"Ozarkers loved their debates. Sam Miller said: "Why I’ve ridden ten miles to hear some debate. Some little old debate." Almost ever literary, whatever else might be on the program, included a debate. Sometimes the debate was the entire program.
The interests of the Ozarkers, as reflected in the subjects they debated, were far from provincial. A great range of ideas occupied their interests and were explored though argumentation. Debate topic ranged from contemporary political question (“Resolved: That absolute free trade would be for the best interests of the American people”) to the universal, and often unresolvable, issue (“Resolved: That fire is more destructive than water”). Debates on issues of the latter variety were often humorous and most entertaining to the audience, and were therefore often reported in considerable detail by newspaper correspondents:
The cow vs. the sheep held the audience last Friday, verdict for the cow. Next Friday … the subject for debate is the dishrag vs. the broom and the fur will fly as all the distinguished orators have lined up and are consulting ancient and modern history for facts and figures. The writer is on the dishrag side as he as some sad memories of the use and abuse of the broom when wielded by the hands of an irate housewife.
A correspondent wrote tongue in cheek: “The question for debate last Saturday night, Resolved, that life is not worth living, was decided in favor of the affirmative which has made us feel so bad that I wasn’t able to eat but seven biscuits for breakfast.”
- Ozark Baptizings, Hangings, and Other Diversions: Theatrical Folkways of Rural Missouri, 1885 - 1910 - Robert K. Gilmore
Anonymous said: How often does she let you drive (if you know what i mean?)
'Bout as often as I let her drive,
you know what I mean. ;)
"In the afternoon there was a dinner at which tediously predictable worthies of New York — John A. Dix, Horace Greeley, and a divine or two — gave speeches. At the close of the tributes, Grant rose and, as he had done in St. Louis more than a year earlier, gave the speech which was to become his trademark. The New York Times report included the response of his audience: ‘I rise only to say I do not intend to say anything. [Laughter] I thank you for your kind words and your hearty welcome. [Applause].’"
askthesunflowerstate said: .... is that your way of sayin' you think I look like a truck???
No. That’s my way of sayin’ I think Ricky’s knows what’s really important in a gal; it ain’t her looks.
:/ Ya can’t back outta this now, boy, you literally just called me a truck.
I was referin’ to how tough and reliable ya are.
You know I think yer a dead sexy truck. Stop worryin’ so much.
Hmph. I know how much you like your truck but if ya find it sexy, I’m honestly concerned. Please tell me you ain’t one of THOSE people.
I don’t know who THOSE people are, but unless you’re in my truck I’m not plannin’ on doin’ anything.
Good. Cause that’d be weird. :/ It’s weird enough that you’re comparin’ me to a truck. But y’know…
just rev up the engines and we can drive all night.
I’ll be sure to ask ya next time what kind of vehicle ya want me to compare ya to first. In the mean time…
Get in. I’m drivin’. ;)
Anonymous said: Well obviously you don't care much about looks. You're with Laura.. she's not much of a looker.
Anon… there’s so much wrong with what ya just said I don’t even know where to start correctin’ ya.