Fishing at Panama City

Living in poverty

We hear a lot on used these days about poverty and how many people are in it. I hate to sound callous but I think there is way less poverty in this country than what is reported. I think we grew up living in poverty and didn’t even know it at all during the time. I was raised in an old house with lots of cracks in it and it was colder most of the time than the outside. We heated with a fireplace and I must say that fireplace put out little heat but took lots of work. So when people start talking about being in poverty today I can’t help but be a little skeptical. I know that there are some people who do live in deep poverty and it is a shame. The little house out in the country is where Ogburn and Ethel Smith lived and raised their family. There’s lots of pleasant memories associated with athe old housebut I guess we tend to remember the pleasant memories and forget the bad ones. I guess that’s a good thing because if we thought of a bad ones all the time we would certainly be depressed all the time.
What are some of the conveniences that we have today that were unheard of
back then. Well, for one thing, we didn’t have running water. we had to draw all of our water out of the well and then if we want hot water we had to heat it after drawing it out of the well. So there was a lot more work involved in getting water back then, both cold and hot than it is now. Just turning on the tab was unheard back then. Then there was the matter of staying warm in the winter time. We heated with a fireplace and that was not very efficient. We used to have the saying, “Burn on one side and freeze on the other.” We would back up to the fire and get our backside as hot as we could stand it and then turn around and get the front side as hot as we could stand it while the backside cooled off. I especially used to to do this before making a run for bed in my cold room on the northeast side of the house where the northwind made considerable inroads.
We also used an ice box when I was very little. The iceman would come once a week and use his tongs to put a big chunck of ice in the box. We kept our perishable food in the icebox. For large quantities of meat like when we killed hogs of cows we would store it in the “Coldstorage” downtown. This was usually run by the same people that ran the ice plant where the ice to go into the ice box was made.


About tladotse

I am a retired Electronics Engineer who specialized in circuit design, antenna design, reliability and maintainability. I am an amateur radio operator and also have hobbies of fishing and photography. Getting kinda old but still get around pretty well.
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