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    9 Hours Ago
    Your dad is talking about ripping chains (cutting with the grain), or he should be. :)
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    9 Hours Ago
    Hardening chains....man I doubt it.
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    9 Hours Ago
    Right, Gary, rice fields. I think i deleted those photos to try not to remember that job. It's that time of year again though. :/: Peter, i think I would be a little incredulous too if it was a push mower. Could they have been listening to their favorite rock and roll song at the time?
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    10 Hours Ago
    Willie, he's going to leave you to take care of the weeds? :|: Does he plant only one corn variety? Not concerned about cross pollination if mixed? What's he do with all that produce?
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    13 Hours Ago
    Good to read you, Bob. Sorry to learn of a stroke. Good luck on a complete recovery.
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    13 Hours Ago
    Me? No, my mower almost went into the drink too, but I caught it and only bent the handle. Not your average home owner's mowers though. These have multiple gears in either direction and climb steep embankments.
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    14 Hours Ago
    Sean, I had a friend die in an avalanche as well. Gregg Allmän... http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/gregg-allman-dead-southern-rock-trailblazer-was-69-992288
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    14 Hours Ago
    In all fairness, Peter, lawn mowers can get away from you. Once I saw a guy go off an edge and totally sink one in an irrigation canal. He went in after it.
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    CurSedVoyce replied to a thread This is the Akimbo in Gear Forum
    Bump.... How goes the production dates Jamie? any news?
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    CurSedVoyce replied to a thread Spar Ascending in Climbing Forum
    Love when you can just walk back up a spar. Nicely done Kevin.
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    1 Day Ago
    It's a good offer. I can pull nails. :)
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    I think you could get rid of "antique barn wood" easier than crappy wood. ;)
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    woodworkingboy replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    I bet that tires are better than putting tracks back on in a lot of mud. :|:
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    1 Day Ago
    No, not on the phone, MB, I think I probably was on my way to some pear trees. You're too kind, Squish. I'd relish the opportunity to work with you. Sure I'd have your back. I've been reading what you guys have been saying about your crews for years, I could do with seeing it for myself. It would be informative to see a schooled equestrian too. All I know is jumping on and three gears with no reverse.
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    2 Days Ago
    I would be the grumpy old dude after a day like that!
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    3 Days Ago
    Yeah, good point, planting seeds is easy, little calculation involved and not much fear of losing a finger or being maimed in other ways. I guess a gopher could bite your finger off by mistake, though. Anything else threatening living under ground? A little danger could add interest.
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    woodworkingboy replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    If you have the reach, a rotator is a big big plus for loading logs, both as a time saver and effort required by the operator.
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    3 Days Ago
    Yes, Jim, that is an element that already occurred to me, being more involved with the operation than just doing the tasks with no connection beyond that. Interesting to read you say about your mind being active. Repetitive work is a somewhat complex phenomenon. I've run up against it with varying results. It can be pleasurable. To some extent a learned skill. I think a good ability to do such is kind of an enlightenment.
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    3 Days Ago
    Squish, in fairness you did say that you had a phone available for emergencies, I missed that. I think you go a little overboard on your demands in some things, but that's your right if you think you need that to succeed and people are willing to adhere to them. I guess like Sean said, there is not a lot of common sense amongst a certain type of worker these days. I get a different perspective where I am though, where absolutely everyone besides the ones living on the street unceremoniously and unequivocally reliably bust ass day after day. As far as rules go on a personal level though, I absolutely hate that shit, being on either end of it. It probably shows. Particularly someone i don't know right off the bat wanting to boss me around, man my back gets up. Check out and see how a person operates before ordering them around, is my view. I'll take your word for it that a lot of people aren't smart enough to get the lowdown without an enforcer. That isn't me though, and all the people that I sometimes work with. There is enough trust amongst the work force, at least the part of it that I'm involved with, that each person's own perspective on how they need to act is sufficient to enable the whole overall situation to work as well as it needs to. Maybe a life of almost total self employment dictates my thinking, but just the thought of rules pisses me off. You're right, Squish, we could never work together as a boss and employee, but we'd probably get along fine as equals. I can't much turn off my mind to not be a free man or much endure a situation where anyone wants to take that away from me. Anyway, if i did work for you in the tree game, perhaps we could have an arrangement where I might be fixing your chainsaws in my spare time, I don't mind doing that, and you'd cut me slack. I could need to call my bookie before a race to lay down another fifty. There are critical moments besides family issues. Give and take is my motto.
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    3 Days Ago
    Just south of me is a large agricultural region, at least large by our standards. A good friend of mine is heavily into ag, renting more and more properties that the elderly generation can no longer look after themselves. He can get the fields cheap now. I help him out from time to time. This week mowing his pear orchards and yesterday I planted thousands of corn seeds. I like the peaceful quiet and open spaces of agriculture areas, but some or a lot of the work is so mindless repetitive it makes me nuts. I don't necessarily mean that is a critical way, I respect the people that can do the tasks in a good spirit, maybe it's a gift or a learned skill to be able to shut your mind off and be like automation. I mean corn seeds, one after another in endless rows....I can't wait until lunch to get out of my misery. Not easy on the back either. I much prefer the tired of tree work over agriculture, I guess because my mind hasn't suffered in the one compared to the other.
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    3 Days Ago
    I recently red an article about the lives of the Ringling Brother's performers, many wondering what they are going to do now. They talked about their lives in the circus, the things you mentioned, Sean, like living conditions. Maybe it was only in more modern times, but that circus seemed like a very interesting place to grow up, the needs of family members being attended to amidst all the travel and whatnot. Things seemed pretty well covered.
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    3 Days Ago
    Seems like the spar that broke, the rigging point was lower than where you were cutting. If it had been higher, less force. But that piece that broke probably weak anyway. Better rope running might have helped. Add it all up in physics, force won. Kudos on everyone living another day.
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    3 Days Ago
    I wouldn't go for employees using phones at work if it was much if a distraction or something that they felt the need to do an abundant amount. When they pick and choose their moments to make a call or answer would be relevant as well. The thing that I don't understand is making hard fast rules that encompass all circumstances, which is how it reads. What if someone has an ill spouse or child and they need to check on them, are you still going to lump their desire to use their phone as frivolous activity? Doing that seems pretty hard headed to me. All I'm saying is that there are circumstances deserving consideration, people needn't be enslaved to their jobs by rules made for the group, if they can show common sense as individuals.
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