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  1. I looked into buying frac sand for our airport since it is a dried material. Very fine stuff, way too small for winter road sand (and airport sand which is on the finer side)
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    OT: RE: Great depression/old people stories.

    My dad was born in 1919, the middle son, one brother 10 years older and 1 10 years younger with 4 sisters scattered in between the boys. His dad, my grandfather, died of a heart attack in 1929, leaving my grand mother with 7 kids from 1 to 20. He had owned and operated a one man neighborhood grocery store in the city. They owned 3 lots on the out skirts of town and had a big garden. The 2 older girls went to work in a grocery closer to home owned by a friend of my grandfather and the 2 older boys, my dad being one of them, went to work in the chicken slaughter house across the street. Even with the 4 working my grandmother couldn't afford the taxes during the depths of the depression so the slaughter house owned paid her taxes. My dad thought very highly of "Sam" till the day my dad passed away in 1982. My dad refused to eat chicken as long as he lived lol. He told about at the age of 14 of working all day then getting up 2 in the morning to drive the company truck to the market in Elkhart IN, about 100 miles away, while Sam was sleeping in the passenger seat. These were not today's roads, but the 1920s when the first decent roads were being constructed. Today I don't know why they took the slaughtered chickens that far. When I was growing up, we lived 2 doors from Grandma. My job everyday was to take our dog for a walk and stop by grandma and make sure she was ok. She received $40 a month SS and rented the upstairs to a retired widower for $60. To give her a little more spending money, the brothers and sisters bought a loaf of homemade white bread for a $1 on Saturday night. My dad absolutely refused to buy one. He said I ate that growing up, no more, now I'm buying bread (Butternut white bread) from a bakery. So Grandma would make sure there was a little extra dough and make me a small loaf of bread . During the week, there was always a molasses cookie in the bread box for me. The dog got her table scraps. Needless to say I was close to her. So was the dog. When she moved to the nursing home there was no reason for me to stop at her house. The dog (a Norwegian Elkhound) would put the brakes on and I'd literally have to pull him all the rest of the way home.
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    Trucking Stories

    Here's my best story It's been 30+ years since my BIL got married but I still remember the incident well. I'm driving the speed limit SB I-75 south of I-275 about 20 miles north of Cinncy. Friday night rush hour but fortunately we're going inbound. We're on the way to the rehearsal dinner, wife in the passenger seat, FIL and MIL in the back. Now FIL has vision issues and can't see well. MIL is a bit prudish. A Lincoln passes me and I can't figure what's on the roof. The light bulb goes on and that's a foot sticking out of a sun roof. They get off the next exit, so do we. The exit has a dual left at a light. Lincoln is in the left dual left,. I pull up in the right dual left. Sure enough, a naked leg with the foot out of the sun roof. As I am trying to get a better look, the light changes and off we go. Lincoln in the left lane, me in the right trying to get along side. Speed limit 45 and we going 50-55. Just enough traffic I can't get alongside. Wife is upset I'm driving so fast, MIL thinks I'm a pervert, FIL doesn't know what to think.I'm saying, lets follow them, my wife is upset at my speed and now it's "stop this, we'll be late for the dinner". The restaurant is on the same road coming up fast so I uttered the 2 most important words a husband needs to know "yes dear" and gave up the chase. 😧 I was on a bridge project one time standing next to the barrier wall. Traffic is moving about 25. The crew a couple 100 feet away start waving and pointing at a Mustang convertible with the top down. Sure enough, some young thing is naked from the waist down. Nowadays the cars are traveling so fast in the right lane, I can't see much at 65 in the right lane with my LTL 9000
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    Dumb stuff that cost money

    2 spine fusions requiring a 4 day hospital stay each time. 2016 The hospital bill alone each time $94-95,000. Total bills paid by the insurance company around $250,000 with their negotiated discount
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    bulk tank

    I purchased a 400 gallon bulk tank for a tourist RR here in MI. The fire code required green for diesel and red for gasoline w/o labels. I designed a fuel facility for a municipal operation. The 18,000 diesel and 6,000 gasoline tanks were white but had the product in good side letters on the sides.
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    Shop planning websites?

    I'm an old school civil engineer. I can use Cad to look at plans but not to draw. I laid out 2 equipment storage buildings for our operation in the last 2 years. (County highway dept) 1 - 6000 sq ft and 1 - 9000 sq ft. Used old fashioned grid paper and grid paper shapes of all the equipment we wanted to store. Real easy to move the pieces on paper
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    life in our corner

    My oldest, a girl didn't even say "by mom, see you later". The school bus door opened and she was on like a shot. My wife told her to stand on the steps for a picture, nope, that didn't happen lol. She did wave to mom as the bus drove off. Yes time fly's, it was 31 years ago, sure doesn't seem like it. She got married 2 months ago. Posted a picture on FB of me walking down the aisle with her. The caption said "I may now be a married woman, but I'll always be dad's little girl" and that she will be.
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    Am I in trouble......

