Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The American Farmer

Back in the early 1980s, I worked as a night clerk in a Best Western Motel in Watertown, Wisconsin. Midnight was my starting time, and I'd get off of work at 8 am. Except for coffee with the cleaning ladies at 5:30 am, I'd usually be working alone quite a bit. I used to draw pictures in pencil on scratch paper to keep myself entertained, and I stuck them up with Scotch Tape in hidden spots around the front desk, because great art is meant to be shared.

My first character, (before the ducks stole the show) was The American Farmer. He was inspired by the patriotic lectures Eddie Albert used to give on the TV show Green Acres, one of the greatest television shows ever made.
The American Farmer was a plain man who enjoyed the simple pleasures of farm life. He and his wife kept all the holiday traditions as best they could.The American Farmer is always a good neighbor, putting his own projects and concerns aside if necessary.
A part of the American Tradition:

.... and meeting the needs of his herd
Working with government agencies to better meet the needs of America
and staying abreast of the latest technological innovations
well, you know what the farmer said when his dog died..... "Never done That before."

I hope these turned out legible on your computer. Tomorrow my head will not be hurting so much, and I'll be back to writing. A word of advice: If you are climbing up a ladder, and try to move a steel door closer arm by hitting it with your forehead, you will not necessarily develop Super Powers from the impact. This is not the movies. This is Reality, like on TV.

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Leslie Hanna said...

Oh, this was a fun read. :-) I LOVE Green Acres, and I watch it on TVLand whenever I can.

I think you have promise: "Polyester, try the socks." LOL! This reminds me of the sub-plot in (was it?) Muppet Treasure Island where the rats are on a cruise.

Lydia said...

HHAA!!! You are an artist!! Why were you keeping this from me, and when is your cartoon book coming out!!

Sorry about your haid, as we say down here in ATX.