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  • popwahtosh
    ... basis. ... walking ... For the most part, they re good people. My first wife s family were Chickasaw. They always treated me like one of the family and
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 27, 2004
      --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, pantryman@e... wrote:
      > Hello Pop...
      > Your tale reminds me of a time- a few years back - when I kept
      > an entire family of NYS Indians alive one winter....the men were
      > all Viet Nam vets (like me) and we formed a friendship on that
      basis.
      > In my heart, I couldn't withhold anything from them, knowing they
      > had babies and women and such...they ate well.
      > The one male I remember the most - Rocky - who was built like a
      walking
      > refrigerator with feet...he was huge, but oh so gentle....
      > They were in the food pantry every week..... their need was great..
      > The next spring, they came in one day to announce that they had
      > adopted me into their tribe...they presented me with an M-16 round
      > that was beaded and had a spirit bead..and on a leather thong...
      > I was quite honored....rather, I was VERY honored...
      > I have no humorous tale to tell about them...they made their
      > living selling beaded objects at various "pow-wow's" throughout
      > the northeast...at best, not an easy life...
      > After the 'Nam, they had chosen peace to prosperity, and simplicity
      > over politics....what teachers they were to me....
      > I still have the beaded M-16 round and wear it occasionally...I
      > pray my brothers in arms have a life of peace and blessing...
      > Bob
      > www.oneaccordfoodpantry.org
      >
      >
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      For the most part, they're good people. My first wife's family were
      Chickasaw. They always treated me like one of the family and still do
      40 years later. They get some firewater under their belt, they get a
      little crazy. I suppose we all do to a lesser degree.

      Pop
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      > Quoting popwahtosh <popwahtosh@y...>:
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      > > --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, pantryman@e... wrote:
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      > > > Pop....
      > >
      > > > Are ya tellin' me Laddie, you ain't no Crocodile Dundee???
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      > > > *LOL*
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      > > > And could you be tellin me the meaning of 'popwahtosh'????
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      > > > Here 'tis Bob, the whole story.............Back a heck of a
      long
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      > > time ago, when I was  a lad , my half Cherokee grandmother who
      > >
      > > happened to hate my little ass with a passion, began calling me
      > >
      > > Wahpekute  (pronounced Wa pa koo chee) Thinking the name had a
      nice
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      > > ring to it, I announced to family and friends that hence forth I
      wish
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      > > to be known as Kid  Wahpekute. However, after a couple of months
      my
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      > > curiosity began to peak. One night after supper, I ask my mother
      what
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      > > Wahpekute meant. My mother got this real serious look on her
      face,
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      > > sat me down' looked me in the eye and spoke; " I'm not sure but I
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      > > think it has something to with the Sioux tribe. And since your
      > >
      > > grandmother hates the Sioux almost as much as she hates you, it
      can't
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      > > be anything good". Enough said, I thought and promptly  began
      > >
      > > thinking about a new name that would better fit my cute and
      charming 
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      > > personality.
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      > >
      > > One afternoon, while sitting under the old elm tree out behind
      the 
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      > > outhouse(where I did my best thinking) it hit me like a ton of
      > >
      > > bricks……..Wahtosh!…..Kid Wahtosh! ….that's what my new name would
      be,
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      > > for no other reason than it just sounded noble.
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      > > That name  stuck……….much longer than I wanted it to. In my teens,
      it
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      > > began to be a little embarrassing to be called that in front of
      > >
      > > friends. So,  the family agreed to drop the name that I had
      cherished
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      > > so much as a youngster and put it behind them.
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      > > Then, somewhere between high school and reform school that name
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      > > resurfaced. It happened this way.  Some friends and I had driven
      to a
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      > > neighboring town and was shooting pool in a place called the
      Green
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      > > Moon, formally called Lou's pool hall.  The reason for the name
      > >
      > > change was………each year on St. Patrick's day, this Irishman by the
      > >
      > > name of Piccolo Pete would get drunk, have his wife paint his
      butt
      > >
      > > green, come into Lou's and on the stroke of midnight , drop his
      pants
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      > > and moon everyone.)
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      > > Er…..anyway , back to the story. As usual we were being real cool
      > >
      > > with our collars turned up, smoking cigarettes  and cussing like
      > >
      > > drunk sailors and my Aunt Martha. There were also some local
      football
      > >
      > > players there which were also being really cool with their
      collars
      > >
      > > turned up, smoking cigarettes and cussing like drunk sailors
      > >
      > > and my Aunt Martha.
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      > > Then,  all of a sudden, in walked an old classmate from grammar
      > >
      > > school who also happened to know  I hated my old nickname. I had
      > >
      > > never liked that creep and probably never would. He looked
      around,
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      > > spotted me and  yelled as loud as he could…….".Hey , if  aint Kid
      > >
      > > Wahtosh!" How's your mommy these days, Kid? I went berserk. I
      grabbed
      > >
      > > a que  stick and  lunged at him yelling, " I'll kill you ,you
      little
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      > > sawed off SOB ."Next thing I knew, there were ten football
      players
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      > > wrestling me to the floor while a couple of my friends were
      trying to
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      > > pry the  que stick from my hands………………. And that explains the
      part
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      > > about `reform school.'
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      > > I was probably in my mid thirties when that ugly little nickname
      came
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      > > up again. However , it was my fault this time. It happened at a
      New
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      > > Years Eve party  at my employer's home when after a couple of
      drinks
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      > > from the 'punch bowl,'  I was telling a story about my childhood
      > >
      > > while growing up in Texas, when I kinda let it slip. Since I was
      now
      > >
      > > older and pretty secure in my manhood, it was OK.   From then
      on ,
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      > > up `till my retirment I was known in the workplace as "Kid
      Wahtosh"
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      > > or sometimes, just "Kid".
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      > > Now, well into my golden years, the grandkids have gotton
      together 
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      > > and decided that I should have a more dignified nickname better
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      > > befitting an older gentleman of charm, such as I, and began
      calling
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      > > me "Pop Wahtosh and it stuck.…….………
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