old swamp yankee page

 

i recently spent some time with the man known to those who matter as the old swamp yankee. he was born and raised in new england and is damn proud of his heritage, and he imparted some of his wisdom to me. 

now a swamp yankee may be defined by different terms in various parts of the country, but here's the only bona fide, authentic definition - straight from the depths  of the old swamp yankee's vast experience in being one, living among them, and dealing with them over many years.


a swamp yankee

(his definition)  
  • is frugal past the point of being cheap.  lives by adage, �use it up, wear it out, make do or go without.�
  • right or wrong he speaks his mind, and he's rarely wrong.  disagree with him at your own risk.
  • installed electricity and telephone after the rest of the world and considers both a little wasteful.
  • is honest when trading or selling something, unless he thinks you're trying to cheat him. then he'll bamboozle you beyond what you had thought possible.
  • won't cheat you as long as you're honest.  if cheated he never forgets and always gets back.
  • believes in hard work, and has no use for those who don�t.
  • doesn't trust the damn fools in washington or the state capitol either.
  • keeps an eye on the local town hall just in case they get some damn fool ideas from watching the damn fools in washington or the state capitol.
  • hates taxes, but eventually pays them, then insists on road improvements in front of his woodlots.
  • as a child, he walked 2 miles each way to school every day, barefoot, uphill both ways, carrying his brother, in the snow, etc.  
  • puts up with those damn summer people, as long as they spend a good deal of money in town, respect his property and don't shoot his cows during deer season.  
  • doesn't hunt out of season unless he needs the meat or feels like it. firmly believes that jacking deer is a given right. keeps a flashlight close by just in case.  
  • goes fishing or hunting when he wants to, knowing that the fish & game laws are for those damn summer people.
  • will paint the barn as soon as he figures it really needs it, and then gets around to it. (in that order.)
  • and last of all, is honest, self-sufficient and will do what he damn well pleases. 

    almost forgot. the old swamp yankee asked me to pass on this bit of wisdom.  he says it applies to most everybody.

    "never miss a good chance to shut up."

    he also said that it is better to "live free or die" and to remember that this nation (including swamp yankee land) was started by, and intended to be governed by, "we the people."


    anyone can count the seeds in an apple, but only god can count the apples in a seed.


yankee

yankee magazines travel guide to new england


thanks for stopping by.

(when he needs to buy a tool or two, he usually goes to power tool sales.)



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