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I must be getting old and out of shape!
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Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-30-2002 at 13:58:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
5 years ago I could drive 75 steel fence stakes 2ft in the ground non-stop. Today at the age of fifty I could only drive 50 of them in a row and now I am burnt out doing it. I guess when you hit the big 50 you just slow down. Anyone else out there being fifty that has noticed that too? Mark H.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 05-01-2002 at 06:32:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I feel pretty good this morning! Only my hands are sore, but they have these splits from all the digging and fence work done during the last week. I will put those last 22 stakes in today and finish the line. Mark H.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 04-30-2002 at 21:57:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dig your drift.

8NTX    Posted 04-30-2002 at 20:57:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
For my 50th birthday a couple of months ago, my new (younger) wife took me to Disneyworld. Said I had been acting too d$#@! old lately. I think it helped. Been wearing my Mickey cap around the farm a lot.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-30-2002 at 21:17:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Acting young keeps you young! When you become a Old Codger you are one. So nothing wrong acting like a kid again as long as you stay out of trouble! Besides it more fun. Mark H.

Cowboy Joe    Posted 04-30-2002 at 21:57:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well said.

Jack in Bartow    Posted 04-30-2002 at 19:28:31       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mark, Mel Tillis once said that he could still cut the mustard, but it just took a little longer to spread it around. Are you getting like that? Jack

Cowboy Joe    Posted 04-30-2002 at 21:59:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
My spread (belly) is spreading now that I qualify for AARP membership.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-30-2002 at 22:05:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife got me a membership in AARP and I asked her what am I supposed to do with this? Mark H.

Dan G/Soganofla    Posted 05-01-2002 at 11:03:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't NEVER ask my wife what I'm supposed to do with something. ;-)>>>

Jim(MO)    Posted 05-01-2002 at 10:13:29       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Mark, check their automobile and homeowners insurance policies. Saved us a bundle. Have only had one auto claim and they handled it quickly and fairly.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-30-2002 at 20:29:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
YA! And now I feel like putting in the rest tomorrow. It took 6 hours to stop hurting but the mussles feel OK now. My joints in my hands are wore out from doing electrical work for 30 years. So they get numb after a lot of pounding with a hammer or driver. ButI still can cut the Mustard. There was a saying I heard once "When I was young and in my prime, I used to do it all the time. Now that I am old and gray, I can only do it once a day. Mark H.

Dukester    Posted 04-30-2002 at 18:20:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I retired 4 years ago after 42 years in a steel plant. Then I made the mistake of getting a girlfriend with a grape farm and I haven't had a day off since. Spent the day driving grape posts with a 20 lb sledge. Don't care if h*ll freezes over, tomorrow I'm going turkey hunting.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-30-2002 at 18:32:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
This 128 lb frame has swung a 15 lb sledge and that will wear you out fast!!! I don't even want to think of a 20 lb one. When I was about haft way thru these stakes I pulled the driver up to far and it came back and hit me in the forehead I saw stars and had to keep driving the post so it would quit hurting. I only have 22 to put in tomorrow and that is the last fence on this place to go in!!! I must have put in a mile of it so far one my 40 acs for pastures. Mark H.

Boy, you ain't seen nuthin yet-PCC-AL    Posted 04-30-2002 at 17:46:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I turned 50 I was still running flat out. I could split wood all day with a maul,wedges and heavy axe. Heck, I had just married # 3 and had a young son. 50 was the top of the hill and as I passed over it, things begin to accelerate downhill. Everything went to h~ll. Now 60 has come and gone and I ain't too sure I'll make 70. It's a fact that daddy's old 8N is gonna outlive me.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-30-2002 at 18:38:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think I am still doing good at 50 but it takes longer to feel better in the morning! It seems as I get older I do things a little slower but I still get them done. I will still work most of the kids around here in the ground. You can't seem to get them to want to work anymore, they want big bucks but don't know what there doing or won't earn the pay they want. Mark H.

hay    Posted 04-30-2002 at 16:10:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
with the hardpan ground i have you could be 20 years old and wear out before you get 10 steel posts in the ground. it will make an old man outta ya like it did me. i built the fences and barn and if they fall down, then the heck with it. just sell out and buy a place already fixed up. i'm just tired of all this hard work. ain't it some kind of law that you don't have to work hard after 50? if it ain't then it should be.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-30-2002 at 16:26:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is my daughter cows that is making me do this. I would get her to drive them but that is out of the question. I will have her clip the barb wire to the stakes, that she can do along with cleaning the barn out. Once these are done that it for the fences! No more for me. Mark H.

Hogman    Posted 04-30-2002 at 14:50:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
1. How do You get so lucky as ta have enough dirt ta drive a post 2 foot?????????Around here You are lucky if Ya can get it down to tha spade on a 6 foot post. Over time one learns by tha sound if its rock Ya can beat a post through or if it's solid ledge rock an a giveituper.

2. 50? boy Mark I can promise Ya it won't get a whit better in tha next 28......

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-30-2002 at 15:56:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our dirt is not to bad in most places. It is all brown and no rocks, but when you hit rocks there every where. The gravel seams are imposible to drive them into. I am building all these fences with my age in mine. I am using all pressure treated 60% retention posts (pole building type) so they will last 35+ years with no problem. They cost more but it is a one time deal and I won't do them again. I do not have to many more pastures to go. I have 5 now so I can rotate the cows in them and the grass will have a chance to come back by the time they get back to number one. I watch the post and your right you can tell by the feel and sound of the driver. Mark H.

Hogman    Posted 04-30-2002 at 17:39:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark I'm referin to "T" posts which is about tha onlyest sort that can be driven by hand in these parts. I do have a tractor driver which when loaded with 4 or 500 lbs of rock and sand will deliver a "stupendous" blow to a fence post which is all to often the object between the irrisistable force and tha immovable object and often winds up a pile of slivers.
I admire Your forsight in planning for the future. Most of Us fail miserabley in that endeaver.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-30-2002 at 20:33:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well your young only once so I figure I better get all I can out of this body befor it goes to shi* on me. I won't be able to do this when I am 75 I think! Mark H.

Skinwhittler ah, yup...    Posted 04-30-2002 at 14:21:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Lost my gift of gab too, Mark. Used to I could talk a fish onto a hook. Don't worry none about it, you'll forget how many stakes you used to do. I got an old pal that ain't been able to find his truck keys for days... but thats all right cause I seen 'em in my overalls just this morning.

kraig WY Oh Yeah    Posted 04-30-2002 at 14:17:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good thing I don't have to work and get paid by the set post, I either starve to death or get fired. At 54 I seem to spend more time leaning on fence post the planting them.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 04-30-2002 at 15:59:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I hope by the time I am 54 all this hard work will be done. Then I can realey retire on the place and just maintain it instead of building it. Mark H.

Mark W    Posted 05-01-2002 at 20:36:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The hard part, for me, is climbing back up on the tractor, after picking stones. The extra pounds and the knee damage from raising vegetables, mason work, and millwrighting have taken their toll. That said, there is still nothing in this life like watching the soil roll over the plow, and thinking of all that will come of the new year. Yippie!

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