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  1. I see on Craigslist there are some "Red Semiangus" heifers for sale. I'm guessing they are Simiangus cross heifers, but who knows.
  2. For the fruit growers here........ 1.) Do you use netting on your cherry trees? The birds don't seem to want to share. 2.) Do you net the entire canopy? ie....drape it completely over and tie to the trunk so birds can't get under it. 3.) Do you fertilize your fruit trees? 4.) If you fertilize, do you us a granular or a foliar spray? Thanks
  3. The point I was making is that it seems that 90% of the handicapped spots are used by some woman who pulls in with her rusted out hulk of a toyota, unloads her 7 kids and trots off to the store puffing on her cigarette. I don't use mine as much as I could. Pride and/or ego mostly. But I'll admit that when the wind is blowing out of the north and the parking lot is solid ice with the temp in single digits, it does come in handy. Dis-claimer: The part of Iowa I was referring to is kind of an Iowa joke. Just imagine you are facing the south end of a north facing donkey. But having said that, the city itself has a wealth of American history, much of the population is...well, never mind.
  4. Having only one good eye and one good leg, After my last eye surgery I got a handicap permit a few years ago. I have since found that the handicapped spots in Council Bluffs are reserved for "chain smoking, spandex wearing, toothless beauties" ( I probably should include "welfare collecting") Only Art will understand this.
  5. My shop radio and my cordless tool chargers do not play nice together. They are both on the same circuit. The building is covered with metal. FM isn't to bad but my "classic country/farm news" AM station has issues. Help me please because the only thing on the country FM station is some country rap sheept that is an insult to the great country singers to even call that crap country music. This isn't meant to be a music rant, I just want to be able to listen to my radio.
  6. Years ago when I was doing work for some defense contractors I somehow got shipped off to DC to listen to a bunch of Georgetown lawyers explain why I should always use terms like "could" or "can" and NEVER use terms like "would" or "will". The session had absolutely nothing to do with what I was doing, but it was interesting and gave some insight into legal speak. I still think about that sometimes when dealing with legal stuff.
  7. To the Craigslist sellers.......... It's a corn stalk not a stock. And it's a hay bale not a bail.
  8. Some things are priced to make "break even" at best. A good example is that $5.00 fast food meal. All the money is made on the drink not the burger. That $1.89 'small' drink actually costs about 18 cents total. We used to figure that the ice and the glass cost more than the Pepsi/Coke syrup that goes in it.
  9. Never drove a cabover. Always was told they were rough riding no matter what kind of air seat. If there is a wreck, you are the first to know it, but I have always liked the looks of the old cabovers.
  10. As a young sprout, on the rare occasion we went to town and bought gas while we were there, the two guys at the Standard station would come out to greet you. Ed would wash ALL the windows and Walt (I think was his name) would pump gas and check tires and oil. I was to young to pay attention, but I'm guessing gas was a dime or less. (I have a receipt from 1950, farm gas was 8 cents.)
  11. Seems the local meth heads have found something to steal besides Anhydrous ... they have switched to Diesel. Was listening to the local radio yesterday and they said farmers are reporting diesel being stolen out of tractors and portable fuel tanks. Construction guy reported a 500 gallon support tank stolen while he was dozing. I guess he was out in the field building a pond and when he got back to the field entrance his support tank was gone. Said he didn't mind so much that they stole the tank and trailer, but he had just filled it. Ouch. Then just this morning the Omaha TV station was talking to people who had gasoline stolen from their cars parked in the driveway overnight. They said thieves would just punch a hole in the gas tank and drain the tank. And to make matters worse they said that the dealers were having trouble getting replacement tanks. On backorder. What the he** is happening out there.
  12. Local yard carries Anderson. That's probably who I will go with. I was just wanting some price comparisons. My mistake. The bazzturds started calling already this morning again. If it says "get a quote", do not hit the enter key.
  13. I'm installing them myself. As long as I still can, nobody uses a hammer/saw/drill etc. on my house but me. I built it, I can fix it. I'm still in the "it's on my summer projects list" mode. So I was just wanting some starting point prices. It was 97 degrees here so I figured I'd do this where it was cool. Should have stayed outside in the heat.
  14. I'm planning on replacing/upgrading some home windows this summer. Instead of running over to my local lumber yard, I got on the "net" (first mistake). I thought I would just compare some prices and do some 'window shopping' so to speak. I got on a manufactures web site (not sharing the name), entered my information, pressed enter for my free quote. AND........ within seconds and I do mean seconds, I immediately get a call from some guy in India (I assume) who is asking about my windows and telling me they have sold many in my area. I asked for some references.....sorry, we can't give that information. The next thing he heard was my click. Then......for the next hour and a half, my phone was ringing with phone numbers from all over the USA. I should have just driven over to the lumber yard......! Now I know.
