Country Estate

By: ycd0108 , 11:01 PM GMT on April 24, 2012

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This wagon showed up with the floor all rotted out - likely from the stuff Tloml salvaged from a friend's 'estate". Pulled it apart and put a new flooring (the running gear bolt to the floor). Looked around for some paint and came up with a light purple which can be seen in true color in the shadowed left on the floor.
The "Country Estate" has now a few more years of useful life.

Country Estate (ycd0108)
Little Red Waggon
Country Estate
Ragtop Tractor (ycd0108)
Ragtop Tractor
This old guitar (ycd0108)
Recycled DH Mosquito
This old guitar

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70. ycd0108
4:07 PM GMT on May 09, 2012
Shore:
Here's the guitar picture. I'll be away for a couple of days - going to the Island cabin with no internet connection.
"Keep everything on the farm goin'"
("If You See My Red Rooster" Rolling Stones)
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69. ycd0108
2:26 PM GMT on May 09, 2012
Morning Ylee:
For a carpenter that fellow had a way with words - he had one poem published which I still don't understand.
The control interface is quite simple but it takes a while to develop the connection to the brain. I have operated various pieces of heavy equipment and initially created more problems that were solved but using the same machine for an extended time eventually one can forget the instructions and the bucket moves the way you wish it to. Then you learn that that was the simple part of earth moving and you still have a lot of learning ahead.
Good morning Shore:
We had SIL, daughter, grand son and one of the tattoo artists over for the evening. That may have had something to do with why I could not respond till this morning. The artists I've met are interesting and interested folks. Maybe because they are artists?
By the way: I'm now using Sandi's advice to you about use of CTRL and the words are much easier to read.
I'm trying to think of anything I have that a grand parent made - maybe I'll ask my mother and aunt. I do have the old Hawaiian Guitar that my father made while with the RCAF in Britain. I'll try to upload a photo of it. I'm trying to finish another Schatzcammer for my grand daughter who is coming home on Sunday - they phoned from Paris yesterday.
I live from project to project. If you get your carpenter started on the table he will live longer, I think.
GeorgiaStormz:
Good morning to you. To me function enhances beauty and vice versa. An useful piece of furniture will be cared for if it is also attractive.
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68. ycd0108
4:37 AM GMT on May 09, 2012
Manana de la manana: I did read incoming and I'll dream up something. Trust me, I was a geologist
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67. shoreacres
3:22 AM GMT on May 09, 2012
Whoops. Had to come back after all that wood talk. My treasure is a blanket chest my grandfather made out of he and grandma's first dining room table - oak. My next treasure is going to be a cherry occasional table made from a tree on the old place. The tree got hauled to the mill a couple of years ago and the wood has been stacked and drying since. I just hope my woodworker lives long enough to get it done - if not, I've got some lovely turned pieces he's done, and some bowls.
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66. shoreacres
3:16 AM GMT on May 09, 2012
Evening, ycd ~ speaking of crawling out of a cave, I'm at least doing a little light roaming.

I was interested in your mention of the tats. That's a world pretty far removed for me, although I do run into some folks now and then who've indulged pretty heavily. I must admit I admired an "ankle bracelet" one girl had. It was only about a half-inch wide, just above her ankle, and was done in what I'd call a Persian style - lots of leaves and scrolls.

I've got three books stashed for the next Japanese reading challenge about the Yakuza - the Japanese mafia who are literally covered from head to foot. One of these days I'll get started on that reading - one of the books, "Yakuza Moon", is by a woman who ....hmmmmm... I think was the daughter of a man high in the organization. I can't remember. Yet another reason to read the book!
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65. Ylee
1:59 AM GMT on May 09, 2012
I had to laugh at your friend's comment on #56 about shoehorning egos at the door! My job here has the highest paygrade in the dept., and most of the guys here that do this job has a case of "swelled head syndrome"! Me, I just quietly do my job better than they do and stay in the Shack and blog! :)

