1990 east of brooksville, fl
It was near Hill ‘n Dale close to 75 we were driving looking at nothing but I suppose Dad had seen the sign for U-Pik oranges and wanted to see what it was about. So we go down the dirt road and come to a huge grove. The man who owns the grove is talking about all of the types of oranges, grapefruits, pumello’s, tangerines, tangelo’s how he was trying to graft and cross polinate and raise a frost proof citrus. We picked about 4 bushels of all different types of citrus walked a couple miles in the grove and forked over 20 bucks I think.
The furniture storage place we had in Port Richey in 1977-78 and the black walnut tree that was there. Dad was so excited we picked up about 2 bushels of black walnuts off of the street, I remember that they were so hard they would not pop open completely when we drove over them with the truck we were there picking up furniture to move into the new house and he was laughing at what would be my task of cracking them open, I sat on the back porch in Spring Hill with a hammer and tried to crack them open on the concrete and they would not open to easily but they were delicious.
1997 South of Port Charlotte we were driving and the sign said tangerines U-pic too good to pass up so we pulled down the dirt road. We met the owner and he had tangerines, pumello’s and oranges we picked for about 20 minutes 2 bushels and left first time I ever tasted pumello.
Just like Dad’s old pick up used to ride in the back of this truck in the 70’s, “make sure you sit down all the time no standing” was only safety warning back then.
Hot in Florida according to Dad was “Hotter then a three peckered billy goat” , watching Dad kill a six foot rattlesnake in the back yard and being afraid and wondering how he could pull this off without being afraid.
Lesson’s learned going up to the wood pile and learning how to split wood with an axe, a sledge hammer and a wood splitting chisel, watching the wood pile grow as the wood was split and stacked. “Tighten up young man” meant work a little bit harder.
Going to Vic Shirley’s house in 1982 fishing in Weeki Wachee river and catching huge sea trout 4 of them and listening to the fishing stories from Dad, Vic Shirley and his wife. Dad worked with Vic Shirley at Crystal River power plant I think. Dad would always like to work “Cane to Cane” sun up to sun down another John Holloway saying that will live forever.
Died on November 12th, 2009 but his legacy and philosophy live on: when laying sod, “green side up” when trying to sleep in “rise and shine candy ass” when picking strawberries “use both hands” when chopping wood to stock the fireplace “some burning and some drying” when witnessing men laying block or brick on a job site and they were within earshot he would roll down the window and yell “TIGHTEN UP”, when arriving home after a long trip it would be “home again, home again jiggity jig”, when attempting to force a slower driver to speed up or change lanes it would be “sh*t or get off the pot”, when seeing frost on the leaves outside “looks like jack (frost) was out last night”, when working somewhere extremely hot it was “hotter then a well diggers A$$” …….more to follow
You just kind of have faith. If that sounds kind of mystical, it’s because I really don’t know how it works, but I trust that it does. I try to write the way I read, in order to find out what happens next.
Laugh and the world laughs with you…….
You know that what you become is all of what has happened to you throughout your life and you cannot change that but what impact did certain people have on your life family friends etc, as I sit here contemplating the impact that my father has had on my life it makes me wonder how much of who I am is because of who he is and was