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No Truck?

picture of Drew with a pumpkin

This past Friday my wife Becka, our daughter Nora, and I headed north for Cincinnati, Ohio, after my last class ended. Our older daughter Megan, our son-in-law Jim, and our grandson Drew headed south for Cincinnati and arrived earlier in the evening than we did. We all thoroughly enjoyed our quiet weekend together. One of our activities on Saturday was to go to the Pumpkin Patch at Blooms and Berries Farm Market in Loveland, Ohio. We did not do all the activities available there since several members of our party were not feeling their best with colds. We did enjoy seeing all sorts of fall produce on display and for sale and a hayride which included a stop at their pumpkin patch. Here are a few pictures from our afternoon there.

picture of Drew looking at decorative squash

picture of us on a hayride

picture of Drew exploring the pumpkin patch

picture of Drew on the tractor

On the way up to Cincinnati and back we saw a number of questionable drivers and interestingly loaded vehicles. Some people did not let having no truck keep them from hauling whatever it was they wanted to transport. This practice is known all over the world, though, as the following pictures readily testify to what people will do when they have no truck.

picture of a person hauling baskets

picture of a person hauling eggs

picture of a person hauling his family

picture of a person hauling fish

picture of a person hauling various fowl

picture of a person hauling greens

picture of a person hauling hoops

picture of a person hauling a large mirror

picture of a person hauling pigs

picture of a person hauling pipes

picture of a person hauling a piece of railing

picture of a person hauling a shark

picture of a person hauling tires

picture of a person hauling tubes

picture of a person hauling vegetables

During our summers in Asia we saw similar scenes, to our amazement! I am very thankful for my little pickup truck which has come in very handy for hauling all sorts of things. 🙂

Even though I have a truck, there are some things with which I have "no truck." Having no truck comes from the French verb "troquer" which means swap, trade, barter. So when someone says he "has no truck with something," it means he refuses to have dealings with something. For instance, I have no truck with the Marxist ideal of "redistributing wealth." I also have no truck with abortion.

On purpose, I try to steer clear of politics on this blog, since the answer to mankind's problems is the Lord, not politicians. I have to say that I am not wildly enthusiastic about either of the two major candidates in the presidential race, so please do not misconstrue what I'm saying as tacit approval of either candidate. Once again this election year, I will have to plug my nose and vote for one person mainly as a vote against the other person. As much as a third party vote would make me feel good, I need to be able to sleep at night.

This past Friday two young pastors whose blogs I follow both did a blog post which I feel compelled to pass on to my readers in light of our elections in two short weeks. I would really like to urge you to check out these two posts, which I pass on without comment - one on a blog called Pensées and another on a blog called My Two Cents.

I would appreciate your comments on our weekend, the people with no truck, and the matters with which I have no truck.


"God's plans will not fail to be accomplished." - Dr. Drew Conley

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He who runs behind truck is exhausted. He who runs in front of truck is tired.

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13 Comments on “No Truck?”

  1. #1 Deb
    on Oct 20th, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    As usual, Rob, I enjoyed seeing Drew’s pictures with the pumpkins. So very cute. Pumpkin patch pics are some of my favorite pics of our kids at that age. The photos of all the “stuff” carried on bikes are unbelievable…and from the facial expressions of the bike riders it looks like the most natural thing in the world!
    I took the poll and wish my answer could have been different from the one I selected. I’ll be working the polls again this year–should be busy!

  2. #2 Jenni
    on Oct 20th, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    Here’s a link to “no truck” picture my friend took while he was visiting in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.

    Taking a ladder to work.

  3. #3 Dave
    on Oct 20th, 2008 at 11:55 pm

    The link Jenni provided came in a close second to the man carrying the hula-hoop looking things. Hilarious pictures. When I visit family in South Congaree, SC I will sometimes see a man named Bubba driving his tractor down the road. Behind him he is always pulling a wagon in which his wife is proudly sitting atop her throne made of PVC pipes. Quite comical.

  4. #4 Carrie
    on Oct 21st, 2008 at 2:25 am

    It is amazing what people haul around on those things! I spent a month in Cambodia, and saw similar scenes.

  5. #5 Anna
    on Oct 21st, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Thanks again for the great photos of your grandson, also thank you for those two links you provided at the end of the page.

  6. #6 Rob
    on Oct 21st, 2008 at 6:35 am

    Wow! I need to get caught up on commenting on comments here!

    @Deb – Thanks for the comments on the pictures. It was a really nice day, even though it was obvious that Drew wasn’t feeling good. He didn’t cry much at all, but smiles were harder to come by than usual. In my poll, being the eternal optimist, I chose the answer I’d like it to be – given the choices – the slower train to socialism/communism.

    @Jenni – Thanks for the link to the great picture!

    @Dave – Bubba and Bubbette must indeed be a comical scene to behold! Thanks for the mental image you evoked!

    @Carrie – For all their differences, I think scenes like today’s pictures must be a common one in many Asian countries. Is hot Cambodia sounding good to you right now as winter is setting in up there in Palin country?

    @Anna – You’re most welcome. This post has been simmering in my brain since I received the pictures, but the posts Friday and our trip this weekend provided the skeleton of “no truck.” I hope many others will check out the links – they and the links on them are really must reads!