I like the photo of the hoe from the seat! Thanks for telling how the levers work; sounds very functional!
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64. GeorgiaStormz
10:35 PM GMT on May 08, 2012
That is a nice table if I do say so myself, sir.
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63. ycd0108
6:16 PM GMT on May 08, 2012
Calpoppy:
That's a good looking project!
Hayrake,eh.
I'll take a picture of the house here and maybe the owl 'cause I can hear the other birds excited about something
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62. calpoppy
4:48 PM GMT on May 08, 2012
Mr. P does woodworking but small projects. He has made the most beautiful utensils out of the most expensive wood that we have gotten for free. Our closet neighbor is a world renowned gun maker and has bits and pieces of Turkish walnut and Baston. Which all make wonderful cooking spoons and ladles. But one of my favorite woods he has used is peach. It looks amazing with a little walnut oil rubbed on the finished piece!

We also are eying a dining room table, arts and craft style that is called a Hayrake table.



We don't have the machines to build this one but I have a friend's husband who does woodworking on the side who could do it for us.

Have a great week Ycd!
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61. ycd0108
3:37 PM GMT on May 08, 2012
Here is a link to the latest thang on my wish list:
http://petersonsawmills.com/products/asm/
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60. ycd0108
3:26 PM GMT on May 08, 2012
Mornin' Todd:
Tloml just lumbered out of her cave so I'd best go have a coffee with her and see what she dreamed last night.
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59. ycd0108
3:22 PM GMT on May 08, 2012
.yo Pat:
"Too many Days" I've left un NOLA'd.
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58. toddluck
3:21 PM GMT on May 08, 2012
mornin VDC and Pat
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57. Patrap
3:16 PM GMT on May 08, 2012
..yo
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56. ycd0108
2:08 PM GMT on May 08, 2012
Morning Ylee:
I have to defer to R when I'm in his space - especially on finicky stuff. For one thing he knows the set up (and where the bits and blades and change-out tools reside) of the various tools and for another he has done much more "fine fitment" than I have. He gets me to do the other stuff like site layout, concrete forms and framing.
We worked together under his company name for a few years and built some dwellings I'm still proud to have worked on.
Initially there were four of us arrogant carpenters working together under R's company name. One (now departed) walked in to the building we were working on one morning and complained that he had to "shoehorn" his
ego through the door because the whole space was already taken up by the other three.
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55. Ylee
6:27 AM GMT on May 08, 2012
Here's to a properly measured blind mortice, ycd! I've all the confidence you can pull it off! :)

Does R help with the tricky bits, or do you just run him off? :)
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54. ycd0108
5:44 AM GMT on May 08, 2012
Gonna need to set this story up:
Daughter and SIL bought the local Tattoo shop a few months ago. SIL is a good artist and produces some amazing tats. I've got a standing offer if I can imagine what I want semi permanently displayed somewhere on my body.
This whole community (people who get tats and those who inflict them) live in a world I only visit but today I met four young men who are covered with tattoos. They are the artists who drop in to each other's business.
Except for the murals on the arms and legs they are as normal as you and I (possibly more so in my case)
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53. ycd0108
4:07 AM GMT on May 08, 2012
Today: Tloml is home today and gardening so I took the Mantle pieces over to the big shop. My "Main Man" R. who runs the shop, builds the goofy machines he sends me out to test and generally enjoys life is pretty handy when you have a "sticky wicket" which is all I do these days.
What I wanted was "blind mortices". That means you can not simply run something through a table saw and walk away. The "blind" part refers to not cutting all the way through the work. It also deals with corners in your cut away so we took an hour or so setting up the morticing chisles on the drill press and then moved to the "Hammer" table saw to rip as much offcut as we could. Eventually I will try to post a final product photo here. That is assuming I measured and envisioned all this correctly. If I screwed up you don't need to watch.
Pulled in for gas at the corner store and the guy pumping beside me came over to say: "Where did you get that wood?"
"Guy I'm working for pulled the log out of the scrap pile."
He bowed his head and said: "I love old fir."
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52. ycd0108
2:17 PM GMT on May 07, 2012
Morning Ylee:
Though I have been known to touch up small paint or varnish jobs I much prefer to let the owner manage that part or hire someone who has a good reputation. The logger (owner) asked me what I would recommend for a clear coat and I showed him my wood floors with "Diamond Coat" looking not too bad after about 6 years of rough trade.
I was impressed with how a guy who fells trees and measures them for sale to mills really sees and appreciates the beauty of the wood itself. He had seen the original log in the "chip/reject" pile and hauled it to a small mill for milling, planing and kiln drying.
An incredible volume of good wood is chipped or burned here if it does not run easily through a standard mill set up. Once a log gets on to the feed chain at the mill it is a commodity and the product will mainly be determined by a computer scan with a human operator overseeing. The mills have been re designed over the year to handle smaller wood because we have taken most of the big stuff long ago so if a log too large for the mill gets on the chain it will be shunted for chipping or burning even though the larger log will sometimes be better wood.
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51. Ylee
7:38 AM GMT on May 07, 2012
Your ipod touch moon pic reminds me of a webcam shot of the moon!

