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Offline beenthere

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Re: Younger Folks
« Reply #20 on: March 03, 2003, 04:55:26 pm »
I often wonder how a barber (let alone two) can make any money cutting hair. Even if he gets $12 a head, and can cut 3 an hour, seems the pay is marginal when figuring in overhead, taxes, benefits, etc. But they keep enough of them around, so it must be exciting and profitable for them. Now add an empty chair and one head in 45 minutes, seems to cut into any profits pretty quick. Hmmm?
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« Reply #21 on: July 19, 2003, 08:08:12 pm »
Mary and I were at the fair yesterday evening.  We were at kind of a pause in the action, deciding what to do next and just watching the people walk by.   A young mother with a swarm of kids strolled past.  One little toddler – maybe 3 years old -  was lagging behind a few steps.  Came to a puddle about 3’ in diameter.  I knew what was going to happen but couldn’t get my camera out of my bib pocket fast enough.  He squatted down at the edge of the puddle and gazed into it.  Then with a mighty leap,  he tried to jump it – getting only half way of course.  He was so happy with the results.  

Kids are just like that.
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« Reply #22 on: July 20, 2003, 03:54:25 pm »
   Hey Bib,
   W hen jennie (now 15) was just toddlinc,my oldest brother and mom cane to visit. He and I were outside cooking,and watching Jennie.It had just come one of our famous summer thunde squals,and the sun had come back out,but there wer puddles everywhere.Jennie was playing in the driveway,and jabbering away in baby talk,and dad wasn't paying too close attention,when Chip,my olde brother busts out laughing.He's fit ta die ,I say what so funny ,he can't talk,only piont. Jennie in perfect nazi goosestep fashoin is happily going back and forth through a puddle,with mud and water fling,singing walkie walkie.I doubled up too,wife comes to back door to see what is all about,not happy.Diaper weighted more than the kid. I just let jher go till time to go in yanked diaper,hosed kid ,everybody happy except mom.
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« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2003, 05:40:06 pm »
For the past couple of weeks a neighbor that runs his own escavating business has been hauling gravel out of the creek on our farm.  The road comes up the hill and makes a couple of easy bends and is not too bad until right at the top where it bends and has a short steep part.  

Well, today the gravel hauler had to take his backhoe to the job site and work some of the gravel around.  He had the backhoe on a lowboy trailer hooked behind his dump truck.  He made it to the steepest part and then ran out of power or more likely traction.  

After a couple of failed attempts to mount the hill,  observant four year old Brooke told Grandma Mary,  “He’ll have to unload the backhoe and drive it up and then drive his truck up or back all the way back down the hill and go real fast.”.  

He chose the back down the hill and “go really fast” option.  :D 
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« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2003, 07:22:28 pm »
Does Mo. have an Engineering school?  Sounds like you might need one shortly. :D
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« Reply #25 on: October 26, 2003, 02:01:49 am »
I’m getting a whole second chance to live with kids.  This time around two granddaughters. Brooke soon to be five has always chattered like a monkey and we’re either beginning to understand her language or she’s improving a lot.  

She expresses time in some strange units like,  “Grandpa,  You remember yesterday before tomorrow’s, tomorrow, next week when we are going to go to the park?”

Then some things take a bit of interpretation but she’s right on…  The other day she came to me with a picture she’d colored..   I asked her what the thing was.  “Yea,  it’s one of those spinney balls what has all the places where you are on it.”  That’s what it was – a globe.
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Re: Younger Folks
« Reply #26 on: October 26, 2003, 09:23:27 am »
When my boys were 8 and 4, the elder had a basketball game I needed to take him too.  For something different to do (along the way) was a small airport where parachuting hobbyists practiced.

