My friend Slim Randles is filling in for me today as I’m still in the midst of treatments for the nasty pain in my head and not able to work for long. I found this older column of his from when I was the managing editor of WinnsboroToday.com and he shared his work there. That’s how I first met Slim, virtually, as we’ve never met in person, and he’s been kind enough to let me continue posting his columns here on my blog even after WinnsboroToday.com was no more.
Home Country, the column, is syndicated in over 300 newspapers nationwide, and he has a book of the same name.
Grab a cup of coffee and join the gang at the Mule Barn Truck Stop as they consider very pressing social matters.
The Club didn’t last long.
It wasn’t the dues, which were nothing. It wasn’t being worried about being elected recording secretary or something if you missed a meeting. There were no officers, no directors and no meetings.
It was born of an idea that occurred to Doc one day. He said the members of the Mule Barn truck stop’s philosophy counter and world dilemma think tank should organize.
After his third cup, Doc turned to the others and said sitting there having coffee day after day without any real purpose just didn’t seem right.
Doc said, “There are so many things a real organization can do.”
“What would those things be, Doc?” Steve asked.
“Giving shoes to orphans,” Doc said. “Or curing hunger in third world countries. Or we could watch TV and file complaints.”
Then Dud piped up. “Would we have to wear funny hats and have a secret handshake and a password?”
“Absolutely,” Doc said. “Otherwise, how would you know who was one of your brother club members and who wasn’t?”
Mavis said, “What’s your secret password? Regular or decaf?”
“I don’t think we should let women join,” said Bert.
Nobody nodded until after Mavis had topped off the cups, and had gone into the bowels of the kitchen.
“Okay,” Steve said. “Let’s get this straight. No meetings. No name for The Club, right? No officers. No dues to pay. All we have to do is give our shoes to some orphans, right?”
“And feed kids in third world countries.”
“I don’t know any kids in third world countries. Could we feed one or two around here, just to kinda e-e-e-ease into it?”
“I don’t think so,” said Doc. “We gotta come up with a third world country and then find out who’s in charge of feeding kids. Then we can send them something.”
“I move we adjourn this meeting,” said Steve.
“There are no meetings,” said Doc.
Since no one could name a third world country without a map or listening to National Public Radio, The Club died a quiet death.
Check out all of Slim’s award-winning books at his Goodreads Page and in better bookstores and bunkhouses throughout the free world.
All of the posts here are from his syndicated column, Home Country that is read in hundreds of newspapers across the country. I am always happy to have him share his wit and wisdom here.
Slim Randles is a veteran newspaperman, hunting guide, cowboy and dog musher. He was a feature writer and columnist for The Anchorage Daily News for 10 years and guided hunters in the Alaska Range and the Talkeetna Mountains. A resident of New Mexico now for more than 30 years, Randles is the prize-winning author of a dozen books, and is host of two podcasts and a television program.