  7. #7 Rhonda
    on Oct 21st, 2008 at 8:04 am

    Great pictures! Honestly, I’ve never heard the expression “no truck”! Just one more critical piece of information I’ve gleaned from reading your blog! BTW, I, too, voted my wishes on your poll. 🙂

  8. #8 Tammie
    on Oct 21st, 2008 at 8:15 am

    That single pair of white ladies’ slide shoes also gets around if you look closely at the pictures–that is, I assume they’re ladies’ – men were wearing them more than the women did!

  9. #9 Kim Mathis
    on Oct 21st, 2008 at 8:52 am

    I love the pictures of your grandson (and the rest of the family of course!), he is adoreable! In regard to the election and its outcome, I believe that Colin Powell just put the final nail in McCain’s coffin. I think that prior to his announcement that he would be backing Obama, many many people really respected him and I have heard many say that they would vote for Powell if he had run for President. I think that a lot of people will think that if Colin Powell is backing Obama then he must be okay and they will support him also. I am sure this is true of the undecided voters. But, rest assured, it is all in God’s hands and He already knows the outcome and I can take comfort in that.

  10. #10 Vikki
    on Oct 21st, 2008 at 9:34 am

    Great pictures of Drew!! Hard to believe he had such a rough start just a short time ago.

    I agree with your feelings on two major candidates. Sadly, I’ll be voting against someone instead of for someone in this election. I lived as an adult in the Chicago area for over a quarter of a decade and Obama scares me. I’ve seen first hand how the political machinery works as Chicago is famous for it and I really fear for our country because of it. Be that as it may, ultimately it’s God who will put the correct person in power. It may not be with who I agree with, or who is best for our country, but it will be who is best for God’s purpose.

    I read the first blog (the second one is blocked from my access from where I’m at right now). It really blows my mind when I read about this kind of reasoning. How can two babies, the exact same age, in the same hospital, with the only difference being one is in the womb and one isn’t, be seen so differently. In one room the law demands that scores of doctors and nurses work around the clock to save his life and in the other room the law says doctors and nurses can kill him! If, for some reason child number 2 is born alive, they are now both identical – exact same age and both out of the womb – but because the law allowed them to kill this child initially, they aren’t required to do anything to save his life now that’s he’s born.

    Sadly, the people who see nothing wrong with this deserve Obama and the harm he can potentially do to this country. We, as a society, will reap what we sow and I fear what the harvest will be. Without God, there is no morality, no right and wrong. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes. Sounds suspiciously familiar. Kinda like what God would say just before judging Israel.

  11. #11 Rob
    on Oct 21st, 2008 at 10:27 am

    @Rhonda – I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures and that you learned a new expression. 🙂

    @Tammie – You are really observant! They do look like unisex type shoes that you would see worn often in steamy places in Asia.

    @Kim Mathis – Glad you liked the pictures of Drew and the fam. I think your points may be valid concerning the election. Either choice is bleak, though one is dismally bleak! It will be interesting to see if the poll figures move any after the Powell endorsement. It’s interesting that Jesse Jackson is not enthusiastic about Obama.

    @Vikki – Thanks for your consistently insightful comments. I have often thought of our grandson Drew in connection with abortion. When we saw him and the other teeny-tiny babies in the NICU and thought that they were the size of many babies aborted, it made you ill. Those little exterminated lives are/were every bit as precious as those of the babies the medical personnel were working so hard to keep alive. I’m not a single-issue voter by any means, but in connection with someone as extreme as Obama on this, it’s huge to me – hence the links I published. I have heard of professing believers who are planning to vote for Obama because they don’t like or trust McCain for one reason or another. But as the articles I linked to put it, a vote for Obama is a vote for abortion. With recent elections this close, just think how they’d be if all those little future Democrats had not been aborted!

    We’ll find out if the Lord has decided that His cup of wrath is full when it comes to the evils of our current American society, whether it be intentional evil or apathetic tolerance and/or ignorance of evil.

  12. #12 Michael
    on Oct 21st, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Bravo, Rob, on pointing out that our hope and salvation come from God and not from politicians. It appears that the candidate many of us don’t want to have in office is probably going to win. However, that has not caused me great alarm or worry. I like to think it’s because I have great hope that God is in control regardless of who is in power politically and that His will is always best. But, I probably have my hopes and confidence in other places. These election years are great times to reveal to us what some of our idols often are.

    That being said, my state is not one of the “battleground” states so I am probably going to vote for a third party candidate since it will not affect the outcome. So, I’m going to try to vote for someone rather than against someone, at least when it comes to voting for president.

    And, will your blog posts become twice as long if/when you have a second grandchild? 🙂

  13. #13 Rob
    on Oct 21st, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    @Michael – I’m happy to be able to say with all confidence that God is on the ultimate throne, no matter who sits on a little throne down here. How fast He wants to bring His plan to its culmination is up to Him, and fine with me.

    As to the length of the blog posts … this one may have seemed long, but it was mainly pictures, which go by fast. We’ll just have to see how the posts go when we’re blessed with more grandchildren some day. 😀