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  1. No jet trails in the sky for several days was an odd thing. Major League Baseball suspended games for a week or more. I am a White Sox fan... I remember that they had just flown in on either 9/10 or 9/11 to NY to begin a series with the Yankees, however, obviously it was postponed. I remember reading that they finally returned home via charter bus. I was at the first game when play resumed... ironically at home vs. the Yankees. It was quite an emotional night... PD, FD, and armed services were all honored, giant flag on the field for the National Anthem, and this began the custom of singing God Bless America in the 7th inning. I also remember the virtual 24 hour news cycle across all of television. Some "entertainment" type networks switched to simulcasting CNN, and I remember a few totally signed off for several days, (seems like stations like TV Land and/ or Comedy Central did this), stating something to the effect that their programming would return when the time felt right. I remember after a several day hiatus, the late night show hosts returned; I especially remember David Letterman's return, with a moving interview of then NYC mayor Rudy Guilani. These are minor details, and very insignificant compared to those who experienced personal loss and tragedy at that time, but they are a few of the things I remember.
  2. I was one of 4 or 5 guys on a construction site. At coffee break time, I listened to a voicemail from a friend of mine saying "if you are anywhere near a tv, turn it on", and of course, we weren't, so I turned on WGN radio in the truck. We all sat and listened for an extended break time before we did what we had to do and got back to work. Of course, that evening and many afterwards, I was glued to the tv news. It's kind of hard to describe the feelings of that time to anyone not born yet, or too young to remember. At least for me, it was a feeling of wondering if there were another shoe ready to drop (I remember here in the midwest, many wondered if something like the Sears Tower in Chicago may be a target); extreme sadness in thinking about all those lives lost, whether innocent bystanders on those planes or in the buildings, emergency personnel running TOWARD the danger, or the brave passengers who rushed the cockpit over PA; and extreme fury toward those who would do such a thing to innocent people.
  3. Saw that this topic came back up to the top, so I figured I'd share a picture I took when I saw Big Boy at Rochelle, IL on 7/30. Crowd was huge, so I never got right up next to it, but it was very impressive nonetheless. Funny part is, the day before this, I flew home from a week long vacation in San Diego... the highlight of that trip to me was seeing the USS Midway, which is now a floating museum there. Completed in 1944, the Midway is a contemporary of Big Boy, both are a testament to a great time in American history.
  4. I took apart the char-lynn motor used in the power steering system on my M-TA, and evidently didn't pay enough attention during disassembly...I'm just a little stumped by this little "drive shaft" that is pictured. One end engages the star inside the motor, and the other side engages the stub shaft that connects to the steering shaft. The "gear ends" are the same size in that it would fit either way around, but the thickness of the "gears" is different. Trying to recall, I kind of want to say that the thicker side goes toward the output shaft, but I'm not sure. Would anyone out there know which way around this goes, or if it really matters much? Thanks.
  5. For you guys that go on multiple days... what would you say is normally the single best day to be there? As I said above, my dad and I are planning on going Friday... that was the day we went 2 years ago, and it seemed to be a good day to be there. Figured it gave everyone a day to get there and set up, but was before many would be leaving. But, even after only one day, there was a lot of crops picked and ground worked (I do know they roll it and work it again, though.) Anyway, figuring on Friday, but we are flexible (unfortunately, a one day trip is the only option), just wanted to hear opinions on Thursday. Either way, in my opinion, HCOP is the greatest tractor show out there, and I know that I will already be looking forward to 2021 by the time we are headed home next week!
  6. "Just like a library burning to the ground".... what an eloquent way to state what is such a truth in life. No matter how much we try to soak in from those older and wiser than us, there is still so much lost when they pass. I have several books by Mr. Wendel, as well, I can only imagine how many hundreds of times I leafed through the pages of "150 Years of International Harvester"
  7. 2000 Sandwich, IL 2002 Penfield, IL 2004 (?) Mt. Pleasant, IA 2006 Mansfield, OH 2008 Columbia, MO 2009 Madison, WI 2010 LaPorte, IN 2011 Albert Lea, MN 2012 DuQuoin, IL 2013 Lima, OH I was on a bit of a hot streak there for a while, but have really fallen off the last few years... I really need to get back, I have enjoyed each and every one, and also enjoy trying to see a few local sights along the way
  8. Several years ago, there was a clown here running for county board. One of the things he was running on was that the "urban" parts of the county (his words... that was a joke in itself) were paying an unreasonable amount of property taxes, and that farmland owners needed to contribute more. I don't know how the figures actually worked out, but my thought was "what do our taxes pay for?" Biggest chunk by far is schools, rest goes for roads, police, fire, library, county administration, etc. Now take 400 acres of farm ground vs. 400 acres of subdivision... which will put more kids in the school? More cars on the road? More potential need for a policeman, ambulance, or firetruck? More calls from angry residents complaining that THEIR road is snowplowed by 5:30 am? I think, if anything, the farm owners are contributing much more than their fair share. Unfortunately, that 400 acres of subdivision also holds many more votes than 400 acres of farm ground.
  9. Used to be that nearly every town around here had a local, independent lumberyard; they're all gone now. Off the top of my head, I can't even think of the nearest one now. Much like a lot of other places, I suppose. We do have a Home Depot, Lowe's, and 2 Menards within about 25- 30 minutes from home, though, so I guess we're better off than some places, but I miss the quality and convenience of the locals.
  10. I'm a day late, but thank you for the birthday wishes! I've always felt that I was very fortunate to have been born on the 4th of July... I think it's about the best possible day for a birthday... no school as a kid, no work as an adult, fireworks, cookouts, and sharing a birthday with our country... Couldn't ask for more!
  11. Ooof... that's a depressing thought, and I sure hope you're wrong! I haven't been able to attend for the last couple years, and unfortunately, that trend is continuing this year. I have attended several RPRU'shows over the years, however in IL, IA, WI, MO, IN, and OH and have enjoyed each of them immensely. Also usually try to take advantage of a little local sightseeing of some sort along the way. Hopefully there is a long, bright future still ahead for RPRU
  12. Lots of places you can take a leak in your front yard, but there is only one house that was your great grandparents. Family farms and family history are very important, and once that farm is gone, it's probably for good. I'm in a spot about like you, Sledgehammer... in IL, and a little too close to suburbia for my tastes, but I hope the only way they ever drag me off this place is with a hearse
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