Are you going to let the other guy finish the mantle, or are you going to paint or stain it, too?
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50. ycd0108
4:57 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
Morning:
My super moon photo certainly shows up the limitations of the iPod but I'm sort of a generalist: more interested in the concept than the detail (rider: people who hire me for renos or new build might disagree because I make them crazy with my "Devil is in the Details" approach).
Just off the regular Sunday morning phone check with my 93 year old Mom - she is fine but my younger sister who was on crutches in a cast for a break in the ankle part of the shin bone took another tumble and the cast helped bust the top of the same shin bone. I ain't gonna phone Sis 'cause she gave Mom strict orders to tell sibs not to phone but I did email her with my best advice and I hope she still has what I remember as a good sense of humor. (My advice is not to be taken lightly nor literally)
The faller we had dump the trees here a while ago is on his way here with some nice fir timbers we are planning to turn into a mantle piece for his brick fireplace. Basically we are trading labour: he's young and strong and I'm not. I'm old and have spent most of the last few decades building various items in wood and concrete and he has not.
Works for me!
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49. ycd0108
1:54 PM GMT on May 06, 2012
Morning Ylee:
Link to the local style:
http://dendro.cnre.vt.edu/forsite/jedfellerbunche rs.htm
or just Google "feller buncher" there's a video there but I don't need to watch it 'cause one of these machines logged up to our property line a few years ago. We could watch it lay down a tree every few seconds from our breakfast table.
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48. Ylee
9:15 AM GMT on May 06, 2012
Around here utility companies and railroads use about a 150hp 4wd tractor with a side mounted hydraulic boom with an overgrown bushhog on the end. Leaves a trail of busted up tree limbs and stumps; pretty messy and rather unsightly, if you ask me. Your solution sounds a lot neater, with less damage done to the tree.

Got busy at work, and it took me two hours to write this!
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47. ycd0108
6:57 AM GMT on May 06, 2012
Ylee: Me too! In fact I'm dreaming up apparatus I can mount on the business end of the hoe like maybe a power saw. Once the stabilizers are down and set and the front end loader is down and set it becomes a fairly stable platform.then you could reach up or out and make a controlled cut at any angle more or less like a slide compound miter saw but you bring the saw to the wood rather than bringing the wood to the saw. I used to make decent fits high in the air on timber frame but I'm paying for that now so I have to think of ways I can do the same stuff without contorting the beat up skeleton
'cause it's one of a kind they don't make anymore.
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46. Ylee
3:29 AM GMT on May 06, 2012
I'm a fan of tractors, dozers, and other types of utility equipment, and the Tractorus looks to be a handy little tool! If it was here, I'd have four or five jobs for it right off the bat!
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45. ycd0108
1:40 PM GMT on May 05, 2012
Good Morning:
Finally figured out the upload so here is my mobile hydraulics platform:
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44. ycd0108
11:51 PM GMT on May 04, 2012
Afternoon Bogon:
Just checked and no new Monbiot post (he just had a baby if you read back a bit).
I don't bother with TV or printed news any more. I still check BBC and CBC online in hopes that something besides a body count will show up. Now and then a science article will catch my attention but the last thing I need to know is the detail of the latest trial of some psycho killer.
Had a good day even with the spotty downpours and busting the control for the front end lift on the little hoe. The guy who built it was working in his shop about a mile away when I brought the broken bolt and he has a bag of them but this is the first breakdown we have had in that department - I bust off the main steering arm regularly so we have two spares. He seems never to mind when I break something - it's like I'm the test pilot, I guess, and we do need to know what fails and what holds.
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43. Bogon
8:02 PM GMT on May 04, 2012
Just now read the article by Monbiot that you posted a couple of days ago. It's nice to see that there's still somebody out there who worries about what is actually going on.

