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Easter

Agriculture.com Staff 03/21/2008 @ 8:44am

Easter is about death and resurrection. Easter is about new beginnings as winter ends and spring arrives. Our own Easter scenario is taking place here that started last week with the first part of Easter, the death.

My son was going to help our neighbor Doug deliver corn he had sold to the elevator. They had already been at it for a while and this was the day to finish the delivery. They were going to use two semis, Doug's and ours.

On the final morning of completion, my son took the farm semi to Doug's to be loaded and as he was pulling into the driveway, the vintage two-cycle Detroit Diesel that had powered the old truck since it was purchased almost 10 years ago breathed its last. According to my son, it was not a final gasp as much as it was a knocking noise, brief shaking, and then silence. I hate it when engines go suddenly silent. The sound of silence is usually expensive. Simon and Garfunkel never sang about part.

To the old truck's credit, it occurred in the second best place for this to happen. It took place in Doug's driveway when it was empty. First choice would have been in our driveway when it was empty.

If you are waiting for the resurrection part next, that is not going to happen. It may be Easter, but there will not be a resurrection, at least, not for this truck. If there is going to be a resurrection, there will have to be a miracle and it is not looking good.

How final is the death? Let me put it this way: When you lift the hood, not only can you check the engine, you can also check the piston through the hole in the block. You can check the oil without using the dipstick. That is it in a puddle under the engine where the truck stopped.

As a frugal person who rethreads a broken shoestring to get another few weeks of usage before finally throwing it away, I want to get every dollar's worth out of something before I am finished with it. Repairs are made until there is very little left to repair. When I am finished with something, the next stop is the scrap yard. I am not sure of the old truck's next destination but without a large transfusion of cash (that would be the miracle), it may worth more in pieces or by the pound than as an old truck.

We are doing what we need to do next. We are truck shopping. We are looking at used trucks and the trucks we look for are the ones parked more to the rear of the lot. They are the ones that bear the scars of usage. The chrome is not shiny and scratches and dents are visible.

Much of that is appearance and those things are superficial. What we are looking for is the truck that has a regular heartbeat and a strong pulse. We do not want one on life support, which pretty much described the years we owned this last truck.

That old truck gave us an education and believe me, we paid for our education. We are smarter now or maybe I should say I hope we are smarter now. Some things have not changed as we are trying to buy the most for the least amount of money.

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