Marion County Folks Tell the Jimp About Dealing with Unusual Times
By BOB PALMER
Jimplecute News Editor
JEFFERSON – Mike Duck sees a lot less traffic on the highway since the COVID-19 pandemic crisis began.
“It’s really been nice to tell you the truth,” Duck said.
The independent trucker has noticed other changes.
“I drive my own truck,” Duck said. “I haul wood. We’ve slowed down a lot.”
He noted that he hauled for Gary Vandusen.
“I got my own truck, but I haul his wood,” Duck said.
Duck noted the people he works with “pretty much practice safe distance.”
“The places we haul to have taken precautions,” he said.
Duck revealed that he brings his own lunch and has limited the number of stops he makes.
“I don’t go into truck stops or anything like that,” he said.
Duck said his wife Vickie initially stayed home, but has returned to helping with a dog grooming business.
The supply side economics of the COVID-19 pandemic has not bothered the Ducks.
“We’ve been all right,” Duck said. The early toilet paper scare did hit close to home, however.
“I got a couple of rolls and we’ve been good ever since,” Duck said. “You don’t start worrying about it until everybody starts talking about it.”
Mike and Vickie work outside on their acre-and-a-half lot in the Colony. They also own 58 acres where they raise timber.
In the evenings they watch television.
Mike has plans for when restrictions ease.
“We’ll go and see the grandkids in Liberty City and Tucson, Arizona more,” he said. He also plans to fish a little bit, too.
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