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What we put up with.
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Mike D.    Posted 05-18-2003 at 18:45:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
We know a farmer that plowed around a large rock in a field he rents. This year his boy stopped the tractor near the rock to get a better look at it.
He whacked it with a pinch bar. He said it sounded hollow. He went back to the truck to get a bigger bar and some chains.
He was able to get a chain around it. It isn't in the field now.

Funny what we will work around, or with...
I'm as guilty as the next guy. That boy got me thinking some though.

Tom A    Posted 05-19-2003 at 10:24:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
My mom used to say:

"you could get used to getting hanged, if you could do it often enough."

Not really sure what she meant, though...


DeadCarp    Posted 05-18-2003 at 20:28:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh jeez, what's inside of it? Universities love to xray stuff without hurting it. :)
There's a fella in Australia, (where's my blasted memory?) anyway he tried to drive a well and found water real close to the surface, so he kept pounding and the point stopped, got digging and found he'd hit an unusual crack in a rock. Well, a few coincidences later, he hired a backhoe and started serious digging, found out his house wasn't on a mound but on top of the same rock. They claim it's an old meteor just beneath the ground, the top covers the whole yard, the thing actually resembles a huge brain, in fact i think they sold tickets and let kids run thru it as a maze.

Stony Jim    Posted 05-18-2003 at 19:34:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dad told me of a farm he rented back in the '30's. Had never had a tractor on it. Had big rocks in the fields that had been worked around with horses for ages. Dad took one look at them and got his tractor and chains and a couple bars and came back. The owner said he was wasting his time- they couldn't be moved. Dad said O.K., then went to work. Said most of them were sitting on top of the ground and were no problem to drag off.

JoeK    Posted 05-18-2003 at 21:53:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Granpa and Pop farmed around a big Volkswagon sized boulder for close to 70yrs.It was just"too big" to deal with without hiring it done.A few yrs back while Pop was fixen fence nearby,a fancy car stopped by the field and a lady approached him,inquiring if he would be interested in SELLING that big white rock out in the field,AND FOR HOW MUCH.Taken somewhat aback,he told her he'd never thought about it and didn't know how he could move it,She replied that she would pay any expenses including crop(grass hay)damage as it was"just the perfect rock" for landscapimg at her summer home.After agreeing to $50 per ton,she then asked who could move it.Pop contacted a friend in the excavating business who owned some major diggin tools.It took a half day to root out and load it on the lowboy($320).Off to the cabin(40mi)with 2 Tractors,2lowboys,rock and the D12($160)Scale $5 enroute,4hrs unloading and precisely locating boulder at her cabin($320).Well the rock scaled just over 8K($200).Crop damage ($100).So this old pain in the butt rock,generated over $1000 return,+ the contractor got additional site work several times.Who'd a thunkit??I may go into the boulder business,ain't like theres a shortage around here.

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