FTP: Roll up your sleeves

Bill Hancock
Runnels County Register
Gary Karschner is the pastor at Miles First United Methodist Church

This past weekend the Miles Lions Club sponsored its only fund-raiser of the year. We held the rabies vaccination clinic at the Miles Fire Department barn. There were people bringing their dogs and cats to get their injections. (Thanks to the Fire Department for the use of the barn).

The critters got shots for rabies, parvo, rattlesnake bites, and a couple of other diseases unknown to me. The owners brought their dogs on leashes, some were hauled in stock trailers, cages, pet carriers, pick-up beds, back seats of vehicles, and some were carried by their owners to get their immunizations. The good doc went to many vehicles and gave personal attention to the special critters. I must say, for the most part, the critters were very well behaved, and the staff was more than professional and proficient in doing their jobs. Thank you Dr. Belden for your time and services, and a “job well done” is offered to his staff. You folks are good and it is obvious you love what you are doing. Some of the critters remembered this event from previous years. They were hesitant, but they got there shots anyway! For the first-timers, I dare say they will not look forward to this event next year.  

Our dog was one of those first-time animals,  I have to say he will not want to attend next year. Our dog had the honor of making the loudest fuss while getting his shots. You might have heard his yelps Saturday morning. I apologize for the interruption in your day! Channel change.

At the event Saturday morning I had the pleasure of talking to some long-time residents of Miles. I was told of several businesses that once filled the streets of Miles.  I learned there was once a soda shop and a few pool halls in Miles. There was once a café, a bowling alley, and a domino hall to help folks spend their time.  Who remembers what was located next to such and such, across from what’s his name’s place? Yes, that’s the one.

Have you ever used the term “let’s roll up our sleeves and do what we have to do”? A member brought this topic up to me at church Sunday. Originally, I believe, this term was actually used to save the cuffs of men’s shirts. As a youth did you ever not roll up your sleeves when washing your hands and ended up with wet cuffs? Yep, it happened.  By rolling up the sleeves it saved wear and tear on the cuffs and fabric. Some of the younger folks won’t understand this because they out grow their shirts long before they have a chance to wear out their cuffs. For us folks who have stopped growing, the fraying of cuffs is a reality. “Rolling up our sleeves” means there is work to be done so let’s get ready to work. The patches on the elbows of sweaters and sports coats from the sixties was a fashion statement. Many of you may have had some of these items.    

The old cowhands did the same thing. This might have given them one more year of work from the garment before it was sent to the rag bin. Did you know the patches were often obtained from the tails of the shirts? Yep, they would cut that extra fabric off the bottom of the tails of their shirts and patch their sleeves with the newly obtained material.

Did anyone ever wear clothes made from flour or seed sacks? The companies made the sacks with designs on them. The branding on the sacks was made of a different, easily washed-out ink, and after a few washings the advertisements were gone.

Good luck to all the athletes competing in their regional activities. Be safe and represent MIles High School with class and dignity. You may be the only people these observers ever see from Miles, so be sure you leave a good impression for them.