK-
"Better to fight for something, than live for nothing."
-George S. Patton-
"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." -Dr. Suess-
"The best way to have the last word is to aplogize." -Daily Quotes-
"God didn't do it all in one day, what makes you think you can?" - Daily Quotes-
OLD BURMA-SHAVE SIGNS-
Curve was sharp
White robe, halo
Wings and harp
Until next week, please take good care