Hoping Karma is not Instant

By: ycd0108 , 1:23 AM GMT on March 24, 2012

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The Faller is coming manana to drop some tall trees around the garden. My 38 year old daughter remembers that she was the same height as one Balsam that is doomed. She was maybe 4 years old then. She's about 5'11" now and the Balsam is about 60' and a beautiful tree. I went out and apologized to the tree and I'll ask George, the Faller, to leave a long butt so I can mount the Sun Dial (all brass, Lee Valley) I got for Christmas.
I used to do my own felling which is probably why my right wing is kinda iffy: the Stihl 051 (3' bar) would leak chain oil into the cylinder if I didn't leave the saw standing on end. When the cylinder is full of oil and you yank the starter chord something has to give and it won't be the saw.
It's gonna be a mess of limbs and stumps whatever I think. As Butch Cassidy said (or he should have) to Sundance Kid when they jumped:
"Both feet. Let's Go!"
PS: I now keep a "Husky" 365 with a 30" bar sharp and fueled under the work bench - that's where and how I want it.

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25. ycd0108
2:56 PM GMT on March 27, 2012
Morning Ylee: We opened up the main garden quite a bit. The upper garden is still shaded though. The faller is very precise so we put a tag line on each for insurance.
all the ones we took were leaning or "branch-heavy" over a small cabin so it was slow methodical work. I just drove the 4x4 to put some tension on the tag line and he stacked 5 big trees like cordwood at the edge of the lawn. I used to be reasonably good at placing the trunk where I wanted it but this guy is much better. Also running the saw for more than an hour or so would cripple me for days and that's assuming everything went well. Perfect balance and a young man's strength are necessary in that business and I have finally admitted to myself that I'm not young any more.
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24. Ylee
6:59 AM GMT on March 27, 2012
Hey, ycd! Didya get all the trees you wanted down?
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23. ycd0108
1:07 PM GMT on March 26, 2012
James Cameron returns from deepest dive:
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/03/25/jam es-cameron-challenger-deep.html
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22. ycd0108
10:57 PM GMT on March 25, 2012
I Second that notion Bogon: Worked some afternoon and evening shifts in the Big Smoke some years ago. That sets one on a changed schedule for sure.
Then one day we arrived in Manchester England after flying over the northern "Great Circle" at about 0300 hr their time. The pilot had come on to say we were watching the sun well above the horizon at midnight. I can not remember what I had to drink or eat in that airport - we had an hour or so to catch a connector to Heathrow but I remember the birds flapping about in the cavernous space.
But what I wish to record is that I have since traveled enough and thought about time a bit.
The sun is always "Past the Yard Arm" somewhere.
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21. ycd0108
10:36 PM GMT on March 25, 2012
Afternoon Ylee: I guessed that from the context and trusted someone would come by and make it clear. Don't even need an atlas anymore (we have at least three) but I won't be throwing away the books quite yet.
Just looked closely at this keyboard: there are a number of hardened splotches on the keys. I thought at first it was epoxy from my latest octagon but now I'm thinkin': grand daughter. Ice cream. What a pig! Where did she get that from? couldn't be from her sloppy old grandpa - I don't like sweets.
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20. Ylee
10:22 PM GMT on March 25, 2012
I think Skye means Transylvania County, North Carolina. I they have some property up there.
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19. Bogon
9:43 AM GMT on March 25, 2012
Re: #8 Skye, I think there are still so-called 'blue' laws on the books, that interrupt alcohol sales for a period of time on Sunday morning. Those seldom offend me, because a) early Sunday is not a time that I'm likely to go shopping, and b) I'm okay with having a designated quiet time sometime during the week, when the bars close and everybody is encouraged to sober up.

