Does This Make Sense To You?

I’m not a hunter.  I’m not a young man.  I’m not 21 . . almost 22.

I do not understand my son.  Don’t worry . . he doesn’t understand me either.  This is Chad’s car.


Last week when he got a  deer, how would you think he got it to the processor?  Would he ask his buddy with a pickup to haul it for him?  Would he stick the deer in his trunk, with the legs sticking straight up?  If you guessed his trunk, you’d be correct!

Chad and his friend went hunting yesterday.  His friend came over and they hung out here for a while before leaving.  Chad’s friend drives this:


Which vehicle do you think they took hunting?  Yep, Chad’s car!  I went out with Speck and was surprised to see the pickup in the driveway and Chad’s car gone.

I’m still shaking my head at this conversation:

Me:  Chad, why did you take your car instead of Josiah’s truck?
Chad:  My car gets better gas mileage.
Me:  What would you have done if you both had gotten a deer?
Chad:  We’d figure that out when it happened.
Me:  How much do you think you saved by taking your car?
Chad:  My car gets about 25 miles per gallon.  Josiah’s truck gets about 14 miles per gallon.
Me:  How far did y’all go?
Chad:  Maybe 40 miles.

That kind of thinking scares me.  Why would two hunters take a Mazda sports car instead of a pickup hunting?  I just don’t get it.

In the dorm, Chad obviously takes long showers.  Our water/sewer bill is never less than $100/month so we are constantly asking Chad to take shorter showers when he’s home . . 10 minutes or less, please.  Last night Chad was in the shower forever.  Vince asked me to “remind” him to take shorter showers.  Here’s how that went:

Me:  Chad, please don’t forget to take shorter showers.  You know we’re paying for water by the drop!
Chad:  Yes, mother!  I used 122 drops tonight!

That boy . . I can’t wait til he gets his own place and I go visit.  Mom and Dad . . if you’re reading this . . please don’t say a word!  🙂



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    Your son sounds a lot like mine when he was younger. He took his sisters hatchback hunting one weekend. He killed a deer he and his friend put it in her hatchabck, left the back open and drove the deer all over town. She had loaned him the car but not for hunting! They laugh about it now. Believe me it was not a pretty scene when he drove up in the driveway with that deer. Gotta love those boys.

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    Connie says

    Hmm, is there such a thing as a timer so that the water just goes off after 10 minutes????? I’m thinkin’ it would be a good investment with water rates that high. HaHa!

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    Sally in St. Paul says

    Ah,yes, the shower. We have raised one daughter, and hosted 5 exchange students- 4 girls, and 1 boy. The boy took incredibly long showers- like over 20 minutes. The girls were in and out.

    One day we noticed water dripping into our basement. Turned out that the shower was leaking behind the wall. This resulted in replacing the wall, the tile around the tub, the medicine cabinet, the sink and the toilet. This was significant because no one used that bathroom for showering until the exchange student took over that bathroom as his.

    So the good news from the long showers was that I got a completely new bathroom (with the exception of the floor tile).

    Sally in St. Paul- where we are bracing ourselves for the first real snow.

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    Cherrie says

    Ah, the hunting issues. It’s not really about the kill, it’s all about the hunting I think. Same thing has been done here, not really considering the long term(actually killing something) and how they will deal with it. It seems that hunters are usually male and they are usually single task oriented. It sure makes for some great and interesting stories though, doesn’t it?

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    Julia says

    Judy, we hauled a deer in the truck of our car across the state of Nebraska one winter. The deer was field dressed and frozen from hanging in the tool shed for several nights. Didn’t think much about it …. LOLOL

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    I love to hear these stories…… have a cute way of telling them!!! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

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    Carol says

    I’m not sure what’s worse….a deer in the trunk with it’s legs sticking out or a deer tied to the hood of the car…

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    peggy says

    Our sons, one daughter in law, a girlfriend and a kissable 18 month old grandson will arrive tomorrow for just short of three full days. I know there will be looong showers, lights left on all over the house, and thermostats way higher than normal. I dread to look at the next water & utility bills. I love them though. They don’t come often enough. However…I’m glad they don’t live with us.

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    Becky I says

    Having raised and survived 3 sons, the car choice doesn’t suprise me but I agree with you why? As far as having his own place goes, you are right, he will change a whole lot when he pays the bills. They all do!

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    pdudgeon says

    be sneeky! when he goes in to take a shower and you hear the water start, go into his room and set his clock alarm for 10 minutes.

    when it rings, he will have to get out of the shower to turn it off. Hopefully it will be annoying enough that he will do so.

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    Oh to be young again and have that thinking power!

    And as for the long showers, after about 7 minutes, shut the hot water heater off. That gets them yelling!

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    shari heath says

    Sorry I can’t help with the car/truck conundrum, but we found that about 2 toilet flushes strategically timed will soon fix your long shower problem fairly quickly ^#(^.

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    I agree with Patti – turn off the hot water. Bob did that to me once shortly after we got married as a joke!!! Believe me, he’s never done it again; but it sure works to get you out of the shower in a hurry!