Excerpts from Kik-Backs, Kik-Back Country and Kik-Backs No. 3 by Walt Kik of Davenport, Washington. These books are compiled from Walt’s newspaper column published in the Davenport Times, Wilbur Register and Odessa Record between 1974 and 1990.
Chinese or Russians?
Properly preparing the combine for storage should become some sort of ritual. If done correctly, a feeling of nostalgia will sweep over you. Pick a day when the wind is real quiet, and that sun has that stingy fall feeling when it hits the outside of your skin. Tarry for a bit while looking out over the stubble fields. You will then realize your part of the job is done. Think for another moment, who will eventually eat all that wheat out there in those mountains of plastic-covered piles? Will it be the Chinese, or a lot of Russians? "Mothballing Combines" Kik-Back Country p.47