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  1. Not sure it was worth it in a few years it will rust out and be worth nothing
    6 points
  2. Gentlemen, I am overwhelmed by the thoughtful and supportive responses, thank you. The first driver was treated and kept overnight for observation. The second driver was flown out with a broken neck. Her passenger was flown out immediately on Life Flight. He reached his destination hospital where his many injuries were addressed. Latest word was all three should make a full recovery. The boy will have a tough road ahead but is positive. After a big event, we have a "hot wash" with all involved. We talk about things that we did right and things that we can improve on next time. I skipped it to at least make son's wedding rehearsal supper. I tend to put my volunteer duties ahead of everything else but this time was different. Over wedding Saturday and family reunion Sunday I got texts as well as talking to the Fire Chief about the progress of those involved in the accident. Each time good progress was being made. The good news helped me tremendously. The family of the sister and brother called to thank me and fill me in on progress also. I had a hard time talking to them at first. (Emotion). It got easier each time. I think we may be an anomaly with our VFD. We have a good supply of young men who continue to join our dept. They are respectful, listen and are willing to learn and work hard. One problem I had was people wanting to pass me. I'm driving 70 - 75, full lights and this out of state car kept trying to go around me. I had to wave my arm out the window to hold them back. I didn't want them speeding up on the scene and possibly turning a bad situation into a disaster. I had a line of traffic riding my ass all the way there. When you see an emergency vehicle with lights going, please be respectful, we know what is going on, you don't . Once again my hat is off to the EMT's and volunteers from the larger dept with the proper extrication tools. The spend countless hours training each year so they are prepared to assist in situations such as this. Also to the members of my dept who I am very proud of. And thanks to each and every one of you! I am humbled to be amongst such fine folks. Would be honored to have any one of you for my neighbor. It's been a long three days, I'm headed to bed? Jeff.
    6 points
  3. If past voluntary buy back programs are any indication it will be pennies on the dollar or a gift card to some big nationwide retailer that's involved for the tax write off. Also whats being proposed isn't people giving up their weapons or a "Buy back". It is "Give us your weapons or else." Once they (government) has the guns they don't need the voter's/citizens permission for anything else in the future. All the gun talk from politicians is saying "We're not going after the hunters, sport shooters, etc., etc. The founding fathers gave us that right that "Shall not be infringed" because they were worried about a tyrannical government. The politicians are careful to avoid speaking of the true purpose of the 2nd amendment. At this point the government already dictates in one form or another every aspect of someone's life and now slowly taking away the rights of the people to be self determining is next and then total control and domination will follow. The founding father's weren't stupid in how things were written and worded. And for the folks who says that the 2A was meant for muskets not AR's, AK's or anything else scary looking are willfully overlooking the fact that at the time the Constitution was written it was speaking about muskets which is exactly what the Army was armed with too. This isn't a gun issue, it's the break down of society not the scary black gun with a pistol grip.
    4 points
  4. It’s been something I have talked about for probably the last 20 years and I finally dug the poor thing out of the grainery this past winter and started tearing it apart. It’s been probably close to 30 years since I rode it the last time (I was probably 8 in the picture. I’m 38 now). Works out pretty good considering the next generation is coming in March of next year. They can ride the old man’s pedal tractor, but this time it stays indoors!
    3 points
  5. And in the end, anyone who wants to kill people still will. It's only the law abiding that actually are burdened. I am sorry for the situation in NZ.
    3 points
  6. No kidding I ask one of our female EMT's by text, to sex (sew) the hole shut in ambulance seat. Was I ever embarrassed.
    3 points
  7. Would have been better if the 45's and 47's ran the DTI817 instead of the DV800 IMO
    3 points
  8. The sun rose on a much better day for me today. You guys were a big part of that! Son married off, family reunion done. Blown Airbags on trailer fixed. Heck, even the calf that got snake bit on Saturday and head swolled up like a football, responded to treatment and looks real good today. My life is quieting back down. Prayers need to go out for the young man who is facing a long recovery. His sister who was driving and feeling responsible and the rest of their family. Thanks again guys, you are great!?