I asked the boys if they would like to see "Parachutists". Of course they did.  We drove to the perimeter road as the plane took off .  15 impatient minutes later my 4 year old exclaimed: " Dad when are they going to shoot the parrots"  :D :D :D

Today, they are 20 and 16.........big brother still taunts his younger brother by asking him if he wants to go shoot parrots.
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Re: Younger Folks
« Reply #27 on: October 26, 2003, 03:18:02 pm »
When stump jumper was a little boy he found a fresh can of black paint on the truck seat and decided to paint his wagon wheels black on his western flyer wagon.  He also thought he would his dad out by filling the gas tank on the lawn mower but he used sand instead of gas.  His parents turned gray real quick.

As for Miziz stump jumper she is innocent.  She only climbed out of her crib at  age 2 and walks across a semi-busy paved road early in the morning and the dog followed me.  Parents only found her because the dog barked when the called for her.
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« Reply #28 on: October 26, 2003, 04:18:15 pm »
A guy I worked with had an old Jeep he used to knock around in.  When he went to use it,  it wouldn’t run.  Turned out JR. took a garden hose and filled the tank.  He took the tank off and drained it.  Pulled the carburetor and pump and blew out the lines, etc.  Got it all back together and dumped gas back in it from a 5-gallon can.  

After quite a struggle trying to get it to run without success -   Yep,   JR had filled the 5-gallon can with water too.
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Re: Younger Folks
« Reply #29 on: October 26, 2003, 04:59:43 pm »
Well Folks,
This thread is one of the many reasons I love this site. All family people sharing experience both good and bad. But who's to judge what is good or bad anyway. I thought I knew once and the older I get it seems the more obscure the line becomes. I mean the things that happen in our lives. They just happen in a never ending sequence of events.
I've got 6 young'uns and some of the things that have happened around here are nothing less or more  than normal probably.
I've had to replace windows taken out by sling shots, rifles and rocks only to have supper laid before me on the sidewalk by a 9 yr. old boy that is so proud he could burst.

I've come home and found every tool I have with a point on it driven into the driveway and had the carberator taken off the tractor and scattered all over the yard. Yet again came home and found that this same prankster has changed the belts on his mothers car at the age of 13 and done a fine job of it.

I've driven kids to the emergency room to get them sewed up, braced up and put back together.

I've hauled kids to the state fair with projects that they built and with animals they've nurtured.

I've hauled them to the mortuary and I've delivered them with my own hands in the very room they were concieved.

I've built doll houses and toy trucks out of wood.

I've replaced the points in a tractor 3 times in one summer cause some little imp has been pretending to drive it and left the key on and burned the points for me.

I wouldn't change a thing.

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« Reply #30 on: October 27, 2003, 10:16:50 am »
I haff ta tell ya'll, I've really enjoyed this thread.  I think I've told this already on one of the other threads, but that's ok, I want to hear it again.  :D  My wife will be giving birth to a boy in late February ( She says it's mine  :D).  (Don't tell her I said that) It's our first, and I know, I'm starting this a little late in life.  With all the thoughts of "How bad am I going to screw this up?" and "What will he tell his therapist about me later?" It's nice to read about the positives.  ;D
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« Reply #31 on: October 27, 2003, 12:00:29 pm »
Yeh - but is she sure it's hers?

Congratulations Trey - those DanG kids are pretty special. We had 4 before we could figure out where they were coming from.

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« Reply #32 on: October 27, 2003, 12:02:26 pm »
Good Question!!  I keep tellin her she's just getting fat.  I get hit when I say that in public.  :D
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« Reply #33 on: November 06, 2003, 08:11:48 pm »
We where at the Small Farm Show this morning before it was open to the public and setting with Greg Bear,  and Will Baugh of Wood-Mizer and Tom Stout of Baker.   We’d taken granddaughter Brooke with us and were gotten around to talking about kids.  Mary brought a story up about our youngest son Chris when he was a toddler I don’t remember ever hearing.

She said she found him one day with his face all painted up with her eye makeup.  She asked him why he did it and he explained ...

“To keep the rats from bightin' my face.”   :o

WHAT??  ???

