Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Reed Index

  • Did you ever eat at a truck stop on an Interstate?  Yes.
  • Have you ever been in Boone, North Carolina or Barstow, California or any of thousands of such towns across the country.  I live in one.
  • Were you ever in the military.  No.
  • Have you ever talked to a cop or an ambulance crewman or a fireman.  Rob, Linc, Tom....
  • Do you have a Mexican friend?  Papa Hernandez, Hermes Gonzales (Honduran, does that count?)
  • When did you last eat in a restaurant where a majority of the customers were black.  Majority by avoirdupois, our kitchen table...last week.
  • Do you know an enlisted man, or anyone in the armed services. Andy, Dylan...
  • Did you ever hitchhike someplace overnight?  No
  • Have you ever baited a hook, hunted, or fired a rifle.  3-for-3.
  • Have you worked washing dishes?  Ponderosa Steakhouse.  1977, 1978, Knights of Columbus Fish Fry 2017.
  • Have you ever worked harvesting crops?  Yes.
  • Have you ever worked driving a delivery truck. No.
  • Do you have a blue-collar friend.  Yes.
  • Do you know what the Texas Two-Step is?  No.  I DON'T dance.
  • Have you ever been in a biker bar.  Does the Onondaga Tavern count?
  • Did you attend a fancy schools like Oberlin, Swarthmore, Amherst, the Ivies, Bard (counts as a negative).  No.
  • Do you even know someone who graduated from a land-grant school or a regional state university or a community college?  Yes, yes, yes.
  • Do you know an engineer or a plumber or an electrician?  Yes, yes, yes.


Source of the Index


  1. Nope. Couldn't find anything about a "Reed Index" anywhere. Is it home grown, or can you send a steer?


    1. It is from Fred Reed (Fred on Everything). It is from his post Notes of a Reformed News Weasel:

      Thanks for commenting. It keeps me honest!

    2. Thanks Joe. I got 9 out of 10 and was trying to figure out where I go to collect my prize.


Readers who are willing to comment make this a better blog. Civil dialog is a valuable thing.