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About bob_carr

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  1. bob_carr

    Let my Farmall M go after 23 years

    That is a good-looker, and it is nice to read it will be in good hands.
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    Happy Birthday

    Thank you for the birthday greetings. We spent part of the day helping neighbors with flood recovery, but found time for ice cream and Cubs baseball.
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    whats worse wind chill or cold temps?

    Hard to say. Cold numbs my fingers, wind numbs my face. This season it seems like both wind chills and bitter cold are in each day's forecast. Maybe a break coming this weekend, at least for a couple days.
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    H hauling wood in the snow

    Nice photo. We hauled wood with an H and a New Idea manure spreader in the 1960s.
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    flu fires always in the back of my mind

    That's about right - at the same moisture content pound for pound BTU value is the same whether Oak or Aspen. I cut and sold osage orange while a forestry student years ago. It would produce good heat when green, but when dry would warp the doors on some stoves. The local Sears stores advised buyers not to burn it.
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    7-below here this morning, and Houghton looks to be the warm spot in the Upper Peninsula. Lake effect snow is over for a day or two. It's been 24-7 snow for the past week. So far no freeze-ups or hard starting, just cold fingers and lots of snow to move.
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    Asking for prayers, held out as long as I could

    Take care of yourself during this period. Tests, consultation, and treatment can drain your energy. It is encouraging to read the cancer was caught early. Cancer treatment has advanced so much in recent years. Even the more aggressive cancers respond to treatment when caught early. Please know you are in our thoughts.
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    Corn Picking with the 14P and Farmall H

    Great pictures, with a nice farmstead in the background. Took me back a few years.
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    Deer season opens today...

    Good luck on the hunt. Traditional firearm season runs from November 15 through November 30 here. It's a great time of the year as deer camps come to life and friends reunite for a couple weeks.
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    Unusual Phobias or fears

    I can't take the thought of general anesthesia, or even the twilight option. So far I've been able to avoid it, undergoing colonoscopies and other procedures without meds. I figure one of these days I willl have to give in. Not too crazy about public speaking either, but have found that preparation and practice get me through. Snakes bug me too. Working in the woods marking timber, I've stepped on a few snakes while I was walking with my attention on the crowns of trees. I gave most of 'em a mark of bright paint, hoping that would make them stand out the next time. More than once I spotted them on return trips for cruising or sale administration. I
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    Sad Day , Got to put German Short Hair Pointer Down

    It is the final act of kindness we can give our pets. Nevertheless, it is so hard to part with our companions. May the memories of your time together bring you comfort from the pain of your loss.
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    Veteran day

    A few years ago, I posted the words below from Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, a chaplain with the First Marine Division. They never cease to move me. Also, a link to a photo composite I made in 2007 as part of the annual ceremony honoring veterans at the Forest Service office in Milwaukee. Remember November 11th is Veterans Day--Some Thoughts by Father Dennis Edward O'Brien Chaplain, 1st Marine Division Some veterans bear visible signs of their service: a missing limb, a jagged scar, a certain look in the eye. Others may carry the evidence inside them: a pin holding a bone together, a piece of shrapnel in the leg - or perhaps another sort of inner steel: the soul's ally forged in the refinery of adversity. Except in parades, however, the men and women who have kept America safe wear no badge or emblem. You can't tell a vet just by looking. What is a vet? He is the cop on the beat who spent six months in Saudi Arabia sweating two gallons a day making sure the armored personnel carriers didn't run out of fuel. He is the barroom loudmouth, dumber than five wooden planks, whose overgrown frat-boy behavior is outweighed a hundred times in the cosmic scales by four hours of exquisite bravery near the 38th parallel. She - or he - is the nurse who fought against futility and went to sleep sobbing every night for two solid years in Da Nang. He is the POW who went away one person and came back another - or didn't come back AT ALL. He is the Quantico drill instructor who has never seen combat - but has saved countless lives by turning slouchy, no-account rednecks and gang members into Marines, and teaching them to watch each other's backs. He is the parade - riding Legionnaire who pins on his ribbons and medals with a prosthetic hand. He is the career quartermaster who watches the ribbons and medals pass him by. He is the three anonymous heroes in The Tomb Of The Unknowns, whose presence at the Arlington National Cemetery must forever preserve the memory of all the anonymous heroes whose valor dies unrecognized with them on the battlefield or in the ocean's sunless deep. He is the old guy bagging groceries at the supermarket - palsied now and aggravatingly slow - who helped liberate a Nazi death camp and who wishes all day long that his wife were still alive to hold him when the nightmares come. He is an ordinary and yet an extraordinary human being - a person who offered some of his life's most vital years in the service of his country, and who sacrificed his ambitions so others would not have to sacrifice theirs. He is a soldier and a savior and a sword against the darkness, and he is nothing more than the finest, greatest testimony on behalf of the finest,greatest nation ever known. So remember, each time you see someone who has served our country, just lean over and say Thank You. That's all most people need, and in most cases it will mean more than any medals they could have been awarded or were awarded. Two little words that mean a lot, "THANK YOU".
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    Bergdahl court martial acquital

    I served and am not insulted by the verdict. As much as I regret there were casualties in the search and rescue, I can accept the findings of the military court, understanding that our knowledge of all the events is affected by the news coverage and political backlash it provoked. Perhaps the military court had access to facts not shared with the public. From the limited transcripts I have read, even the Army seemed divided on the appropriate punishment. Are you certain he defected? It was my understanding that he was captured after leaving the camp. Spending six years with the Taliban, while short of standing before a firing squad, will probably affect him forever. Regardless, I don't think he should receive back pay. Thank you for your service.
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    Rantoul HCOP pics and videos

    This is a nice group of photos. Thank you for sharing. I miss farm country.
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    Tractor show

    Great photos. Thank you for sharing.