New Neighbors

Dec 27th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

Jack SchrockIn the late 60s we moved from the Mississippi coast to Sherman, Texas in order to be more centered in my territory. (Besides, Sherman was only ten miles from Lake Texoma, a racing destination for sailors all across America.) The first factory demo I bought was a Holmes 480 painted yellow and white with factory lettering on the doors. This was a new twin boom product at the time and intended as an upgrade to the 440.

We had lived in Sherman for a couple of weeks and hadn’t met any neighbors yet, though both Joan and I were busy getting situated there. Shortly thereafter I picked up my new demo from the plant where Johnny Grant and his gang had done a great job building and painting it. I made the two-day trip back to Sherman, arriving late one night. Next morning, I gave the rig a driveway wash job to make it bright and shiny for a trip to the south that I was planning the next day. And, as I was toweling the glass the neighbor lady from across the street came over to say “Hello. How y’all?” and “Tell me about dat beautiful truck …”

That was Joan Babin, certified Rajun Cajun from Houma, Louisiana, who went on to become one of our best friends in town. And she liked that demo so much she wanted one for herself, though she didn’t know its purpose.

So, what’s the point of the story? Well, if you need to ask you probably need to change jobs.