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Tobacco planting and dirt-road racing

Posted on April 18, 2021

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Jan Mills

Jan Mills

At last, I’m not tracking through yellow pollen on the porch. Even though there is still some hanging around, there is not a heavy layer of it every place.

According to those folks who keep track of important things like that, this is the worst year ever for pollen — and far be it from me to disagree with such important data. I’m just glad that it’s coming to an end and I can wash my car again.

Yep, that’s right. I just let it stay yellow each year until the season ends, unless the rain washes it away.

I saw the first tobacco planting of the year Thursday afternoon and have watched farmers moving equipment from field to field preparing tobacco rows (or making sweet potato beds) for some time now. It’s the time of year when riding with farmers becomes life-threatening as they watch the fields of fellow farmers to determine who has the prettiest stand of tobacco.

Also, if you’re driving as the sun sets and see a huge piece of equipment coming down the road toward you with a multitude of bright lights, please slow down, move to the edge of the road and let the vehicle pass. What you can’t see are the plows or discs that are attached to that equipment and extend into your lane.

This past week, I was in traffic at a stoplight near Knightdale and heard the distinct rumble of glass pack mufflers. There was a black pickup truck in front of me with what appeared to be a CB radio antenna with three tennis balls on it. The front end was jacked up, the back end was sitting low to the ground and the noisy mufflers were working hard.

I remembered having a Jeep Cherokee back in the day with the gear stick in the floor and glass pack mufflers, and I could get a wheel in every gear. It also reminded me of the days when the boys with fast Fords, Chevrolets and Plymouths met on Saturday night out on the dirt road near the Peachtree Hills Country Club after taking their date home.

I’m told that a certain Ford could outrun them all, but there was a white Plymouth that was a strong contender. Names are being withheld to protect them from further questioning by their children and grandchildren.

To my children and grandchildren, I wasn’t there — pinky swear.

Jan Mills is The Enterprise’s customer service representative. Reach her at 252-478-3651 and jmills.enterprise@wilsontimes.com.

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