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Are We in for the Ride of Our Lives?


I got a wonderful story by e-mail this weekend that I simply had to share on my blog. Here it is:

A woman told her neighbor that she had seen a man driving a pick-up truck down the interstate and that a dog was hanging onto the tail gate for dear life!

She said if the pick-up truck driver hadn't been going so fast in the other direction, she would have tried to stop him.

A few weeks later, her neighbor saw that same truck in the parking lot at the Bass Pro Shop and took a picture of it.

picture of dog on truck

The driver of the pick-up truck is a local taxidermist, with a great sense of humor!

And that "dog" is actually a coyote named Kyle! I learned that when I did a web search and found the website of the taxidermist.

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As the world economy and our national economy are struggling, largely because of debt (ie. people spending money they don't have) and as our government votes on a spending bill of close to a trillion dollars we don't have, I think we all need to hold on for the ride of our lives. The Lord keeps sending us these reminders that our hope is not in people, but in Him.

quotation...

"There aren't any big shots when it comes to servants of God. If you want to be in the limelight to serve, it's not service you're thinking about – it's recognition." - Dr. Drew Conley

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Rob

"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." - Mark Twain


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15 Comments on “Are We in for the Ride of Our Lives?”

  1. #1 Dahv
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    I don’t know if you saw the Vespers program Sunday afternoon, but it went right along with that theme–trusting God amid the “ride of our lives.” Or, trusting Him amid trials and temptations for the strength and grace to glorify Him with our thoughts and actions.

    Funny trunk ornament, btw 🙂

    First comment again!

  2. #2 Carrie
    on Feb 16th, 2009 at 11:31 pm

    That is too funny! That would be so much fun.

  3. #3 Rob
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 6:44 am

    @Dahv – As I said, the Lord keeps sending reminders about whom we should be trusting on the ride of our lives…. 🙂

    @Carrie – I’m not sure if you meant that having the coyote would be so much fun or being the coyote would be so much fun. 😀

  4. #4 Greg
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 11:13 am

    I wonder how many times a day that guy has people honking at him and pointing to the back of his truck? 😎

  5. #5 Rob
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    @Greg – LOL! I wondered the same thing myself. I even wondered, even as hilarious as it is, if it has caused any accidents from people paying more attention to it than to the other vehicles around them.

  6. #6 Michael
    on Feb 17th, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks for the timely poll question. My wife and I got a TV last month with a digital tuner, but we had an awful time getting any digital channels. Then, earlier this month a friend from church who works for a local TV station came over and discovered that the problem was with our TV, and not the three different antennas we had tried. And, the problem was really no problem at all. There was a little button on the remote that changed the TV from receiving analog signal to digital to video input. Now we are really enjoying the great picture!

  7. #7 Rob
    on Feb 18th, 2009 at 6:50 am

    @Michael – I’m glad you two are ready for the conversion … whenever it finally takes place. I just rescanned and we now get WBTV out of Charlotte.

  8. #8 mike
    on Feb 18th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks for the e-mail. You’re the first. Kyle has been fun and a great asset to my business — everyone knows me as the coyote man. There are tons of stories to tell about him from people blowing up their cars to catch me, to stopping a funeral procession, to about going to jail, and everything in between. If you’re having a bad day just take a ride with KYLE. Someone is going to do something stupid to make you laugh.

  9. #9 Rob
    on Feb 19th, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    @mike – I’m so glad you stopped by to see the post about Kyle on the back of your pickup truck! I can’t imagine what a stir Kyle must create when people see you drive by for the first time. You could probably write a book on the reactions you’ve gotten. I hope you’ll come back soon and often. I think someone with your sense of humor might enjoy my blog immensely. 😀

  10. #10 Andy
    on Feb 20th, 2009 at 12:03 am

    I had a friend who did something similar the last couple summers at camp. He duct taped a plastic McDonalds cup to the roof of his van. It was quite an interesting experience riding with him into town… Honking, gesturing, etc. My friend had perfected a response of reaching out his window and “feeling” around on the roof and not touching it which puzzled the other cars all the more.

  11. #11 Rob
    on Feb 20th, 2009 at 6:55 am

    @Andy – That’s a good one! It would be even funnier to me if it weren’t for times in my life when people motioned to tell me something was atop my car when it wasn’t supposed to be there! In my younger years there were times when I’d set my sack lunch on top of my car while putting my briefcase and other items into the car in my morning-mad-dash to get to school. On more than one morning, I would forget that I’d set my lunch up there. I was thankful for the times when kind commuters would let me know something was on top of my car before it was too late, since there were times when it was too late. :-/

  12. #12 Frank Hall
    on Feb 20th, 2009 at 9:56 am

    In 1987 my wife and I took some lamps from California City to Palmdale. When we got all the lamps in our station wagon there wasn’t room for the box containing the lamp shades, so I put them on the top of the station wagon and tied them with a short piece of rope. My wife said that wasn’t enough. I should use more rope. I assured her they would be okay. When we got to Palmdale the box was gone. We retraced our route, looking for the box in the ditch beside the road. No luck. Now, 22 years later and 2000 miles farther east, when my wife sees a box in the ditch beside the road she will say, “Do you suppose that is our lamp shades?”

  13. #13 Rob
    on Feb 20th, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    @Frank – Oh, the stories I could tell about things we’ve lashed on to the top of our various vehicles through the years – especially for camping trips! I’m not sure your wife would want lampshades that have been in a box in a ditch for 22 years, Frank. 🙂

    When we were helping our daughter move this past summer here locally, a chair that we thought was securely tied on to the other stuff in the bed of my truck “escaped” from some of the rope holding it in and dragged for a while on the road. Needless to say, that brand new chair needed to be reupholstered.

  14. #14 mike
    on Mar 22nd, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    This weekend I was parked at a friend’s when a friend of his went by and saw Kyle on my truck. He stopped and jumped out of car and ran over to save Kyle when he read the sign and knew he had been had.

  15. #15 Rob
    on Mar 23rd, 2009 at 5:34 am

    @Mike – Thanks for the story. Your coyote Kyle must generate all kinds of interesting situations! Does it generate much business for your taxidermy services?