Slim Randles' Home Country
Development vs. fishing
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If there's one
thing you can honestly say about Delbert McLain, he's as persistent
as a winter cough. As our chamber of commerce here (he's it, you
see), his fertile brain never ceases its search to turn a sleepy
little valley into a cross between Wall Street and Pittsburgh.
That's part of what was going on in his mind this winter's day as he
sat in the rented office the local businesses chip in for each
month. On a snowy day like this one, of course, you can never tell
when the representative of a foreign auto manufacturer might skid on
into town and look around for a good pasture in which to install an
assembly plant. And what would happen when that occurred if Delbert
wasn't there, wearing his tie, in the chamber office?
valley over would experience phenomenal growth, and we'd still be
left without the "big box" stores.
We would be everlastingly condemned to buying our food at the
Soup 'R Market, buying our reading material at the Read Me Now
Bookstore, getting a new "do" at Curl Up 'N Dye beauty salon and
sipping our coffee at the Mule Barn truck stop, where the waitresses
know everything there is to know about us, whether that's OK with us
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But it's a snowy day, and no one has dropped by wanting to
subdivide the old Johnson place or anything, so Delbert threw his
tie over his shoulder to get it out of the way and took his
fly-tying vise out of the desk drawer.
He was in a streamer mood and smiled as he tied the colorful
tails on the longer hooks, dreaming of the retrieves his friends
would make in Miller pond for the bass there. Delbert doesn't enjoy
fishing, just tying the flies. He likes the streamers better than
the bass plugs, even if they don't catch as many fish. They just
So Delbert went on, tying flies for one way of life, and planning
how to bring us another way of life, and smiling. Because he had no
idea he was doing it.
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