Most of the news media available here in the states never touch the serious stuff. They're too busy worrying about who wore what to the latest movie premier. Too much of what passes for news is not factual, and, for those of us who have been paying attention for a while, it's not even news.
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42. ycd0108
5:15 PM GMT on May 04, 2012
I'm back on the Mac cooking breakies and plotting root cellars . The little hoe is quite limited in it's reach and lifting range but when I checked with SIL this morning and suggested bringing the big backhoe in again I got slim support.
Looks like the root cellar is my daughter's dream and what SIL wants is a bigger garage for the Harley. The niche I inhabit in construction is: listen to all ideas and then do what turns up. Since I don't charge wages to the kids they usually let me do whatever I want but since they pay for the materials I do have to consider "the bottom line".
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41. ycd0108
3:30 PM GMT on May 04, 2012
Latest in a "swarm":
Magnitude 4.7 - VANCOUVER ISLAND, CANADA REGION
Local seismologist said there is no threat to population due to the remoteness and geology around the epicenter but the swarm may continue for some time yet.
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40. ycd0108
3:08 PM GMT on May 04, 2012
Morning Ylee:
I think I did try to upload as portrait but something went wrong with my location. I'm a bit concerned that WU seems to be renovating the site so I'll wait to upload till the comments start to update again.
The root cellar idea was there long before and we were standing around attempting to fit the proposed new build to the bedrock I was hitting with the hoe. One idea was to minimize the retaining wall by flying floor joists over the sloping bank for a room above and behind the main building. That meant we would have a void beneath the upper floor and the lower building wall which would need the slope to be stabilized. We had three walls and the roof of a root cellar and a light came on: why don't we put a door on the end of the void and call the space a root cellar?
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39. Ylee
2:40 PM GMT on May 04, 2012
What gamma does is upload all her non-weather photos as portraits, then puts them in her blog. Maybe that will work!

I thought root cellars were underground. That's why they're called cellars, right? :) Sounds like your daughters' is above ground!
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38. ycd0108
1:44 PM GMT on May 04, 2012
Root Cellars: I'm digging foundations for a small building on my daughter's small (2.5 acre) country estate. She wants a Root Cellar.
Any advice or discussion would be appreciated.
So far I'm looking at this:
http://www.agf.gov.bc.ca/resmgmt/publist/Leaflets /FruitVeg/331-50.pdf
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37. ycd0108
4:59 AM GMT on May 04, 2012
Whall, looky heah: I'm signed in on my daughter's Mac - she is in Paris just now or maybe on the way there. Weather there looks worse than our forecast.
Playing around with different interfaces - had an awful time getting the kids' Apple to recognize my passwords and the keyboard and that mouse pad or whatchacallit on the bottom of this thang are very "touchy". Luckily the younger daughter is near (that's where I'm working these days) she has both Mac and Microsoft systems running at home. and some of the layout is familiar.
She talked me through firing this connection up just now by phone.
I'm going to put all the devices we now have here that could be called computers and take a picture but WU won't upload it unless there are flowers and mountains in the photo so you will need to WUMail me if you want to see the picture.
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36. ycd0108
2:47 AM GMT on May 04, 2012
Looks like we burned out the bearings on the blog page
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35. ycd0108
12:22 AM GMT on May 04, 2012
Ylee:
Got your comment on my iPod at work but could not log in on the Toshiba there. Just now tried to upload a photo but got an error "please enter a city or state" and then "Success - all photos have been uploaded" who knows if the tractor will show up?
Kind of dreary and wet at the time but the afternoon brightened up and I got some of the bank dug out so we can form footings for a retaining wall along the port side of the tractor. I had boxed myself in there so I had to saw a bit of the roof away to move and it was raining. The roof is already planned to be changed out so cutting corners is not a problem.
I agree regarding unions and "Freedom's just another word for Nothin' left to loose"
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34. Ylee
6:59 PM GMT on May 03, 2012
Hey, ycd! The main thing about modern unionism is that the only power a union has is the ability to strike, but most modern folks are too addicted to creature comforts(Wonder where "creature comforts" came from?) to sacrifice short term security for long term gain. Back in the dawn of unionism, nobody had anything, so they had nothing to lose.