  15. The good/bad/ugly.... please?
  16. Let me add a couple cents worth and probably repeat what others have said. But first let me add that I have considered doing some myself. I save samples of oak flooring every chance I get just to look at different styles. Even have some that are said to be sometime after the civil war. First step is to get it dry enough to work. Not sure your climate, but in western Iowa, if you don't kiln dry it and expect to air dry on its own, expect 5 years minimum. It needs to be dry dry. Almost dry is not good enough. Anything over 10% moisture will move. I've seen warped floors, and that is firewood. It can't be fixed. Tools.... unless you are just doing a closet floor, your are going to wear out several of the big box store stuff before you ever get done. If you use a router, you will need a 3+ hp. at $350 a pop minimum. (assuming you can get by without burning one up) Tongue and groove router bits are not the same as T&G flooring bits. $200 and you will need a handful. If you plan on doing a bunch, your should get a shaper instead. $1500 should get you a starter. Planer....don't even consider the $5-600 dollar home version. A commercial planer will be $2000 on up. Oh, I forgot the jointer. Again commercial quality......four figures. The bottom line with my doom and gloom, is what has been mentioned before.....every piece has to be the same. That $500 Dewalt planer is a very good machine but not good enough for a large production run. Believe me, your hand or your foot can feel the uneveness of a few thousandths. I'll get beat up and told that you can do it for less with less. Yes you can. Just giving my 2 cents. Wood...... oak is the way to go. (gonna get beat up again) If I were using ash, I'd go no wider than 1 1/2" planks. You can use any wood for flooring. Heck you could use Cottonwood if you want to. Oak is stable both laterally and longitudinal. I always think that history is the best teacher. Ask yourself .....why have people been using oak for flooring for a couple hundred years. In my part of the world, oak is scarce but ash grows wild. I have never seen a wood floor here other than oak. Though there are some really pretty woods that I bet would make gorgeous floors. Ok, you asked for opinions and I gave mine, And it didn't cost a thing.
  17. My nemesis Mr. Murphy that is.....I wondered where he had been keeping himself. I hadn't seen any of his handiwork for a while. I'm building a Murphy bed / built in nightstands / with added storage above / lights and outlets built into the nightstand cubbies. The whole thing is 10' wide and 8' tall. Since it goes in an upstairs bedroom and the stairs are tricky I had to build it in sections and then assemble it after I got it up the stairs. So far so good. Actually I have been patting myself every chance I get because it is going together perfectly. Everything fits and lines up without any tweeking. Only thing left is the doors for the storage and the drawers for the night stands. I carefully measured everything so that I could do an assembly line build of the doors. The doors were all stained, panels fitted, hardware installed, and ready to hang. Well, I finished them up today, loaded them up and off I went. Figured I'd install the doors (6 of them) and build the drawers next week. As I was carrying them up the stair I was telling myself how good I am. It's hard to pat your back and carry 6 doors at the same time, but I managed. WHAT THE F' !!!!! They are all 3 inches to short. I even double and triple measured them. There were young children in the house so I had to wait until I was in the truck before I could release the expletives. (some of which I invented on the spot) I threw them (literally) into the truck, apologized for the mistake and headed back to the shop. The truck hadn't even turned its last revolution before I was digging up the cut list. That SNEAKY BAZZTRD must have come in late at night or sometime and changed all the 39" cuts to 36". Sure enough right there on the cut list it said 36". He's pretty darned good because you couldn't tell where he erased the 9 and put a 6. Anyone looking at it would say that it was a 6 all along. Damn he pizzes me off. If any of you guys happen to see him lurking anywhere, feel free to take 1/2" breaker bar to him for me. I put the doors in my pile of other things that he has had his hands in. I always said either I had some expensive fire wood, or. maybe someday I'd take all those misfit parts and build a shop cabinet with them but it would probably end up looking like the car that Johnny Cash built. Oh well. I'm sure that one of these days when I least want him to, Mr. Murphy will pay me another visit. I seem to be one of his better friends.
  18. I agree with Bitty. You only get a chance to save it once. If I was ever lucky enough to find dads 560G, I'd grab it no matter the condition.
  19. You are kind of between a rock and a hard place. Even though we AI'd everything, you still need a cleanup bull. But AI has it's own set of issues. Timing for example. Even though technology has come a long ways you still need to keep your eyes open and watch your cows. Take a class and learn to do it yourself. Though it takes experience to be consistent and 9 cows is hard to do. Maybe you could do it for other small producers in your area. My vote is AI, second is the good bull.
  20. Where's those fish pictures?
  21. I'm sure I would have come home with a load of stuff that I couldn't live without.
  22. Both the East and West Nishnabotna are 25+ miles east of Persia. If he crossed the tracks and headed west he was on pavement, east he would have been on gravel and could have lost the smokeys. If he crossed any water at Persia, it would have been Mosquito Creek.( I live 3 miles from Persia) Interesting story about the Nishnabotna........ several years ago a guy pulled a (I think) Rumely out of the Nishnabotna mud at Avoca. My granddad showed it to me back in the early 50's when you could still see most of the tractor. Everybody knew it was there. You could see it from the highway. As the years went by the steering wheel was the only thing above the water. Then probably in the 70's/80's some of the snowmobilers torched it off so they could run up and down the river. I always wondered why it took so long for someone to get it out. The story made several newspapers and even Omaha TV. If you search, it may even be on the net somewhere.
  23. Wonder if he was referring to in town or outside of town. The tracks run along the east edge of Persia.
  24. I often wondered if it was still there. I haven't been up that way for several years. Hope he keeps hauling those chickens and he keeps those friends of Jesus and their micro bus safe and sound.
  25. Ahhhh "The Monfort Lane"....the good old days. I-80 is a straight line across Nebraska and Iowa from Denver to Chicago. Those boys would fly. You best get the He** out of their way 'cause they ain't slowing down. I swear they used to have races on I-80. It's amazing that some of them didn't get killed. Is it true that Monfort paid all the speeding tickets and not the drivers? No wonder they had the pedal screwed to the firewall. Sorry, didn't mean to hijack.
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