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    3 Days Ago
    Hey I appreciate the wishes! It was a good day. The 42 isn't one of those years you celebrate. More one of the Bdays where you take stock in how good things are holding together and things that are giving out. More than anything, I just enjoyed being lazy.
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    4 Weeks Ago
    Dunno about climbing season, but flying season is here. Hang gliding is on. Training for a distance encampment in July. My goal is to fly over 200 miles all without a motor, just by cloud hopping and following birds. Climb safe, have fun.
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    04-25-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Big hackberry in Tree Care and Health
    In my part of the world, the only good hackberry is a dead hackberry. In central TX, they live fast, die young, and have an ugly corpse at the funeral. If the church has insurance, why remove it? There is not much of a target. Half the folks it could fall on are already beneath the grass and the other 20-30 folks are only there what, for Sunday services before rushing to Luby's and bible study on Wednesdays? Target plays a big role. I'm just not seeing a target here.
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    04-21-2017
    I'll add that one who is questioning the other as being "a man of their word" might be right in doing so in their own head. The moment they express that thought in writing or verbally, they lose said moral high ground and become the owner of sour grapes - a whiner. No one likes whinging. I'm not calling the OP a whiner as this is solely discussion. I'm referring to interactions with negotiating parties.
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    04-15-2017
    A high performance glider. Like motorcycles, it is common to do the cash on crash deal. My reservation was that the seller had made modifications to "improve" the wing's performance. To me, the handshake was binding but just like one "oh sh^t!" can erase a ton of "atta boys", a handshake can be erased if one party want to be rude. My seller was likely rude because he feared me backing out which turned out to be a self fulfilling prophecy. Mick - Lol on the relatives dying before signing.
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    04-14-2017
    Here's where I'm at on the "man's word and handshake" thing. This is near and dear as I just had a deal blow up because I was going to back out. Crappy thing is that it is a guy I fly with and know pretty well. We shook hands and made a deal. I was to pay when he came back in town. Whilst he was away I said, hey, I'll show up with $7k cash, for you to hold but I want a test ride. In return I got an overly defensive scathing remark saying "hell no and I have a line of buyers." Not a "I'm not comfortable with that...." or "what reservations do you have?" So I just said, good, go sell it to someone else. To which I got scathing texts about not being a man of my word. For people who live in a black and white world, I suppose so. To those of us who live in reality, a handshake seals the deal but that does not release the buyer or seller from remaining civil until the deal is consummated. If a seller is rude, overly defensive, and bullying before a deal is complete, they should expect that conduct to alter the trajectory of the sale regardless of handshaking. My seller sure didn't see it that way. In tree work, I generally had a feel for who will slip out from the calendar. I sell things for a living. Reserving a calendar spot and not giving notice is different, but it is never ok for a seller to get mad at a buyer for not buying. Buyers are liars, that's just life. It is your job as a seller to maintain that task tension until the deal is consummated.
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    04-10-2017
    In residential type work, the issue with door knocking is that you are not putting yourself in a bargaining position. Much better when they knock on YOUR door.
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    04-04-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Solo Tree Work in Climbing Forum
    Love life advice? :P
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    04-04-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Solo Tree Work in Climbing Forum
    Sage wisdom. I'd add that worrying about the what if's can be a self fulfilling prophecy - a type of target fixation. Focus on where you want to go, not where you don't want to go. A really cool thread and having been everything from solo to employees, and finishing as a contractor, I can say contract climber was my happiest (mentally and financially) contract climber that by default had to manage the entire crew - least happy place.
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    03-16-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    This guy seems to have built a nice mobile unit. http://www.energyfarmers.com.au/building-biochar-kiln/
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    03-16-2017
    Lol! That's perfect. I still do the odd tree job from time to time. My wife always comments that she doesn't miss the sawdust of my arbo days.
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    03-15-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    http://evoworldusa.com/
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    03-15-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    I'm in capital equipment sales (analytical solutions ranging from agriculture to petrochem and semiconductor). I quit (was fired) working for one employer and started working for several employers. Instead of working for one vendor that sells products into an application where they inevitably (my opinion) say, "I don't care if it fits, sell one to everybody", I moved to working for several vendors. My shift was from how can I serve my sales manager to how can I best serve customers. Not an easy shift to make.
