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Old 11-05-2012, 10:40 PM   #7126
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That was when I lived in Texas.


a nest of scorpions under that sucker.


I opened the door on my pickup and there sat a copperhead all coiled up and attentive.

a damned cotton mouth dropped into the boat with us.
Hearing stories like these remind me why minus 20 to minus 30 degree celcius winters aren't so bad. It sure keeps the poisonous creepy crawlies away.
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Hearing stories like these remind me why minus 20 to minus 30 degree celcius winters aren't so bad. It sure keeps the poisonous creepy crawlies away.
Yes but in Texas cold weather doesn't seem to have any effect on those damned fire ants. I also have a "fire ant" story.

In addition to my tile-installation business, and my wife's new home make-ready business I also contracted with the Army Corps of Engineers at their reservoirs. We did park development and maintenance. During the winter months some parks are closed and remain closed over the winter to heal somewhat from their heavy summer use.

We were replacing some post and cable fencing along a road in a park and we stirred up a mound of fire ants at the base of a fence post. At the time, I was using a cutting-torch to cut the old cable so when the ants erupted from their trampled mound I simply began to burn the little critters with my torch. Don't do that! All that does is piss them off even more. So as I am frantically trying to get ahead of the onslaught of attacking fire ants I accidently set fire to some tall grass. Of course the wind was blowing at the time. One of my workers grabbed a shovel and began to beat down (try to beat down) the blazing grasses. Don't do that either. The fire quickly got out of control and was burning a nice meadow of wild grass and dried weeds. Back then we didn't have cell phones but the park did have a public phone that was a direct line to a 9-1-1 emergency call center. Since my torch hoses were strung out of my truck and it couldn't be driven at that moment, I ran to the public phone.

When I picked up the phone an operator answered ("What is your emergency?) Well I was so out of breath from running that distance that I couldn't talk immediately. She could hear my heavy-breathing however. "Sir, sir, are you having a heart attack" she asks me. When I could get a few words out I told here I wasn't having a heart attack but I was having a fire.

She was trying to verify my location and she quickly told me I was in a park but that park was closed and wanted to know how I got in there and how the fire started. In the meantime the fire is raging towards some brand new public restrooms we just built a few months earlier. All wood structure with cedar shingles - bad news for me.

We were locked in the park and when that occurred to me I then ran back to my truck and rolled up my torch hoses so that I could drive to the locked gate and open it for the fire department. Of course I couldn't catch my breath again and I was a wreck.

The firemen came in the area and we all returned to the fire scene. One fire truck began working ahead of the fire while another started off in another direction but there was a fence where he wanted to go. He "ordered" me (nice guy that he was) to cut the cable fence for him so he could get his truck in there and drive across the meadow. I told him that I wouldn't go in there because the ground may be wet. He told me that I was the contractor and he was the fireman and HE would handle the fire. Okee-dokee butt hole, so I cut the cable for him and he raced across the meadow in his big red (heavy) fire truck. Well sure enough! The damned truck sunk down to the frame and stopped abruptly. He flew out of the truck and began cussing me. I think it pissed him off when we were all standing there laughing.

I knew my career with the Army Corps of Engineers was probably over. The fire was on a Saturday. So, first thing Monday morning I went to the reservoir headquarters to confess my deed to the reservoir manager. As I walked through the secretary's office there was a pink sheet of typing paper in my mailbox. Handwritten on the paper with a Magic Marker and in big letters were the words; "CLINE, SEE ME IMMEDIATELY", and it was signed by the reservoir manager. I swallowed the lump in my throat and walked into the manager's office. He had seen me coming but had now turned his back to me and was looking out his office window. He asked; "How's tricks CLINE? So I began to crumble and started to explain the fire incident. In just a few seconds he turned around and was laughing his ass off and offered me a cup of coffee. I was thinking to myself, This is really weird.

Far be it from me to reject a gesture of kindness so I took the coffee. He told me to have a seat, he was still laughing his ass off. We discussed how the fire got started and he still couldn't keep a straight face. About that time one of the Rangers walked in and said; "Hey Boss, I thought you weren't going to burn that meadow until next month".

Well-l-l-l, now the cat was out of the bag. That particular meadow was on a three year plan and hadn't been addressed as yet. That meadow was slated to be burned in the near future. We all had a good laugh and I immediately went to the mens room to relieve myself. On my way out of the headquarters the manager told me to turn in my time for burning the meadow and he would pay me for it. It saved the rangers having to do it.


The fire was extinguished just ahead of reaching the new restrooms and the day was saved by the fire department. Scheduled maintenance had been performed on the meadow I got paid for my efforts and all was well.
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You sure we aren't cousins in law, I thought I was the only one who did stuff like that. When I was on the fire department in West Tennessee, I stuck a firetruck in a bog and almost turned a pumper over twice, There just isn't enough room here to even start telling the things I have gotten into. Neat story Bud.
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Great story Bud...I'm going to be chuckling over that one for awhile.
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OK, just a quick one but this happened to a buddy of mine in the Navy. We were getting ready for inspection in our dress blues, I noticed several medals my buddy had and asked him about them. He said one of the planes had caught on fire and while they were up close fighting the fire the plane exploded and blew him down and a ways from the plane, he thought he was running away from the fire but ran right back in the fire, looked down saw the hoes and figured he better fight the fire or he was a gonner, they thought he had ran back in there when everyone else ran away and gave him a medal for it.
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Great stories Bud. Thanks for the laughs.
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I see that Mr. O will remain your president for a bit longer. I don't suppose that everyone is happy about that. It could be worse you know, you could have someone like our P.M. running the show!
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I see that Mr. O will remain your president for a bit longer. I don't suppose that everyone is happy about that. It could be worse you know, you could have someone like our P.M. running the show!
Wanna trade??
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No...I don't suppose everyone is.
Mr. O-bomb-o must have done some admirable and wise things that I must have missed. Guess we all have to wait-and-see. Wait and see which tube we go down.
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No...I don't suppose everyone is.
Mr. O-bomb-o must have done some admirable and wise things that I must have missed. Guess we all have to wait-and-see. Wait and see which tube we go down.
Well Bud, realistically we know that any U. S. President has little to do with the actual running of the country.

It's the greedy multinationals who run the show along with the ultra wealthy. Otherwise, how is it that the large percentage of the top "advisors" come from places like Monsanto, the giant pharmaceuticals, big oil, even bigger banks and so on. Same thing up here...he who has the gold makes the rules.

Sad to say that it has been a long time since the little guy was even considered in big politics.
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I think I have had enough hints from visitors about the dining room ceiling that it's high time I did something about it.

It is covered in 2 x 4 sheets of OSB and I must admit it doesn't look too great.

I guess if I had my druthers it should have been done in cedar, but there isn't anywhere near enough here and I'll be damned if I'm going to pay $3.00 a square foot for more.

The big beams are indeed going to be fitted out with cedar, and the boards are on hand for that. In conjunction with that little effort I have decided to paint the ceiling a kind of mocha colour, and then cover all the joints in the OSB - all 300+ lineal feet of them, with cedar strips which I will Varathane before installing.

That should keep me out of trouble for at least a week.
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Well Bud, realistically we know that any U. S. President has little to do with the actual running of the country.

It's the greedy multinationals who run the show along with the ultra wealthy. Otherwise, how is it that the large percentage of the top "advisors" come from places like Monsanto, the giant pharmaceuticals, big oil, even bigger banks and so on. Same thing up here...he who has the gold makes the rules.

Sad to say that it has been a long time since the little guy was even considered in big politics.
Dead on buddy.

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