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Should have I bit my tongue
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Farmer Gene (WI)    Posted 08-16-2003 at 14:17:18       [Reply]  [No Email]

We've been having a dry spell here and the crops need rain badly. I was in line at the grocery store and the woman behind me said how nice the weather was, I said yes but we sure could use some rain, the farmers crops are all drying up. She reply'd that she didn't care about the farmers or their crops and she didn't want rain because she was painting her garage. I then told her that I hoped that it would start to rain when she was about half done with the painting and told her that the crops that the farmers grow are what ends up on her table for her meals and it looks like you haven't missed very many. (she was on the heavy side,looked like she could use a month on the farm picking rock and throwing hay bales around) My wish didn't come true, still no rain.

KellyGa    Posted 08-17-2003 at 13:43:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, I like your cow anyway. :) Hope you get some rain. By the way, I am a bit on the heavy side, but I do a lot of physical work, which she probably doesn't, but anyway, I do all the work inside and out of this house, that includes, mowing, trimming, weedwhacking, washing three vehicles and waxing, planting, painting, yard saling, just about anything else you can think of outside. Inside I keep the house, I keep a husband, 8 year old, 7 finches, 2 fish, 2 cats, an iguana, and a border collie, which keeps me busy. I also build agility equipment, work the dog on it, , shall I go on? I am not offended by what you say, I know you were mad. Just wanted to let you know all us heavy gals aren't sittin on our butts all day! :) All in good humor! I don't know why I don't weigh 90 pounds, but I don't let it stop me. Oh, and by the way, I will also be at the Ga Natl Fair doing my show with Dewey and his stock dogs, so that has to keep us going to.

ret    Posted 08-17-2003 at 10:58:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
you don't have anything to apologize for, I think her remark was in bad taste. H**l with her

Jerry    Posted 08-17-2003 at 08:16:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
To get confrontational over what one hopes the weather will be like is utterly absurd!! Neither of you can make the weather do what you want by "hoping". So yes in my opinion to get upset and remark back was not called for. I've seen this same argument before and it never ceases to amaze me. The weather will be what it will be, with no acknowledgment to farmer or city dweller, rich man or poor. You may as well go give the weather man "what for" for not forcasting the kind of weather you want.

katy    Posted 08-17-2003 at 06:08:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Unfortunately, comments like yours put ALL farmers in a bad light. Sometimes we wonder why our choice of professions is looked down upon and it's due to the rudeness and superior attitude of some.
Maybe a better thing would have been to try & inform her of why rain is important to her future food supply-lack of it will raise the costs, less availability,poorer quality, etc.
Have you ever complained about rain when it came at the wrong time, like when you have hay down and ready to be baled? Now if someone said to you "Gee I love rainy weather & am glad it's pouring outside" when you saw that same rain costing you quality hay do you think you would have been supportive of their views & opinion?

Just my take on things and I would really try to see how the other person can learn more about our profession without insulting them. You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar sure fits this situation.

newgen    Posted 08-17-2003 at 06:24:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
I didn't know farmers were looked at in a bad light. But hten again who needs us anyway? Peop;e like you and that lady can get your food at the grocery store.

newgen    Posted 08-17-2003 at 07:09:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry I shot from the hip Katy-I shouldn't have done a personal attack, it's just a subject that makes my blood boil--the attitude of town people toward farmers. I have tried to explain things to some of them and never saw where it did any good. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Have a good day.

newgen    Posted 08-17-2003 at 06:45:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry I shot from the hip Katy-I shouldn't have done a personal attack, it's just a subject that makes my blood boil--the attitude of town people toward farmers. I have tried to explain things to some of them and never saw where it did any good. Everybody is entitled to their opinion. Have a good day.

Redneck    Posted 08-17-2003 at 05:16:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Only thing you just didn't say enough.May her paint peel!

Redneck    Posted 08-17-2003 at 05:13:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Only bad thing you just didn't tell her enough.May her paint peel!

Jimbob    Posted 08-16-2003 at 16:43:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Woman is a crab.

Les    Posted 08-16-2003 at 14:30:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Too bad everybody didn't bite their collective tongues instead of responding to the post below. All you do is encourage that kind of people whether you respond seriously or in jest.

That's the kind of...    Posted 08-17-2003 at 04:10:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Post that I expect out of people from Woburn, Mass...


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I know, I know...    Posted 08-16-2003 at 14:51:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
but I can't STAND that type of stuff. It literally makes me sick and I have to say something. Cindi

~Lenore    Posted 08-16-2003 at 14:24:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Oh my goodness!
She did not turn around and slap you?!!

Brave man, Farmer Gene, and lucky.
I do hope you get the rain you need.

JDK    Posted 08-16-2003 at 14:21:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Non,now play nice,she wasn't "heavy",just"metabolically challenged" :)

Cindi    Posted 08-16-2003 at 14:46:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ironic that she was standing in the grocery store at the time. I find it harder and harder to bite my tongue the older I get. It hurts too much.

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