Well somebody told us Wall Street fell…

…but we were so poor that we couldn’t tell.

All the bad news lately has brought to mind a classic song by the country music super-group Alabama: “Song of the South.” The tune was released back in 1988 (when I was thirteen years old) off of their album Southern Star. It became an instant classic:

While the Dust Bowl years were well before my time, I spent six years living in the heart of the old Dust Bowl: Lubbock, Texas. In late September of 2011, I got a taste of just what many of those poor people in the 1930s faced when a huge dust storm blew into town one late afternoon. I was giving a lecture in a Texas History class when I suddenly noticed it was pitch black outside the windows in the back of the classroom. But it was only 5:30pm. Bewildered, I looked down at my watch. What was going on? It didn’t get dark so early late in the summer.

After class was over and I was heading back to my car, which was parked at Jones Stadium (home of the Red Raiders!), I saw what had happened. There was dirt everywhere – the most I’d ever seen – and for a then-resident of West Texas, that’s saying something. Vehicles all over the lot were caked with red dirt, including my pickup. When I got home, I found out that what I’d seen (or not seen, since it was so dark) was the worst dust storm to hit Lubbock since 1929.

It was a stark reminder of William Faulkner’s line from his 1951 novel Requiem for a Nun: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

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9 thoughts on “Well somebody told us Wall Street fell…”

  1. Mike, I thought you were going to address the existential crisis of having games without cheerleaders and crowds.

    “Life will cease to exist as we have known it.” —— future quote from Mike LaRoche

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  2. 10 Cents:
    Mike, I thought you were going to address the existential crisis of having games without cheerleaders and crowds.

    “Life will cease to exist as we have known it.” —— future quote from Mike LaRoche

    That is a turn of events too horrible to contemplate! 😎

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  3. Mike LaRoche:

    10 Cents:
    Mike, I thought you were going to address the existential crisis of having games without cheerleaders and crowds.

    “Life will cease to exist as we have known it.” —— future quote from Mike LaRoche

    That is a turn of events too horrible to contemplate! 😎

    Mike, if that happens, I strongly suggest you search on youtube for “tanz garde”, that should help you get over the empty stadiums……

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  4. G.D.:

    Mike LaRoche:

    10 Cents:
    Mike, I thought you were going to address the existential crisis of having games without cheerleaders and crowds.

    “Life will cease to exist as we have known it.” —— future quote from Mike LaRoche

    That is a turn of events too horrible to contemplate! 😎

    Mike, if that happens, I strongly suggest you search on youtube for “tanz garde”, that should help you get over the empty stadiums……

    I would never look up a Gerry suggestion, Mike.

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  5. I’m not even going to Google that.  I already have a plan that will wind me up in prison, and it doesn’t involve the internet.

    Goal-setting.

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  6. G.D.:
    OK, dime, I was playing nice, now the gloves come off….

    I was going to mention that the left hand glove goes on the left hand, Gerry.  Oh, and the mask is not for the back of your head.

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  7. Mike LaRoche:

    10 Cents:
    Mike, I thought you were going to address the existential crisis of having games without cheerleaders and crowds.

    “Life will cease to exist as we have known it.” —— future quote from Mike LaRoche

    That is a turn of events too horrible to contemplate! 😎

    At PJ Media today they were referring to “March Sadness.”

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  8. MJBubba:

    Mike LaRoche:

    10 Cents:
    Mike, I thought you were going to address the existential crisis of having games without cheerleaders and crowds.

    “Life will cease to exist as we have known it.” —— future quote from Mike LaRoche

    That is a turn of events too horrible to contemplate! 😎

    At PJ Media today they were referring to “March Sadness.”

    This will help relieve some sadness…

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