So far outside the box you can't even see the box from here.
Saturday, August 5, 2017
The Short Arm of the Law
We've all heard about the “long arm of the law.” Well, out here in the country we have “the short arm of the law.”
Just like Starbucks, pizza delivery, and EMS service, “the law” does not have much of a service area out in the hinterland. Oh, they'll eventually make their way to the sticks, but they'll show up like your pizza would: too late to satisfy.
There's a saying out in the country, we don't have 911 we have guns. That's true enough. Sure, just about everyone has 911 -if they have some sort of phone. Might be a landline since cell service is spotty. We don't call 911 when someone is trying to break into our house. We call 911 so they can send someone around to pick up the body.
Okay, that makes the country sound kinda grim. Yes, we tend to be well armed. Mostly that's because a lot of us grew up hunting. Wild game on the table is no surprise. Country people know they might have to shoot a fox in the hen house or discourage a bear. Target shooting is loads of fun and many of us have ranges in our backyards.
Just as important as firearms is having neighbors you can trust. We don't even have to particularly like each other or agree politically. If one of us has a car stuck in the snow, you get out and help push. Maybe you'll be the one who needs something next time. Your neighbors are a lot closer than the police are. Best to be on civil terms with them.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.