Knowlton’s Rangers and Country girls reservation restoration
Ever get up one morning and think to yourself Gosh its going to be a good day. You really try to make it be a perfect day with the attitude that no matter what, you are going to stay positive. Well Saturday September 22nd was going to be that day. I had worked all week pulling twelve hours shifts getting home just to have some time to spend with Country girl gab a bite to eat and off to bed. We received a phone call from my aunt and she asked if we could come up that weekend and help my cousin. It seems that my cousin had gotten behind on some long house payments and repo’s were coming to hook up to the long house and pull it off the small “Webrokeum” reservation. No problem get off work at 7pm and load Bella the war pony with toolboxes and firewater…..No firewater on Webrokeum reservation dry county.
Drive two hours to the middle part of the state then under buffalo skins early so we can begin helping my cousin who’s Cherokee name is “Rumble in stomach” and her husband “No use hammer” rebuild the walls to a 20x20 old garage that they are going to live in until they get another long house. We get up to a good breakfast nice cool morning told everyone it is going to be a great day and we would have the walls to the rez wigwam up before sundown…….step outside and looked at the clouds—Side photo--------(Hummmm I wonder what that means)------------->
I should have gone back in and crawled under buffalo blanket cause that should have told me what kind of a day it was going to be. We get over to Webrokeum rez and unload our tools. WTF this wigwam was more twisted out of level than I have ever seen. First order of business find out what the hell the game plan is…..You know if you don’t want to know something I found out …Don’t ask. “No use hammer” had one wall frame up, didn’t look that bad. The other old ones were in horrible shape between weather rot and termites it was a wonder the building was still standing. Ok game plan, build other three wall frames and put them up…..easy right….WRONG!
Build back wall frame and start to up it up, I go boy that roof looks like it isn’t very stable I could swear I felt it move. Then I said to “No use hammer” that new wall frame I think is not stable. He goes don’t have it anchored yet want to make sure we square it up…..Sweet Heather on a fence post, I find myself under a unstable roof with two walls that aren’t anchored and two walls that are more rotten a three day old road kill Opossum. Not feeling too good about this.
“Rumble in stomach” says we need to go to Beebe to get the doors and windows, we take a break and hop in “No use hammer’s” green war pony and off we go. Get back and “Rumble in stomach” has to take one of the rez dogs to the medicine man. So we continue to work on the wigwam….we hear a boom, I think to myself hummmmmmm wonder what that was oh well. Here comes “Rumbles in stomach” She says “ Jeff I just ran over Bella the war pony do you have insurance, I do.” So I run around to see Bella oh my folks she took a direct hit to the passenger front door. My heart just sank, but hey it can be fixed so I told her just to call the insurance company and we would get it taken care of. Look up and see more clouds --------side photo------(dang that's strange wonder what that means)-------------------------------------------------------------> Should have crawled under the buffalo skin at that point but no…..come hell or high water it’s going to be a good day.
“No use hammer” just has to see how one of the windows looks in the framed part of the wall, so he shoves it in I see the wall move a little and thought “boy you know we need to anchor these walls and put up some braces to keep these thing from moving. Does anyone listen NOPE, well he decides to take the window out before it gets broke this is where I almost change my name from Old young deer to Chief Chitum britches. He has to pound the window out because for some reason it is now wedged in, what had happened was the weight of the roof shifted and had started warping the frame taking it out of square…..when the window comes out we see the walls starting to move forward to fall. Like dumb asses for some strange reason…..we remember the one story in the Bible that comes to mind SAMPSON three of us pull the mister Universe and hold the damn thing up and push the walls back to keep it from crumbling to the ground…..OK at least that got someone to put up some braces on the walls…..
We get to the third wall, mind you this near miss has me very cautious at about 5:27 we have the third wall framed and ready to put up…… “Rumble in stomach” is standing next to the patio table, Country girl goes to Bella the war pony to put on some “Off” I am in front of the twisted wigwam and “No use hammer decides to take the sheet of paneling off so we can put the frame up…..I heard CREEEEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKK!!!!! I see the building moving forward I yell as “No use hammer” you’re not going to hold this son of a bitch up this time its COMING DOWN RUN! We looked like the 7th Calvary trying to retreat when Crazy horse came over the hill…..It Fell dust and smoke, flying wood good gravy, then I heard “Rumble in stomach” scream and I just knew “No use hammer didn’t make it but he did. The wigwam moved 18ft. Then it was time to read the meaning of the clouds I saw that morning….it meant :::::: Go back to bed you’re screwed ::::::::::----------side photo--------------->
Now they have one of the nicest patio decks for BBQ’s around….wasn’t funny when it happened but we had a laugh afterwards.
So that was Country Girl’s and my reservation restoration.