Ponderings with Doug – August 30, 2019


Doug 08-30-19I saw this vehicle the other day and had to share.

I knew I could not explain it in my self-imposed 600-ish word limit. I needed a picture. Even with the picture, I am not sure.

Was this the result of a boating accident?

How does one get the boat back in the water from this position?

Is this guy a boat hauler for a boat dealer? Is this how he hauls his rig?

What is going on in this photograph?

I am certain there are some people in our reading audience that know exactly what this is all about. With the fishing folks here, this might even be a resident of Natchitoches Parish. Of course, the truck has a yellow license plate, therefore we conclude the truck is not registered in the state of Louisiana.

Does the picture clarify or confuse? What do you make of the picture?
In the olden days, I kept a notepad in the car with me. When I was driving all the places I must, if I saw something, I would make a note of it. Some of my previous newspaper articles read like a travel journal of things I saw on

I-49, I-10 or I-20.

I don’t keep a notepad with me any longer. Just like you, I have my phone. When I see something interesting, if I am able, I get a picture of it. Is taking a picture while driving the same crime as texting and driving? I confess.

The digital culture has transformed us from word people to picture people. Social media would not work without pictures or video. The mavens of social media are so creative in the images they post.

Christians are people of the book. We are word people. But to my brothers and sisters of the faith I would say that “the word became flesh.” In preaching, teaching and explaining so many times a picture is worth a thousand words. I hope you have passed your orientation and are fully participating in this digital visual culture.

I reminded the church last Sunday that we live in a camera culture. Everyone has cameras and when you think you are not being recorded you likely are. As the Bible says, “Live circumspectly.” Live carefully as a Jesus follower because someone is filming the moment. A powerful affirmation of the faith if they catch you in a servant moment. I powerful detriment to the faith if they record you in a sinful moment.

The other day I set off the self-check thing at WallyWorld. It sent out some obnoxious buzzing sound. I was caught. Thankfully the nice supervisor came over. She said, let me see what this machine is squawking about. She hit a button on the machine and ran the Doug Checking out of Walmart video. My great offense was that I took out my wallet and held it too close to the scanner and the machine thought I was trying to abscond with a wallet. When you are checking out your own items at Walmart you are being filmed. The camera is above you. Look out or look up in Walmart.

This brings us back to the picture. What is going on in the photograph? The driver of the pickup truck knows for sure. For those of us looking at the photograph interpretation is a matter of perspective.

In this digital world, make sure your behavior and actions are not a matter of interpretation but clearly are consistent with who you are and what you profess to believe.

“All the world’s a stage” and someone is capturing your act on their phone!


4 thoughts on “Ponderings with Doug – August 30, 2019

  1. Your article with accompanying picture of the boat on top of the pickup truck brought back memories from long ago, 1955 to be exact.

    I was 17 at the time, but owned a brand new original Sketter boat. They were wooden and were state of the art at the time. 14 feet long, plywood, with a flat bottom.

    My older brother, along with one of his friends, and I traveled from Monroe to some remote lake in Concordia Parish for a little fishing. This lake was located in a very remote part of the Parish down a dirt road. Things went well until while on our return trip to Monroe and still on the dirt road, one of those small, 8 inch boat trailer wheels blew out.

    Yep, you guessed it. No spare, but my brother being the smart one of the family had an idea. We took everything out of his very large, Plymouth station wagon. We folded down the rear seats and slid the boat into the back of the station wagon, stern end first. Back then those Chrysler products were huge and built like tanks. We put the outboard motor, gas can, fishing gear, and everything that had been in the station wagon into the boat. A couple of feet boat stuck out the back. We then took boat cushions and placed them on the roof of the Plymouth and turning the trailer upside down, placed it on the top of the cushions. We used a third cushion to keep the tongue of the trailer from rubbing on the top of the station wagon. A few ropes were use to secure the trailer to the vehicle.

    The four of us climbed into the front seat – no bucket seats back then – and drove 80 or so miles back to Monroe in this arrangement and without incident.

    Thanks for bring back a youthful memory.

    • Filmed in Louisiana. Never mind some of the stereotyping, ahem. Had a neighbor, Mr. Alan Veron, with a bit part in it as the taxi driver for James Bond (Roger Moore). Movie was also the debut of actress Jane Seymour.

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