Posted 10-08-2002 at 12:08:16
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I realize I'm very new around here, and also that asking a person's age is kind of taboo. I hope you will forgive me if this question is out of line.
But I really respect and value the wisdom of older people who've already been through a lot of things. I've been reading the posts and I am enjoying what so many of you have to say. It looks like some of you have been around for awhile. I never had a grandpa or grandma to chat with and I like listening to older folks' conversations.
Would any of you mind posting your age? I don't have too many years to brag on, but I'll post that I'm 39. Too old to be called a spring chicken, but too young to have the wisdom of a sage.
|Chuck, WA ||
Posted 10-09-2002 at 10:03:58
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Hmmm....didn't realize what a bunch of young pups there was on this board! :)
Looks like I'd be on the young end of the older 10%. But, as a hobby farmer on only a few acres, I usually yield to the experience of you younger ones who have been living a lot closer to a lot more land for a bigger part of your lives. I have lived on small acreages at other times in the past, so my combined experience is a little more than just what's current.
I'm 59, a scientist, and wishing retirement was closer so I could spend my time at something more meaningful, but it's not in sight yet! I suppose I might fall into what some on this board would call a "yuppie" but I'm no longer "young" and no longer an "up and comer" - that being where the term yuppie comes from.
Since moving out of town last Thanksgiving, I've been busy. I bought my first tractor (MF35 diesel) last spring and will tow home my first real implement (JD 214 baler handed down by a generous wheat farmer friend) this weekend. I hope to find a sickle and rake, and with them, bale my few acres of grass hay, and maybe also some for my small acreage horse owner friends and neighbors. Around here where the circle-sprinkler hay fields can easily be several quarter to half mile radius circles (hundreds to thousands of acres), it's hard to find anybody who's willing to bale a few acres. I restored a couple of idle acres to pasture grass this fall, so am making some slow progress. Am building a pole barn (24x36x12 with gambrel roof and with 12x36 open shed) - expect it to be finished by November. Posted a pic of it partly framed back last summer, and will post again when it's done. Will add field fence to existing barb next year, then we'll see where to next.