|Farmer wantabe ||
Posted 05-16-2002 at 04:59:48
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According to the missus I am an addicted to collecting old farm machinery. After last night I thinken she may be right. Seems I have a reputation too as a stranger called a few days ago to say he had a number 66 combine sitten in the shed for 10 years and that he would like to get out of the way. Now, I have no need for a combine what so ever but what the heck, donít hurt to go looken and he might have somthen else sitten in the shed. Last night the boys and I drive over there and I find the #66 sitten in front hitched up to a tractor, and the man and his wife were out there working on it. Iíd guess they are pushen 80-85 years pretty hard. There was wrenches, oil cans, grease gun and nuts and bolts on the ground and they was plum tuckered out from fussing over that old combine all day so it would be presentable when we came to see it. He said if I wanted it he wouldnít let me take it last night as one of the bats on the real was broken and he had to fix it first. Now what the heck else was a man to do? I had to buy the thing after they had fussed over it like that. My missus was smilen when we drove in and didnít have a combine in tow, then she was a frownen when the boys told her I bought it, then she was smilen again when I told her the story. Man I like country people!!
|Tom A ||
Posted 05-16-2002 at 05:39:32
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I talked to a 90+ year old man up the road about buying his old baler. His son, who is well into his 70s gives me a call later and says 'come on over and take a look.'
I did and it was in great shape...hardly used and shed kept its entire life. The son was dealing for his dad.
So I asked "what's your dad want for this?"
He says "well, Tom, he'd like $500."
Well $500 was a pretty good deal for the baler so I said "sold."
He looks at me, shakes his head no and says "Tom, I said he *wants* $500."
I understood what he was doing, but figured I could spare a few bucks more than these two old guys so I said "Well I think that's reasonable, I'll take it for $500."
He shook his head again....and this went on a couple of times til I finally said "ok, how about $300?"
He smiled and said "well, you know, I was thinking $350 was a fair price," and that's what we settled on.
He wasn't about to mess over this "young" city boy, and he had all day to teach me how it was supposed to be done in the country.
You're right, gotta love 'em!