Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Started wheat harvest

Got everything ready today and started cutting wheat across the road from our house. After the normal go-stop-fix-go-stop-go that occurs when you start any process, we got maybe 10 acres done. The field is pretty weedy with ragweed, so I can't go too fast lest I slug the rotor and have a real freakin' mess. Fortunately, this 2188 has a lot of power to get through this stuff. I estimate the field is doing around 50 bu/ac, which is what I expected.

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Why do people own horses? Looking at them objectively, unless you are using them to herd livestock, traverse terrain a machine cannot, or you're Amish, owning a horse really makes no sense. Owning more than one horse makes even less sense!

And the money these folks put into these walking glue bottles! The trucks, trailers, tack, clothes, not to mention the feed and grooming supplies.

Now, I can understand a smaller animal, like a dog or cat, but a big animal like a horse will nearly put you in the poorhouse (well, at least until the state did away with them - maybe the term should be "put you on welfare").

Oh well, I should consider them a potential customer for my wares at some point...what makes no sense still can provide an income to others, I suppose.

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I think the Democratic outrage about Scooter Libby's commuted sentence is great fun and entertainment. Jesse Jackson Jr calling for impeachment, Hillary and Mr. Hillary speaking out with indignation, as if Bill wasn't in the same hot water before.

I think G Dub ought to do more things like this, more so toward the end of his term. Really turn the screws on the D's. It might backfire, however, if doing so costs the Republicans the election. But, anytime you can make a liberal Democrat squeal is great fun and frivolity.

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Just got done watching the town's fireworks display with my wife and 2 year old daughter. The display was just over a mile away from our house (I counted the seconds between the explosions and the "boom", and it was between 8 and 9 seconds, just right!). It was fun to hear her say "boom", "pretty", and "rellow" (red and yellow). She really enjoyed it, and we did too. While going to the display would have been "proper", it was nice to be able to sit in our house, have a quiet conversation, and hear everything that popped out of our little redhead. The boy had already gone to bed, and while it would have been interesting to hear his thoughts about the fireworks, he probably would have started picking on his sister at some point, and there goes the fun. We'll try to take in a parade tomorrow and see how they get along.

Have a safe 4th of July, and remember the true reason we observe it: To help Lee Greenwood keep milking that cash cow of a song called "God Bless The USA".

Or maybe it's our declaration of independence from England. Yeah, let's go with that one.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

There tend to be a strain of some horse people that run on the creepy side. You know them if you're ever around them. It's just a vibe. Especially the women. They're "horse women". It's tedious if you've ever had to share facilities or do business with them. A lot of them have an attitude that is just foul unless you're one of "them". Maybe it's the too tight(and ill fitting)jeans and big belt buckles?

Not all people with horses are like that. I know perfectly normal folks with horses. I wouldn't mind having big draft horses to do some logging or to pull a wagon or just to look at. But like you mentioned I don't really care to feed the beasts.

Lee Greenwood's garbage ballad, America the Beautiful, Battle Hymn of the Republic and God Bless America are all vile drek. The Star Spangled Banner rules all. Oh add This Land is Your Land to that. Collectivist trash.

4:09 AM, July 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen Bob, Look at all of those horses east of your place on the highway. I never see them ride them. I guess F.C. still might have a few left unless the state reposessed them. Unless you are Amish or a true horse race breeder, I would bet that those who own them are on some type of welfare or never pay their bills. Most that still posess them are pretty backwards to modern civilization and technology. If you are a guest reading this and it makes you mad, you fit the bill!! The same goes with dog owners who keep them in crap filled pens!!

9:43 AM, July 04, 2007  
Blogger bgunzy said...

Oh, there's nothing wrong with draft horses! If you have enough knowledge on how to breed and train draft horses, you are already light years ahead of the typical pleasure horse crowd. Nothing better than seeing a team of Percheons pulling a wagon, the driver harnessing all that raw "horse" power.

Yeah, the folks east of Humeston have a number of horses that don't seem to go anywhere. They just grow and multiply. I delivered feed the other day up to near St Charles, and I saw a plethora of horse farmlets around there. Large gooseneck trailers and dually pickups were also parked nearby.

6:40 PM, July 04, 2007  
Blogger Erick said...

Bob,

You should go to B&D and donate to the fireworks. It was a free will donation and we spend far more than we take in.

11:51 PM, July 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh and they don't want to share their precious "equestrian" trails in the state forests. People have been trying for years to get them opened for properly regulated ATV use as other states have for years. ATVs with proper mufflers not loud or obnoxious things. They even get worked up over mountain bicycles using their precious "equestrian" trails which rarely even get used. They think they own the campgrounds and trails. I've even tangled with them when I was hunting and had some horse women try to order me from the trail and campground. I had stopped to have lunch at an unused picnic table and they took offense to an outsider on their turf.

12:07 AM, July 05, 2007  
Blogger bgunzy said...

E - I'll give Bill a donation this morning. Thanks for reminding me, as I had thought about doing so before.

7:00 AM, July 05, 2007  

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