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Hints for the Plains Traveler

Think you have it rough because you have to get to the airport early for a four-hour flight across country in an air-conditioned airplane? Listen to the following "Hints for the Plains Traveler," published by the Omaha Herald in 1877, and you might think again: 

  • The best seat inside a stagecoach is the one next to the driver…you will get less than half the bumps and jars than on any other seat. 
  • If a team runs away, sit still and take your chances; if you jump, nine out of ten times you will be hurt. 
  • In very cold weather, abstain entirely from liquor while on the road; a man will freeze twice as quick while under its influence. 
  • Spit on the leeward side of the coach. 
  • Don't growl at food stations; stage companies generally provide the best they can get. 
  • Don't ask how far it is to the next station until you get there. (With luck, stations were reached every six to eight hours.)  
  • Don't grease your hair before starting or dust will stick there in sufficient quantities to make a respectable 'tater' patch.  
  • Don't …point out places on the road where horrible murders have been committed.

    Reference: Brochure at the Wells Fargo History Museum in Old Town San Diego 

  • God’s Timing

    Rick Warren, author of the Purpose Driven Life and pastor of Saddleback Church in California, wrote recently about how frustrating it was to wait on God’s timing for their church to get their own land and thei... [Read More]

    Reference: Rick Warren, "How to slow your life down," Rick Warren’s Ministry Tool Box (10-1-08) 

    Pace Yourself

    When Gene Wood was in 9th grade, his PE Class was sent outside to the baseball field for a distance run. Coach Shaw pointed to a couple of backstops in the distance, and told them to circle both and return. About half... [Read More]
    Reference: Gene Wood, "You Need Confidence, Not Criticism," Church Smart Newsletter (Vol. 4, No. 4)

    These Aren’t My Galoshes

    A first grade teacher had just finished helping her little students, 32 in all, put on their galoshes. The last little girl said, “You know what, teacher? These aren’t my galoshes.” The teacher paused a moment, then r... [Read More]

    60-Mile Traffic Jam

    In perhaps the worst traffic jam ever, vehicles this summer were slowed to a crawl for more than 60 miles on China’s National Expressway 110, the major route from Beijing to Zhangjiakou, in a slow-down that lasted for... [Read More]

    Reference: "Worst traffic jam ever? Gridlock spans 60 miles," msnbc.msn.com (8/23/10)

    The Forgotten Virtue

    Patience doesn’t come naturally to us. We live in a modern world where everything has sped up. An article in the Arizona Republic gave some examples:

    -In 1893 Cream of Wheat took fifteen minutes to prepare (a... [Read More]

    Reference: Richard Nilsen, “What’s the rush? Well, everything,” Arizona Republic (7/11/2003)