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A Tractor Story in the Heart of Inyokern
It was one of those mild spring days in May that was the envy of the month of August in the Sunshine Capital of America. The high desert wind was at rest but the debris from overturned containers had been strewn about by previous gusts and clung to the roadside brush. The one who was to be webmaster was wielding the orange litter reaping device and harvesting the accidental hybrid that disturbed the natural order of the desert landscape.
The corner of Inyokern Road and 3rd Street had a nasty infestation of the stuff that was proving to be more stubborn than the rest. The water bottles emptied more quickly as the shadows withdrew into themselves and the heat of the sun beaded the crown of the harvester.
As the last bottle was running dry an audible ebb and flow was approaching from the east down Inyokern Blvd. The source of that hometown sound came into view as a wondrous green and yellow machine with an operator clad in a t-shirt emblazoned with our American flag.
The operator was standing as he manipulated the controls of that awe inspiring machine of an earlier time, an affable behemoth called John Deere. With a degree of difficulty the operator navigated through the left turn as the simple uneven melody of the old engine revved and returned.
No words were needed or spoken as the order of nature was momentarily restored and followed without question. A salute to the operator wearing the flag t-shirt was acknowledged and returned as that great manifestation of who we are passed by on itís way down 3rd Street in the Sunshine Capital of America.
I met the owner/operator of this tractor and his name is Ray Petitt. Now Ray has a model 60 and the smaller model 50 below. We are fortunate to have such great neighbors.
For more about vintage John Deere tractors click below to see
Both of Ray's tractors are 2 cylinder models and are often referred to as a "Johnny Popper" (not to be confused with the famous blues harp player) because of their distinct exhaust tone.
Go here to see more johnny poppers, go here to see a youtube video and hear one run- or you can just wait and catch Ray out on the road. Thank you Ray for sharing your tractors with us for this feature. These are two examples of great American machinery that keep running strong.
THE STORY OF WEBDOG
Having grown up with a dry sense of humor and wanting to have a little fun with LJW the webmaster one day replied "You can have a dog but it has to be a three legged dog." This was of course a safe bet and they both had a laugh over it...
Two weeks later LJW called the webmaster and said "Daddy, daddy, we found the cutest little dog and he has three legs!!" The Webmaster was done- he was a walking pull-apart roast and he knew it. He had turned the oven on and jumped right in.
Webdog proved to be a great addition to the family and is now LJW's best friend. He enjoys riding in the car and loves attention. He has adapted very well to the loss of his leg and was born to play. The webmaster is still looking for a groomer who accepts the valid reason for a 25% discount, and when he finds one he will live happily ever after.
Webdog, aka Danny, came from the Ridgecrest Animal Shelter. The excellent staff and volunteers helped heal him with a lot of love after the loss of his leg. Please remember them when your little webmaster is ready for a pet.
It's the smiles that make Inyokern the Sunshine Capital of America!
1909 Inyokern Centennial 2009
A Love Story from the Heart of Inyokern...
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Once upon a time in the Sunshine Capital of America there lived a little girl who went by the name of Little Junior Webmaster. She really wanted a dog to play with and to be her friend. LJW would ask constantly for a dog and the answer was always a negative. She would have to "wait until she was older" or "make sure we found just the right dog." There was always some reason given for why she would have to wait. The real reason was that the webmaster did not want to have to break her heart if the dog didn't work out. The dog had to be the right dog the first time.