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Willy-N    Posted 02-09-2003 at 20:01:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can we hear some of the storys of the hard times we have had to balence it a little? Easy day for me today only the water pump quit but got it fixed in a couple of hours and it was only 28 degs out when it happen. A capasitor blew in the control box jerry rigged it to last a few hours while I tracked down a new one in town while everthing was closed. Lucked out the repair only took 15 miniute to fix, $20.00 and 2 hours to find the part on a Sunday! Mark H.


Berry    Posted 02-10-2003 at 05:40:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, hard-luck country stories, oh, my, those are a dime a dozen here (well, maybe that's a quarter by now). But the latest one for me: We've had a drought here for about six months this winter, so I decide now is a good time to dredge out the old pond (since it's practically dry and I'm having to haul water to the cattle). So I get my trusty tractor with the loader and start pulling dirt from the bottom of the pond. I get about half-way done when the tractor stalls---just chug and that's it---won't start for all the tricks I pull (and I know them all). So I go get my truck with all the tools and proceed to disassemble the tractor right in the middle of the pond. It's blooming cold, of course, but I figure if I leave the tractor there, it will surely come the Noah's Arc flood, and my only tractor will be at the bottom of a "full" pond. Well, I find the trouble, go to get parts: not here, not there, not here either---takes me the rest of the day to find the parts. So now I'm after dark, with rain/snow coming in. I finally get it fixed about midnight. Get everything back to normal. Next day, no rain! Still drought! Typical, hugh?


Mudcat49    Posted 02-10-2003 at 06:31:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think I would of got a chain/cable, another tractor and towed that sucker out!


Berry    Posted 02-10-2003 at 12:35:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Heck, I thought I could fix it quicker, besides why drag the old lady out of her warm house to help? Besides my old truck don't have 4 wheel drive, so I figured I might get it stuck. Would be my luck, I figure.


LH    Posted 02-09-2003 at 21:02:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well lessee besides predators like coyotes constantly killing our birds and injuring a horse to the point it had to be put down. We've had drought that burnt up the pasture, and took away the stream for the critters water. In the winter we have no electric hookup at the farm so I gotta haul water and try to keep it open for the horses. When the power gets knocked out its for several days at a time. The wind howls constantly making it very cold. The roads are often drifted shut in the winter, or iced over pretty bad. Plus we have yuppie neighbors who build quarter million dollar homes then complain about how the old farmstead looks and the smell form the critters. But I wouldnt trade it for nothing either


Mike D.    Posted 02-09-2003 at 20:36:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Funny that you'd ask. This past Saturday was a doozie. Just before supper I moved a tractor(like me an early 50's something) up toward the shed. It stalled just about half way under the roof. My farm truck lost it's reverse some time ago so I'm usually careful about where I put it. Not so this time. I pull up to the Massey to give her a jump. The jump don't take. Now I got the tractor smack under the dripping snow off the roof and the truck can't back away either. So I trot off to my work truck. It needs a jump. I got a good battery in the shop, no problem. I fumble around with clearing a way to it, get the wheelborrow and load up the battery to go down to the truck. The wheelbarrow has a flat. Wouldn't take air. I get the truck jumped. Then I hook a chain to the farm truck and pull it away. Then I nudge the tractor into the shed with my work truck. I drive the farm truck back to the house and walk back to the work truck. It has stalled and needs a jump again. Now I'm near saying a foul word. Get it jumped once more, then head in.




Cindi    Posted 02-09-2003 at 21:33:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
You're a better person than I am. By the end of that day I would have turned the air blue as a robin's egg.


Cindi    Posted 02-09-2003 at 20:24:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh those cursed water pumps. Ours never fails to fill up with ants in the points when I am in the middle of a laundry day. I have to go back there with a nail file if I can find one and sand the points. That's a good day. Sometimes the whole shebang just quits and I have to go by another.......whatchamajiggie and put it on. The thingie that the points are in...I can't rememebr what it's called.


Jimbob    Posted 02-09-2003 at 22:14:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Had a tiny snake get in my 6 month old 2hp & $150 water pump motor. It got the start contact wedged open & fried the motor. I bought a new $220 TEFC (totally sealed, fan cooled) 2hp motor. Nothing else exciting here.
Some Norwich Township facts.
Acording to the Michigan DNR, more poching goes on here than any county in Michigan. They can not ever catch anyone- the community just does not have any snitches. DNR even tried the Infared light trick at night. Well heck, when one goes out shining one night, you know the DNR may be out the next night! And, you can see the dull red light anyways.
Lots of bear here- Tec Nuggents favorite hunting spot in Michigan.
We had the oldest telephone system in the state until a few years ago. Mostly party lines & you had to tell the operator your number on long distance. Also, you only had to dial last four numbers for local calls. sometimes the telephone would ring constantly for hours when a storm came through (turn off the ringer to fix).
Over 75% heat with wood.
More 'maryjane' here than Budweiser (cheaper) No, I can't stand the stuff.
Lots of wild turkey- only thing that stops traffic. (No traffic lights here either or street lights either).
Burt Reynolds raised here. My wife was friends with his aunt (yep, not mother or dad).
So many birds here, they will block out the sun flying off in the early morning.
Largest collection of Loon birds in the USA in the summer...You guessed it, Loon Lake.
Largest swamp in the northern part of the USA. 2 miles from my house, yet my hill demanded a 200 foot water well.
Dirt poor here & slow as any place in Louisiana- no contest. PS- That is why all the poaching!
Some scary big cats here. No one will admit it, but DNR knows it. Big box type head & black hair. Never bother people, lucky to have 2 to 3 sightings a year.
Skunks & badgers. The badger smells worst (full time) & neither is scard of people. Just a pain to get the darn badger to move on. Good idea to strap a revolver on at night!
Hunters strap a chair on the front of a pickup track. One drives, other sits in the chair with a shotgun.
CB set only has hunters on the channel with tracking dogs.
Place is just too cool!!!!!!!!!!!!
Finally, second largest deer population in the USA. Wrecked our cars every year for last 9 years. Finally put nerf bars on the front of our vehicles.


One more Fact...Jimbob    Posted 02-09-2003 at 22:33:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many wealthy American Indians here. They own all the casinos- their birth right on all the reservations. They even have TV commercials stating their contributions to the community & state. And, they have their own police departments- Called Tribal Police- all others keep out! No kidding.


Cindi    Posted 02-10-2003 at 03:37:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well that's a new one. I thought all indians nowadays were poor and deprived, that's all you seem to hear. That is not intended to be a racist statement. I am truly surprised.


Mudcat49    Posted 02-10-2003 at 06:37:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi! Shame on you! You live here in Florida and you don't know about the Seminoles? Every Seminole indian in Florida, man, woman or child gets somewhere between 2 and 3 thousand bucks a month from the profits from the casino's


Cindi    Posted 02-10-2003 at 11:41:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Get out of the city! I had NO idea. Oh well, live and learn.


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