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Hanging Tough

Posted Saturday, August 25, 2012, at 8:07 PM

I saw a headline the other day that made me think of a movie called "Who's Minding the Store?" It was a Jerry Lewis movie with a very young and beautiful Jill St.John.

Jill St. John was working as an elevator girl in one of her mother's department stores. She didn't like the idea of being an heiress, she wanted to earn her own way. This included paying rent on a small apartment instead of living in a mansion.

She fell in love with Jerry Lewis who was a dog walker. He possessed a work ethic that appealed to Jill. He wanted to take care of her. Little did he know that she was in line to inherit several department stores.

When Agnes Moorehead caught wind that her daughter was contemplating marriage to a lowly dog walker, she devised an evil plan to scare Jerry off.

Like most movies where the innocent lambs don't know that they are being led to slaughter, Jerry was thrilled when he was offered a job in the store.

Ray Walston was the store manager. He devised a list of tasks that would have intimidated any other sane person. But Jerry cheerfully figured out a way to paint the knob of the flagpole. He also made friends with Jill St. John's father in the process.

Jerry didn't quit no matter what. He survived the bargain basement sale, Nancy Kulp, the elephant hunter, the woman wrestler who wanted a size 3 shoe for her size 13 foot and a vacuum cleaner gone amok.

He never gave up trying to achieve his goal; an $850.00 down-payment for a ranch style home in the suburbs. He loved Jill St. John and wanted them to live happily ever after.

Jerry took on each task with a cheerfulness that belied his own physical discomfort. No job was too small or demeaning. That used to be the case for nearly every American.

People courted each other back in the day and saved their money to set up house. They didn't move in with each other and try to have it all without a commitment to each other.

Not everyone lives happily ever after and nor are they as awkward or as funny as Jerry Lewis. Like most predictable comedies of that era; Jerry and Jill's love story almost came to an end when he found out that she had more money than he could make in a lifetime walking dogs or working as clerks in department stores.

Hanging Tough means, that like Jerry, we have to take the good with the bad in our daily lives. Most of us don't face hazards like lady wrestlers, lugging TVs up ladders or painting flag poles.

What would happen if we expected our elected officials to walk dogs; experience a bargain basement frenzy or find shoes for lady wrestlers?

During their probation, they would have to intern with Larry the Cable Guy and see what the real world does for a living. Like cleaning the streets; working in chicken factories, scooping up animal by products at the zoo or hosing down a port-a-potty.

We could tell each official that they won't receive their pay or any benefits, until they have served a stint working along side the common working class.

What a different meaning Hanging Tough would take on, if anyone ever accepted the challenge.

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My suggestion would apply for counties, states, and the feds. Yes, we need to fire all that are currently in office at the federal level.

Now it would be a bit unfair to expect the next crop to wipe out the entire deficit. So we would have to evaluate it annually. For every year they were in office, there would be an audit (of sorts). If for that given year, they spent more than took in then they would have to find other ventures to pursue. I think that we would get fewer lawyers and salesmen running for office.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Tue, Aug 28, 2012, at 1:03 PM

I like your solution too. Twilcox1978. Regardless, we have to shake something up to let them know that the natives are restless and we expect more than what we are getting.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Tue, Aug 28, 2012, at 7:23 AM

I am not sure if making politicians endure the same daily lives as the rest of us would change anything. They would treat it much the same as if they were being sentenced to community service. It would be a short term annoyance on the way to their bigger, grander life.

I think that one of the better ways to keep them in line would be to fire them immediately if they went into the red. They would lose their salary, their benefits, their parking space, everything.

-- Posted by twilcox1978 on Mon, Aug 27, 2012, at 6:54 PM

Vetting is nearly impossible when the candidate seals nearly everything from birth until emerging into the political limelight.

As for required military service, the founding fathers made no such recommendation in their documents that I am aware of. I think I can live with that.

-- Posted by wh67 on Sun, Aug 26, 2012, at 1:38 PM

There was a sign about a mile from our house on Hwy 30 that said: "Idaho is Full of Lonely Women". I don't remember the rest.

Yes, we need a new vetting system that does not involve party affiliations. However, the old boys network is reluctant to give up their grip on the corner of the bedsheet.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Sun, Aug 26, 2012, at 1:16 PM

Thanks for the memory, Bonnie. Those old Stinker signs were scattered along US 30 all across southern Idaho back in the 50's and 60's. They were, by most accounts, a "knock-off" from the old BurmaShave ad campaigns.

There were a few others that come to mind, besides the one in your picture.

One, near Hammett I think, said "Sheepherders headed for town have right of way." Another, just outside Glenns Ferry, urged motorists to "Report smoke signals to Western Union." One between Mountain Home and Hammett stated "Sagebrush is free, stuff some in your trunk."

But my personal favorite was one in the stark desolation between the Utah line and Burley that claimed "If you lived here, you'd be home now."

-- Posted by wh67 on Sun, Aug 26, 2012, at 10:59 AM

Yep. Not all that far from where I grew up.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 11:41 PM

Speaking of hanging tough, that old Stinker sign has been hanging tough for nearly as long as I've been around. If it's the one I'm thinking it is, the back side says "Petrified Watermelons. Take one home to your mother-in-law."

-- Posted by wh67 on Sat, Aug 25, 2012, at 10:17 PM

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