Friday, December 18, 2015

It's a Rental

We rent cars, we rent boats, pilots rent airplanes, why not rent a camel?

The Camel above is a rental unit, available by the hour, by the day or by the week.

Way back in the 1700's George Washington rented a camel to entertain his guests at Mt Vernon one Christmas. He must have gone to Hertz Rent a Camel or something in Alexandria.  The payment for it was recorded in the estate books, hence there is proof that the camel is true and not an urban legend like the cherry tree.  He was a wise farmer, he wouldn't have chopped down a cherry tree unless it was diseased or in the way, besides he would have had one of the farm "staff" do the manual labor.

So where do you go to rent a camel these days?  The middle east or north Africa would be most likely, but if one happen to be in the DC area, the delivery charge is going to be a bit much.  I just happen to know this guy who runs a camel rental service here in northern Virginia.  When he isn't camel ranching or fishing he is a pretty good carpenter,  he replaced all of the doors in my condo 6 years ago.  I have his card around here someplace.


  1. a carpenter AND a camel rancher...THAT must be an interesting business card!

  2. It's amazing that ol' George could find a camel in his neck of the woods in the 1700's.....perhaps it had to be imported??
    Interesting story.

  3. What a splendid idea. However I am more interested in renting an aardvark; always good for supper invite.