By Jim Hicks, guest columnist
Anyone who has owned a horse or stock trailer knows that if “push comes to shove” they can be used for a bathroom in a pinch.
Some true stories just can’t include names, but rest assured this one is factual.
About a week ago one of the early morning coffee group (now gathering at an undisclosed location with proper social distancing) told a story on himself.
He was pulling his empty trailer back over the mountain to Buffalo and was stopped to wait for a “pilot car” at a highway construction project west of Powder River Pass.
“I had enjoyed too much coffee before I left that morning and really had to go,” he said. “So I walked back to the trailer and took care of the problem.”
As he was closing the door on the trailer a driver from a car behind him walked up, smiled and said . . . “Could I use your bathroom?”
Trailer owners who have taken advantage of this option will also tell you it is important to make sure the trailer door doesn’t latch behind you on most models.
It’s possible to lock yourself inside and no way to get out without some help.
A couple of years back a local lady found herself in serious need of a “rest-stop” so she pulled off to the side of the highway, got in the trailer and took care of the problem.
While she was “going” she was struck with a cold and chilling fact. When she had pulled the trailer door closed, she remembered hearing that latch fall into place. There was no physical way to open it from the inside of the trailer.
She stuck her arm though the opening on the side of the trailer and waved frantically at passing cars for nearly 40 minutes.
That just wasn’t working and no one even slowed down. But ranch girls are resourceful.
When she started waving her bra . . . it didn’t take long before she heard the tires squealing on a passing vehicle.
Two young men walked back to see what the signal was all about. After some joking around about the situation they freed the young woman and she joined them in the laughter.
Meanwhile, back down on the Main Drag in Buffalo this week one of the Bench Sitters got a lot of attention when he announced he had come up with a great “Covid Test” anyone could do right in their own home.
“It’s inexpensive and you get fast results,” he claimed.
“Take a glass and pour a decent shot of your favorite whiskey into it. Then see if you can smell it . . . if you can smell it then you are halfway there. Then drink it and if you can taste it then it is reasonable to assume you are currently free of the virus.
“I tested myself six or seven times last night and was virus-free every time, thank goodness.
“I will have to test myself again today because I have developed a headache, which can be one of the symptoms.”
We knew at once he was pulling our leg. All of us with the exception of one who will remain unnamed. With a straight face he asked . . . “Will that work with beer too?”
We hope you found some shade this week. Monday was a scorcher for sure.