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  1. 30 points
    One of the things that attracted me to this forum is this great group of like minded strangers that will give free guidance on anything from IH and CIH, along with numerous other farm, rural, and outdoor related topics. Even if I dont post i enjoy reading almost daily and get a great education from our forum experts. Recently some members have taken to attacking people whonare simply asking a question or looking for that same guidance that I have been given. I feel like this drives others away and keeps the experts from replying. Who wants to ask a question only to insulted or attacked? This recent trend is very disappointing. Why in the world would anyone want to turn someone away from sharing in our passion for IH? If you dont have anything nice to say maybe it is better to say nothing at all. I know this post is probably inappropriate but thanks for listening...
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    Saw this this morning this is sums it up for me, have a good day
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    I posted this topic because I wanted to share to those who didn`t know about this GRAND undertaking of building this beautiful ark. It is certainly an act that took great ambition/funding/planning/permits and belief in God. Maybe someone will build a shrine for those who don`t believe in a higher power for the rest. Don`t turn this into a pi$$ing contest. If you aren`t on board with it`s purpose, go read another topic. God is good all the time.
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    Well, I haven't seen a good "look what followed me home" lately. I happened to me😁
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    A friend sent me this
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    Your DUCK IS DEAD A woman brought a very limp duck into a veterinary surgeon. As she laid her pet on the table, the vet pulled out his stethoscope and listened to the bird's chest. After a moment or two, the vet shook his head and sadly said, "I'm sorry, your duck, Cuddles, has passed away." The distressed woman wailed, "Are you sure?" "Yes, I am sure. Your duck is dead," replied the vet.. "How can you be so sure?" she protested.. "I mean you haven't done any testing on him or anything. He might just be in a coma or something." The vet rolled his eyes, turned around and left the room. He returned a few minutes later with a black Labrador Retriever. As the duck's owner looked on in amazement, the dog stood on his hind legs, put his front paws on the examination table and sniffed the duck from top to bottom. He then looked up at the vet with sad eyes and shook his head. The vet patted the dog on the head and took it out of the room. A few minutes later he returned with a cat. The cat jumped on the table and also delicately sniffed the bird from head to foot. The cat sat back on its haunches, shook its head, meowed softly and strolled out of the room. The vet looked at the woman and said, "I'm sorry, but as I said, this is most definitely, 100% certifiably, a dead duck." The vet turned to his computer terminal, hit a few keys and produced a bill, which he handed to the woman.. The duck's owner, still in shock, took the bill. "$1,500!" she cried,"$1,500 just to tell me my duck is dead!" The vet shrugged, "I'm sorry. If you had just taken my word for it, the bill would have been $20, but with the Lab Report and the Cat Scan, it's now $1,500."
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    Not intending to start debate here so please don't... It's funny...
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    Some words should not be abbreviated...
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    During lunch at work, I ate 3 plates of beans (which I know I shouldn't). When I got home, my husband seemed excited to see me and exclaimed delightedly, "Darling I have a surprise for dinner tonight." He then blindfolded me and led me to my chair at the dinner table. I took a seat and just as he was about to remove my blindfold, the telephone rang. He made me promise not to touch the blindfold until he returned and went to answer the call. The beans I had consumed were still affecting me and the pressure was becoming unbearable, so while my husband was out of the room I seized the opportunity, shifted my weight to one leg and let one go. It was not only loud, but it smelled like a fertilizer truck running over a skunk in front of a garbage dump! I took my napkin from my lap and fanned the air around me vigorously. Then, shifting to the other leg, I ripped off three more. The stink was worse than cooked cabbage. Keeping my ears carefully tuned to the conversation in the other room, I went on releasing atomic bombs like this for another few minutes. The pleasure was indescribable! Eventually the telephone farewells signaled the end of my freedom, so I quickly fanned the air a few more times with my napkin, placed it on my lap and folded my hands back on it feeling very relieved and pleased with myself. My face must have been the picture of innocence when my husband returned, apologizing for taking so long. He asked me if I had peaked through the blindfold, and I assured him I had not. At this point, he removed the blindfold, and twelve dinner guests seated around the table, with their hands to their noses, chorused, "Happy Birthday!" 🎂
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    Less farms, less families, less kids to carry on the tradition is part of it. When kids don't grow up in the farm environment, it is hard to get them to want in. It takes a parent, grandparent, good friend, etc. to introduce them to the way of life. A way of life that will fit some if it is introduced to them. I grew up on the farm and my son did not. I think a lot of what I knew at 20 and what he does. The growing up on the farm was a constant and continual learning process, as it is with any business. The other is the schools failing to teach our children properly. I will leave it at that as all know what I mean. Schools also are pushing kids to college who should not be there. The kids then get student loans and spend the parents money for a year or so and drop out. The kids then need to pay off the student loans on minimum wage pay. These kids are hit with reality at about 20 yoa. Guidance councilors need to be pushing Vo-Tech to some, vs college, because that is where the kids should be. Mike Rowe, from Dirty Jobs fame, is a strong advocate of Vo-Tech education and his feelings make perfect sense. A few short years ago there was a need for ditch diggers. Some of the kids fell into that area. Today, no one runs a shovel and all is done by hydraulics. These same ditch digger kids need Vo-Tech to get them up to speed to run that equipment. And when they do, they make very good money. Not all kids are college material and if they were, who would do the physical work? My guidance councilor spent maybe 15 seconds with me after he heard me say I was going to Vo-Tech. I wasn't going to college so he had no time for us. I went to Vo-Tech in 1973 for Diesel. The cost was about $250/semester. There was the head of the school, a secretary, a janitor and the rest were instructors. Pretty basic and an education was the goal. That same Vo-Tech is now many times bigger, has 215 employees, and is like a college environment with college costs. Many kids are complaining of the costs per credit hour and I can see why. Vo-Tech used to be a cheaper education because it deals only with the actual area that you want to study. The two years of general education is not required at Vo-Tech. But new support jobs keep getting added that do not produce results and only costs. When you have all these $50,000.00+/year jobs, who do not teach, the kids need to pay for those too. You can see why the costs are rising. What does a Director of Support Operations do? This school is growing like Washington government and the kids are paying the price. I understand why they are pi$$ed. I later went on and got a college degree. I am almost ashamed of that college degree but I am proud of the Vo-Tech Diesel degree. Vo-Tech taught me a useable skill. One I have used, almost daily, since graduation. Don't get me wrong, I do use the college degree but that is more like becoming a member of a fraternity. Once a member, you are in. Vo-Tech is also a stepping stone for kids of yesterday, and today. The costs need to be brought down. Get back to education in our local K-12 schools and Vo-Tech. Look at the child and help that child achieve the highest level the child wants and is capable of obtaining. It saddens me that we have to discuss our education system this way. Where did we go wrong and how do we correct it?
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    Was SO proud today when I saw this picture from our local No-kill animal shelter, Orphans of the Storm. I have seen this old dog named Shep on their flyers and FB ads for over 3 years. Shep`s owner had died years back and as an older dog, nobody wanted him. Shep didn`t deserve to die in a shelter and I asked MANY people to step up to no avail. Wife wasn`t on board with me to adopt old Shep either... sigh. Well, today I see Shep with his new forever home owners! It`s my nephew and his wife!! Emailed them how proud I was of them. Today is a GOOD DAY!