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    03-15-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    It is a record when a TH thread doesn't derail by page 2. Quality of life and happiness are totally subjective. Though it does seem $75-$80k is the point of maximum happiness. http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2010/09/16/how-much-is-enough-on-average-about-75000-per-year/ I get you about the wants vs needs and agree. I want to not live like or near poor people (aka those who make bad decisions) and I don't want my kids going to any school less than the best I can possibly afford. Those combined with the fact I want to give and donate as much as possible to help where I can give me the push to never be satisfied. On the note of ideas, I'm sure there is a space with the pyrolysis but the issue is getting the energy/heat for the pyrolysis (not combustion). I deal with some combustion (oxidative) and pyrolysis applications for elemental analysis. They are small lab units handling 100mg or less. With those, we achieve pyrolysis by placing sample into a furnace sans oxygen at about 1200-1400 degrees C.
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    03-15-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    What you bring home doesn't matter if the quality of your life doesn't matter. That is before you get to the issue of "no money, no honey...." Lol! Life is a sh*t sandwich. Money is bread. The more bread you have, the less sh*t you taste.
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    03-15-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    Lol, Thanks Levi. All I know is everyone else's life is quite simple. Mine is confusing, complex, and complicated with lots of moving parts. :lol:#-o:hammer:
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    03-15-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    That in addition to the lottery of being born into a 2 parent house hold! That is rare these days. Honestly, my kids have an amazing advantage just by being born into a house hold where mom and dad are married and love each other (most days any way:lol: ) That is before you get to the advantage of having parents who don't teach them that the system sucks and is rigged against them, but rather that life isn't fair - you can't choose your parents, and unfortunately, you're stuck with us and you're going to have to work very hard to make it in life because other than a loving, supportive house hold, we don't have much to give you.
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    03-15-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    I don't believe in it because bad things happen to really good people all the time. But, about 20 yrs ago, I acquired a BMX bike via incidental acquisition and broke my jaw in 2 places on said bike just a few hours later. Karma worked that day.
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    03-15-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    I'm a big believer in luck. Be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things, eventually right things will happen. Be in the wrong place, at the wrong time, doing the wrong things, and eventually, wrong things will happen to you. I think making your own luck and making your own weather are related.
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    03-15-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    No, many time risk = bloody nose and no promise that additional risk will get you anything but a bloody nose. I have been lucky, but I wish someone could have been a fly on the wall in 2013-14 when I had 2 small children zero income and no skills other than mad tree skillz and soft skills. You want to talk about adrenaline sport - nothing like hang gliding. Right now I consider myself very lucky, but as time passes, luck is going to get less of the credit.
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    03-15-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Ideas in Announcements!!!
    What victim mentality. Life isn't fair. Choose to do something low risk like trade your time for money and get rewarded low. Life is better than it has ever been in America. It is important to remember that the American dream isn't a promise of anything other than the chance to fail. For every fat cat that makes millions by bringing a great idea to the market place, there are 4 more that went home with a bloody nose. Life isn't fair. Some people are born to kings and queens. Some are born to poor folks. You can make arguments on how the system is rigged against you or you can go out and change your station in life. Poor people (Poor = People Overlooking Opportunity Routinely) tend to do poor things like finance cars, TVs, and drink Monster Energy drinks. I think you will find that most of these people you view as idle actually take risks and bring value to the market place. I work way harder than I every did in tree work yet I never sweat. Heck, many days I never put on pants. Risk = reward Market place determines value I have to admit, I can't get my hands or head around wealth or what it takes to live, or how one could ever retire. I once heard that if you didn't make $80k, you would struggle and that over $80k, additional money does not bring additional happiness. I cannot correlate money and happiness as I don't like money or things. I do like not worrying. Black ink makes me happy. There is such an income disparity in our country that I have lost all feeling for income. I once thought $100k was a lot. Now I wonder how a family could make ends meet and save on that. I thought $200K was a lot, only to scale that mountain and bump into folks who routinely bring in over $400k a year. Then I see my neighbor wind up the $2 million Eurostar helicopter he parks on his sport court. I haven't a clue of the answer but buy into the Mike Rowe philosophy of "chase your heart and dreams is a good motto for your hobby. Chase opportunity is a motto for your career." For myself, growth has never come from a place of comfort.
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    03-03-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Hang Gliding! in The Rec Room
    The 2 pilots flying in this vid are 75 and 80 yrs old. You've still got time left. https://vimeo.com/206360076
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    03-02-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Hang Gliding! in The Rec Room
    It is definitely an activity I approach with an attitude of responsible irresponsibility. Basically, an attitude of, "I am going to do something that isn't very smart but I'm going to do it as smart as I possibly can."
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    02-28-2017
    treetx replied to a thread Hang Gliding! in The Rec Room
    Still at it! <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9NWcZ9iWjvg" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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