    3 points
  9. It's not just Beto, it's all of your candidates. It's part of the Democratic platform now.
    3 points
  10. I didn't know what to expect when I clicked on this thread. ?
    3 points
  11. There will be a revolt (at least here in the South) before confiscation of any kind happens. Really I think this just comes up around elections, just like reparations, government giveaways or any other hot button/idiotic issue. One big factor that has been discussed with people around me is we can't think of one sheriff's deputy that is going to go to someone's home to confiscate their guns and take the chance of what's going to happen for the 40k-50k they get paid. I figure they and their spouses will decide it's time for a career change first.
    3 points
  12. The 4366 and 4386 were good tractors in my opinion and if IH had went with a Cummins 855 in the 45 and 47 they probably would've sold twice as many as they did with that V8 550 which turned out to be total junk after a few thousand hours, but that's another IF and its just my opinion
    2 points
  13. Tried out the old sheller today that one of our landlords gave me , I did quite a bit of work to it last winter. It had been sitting for about 25 years thankfully inside. It cleans the corn as well as any new combine , it was fun but glad to get back into the 2588. Corn has dried down really quick with the heat and dry weather we have been having. Moisture went under 16% most of the afternoon.
    2 points
  14. This is Fergus. He’s 3 years old. Great Pyrenees. Just the sweetest dog and gentle as can be.
    2 points
  15. I have an 11 year old Great Pyrenees male. He’s really getting old quickly seems like lately. I’ve noticed even his bark is weaker. Sad to think of him getting old. He’s been such an awesome dog with such a great temperament. He’s helped raised our 4 children when they were outside. Smart breed for sure. (He eats Purina since he was a pup).
    2 points
  16. holy cow, my dog would be eating better than me at those prices - i have one, been through a ton of dogs over the years various reasons/age/deaths I vaccinate my own other than rabies, feed them purina, all have lived good lives, never had one with allergies, seizures, or wierd issues some people seem to have with their pets. All have been outdoor farm dogs/cats. Most have lived 10yrs plus other than a couple that got shot or ran over from their own foolishness. One case of distemper over the years. 4 cases of twisted stomach. One died of unknown causes. I spend 200 or less on dog food/yr. 8 Bucks on a booster shot and 40 on flea/tick stuff. So i guess mine get cheap care at 10 yrs less than 3000. My dogs have been the best alarm/security service ever ? they make lotsa noise when something is out side that is not supposed to be there.
    2 points
  17. Seriously Mike, you have a beautiful collection of firearms. It makes me hurt to think they could be ended by some very sick individuals. Your are preserving some very important historical pieces. You sir, are a true Patriot. I would stand side by side with you to protect you and yours.
    2 points
  18. Did you run a similar cost analysis on above mentioned wives????? ???
    2 points
  19. Jeff, This is eerie. At the same moment this was happening, I was at my local VFD. I was getting some one on one training on each apparatus from one of our "old guys". I didn't join the department for years in part because of my sister's experience, but I made it official last month. Anyway, he starts talking about a call, and it's the call that contributed to my sister leaving the department and messed up my life permanently to a small or large degree. One of my close friends was hit by a car and killed on Halloween night, 1996. She was 12 years old and was hit less than a mile from the fire station she was walking to, and she was a firefighter and ladies auxiliary member's daughter. A lot of guys had a rough time with it, and 23 years later on Saturday, he and I choked up (I actually cried) about it. My sister had such a rough time, she had to carry of a school picture of the girl with her at all times. Clearly he still struggles with it today. Like me, he said he still doesn't celebrate Halloween. He turns the lights off and stays in the house. It was comforting knowing I wasn't alone in that. I think you're in enormous company with the tough times handling tough calls. You're human. Handle it however you need to, so you can continue to be an asset to the community.
    2 points
  20. I fixed the spelling in the topic title. BJ
    2 points
  21. I thought maybe that was something needed when you pass a certain age!! ??‍♂️ My bad!!?
    2 points
  22. ...ditto !!!!........and I love American tools...............Just to qualify that statement...tools with USA stamped thereon....and made of good quality carbon steel Mike
    2 points
  23. Your wires on the gauge are contacting the mounting bracket. The terminals of gauge have insulators to keep them from contacting mounting bracket and you have wires installed incorrectly.
