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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Rules are for people that can't figure things out for themselves. If an employee gets the overall lowdown, has common sense about what their responsibilities are and meets them on a regular basis, including working hard, don't they deserve the odd minute or two during the day for private matters if not sorely inconveniencing someone else at that particular time? Call it a reward for their diligence. I could never work for a person with Justin's approach with their rules, I'd feel that they were insulting my intelligence. 8) I'd have to break the chains that bind me.
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    If cops could choose what types of people it is that they have to go check out, probably that type gal wouldn't be high on their list.
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    woodworkingboy replied to a thread SNAKES! in The Rec Room
    Yep. Grilled with a slightly sweet sauce. One place I know offers the small crispy crunchy bones as an appetizer. Very good with beer.
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    Pretty heavy out of it.
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    woodworkingboy replied to a thread Grapple for mini in Gear Forum
    Articulating grapples are the shitz!
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    Justin, could that drone possibly have something to do with the neighbor's property line issue? I suppose that you'd be seeing someone operating it, but my surveyor friend was just telling me today that drones are getting used more and more in surveying. With the arial photography a tremendous time saver he mentioned.
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    woodworkingboy replied to a thread SNAKES! in The Rec Room
    My wife hates snakes. We were shopping somewhere and the place had some rubber toy snakes. I put one in her shopping basket and gave her a little nudge to look down. She gave a shout, dropped her basket and did a little dance. Ha..mean...:D Speaking of snakes or snake like, grilled freshwater eels make for some delicious eating.
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    woodworkingboy replied to a thread SNAKES! in The Rec Room
    Ray, it was so long ago, I honestly don't recall the name of the company, though Silver Springs seems to ring a bell. That thing is, they also supplied some four legged creatures, so the place I bought from was more than just a reptile institute. It must have been well before the days when laws were implemented to prevent importing certain species. They might have even supplied zoos. I seem to recall that there were some animals on their sales list that might make the neighbors a bit concerned if they knew what was also living on the block.
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