Hollerin’ Down a Rain Barrel

You don’t see a lot of television while full-time RV-ing.  It’s limited to over the airwaves reception, but in populated areas there’s way more TV than you would expect.  We are in Texas in political campaign season, blessed with 30 stations:  We’ve always been lucky.


Kat and I lived near Dallas between 1995 and 2001.  I felt like a duck in the desert there:  I tried to root for the Cowboys and failed; was never comfortable with the Dallas/Houston School of Kamikazi Driving, and eventually realized only tranquilizers could keep away my hives.  The onliest things about Texas I enjoyed were A&M (friendliest school in the WORLD), barbecue, and gone but not forgotten political writer Molly Ivins.


Back in Texas I’m amazed at the level of local hate for this President.  Here even Democrats trash talk Obamacare (if they’re up for re-election).  And Lord have mercy:  Republicans really drop their gloves.  Our boy Senator Ted Cruz, who is staying out of state politics, endorsed Ken Paxton for Texas Attorney General on three points.  To paraphrase the Senator “Ken’s fought against Obamacare” (he wants to keep the uninsured uninsured), “supports voter ID” (Ken doesn’t want the young or the poor to vote), and “supports our religious rights” (sees no reason for separation of church and state).  Obviously, my italics are my personal interpretation of Ted’s viewpoint.


Bill Kugle was one of Molly Ivins’ heroes.  Bill was a lawyer, a one-term member of the Texas legislature, a tireless defender of the poor and powerless, and in the Texas State Cemetery he has an epitaph to die for.  It’s lengthy on the front, but the back is what Molly and I admired most:  “Never voted for a Republican and had little to do with them.”  Other points of view are represented in that graveyard.  Miriam “Ma” Ferguson’s marker does not mention her most famous quote, but it its inclusion would speak volumes:  “If English was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for the children of Texas.”


Back of Bill Kugle's Stone
Back of Bill Kugle’s Stone

Today’s title comes from page 210 of that great book, Blue Highways, 12th edition, hardback version, by William Least Heat Moon.  A couple of pages were about a WW I veteran and his perpetually angry wife who had her fun writing threatening letters to the electric company  (or “hollerin’ down rain barrels”) which might be me in this rant.  Another key character was their Pekingese dog named either Bill, or White Fong.  To appreciate the latter name, you have to be up on your Jack London.

4 thoughts on “Hollerin’ Down a Rain Barrel

  1. Enjoyed this post. I miss Molly Ivins also. She was one of the best! By the way, in the continuing saga of healthcare, we finally got a notice from our individual health insurance plan through Golden Rule. They actually aren’t dropping us, but the premium is going up by $50/mo starting mid-March, our yearly renewal time. It’s still an inexpensive plan since it’s catastrophic, but we can get a better ACA plan for about the same monthly cost (with our estimated subsidy). So, that’s on the agenda for next month. I had to wait until I knew what Golden Rule was going to do before I applied for the ACA, just to make sure it was worth it for us. Looks like it is. And I finally have a working account at healthcare.gov after the October fiasco. Woo-hoo!


    1. Do your due diligence work on how long you can legally wait to sign up for ACA this year. I am pretty sure that after March 31 everybody is locked out until next January. And you may need to be signed up weeks before March 31 to qualify for coverage by April 1. Don’t delay!



      1. Good points all, Jackson, but no worries. We will not cancel our existing policy with Golden Rule until our ACA policy takes effect. The drop-dead date for ACA application is March 31, but I hope to get our application complete no later than mid-month. But if it doesn’t take effect April 1, no problem — we won’t be uninsured.


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