    2 points
  24. Seth is a Vermonter, but you have the right idea Dennis. We New Yorkers need a governor. Some New Yorkers need a speed limiter as well, but all New Yorkers need a better governor!!!
    2 points
  25. With all due respect, Atila, it’s not “most” Democrats (sensible people like you) that we on the right worry about, it’s the extreme ones that your party likes to elect to public office.
    2 points
  26. All my guns fell out when the canoe tipped over! Guess I'll protect myself and family with a pipe and the little ammo I have that fits the pipe.
    2 points
  27. Sandhiller, Thank you for sharing this account of service and compassion. Please take comfort in knowing that your story reminds us that despite the daily reports of greed, corruption, and malice towards others, people like you are making the world a better place. You make a difference.
    2 points
  28. Getting ready to go to my sons wedding rehearsal. Pager went off, two car accident 7 miles west. Left family, jumped in C4, lit it up and headed for accident. Two car head on, hill and curve. One car on the highway, one car beside it in the ditch. Never seen a head on where both cars came to rest so close to each other. 20 feet apart. Cannot imagine the violent impact. Some first responders on scene by the time I got there. I talked to the driver of one car. She was out and sitting in a chair. She seemed ok. Went to the next car, driver was out and crying. I got ahold of her and helped her into a chair. She looked at me and said "Jeff, how is my brother"? She was the girlfriend of one of my sons friends. It made this call personal. It hit me, I can't describe the feeling. I hugged her and let her cry. When she had calmed down some, I told her I needed to help her brother who was trapped in the car. I spelled an EMT holding the boys head. For an hour with our heads under a blanket to shield from glass and metal as they cut the roof, side pillar and pushed the dash panel off his legs to free him. I'm no EMT, all I could do was talk to him. Try to relax, concentrate on your breathing, slow it down. You're doing great. You got the best people in the world getting you out of this. I talked to him for a solid hour I was told as I tried to keep him from moving. I think he heard me as he responded to my talk. He tried to move his head and arms but had no strength. Twice he had the death rattle. (Anyone who has watched a calf die, knows what this is). I feel I talked him back, while they were working to free him. Got the side of the car cut away and the back of the seat removed, backboard in position and finally got him out. Life Flight met the Rescue Unit and flew him out. Talked to EMT said they almost lost him on the way but got him on the chopper alive. This kid was busted up bad. I know I'm not supposed to talk about this stuff, not my first bad accident, fatalities, seen em. But when that little girl looked up at me and called me by name, I melted. I don't have what it takes. You EMT's are true professionals, I'm a dumb rancher on a volunteer fire department. We put out grass fires. But we answer every emergency call no matter what. Thank God for the responders that came from 4 towns, 50 miles away. Better extrication tools than we had and a top notch Rescue Unit. We pulled the one car off the road and hosed it clean do they could let traffic move again. Wife waited for me and we made it to the rehearsal dinner but this one will be with me for a little while. You men and women who are EMT's, I could never come close to carrying your water. Thank you for all you do and May God bless each and every one of you.
    1 point
  29. I been around 4 St. Bernard's, first one, Mack, when I was about 5 or 6, then George when I was about 16, then Pepsi when I was 35 or 36. Think all died around 10 years old. Mack & George were males, Pepsi was female. Mack probably suffered a heart attack one night, hot humid day, in the 90's, after chores he was panting, couldn't catch his breath, slobbering bad, tongue was blue, was getting water from the stock tank. Next morning he was a little slower than normal but getting back to normal. He didn't follow us to the hog pasture anymore. Have a shih-tzu now, little 10-1/2# 8, almost 9 year old female. Compared to the way the St. Bernard's ate, I don't think the shih-tzu will eat $18,000 worth of food, but her vet Bill's might get her close, she's prone to ear infections, and she gets $56 Spa days every 4 weeks, shampoo, blow dry, haircut, toe nail trim, so that's $728/year. Small dog lives longer, expected 16-20 years.