    I worked with a local concrete company. For years they had an all black road crew. Curbs, side walks, even small paving jobs. The black supervisor back in the 80's made me uncomfortable with him using the "n" word dressing down his employees. Now days, don't hear the "n" word, it's the "f" word. The concrete crews today are all Hispanic. I don't speak Spanish so I don't know what deragorty word they direct at me, the engineer on the job.
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    So ya think you can run a bobcat?

    My claim to fame on a skid steer on a RR maintenance project was I high centered it on a stump in the weeds . Easy to do you say. Easy to get off, right? I can't get it off using the bucket. So the regular operator says let me on it, I'll get it off. Nope, he can't either. Tried various things, blocks (old ties), nope just rocks on the stump. Finally had to get the work train to pull up and with a chain pull it off the stump. I believe that was my last time on one, lol. It had foot and hand controls, I just couldn't get my hands and feet to work together. Put my 14 year old one and off he went like he's been running one for years.
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    When your wife has a night out

    One of my co-workers who used to work at one of the local golf courses tells about the manager getting it on with one of the summer help on the 9th hole green. Said you could see it in the morning dew lol. Must of all worked out of , they are still married today
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    So yesterday I got an appointment for 11:30 this morning. The email confirmation said arrive 5 minutes early, no need to check in, just wait for the last 4 numbers of the cell phone to be called. I arrived 8 minutes early, sure enough there were my cell numbers are showing an 8 minute wait for my appointment The left hand side said 1hr 50 minute wait with 48 people in line. Right on time, my number is called to window #5. The lady says, oh you want to renew a cdl, you need to fill out these 2 forms, (the forms you fill out for the initial cdl) , use the counter over there and bring them back to me. She comments, if I had done the check in, the person would have given me the 2 forms to fill out. I fill them out and take them back to her. Now she asks for my license. Oh you have an enhanced dl, you need to fill out the blue form, not the white form for a regular cdl. She let me fill that one out while she renewed the 2 vehicle plates. Even with that, I was back in my car in 25 minutes with 2 plates and my temporary license (until my new one comes in the mail). Not too shabby, 25 minutes including filling out more paperwork. A lot better than the 1hr 40 to 1hour 50 minute wait for the 40-48 people in line.
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    I have to renew my enhanced CDL next week. Michigan lets you get an appointment on line. Wasn't available 6 years ago so I've never tried it before so I'll see how that goes.
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    Iowa DOT portable scales

    I had a long chat with our local DOT guy before I bought my 87 Ford LTL9000. (They work from home, he can't have his rig at his condo so he works from our yard:) ). I didn't want any surprises since I was going to own it personally not thru a company. One of my concerns was a roadside inspection w/ a old truck. His advice was to as he said "keep it shiny. We're not out looking for the hobby guys, they generally take good care of their stuff. We looking for the guys running unsafe stuff." He also advised to keep the paperwork in order, more for going out of state than in MI. We have a "local" trucking guy that has changed names at least a half dozen times. Gets a horrid DOT record for all kinds of violations, log books, out of service etc and closes the door only to pop up, new name, same location. One look at his rigs would make your enforcement radar go off. I'm not being prejudiced but his drivers have a hard time speaking English. One of the local tv stations interviewed him, (he was dumb enough to let them in ) his English wasn't very good either.
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    Life in Alaska

    My mother's cousin and her husband moved there back in 1959 with the "59 ers" from Michigan that moved there and homesteaded. Probably lived there 30+ years until they retire to - get this - to Hawaii :). So I have 2nd cousins in the Anchorage area.
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    Wife farming money! 😃

    Don't take me wrong guys (and gals). I wasn't suggesting to do things w/o the spouse knowing it. I bought all the stuff listed on the bottom of my posts with my brides permission. We discuss all significant purchases and decisions and have to agree to move forward. It must work, we will be married 43 years this year. :). She knew how much the plates cost (ouch for a hobby truck). I just didn't remind her FWIW, she has never ridden in the truck. Followed me many times but has never been in it. My daughter on the other hand has gone with dad many times. Once to Minneapolis across WI 29 (if you know that road )> The truck has a Hendrickson spring suspension. Not the nicest riding truck on a rough road.