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Peter Feldstein 
Darrell Lindley 
[The Oxford Project] 
1984 
  
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Welcome Books 
 
LL/30688 
  
I shoot 'em, bleed 'em, then skin 'em. I do hogs, cattle, goats, buffalo, and sheep. I use a .22 Magnum. After I shoot 'em, I cut their throats. Hogs, I stick 'em underneath in their brisket.
 
Tomorrow I'm going to do four hogs. That'll take me four hours. Hogs I get twenty-four dollars apiece. Cattle is fifty dollars, plus the hide. There was a time when I'd work five or six days a week. I had customers in seven counties. I used to do five to six thousand head a year.
 
One thing I do, if there are kids around, is I cut out the eye (it's a little smaller than a golf ball), and I swish it around my mouth. The kids can't believe that. Then I give the eyeballs to the health teacher at the school so the kids can dissect it. We lost one of our daughters to cancer two years ago. I still talk to Darnell every day. She had a great sense of humor. Always did, even as a little girl. The loss of a child is about as bad as it gets. The last thing Darnell said before she died was, "I love you, Dad."
 
The invasion of Iraq was very foolish. We never should've gone there. A just war is one thing, but this war isn't just. Bush isn't honest. He's an idiot and a coward.
 
I don't have a lot of disappointments. I wish I had charged people more, maybe then I'd have more money now.
 
Darrell Lindley
 
From The Oxford Project. Welcome Books. Photographs © 2008 Peter Feldstein.
Text © 2008 Stephen G. Bloom. www.theoxfordproject.com 
 

 
  
 
  
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