    1 point
  30. Finally got loaded about noon today. One thing about loading in Montana, your on ranch time out there. We were told to be ready at 7:30 am. The buyer showed up at 8:45, half hour drive to the ranch, then wait another 2 hours while they sort and weigh the cattle. Gets a little frustrating sometimes when I have a 700 mile drive ahead of me and they have known what day we were loading for at least a week. Oh, well. I did take some pictures. These two boys had to check us out as we were leaving.
    1 point
  31. 4586 and 4786 ran DV800s not DV550s. They were in the 14 and 1568s. Just thought I'd correct that.
    1 point
  32. 40 years is a long time when you’ve just bought a farm staring at a land loan 40 years goes by fast with a good woman almost 29 here congratulations
    1 point
  33. Just an idea but take pictures and measurements of all labels and writing so if it looks like it will rust out you can restore it. Just thinking out loud. Wish I could come across things like that.
    1 point
  34. Pete is right , the bracket is shorting the wires to ground with no plastic insulators on the posts.
    1 point
  35. Internal short to ground in switch is indicated.
    1 point
  36. Giant 10lb freshwater drum while dae was down. Little one on the ol dock demon. Some wiper. Carp. Big ugly bullheads.
    1 point
  37. Check push button , with VOM for continuity with button pushed in and released . Should only have continuity when completely pushed in .
    1 point
  38. I'll fight! The Steigers would be a premium charge
    1 point
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  40. Do I need to load you on the trailer and haul you down too?
    1 point
  41. Thanks for being willing to put yourself out for others. Don't know about other parts of the country but fire fighting has become only a small part of what fire department does here. Think they quate 2/3 to 3/4 of calls are medical related. Must of been 20 years ago talking to a almost 90 year old landlord and he just faded away. There were 3 of us talking and other fellow grabbed a arm as I did and let him down on the ground even though it was 45 degrees or so. Called for help knowing we were 30 minutes from a ambulance. In 5 minutes we had a 30 year veteran of Cal Fire that had been checking the seasonal fire station about 3 miles away. He was not really more prepared to deal with this than we were even though he had oxygen bottle and a bag full of first aid supplies. But before the CDF veteran could really do much a county fire volunteer drove up. He being on the young side jumped right in and the you could just see the veteran relaxe. The older guy had started before they expected a average fireman to be almost a EMT as well. The volunteer being white male was no doubt wanting a full time job with the state or a city fire department and knew he had to do all the rest and prove he was better than the average as every minority would be ahead of him. Doctors at the hospital never had a explanation of what happened but said not a heart attack or stroke,and he didn't have another episode. From what you share Jeff I would guess you did not join to be a EMT. But the job has changed and your still willing to serve because out in the country there are not many to help. Will be upholding you in prayer. If talking here gives you relieve I for one any willing to read it here.
    1 point
  42. Our farm insurance guy is same age as my brother. He and some of the other guys his age retired from volunteer fire for the same thing. He said his kids are old enough to drive and eventually they would be called to scene and prayers to family and god bless you.
    1 point
  43. Having been in like conditions I understand what your'e saying, none the less prayers for you an all involved as you work thru this. I am with VT that when you are on a local small dept. stakes are pretty high that you will know the person (s) involved.
    1 point
  44. Kind selfless act on your part sandhiller. Can`t imagine the tension and helplessness you felt. You can sit at my fire anytime. Man I hope that boy is going to be ok.
    1 point
  45. Talk all ya want jeff. We are here to listen and lend support. God bless you and prayers for all involved especially the young man.
    1 point
  46. A certain Rodeo Company who will remain nameless had its K900 and pot pulled over in Texas back in the '80's. The ticket was for 130 mph. Loaded. No,I wasn't driving. "He doesn't have a CDL 'cause he can't drive the truck. He doesn't have a CDL 'cause he WON'T drive the truck": Aunt Sister
    1 point
  47. Yes but he's in Ohio. And it's rust free so tack on $1200.00 for the not having to ship it in from Colorado.
    1 point
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