||[Sep. 4th, 2004|03:49 pm]
The Question Club
Did you have a horsetank growing up?
I figured that people all over America used horsetanks for swimming, just like we do here in Omaha, Nebraska. But recently a local friend (misterboo) and I were chatting with my partner teffdogg who grew up in Wisconsin, and he claims that he knew absolutely NO ONE that ever used a horsetank for swimming! That's crazy talk!
A horsetank is a big metal...um...tank, that is usually used for horses or other animals to drink out of. People here buy them and fill them up in the summer for swimming. They're inexpensive and huge, and much higher quality than those plastic swimming pools you can get at Walmart or wherever.
Omaha is a pretty big city, but a 25 minute drive in any direction will find you out in the middle of a random corn/soybean field. So, maybe the horsetank thing comes from the rural influence?
I guess this is one of those "local-things-that-people-figure-are-universal-but-really-are-just-quirky-nuances-of-a-region" deals.
Here's a picture. The ones my friends and I had were a bit larger, maybe 7-10 feet diameter. They were shallow, though, usually no deeper than 3 or 4 feet.