“Yea,  you know.  They call it mice scare-a.” :D
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« Reply #34 on: November 07, 2003, 08:21:53 pm »
My 9 year old is the "book smart, creative type".  You just never quite know what to expect.  When he was in first grade, I took him to see the first Star Wars "prequel".  He had wanted to see it really bad.  I told him it might be scary, but he assured me he was okay with it.

A few months later, he came home from school with his face colored black and red.  It was Halloween and he had decided he was going as Darth Maul instead of whatever else.  Now for you folks who haven't seen the movie, this Maul guy has a red and black face with numerous horns and other things going on with his face.  Turns out he had grabbed the teachers PERMANENT markers and commenced a coloring his face.  It didn't quite turn out as planned...especially with no mirror and very little artistic ability.  He wasn't too keen on the paint thinner I had to use to get it off either.

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« Reply #35 on: November 07, 2003, 08:35:33 pm »
DanG, thats a good one Mark. :o
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« Reply #36 on: November 07, 2003, 09:11:25 pm »
Oldsaw,

When I was a little kid,  we lived at an old abandoned town "Topaz"  which was way out in the country.  All the neighbors were nice and life was very peaceful.  If it weren't for my big sister,  I would say life was perfect.  Because of my sister,  I had to develop the ability of embellishment and fabrication of factual events -------out of self defense. ::)

Well we eventually moved to the metropolis of Springfield that I hated.  The school was really big and I didn't know anyone so as soon as the bus left me off at school I would walk right back home.  They finally got wise to me and I got in trouble.  I had never even heard of movies and right off,  my parents took me to this awful horror show :o  I never was so scared.  I cried and screamed until they finally took me home. :-/   You would have been scared too.  It was about this nice little fellow whose nose kept getting longer everytime he skipped school and told lies >:(.
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« Reply #37 on: November 09, 2003, 12:06:51 am »
We have four children.  As little kids they were the best looking around. ;D

When my wife was pregnant with our 3rd and 4th children, rude people would come up and ask if we beleived in birth control or did we know how this happened.

I had two answers.  If they were the ones who said you should only replace yourself and I knew they only had 1 child I would tell them I had to make up for them not doing their job.

For the others:  I would tell them with a straight face that my father had told me to find out what you do good and keep at it and that is what I was doing.

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« Reply #38 on: November 09, 2003, 03:21:03 am »
We’ve been at the Small Farm Show a couple of days hanging out at the Wood-Mizer booth.   Granddaughter Brooke has been with us most of the time.  One afternoon a Wood-Mizer owner came buy to say hello and to visit for a while.  As he talked he was rolling three well-worn marbles in his left hand.  They were right at Brooke’s height so she noticed right away.  I could tell she was swelling up to ask something and when she had a chance she asked.  

“Hay Mister,  Why you have them marbles?”  

He said,

“Well,  I’ll tell you.  My dad told me that my great granddad came over here on a boat with nothing in his pocket but a small rock.  He carried that rock with him the rest of his life.  Each morning he’d put that rock in his right pocket and when he did a good deed for someone he’d put it in his left pocket.  My dad carried two marbles and always did the same thing.  I carry three marbles.  At the end of the day I check to see if I’ve moved all three to the left pocket and done my three good deeds.  You can see I’m holding them in my left hand and got them out of my left pocket so I’ve done mine for today already.”
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« Reply #39 on: December 10, 2003, 05:24:52 pm »
At the supper table Mary was telling what Brooke had came out with some time during the day  -  “If the rooster makes too much noise in the morning and you can’t sleep,  you just go to town and get some ‘chicken tape’ and tape it’s mouth shut.”  

As Mary was telling what Brooke had said,  Brooke was chiming in with her confirmation that that was the way to do it – explaining - “You take his lips like this and then take the tape like this.”  

Gabe (Brooke’s dad) asked her where she was going to find ‘chicken tape’.   “Well,”  Brooke said, “They’se got ‘duck tape’”. ::)
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