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Kentucky Color: Corn harvest & fire chasing memories
A newly harvested cornfield evokes memories of days when corn was in the crib, distance reckoning, then and now, and the extraordinary detective work and diplomacy practiced by the late Joe Johnson
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By Billy Joe Fudge - President, Homeplace on Green River
I thought everyone might enjoy an early morning scene, 33% of the way through Autumn 2018, in the accompanying picture, at Homeplace on Green River this past week.
A scene like this in past years when corn was picked by the ear, would have caused us to say, "the corn's in the crib". However, nowadays with the advent of shelled corn, the correct phraseology most likely would be, "the corn's in the bin".
Looking SSE across a fog shrouded Green River, Columbia is only about 10 miles away as the crow flies, as we would have said in times past.
An early Autumn morning, fog looking very much like smoke and the phrase "as the crow flies" brings memories of a dear friend and Division of Forestry workmate, Joe Johnson.
On clear days such as this one during the '70's, Joe and I would often be chasing smokes. Before the days of spotter planes to tell fire fighters the exact location of illegal burning and wildfires, we would have to chase them down, so to speak.
This chasing down often involved stopping to ask local residents where the smoke might be located and about how far away it might be. Often, the distance quoted or surmised would be accompanied by, "as the crow flies" to which Joe would predictably ask, "how far is it if you have to walk and carry a heavy suitcase".
Now, sometimes that question would illicit a smile from the one being queried but most often it would put me in a tizzy looking for quick way of escape. At any rate, we always got our "smoke" and thankfully, we never took a whupping!
This story was posted on 2017-10-22 05:00:10
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