Friday, April 16, 2010
What's A Nauga Farm?
Many years ago, when I was in college in Idaho, I had an interesting conversation with a California girl. She was very nice. Now, in spite of the fact that she was blond, from California, and used phrases like "gag me with a fork", I do not have any prejudice against anyone who fits any of those descriptions! As we visited, she asked me where I was from. I told her "Montana".
She said "Wow! Really? Then you're Canadian, huh?" She seemed pretty excited at the prospect of meeting a real live foreigner. I said "no" and explained where Montana was, and that it was next to Canada, so she wouldn't feel like she was too far off. She asked if we had electricity, had to ride horses to get around, and a few other things like that. I answered all her questions until her curiosity was satisfied. She just kind of looked at me, like she was processing the whole thing, and then said "Well... what do you guys DO there? I mean like, what does your dad do for a living?"
I couldn't resist. I said "He raises Naugas."
She asked "What's a Nauga?"
I said "Do you know what Naugahyde is?"
"Oh ya! That leather stuff they cover chairs and things with!"
"Exactly! Well, he raises Naugas and sells their hides."
She was satisfied, and that was the end of the conversation.
(The photo of the "nauga" above, is a Google image."