On the other hand, I can remember being grateful for the chance to order a bloody Mary with breakfast when my work shift ended at 6:30 Sunday morning. Things tend to go topsy-turvy when you work a night shift. It may have been the Sabbath for most people, but for me it was Friday night!
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18. ycd0108
5:15 AM GMT on March 25, 2012
As I said: I's back. Gotta hit the hay now - Tloml and Grand daughter are down I threatened grand daughter that I had incoming messages so I could get on here. 12 year olds are not long on noticing exactly what GramPa is saying so I give her some time and then I run "CC Cleaner" to get rid of the Animay stuff. Speeds up this rig.
Nuff said
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17. ycd0108
2:05 AM GMT on March 25, 2012
Always a relief when the last comment here is mine! I was "brought up" to "clean the plate". I know some folks here have matured but I'm not yet qualified for OAP.
I'll be back
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16. ycd0108
12:25 AM GMT on March 25, 2012
Ylee: George had the new "Hot Rod" Husky with 3' bar. In some of the tangle he said he wished he had brought a smaller saw - I think it was when he fell about 40' off the top of a cedar from the extension ladder. When you are up in the air you want the little saw you can hang from your belt.
Skye: Do you mean Transylvania, Romania? Passed through there a couple of years ago by train. I'm assuming you refer to an area in Kentucky?
"It's hatin on hill people...makin our favorite goods illegal or worthless & then letting Big Pharm dump hillbilly heroin on the area."
Ain't that the truth.
Pat:
Gonna pop that tune up now and try to keep on writing.
"Shine On" I find I can not listen and type at the same time - guess it depends on the tune, eh?
Thank you.
Auburn: In some ways it's a matter of survival: it's them or us. I don't want to kill any more trees nor anything else for that matter but in this small space I call home I do make decisions and take actions that eliminate other beings. There is a line in this:
The Collected Works of Billy the Kid: Left-handed Poems
The assassin carefully moves a caterpiller from his path.
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15. ycd0108
11:40 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Bug:
Actually that is how I salve my consience:
Tloml told me to do it. She wants sun on the garden.
Luckily she never reads my blog as far as I know so I can say it here:
She is right sometimes
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14. ycd0108
11:32 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
first thing first:
Bogon: I agree. The (very few) time I have suffered consequences from my indulgence I truely felt totally responsible. As far as I'm concerned even a certifiable psychopath is also responsible for his/her action.
(Not to mention whoever certified him/her nor the judge and jury)
The vendor that sold me liquor did not crash my car nor did he or she make the punk I was mouthing off to give me a "head in the punch". I did those things and paid for them. (so did the punk 'cause by the time I got my coat off and a few more taps I was somewhat stern about the whole incedent.)
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13. ycd0108
11:05 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
George just left. He was "Dry" in the sense that he only drank water which I understand if a person is picking a two ton tree out of the sky.
I was on the 4x4 at the end of a tow line a couple of times so I stayed dry till now.
What a relief: the "danger trees" are down safe and my Dogma did not run over my Karma nor vice versa.
Got to go get another beer but I'll be back to weigh in on the WCTU soon.
(Exits stage left, chuckling)
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12. auburn (Mod)
7:24 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
willamsburg Ky is dry..so we go over to Jellico Tn and get our sprits..LOL
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11. Ylee
7:19 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Skye, nowadays in Ky. you can have dry precincts! The county I live in has wet and dry precincts. If you want to sell alcohol in a dry precinct, you first have to get a petition with enough signatures, then it goes to the general election in the fall, and the people in the precinct vote on it.
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10. auburn (Mod)
7:03 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
I have so tree work that needs to be done also..it breaks my heart to have to cut them down..but my little place out in the woods is getting hard to get to since I lost the tractor a few years ago.
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9. Patrap
6:55 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Instant karmas gonna get you
Gonna knock you right on the head
You better get yourself together
Pretty soon youre gonna be dead
What in the world you thinking of
Laughing in the face of love
What on earth you tryin to do
Its up to you, yeah you

Instant karmas gonna get you
Gonna look you right in the face
Better get yourself together darlin
Join the human race
How in the world you gonna see
Laughin at fools like me
Who in the hell dyou think you are
A super star
Well, right you are

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Evryone come on

Instant karmas gonna get you
Gonna knock you off your feet
Better recognize your brothers
Evryone you meet
Why in the world are we here
Surely not to live in pain and fear
Why on earth are you there
When youre evrywhere
Come and get your share

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
Come on and on and on on on
Yeah yeah, alright, uh huh, ah

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
On and on and on on and on

Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Well we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun
Yeah we all shine on
Like the moon and the stars and the sun



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8. Skyepony (Mod)
6:02 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Quoting Bogon:
Beer and wine are available at the grocery store.


On Sunday too now?

When I moved to Transylvania it was dry. I remember when they went through this debate so a few historic expensive downtown restaurants could serve drinks.

It always seemed like one of those characteristics of the bible belt. Surprised to see that article mention the kkk. Though that is alive & kickin there too. They were speaken the streets fightin it when the issue came up in Transylvania in the early '90s.

Seems a shame it's still illegal in SE KY. No wonder the family got out of there in the 40s.. Before prohibition & all~ the top four things out of that area was horses, tobacco, whiskey & hemp. It's hatin on hill people...makin our favorite goods illegal or worthless & then letting Big Pharm dump hillbilly heroin on the area.
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7. RobDaHood
5:35 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Mmmmm...
Not my favorite topic at the moment.
Dad has 3 dead pine trees (now 2 since we took down one yesterday) about 10 feet from his property line where they could fall and smash his fence, the powerlines on the other side of the fence, or his neighbor's house.

Requires cables attached to the truck pulling to make absolutely sure they don't go the wrong way.

Big fun!
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6. Ylee
4:46 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
If I had a big'un like the Husky, I'd want to keep it under the bench, too!
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5. palmettobug53
4:35 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Got some tree work around here that needs to be done.

One requires an arborist or we'll wind up with the same problem we have with a dead sweet gum in the back yard. Hubby hired some fly by nights that knocked on the front door, looking for work. They trimmed it up to the point it died. Now, we've got to take it out before it falls on the house.

I told him but would he listen? LOL
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4. Bogon
3:33 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
The attitude behind the ABC seems to be that some things are too overwhelming for people to handle, and thus the government steps in to protect people from themselves.

I want to live in a country where the government encourages people to be thoughtful and personally responsible. I think people should be held responsible for their actions while drinking.

I was disappointed when I heard that bartenders would be held legally responsible for the actions of their customers. That's wrong thinking. It would be neighborly of a bartender to see to the welfare of his customers, but the bartender's legal liability should be limited to the operation of his bar.
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3. ycd0108
2:37 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Morning Bogon:
Our outlet was (and still is) called LCB: Liquor Control Board.
We've got the same flower: Dogwood and similar names for purveyors of elixir. Maybe my ancestors came from N.C.
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2. Bogon
2:23 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
I have lived most of my life in North Carolina and Texas, two areas highlighted in yellow on that map. I'm used to buying booze at the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) store. Not that I buy a lot of booze, but when I do, I have to do it at an ABC store.

Beer and wine are available at the grocery store.
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1. ycd0108
2:07 AM GMT on March 24, 2012
BBC just published this "Severe Drought" map:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17291978
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