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  •  I actually have very few appliances (2+ / 0-)
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    like toasters and toaster ovens and random mixers and those ridiculous things they sell on TV because they'd rarely get used.

    however, the ones I saw appeared to be gas/kerosene powered (for those that needed immediate use, like a refigerator---to make mashed potatoes they used a battery powered hand-drill.)

    I suppose I should have been a bit clearer. No, they don't have microwaves either. On the other hand I didn't until I was 17 or so.

    pseudoscience can kill

    by terrypinder on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 12:48:51 PM PST

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    •  Hmm. that's interesting! (0+ / 0-)

      I didn't realize that gas powered appliances were OK for the Amish (while the corresponding electric powered counterparts were of the devil!).  

      But I guess it's not up to me to judge other's religious beliefs - heck, if that were the case as a Pastafarian somebody would have long since eaten my god.

      •  it depends on the individual church group (1+ / 0-)
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        some groups are very anti-tech--to the point where we have to fight them to put reflectors on their buggies. Others are a lot more open to it.

        The ones in my area don't have electricity in the home and do not own cars  but they do shop at Walmart and the grocery stores for supplies. People drive them there, or they drive their buggies there.

        There's also lots of people in my area who help them out by giving them rides to worksites and typing letters for them, which is why I can't call them a closed community. They also use travel back and forth on Amtrak between Lancaster and Philadelphia (although I'm not sure where the group I saw was headed). There's a lot of interaction between the groups, but they don't seek converts so they're not actually spreading their religion which is probably why I don't really mind them too much. That's probably the one of the few way that they're a closed group to outsiders. A lot of the TV shows about them are not quite correct. Also, they're just such damn good cooks. My favorite treat of summer are the pies.

        I suppose in other parts of the nation it's different. Pennsylvania is pretty densely populated so there has to be a high level of interaction, it perhaps is different in Indiana and Ohio which also have large Amish populations.

        pseudoscience can kill

        by terrypinder on Thu Dec 20, 2012 at 01:06:48 PM PST

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