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SteveB    Posted 03-04-2004 at 11:01:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Grew up on a small farm (50 acres) in NE MI and was blessed with parents that supported me in any crazy hobby I was willing to try. Had honey bees in the front yard, grew sorghum in the garden and pressed thru a ringer washer, made a little maple syrup, dabbled a little in taxidermy, ran cross country and track, had my own beef cows. Helped dad farm with a JD A and Moline Z.

Graduated from Mich. St. in 1984 with an engineering degree and moved to NE IL where I got my first and still current job with the engineering degree. Married my wife the fall of that year. Two kids born Jan. 1989.

Bought my farm (108 acres) in the spring of 1991. Most people told me to tear the old farmhouse down but there is something about old houses that wouldn't let me do that. I completely gutted the house and rebuilt it, including jacking up and pouring new foundation under a third of it. Still have some work to do - don't have any carpet yet and some trim work to do, but every spring I'm reminded about the carpet thing when it becomes the season of mud.

I had set a goal that within 5 years I wanted to be farming again so in 1994 I started buying equipment. Bought an IH 1066 that winter, an IH 18' 480 disk, 800 6RN planter, and IH "M" grain drill. Rebuilt and repainted the planter and drill that winter in the garage. Planted 15 acres of corn and 5 acres hay/pasture that spring. Took over the rest of the farm the following spring.

Was able to pick up another 107 acres to rent when a neighbor I had been helping suddenly passed away in 1998. So I now farm approximately 200 acres and still have the engineering job.

I was the newcomer to the neighborhood in 1991. Everyone knew who I was, (the fool working on the old house) and I knew no one. I was welcomed into the neighborhood and most offered to help if I needed any. Now I find with the urban sprawl, I am doing more of the offering with plowing driveways or pulling someone out of a ditch.


deadcarp    Posted 03-04-2004 at 18:00:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
well thanks for the rundown steve - and welcome! I was a quality engineer once, on a fighterplane co-pro project in Australia. No college but lotsa years - enough to help upgrade their (Hawker DeHavilland) quality system - lot of good stuff in thiers although it came from shipbuilding, so it was costly & cumbersome. Ain't now! :)


ut oh.    Posted 03-04-2004 at 14:31:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
...mebee I were one (yuppe), too. dave 50 8n

'Cept, I'm too poor. Drove an '85 Honda for years, until I got a salvaged 88 Honda..now a '98 (movin' on up!). Most things still work on the car, too!!! I feel rich.

USAF vet, and liberal arts major (and grad degree)...no one wants to pay an english major $130k for thinking "deep thoughts." :-)

Just a few acres in a valley w/a seasonal creek. I let my neighbors w/the big land have the horses, goats, etc. We just need ourselves (boss-wife, and two kiddos) a dog and a cat. Neighbor across the road has a steer he got for free, named, "T-Bone," but the agreement was that he couldn't be butchered. (!) I'm optimistically waiting for the BBQ.

Built a garage and tried to have a big garden, once. Use my 1950 8n to grade, move dirt around, and to otherwise fiddle w/the ground, so that I always make sure to reintroduce new weed seeds to the surface!

Life is good!


hey, a yuppie    Posted 03-04-2004 at 13:12:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
finally got a yuppie on here, an engineer. Now if we find he drives a BMW, he is in for a hard run. Now we know you are an engineer, you can be excused for your precisness. Got to loosen up a little though, if you said were were sloppy you would fit in immediately. Chicks may be safer to talk about than politics though
REt


Paula    Posted 03-04-2004 at 14:09:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OMG I might be a yuppie too! Except I don' thave 102
acres I have 2. No cows, but planning on ducks. Do
garden though and aiming to live in the boonies. I have
a degree in microbiology and work for the NCI in AIDS
drug development.

I know there must be other lurking yuppies out there.

Paula


toolman    Posted 03-04-2004 at 14:21:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
oh paula, im so sorry , but we can help you , ret ,we must get to work right away and help paula overcome her yuppieness,she has other good points in her favor, maybe we can work with them to start, think a night out at the saloon tomorrow night might be a good start for her , what ya think ? we,ll get clipper to give her the SPECIAL treatment .lol


Paula    Posted 03-05-2004 at 05:45:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I appreciate the sympathy guys, and the invite to the
saloon. I have real libertarian leanings; does that help?

Don't know if I'll be able to visit the saloon. I'm about to
take an unpaid leave of absence starting next week as I
await my work authorization renewal from the *&^^$^#*
INS.

As for Clipper: I'll take any help I can get as long as
there' s no kissin!

Paula


ret    Posted 03-04-2004 at 16:16:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
this place is getting so fancy pretty soon will have to wear a tie at the computer. Wish I could say I am an engineer,but never drove a train. Never even blew a whistle either. Sure has been a wasted life. But,I stayed at a Holiday Express last night,
REt


did you get a free cookie    Posted 03-04-2004 at 23:10:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
...not all HIE do that, but enjoy it when it happens! :-#

I look for them when travelling.


toolman    Posted 03-04-2004 at 19:44:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
well i think that qualities you for some kind of status then at least express status , thats good right, as for the tie thats one thing but when we have to start getting dressed afore the morin coffie just ta check things here im drawin the line.


~Lenore    Posted 03-04-2004 at 11:29:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
What type of engineer degree?


SteveB    Posted 03-04-2004 at 11:53:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Agricultural, closely related to mechanical.


EngineerJoyce    Posted 03-04-2004 at 14:39:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Me Too! Agricultural Engineer, I mean.
I'm in Kentucky, grad of UK.
Which college did you go to? and what state are you in now?

We ARE an elite bunch, after all...
:-)


EngineerJoyce    Posted 03-04-2004 at 14:42:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
OOPS!!
sorry, got so carried away when I read "Ag. Engr." that I seemed to miss the Michigan and Illinois references.

Anyway, I work for NRCS (feds) You?


~Lenore    Posted 03-04-2004 at 12:39:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
thanks, Steve, down here in Texas almost every engineer is a chemical engineer.


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