Do you have the tractorus at your place yet? Like to see new pics of it!
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33. ycd0108
4:14 PM GMT on May 02, 2012
Monbiot is writing again:
http://www.monbiot.com/2012/04/30/empire-of-capit al/
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32. ycd0108
1:28 PM GMT on May 02, 2012
Skyepony: That is neat. I just went searching and found "Radio Flyer" wagons with similar running gear and wood surround panels but the body is sheet metal.
I wonder how old the wood body model is - '50s maybe by the extent of the rot on the floor. Looks like one could still get running gear replacement parts.
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31. Skyepony (Mod)
4:40 AM GMT on May 02, 2012
I got the same wagon but green.
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30. ycd0108
4:38 AM GMT on May 02, 2012
Dis blogging thing waxes and wanes - I've seen it in others and now I see it here. Gonna get some sleep now and see what tomorrow brings.
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29. ycd0108
2:25 AM GMT on May 02, 2012
Our little show of "union" solidarity was somewhat low key: We and the folks we invited were a significant contribution to the crowd of maybe 20 folks, but the bicycle police showed up and stayed around the hot dog stand for a while . I am guessing that they pegged this bunch of ex-hippes as a minor threat to peace in downtown Nanaimo 'cause most of us were busy keeping our dogs entertained.
I dunno if my buddy DJ was disappointed. I doubt that his agenda is to incite rucktion. What got me was what he said earlier:
"We are the power. If a real union of workers withdraws services everyone will have to pay attention."
'Course there is no "Real Union" (unfortunately) and nobody has the guts to "withdraw services" around here but from what I heard Seattle might "shout out" tonight
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28. ycd0108
3:55 PM GMT on May 01, 2012
Good Morning:
Pros: Thanks for the flower and the wish. Feels good today and we are going to attend a "May Day" gathering sponsored by a fellow we know who has joined the Industrial Workers of the World. May (there it is again) get a photo of the event.
Rob: Works for me - both tunes (not on the iPod for some reason). I will likely get the machine trailered over 'cause it can not legally walk on public road. It's handy to have the hydraulics mounted on a movable platform even at this small time level of construction.
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27. RobDaHood
2:08 PM GMT on May 01, 2012
Quoting ycd0108:
...I stopped at my friend who built the little white tractorous' place and he said "Take it." So maybe I'll walk the machine about a mile from one place to the other tomorrow and post a photo or two.
Can't wait for the music video that shows up here.


Hmmm...I'll give it a shot:



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26. Proserpina
12:38 PM GMT on May 01, 2012
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Photo by Proserpina

HAPPY MAY DAY
HAPPY MAY

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25. ycd0108
12:35 AM GMT on May 01, 2012
BriarCraft:
"If it's not Ok it's not the end"
So true
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24. BriarCraft
11:48 PM GMT on April 30, 2012
Love the wagon. It brings back some good memories of simpler times.

As to how to we get from here to the future: one moment, one hour, one day at a time, doing the best that we can.

"Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy." -- Leo Buscaglia

"Live. Love. Be happy. Do no harm. Help when you can." -- BC

"Everything will be okay in the end. If it's not okay, it's not the end." --unknown
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23. ycd0108
10:28 PM GMT on April 30, 2012
Hey Bogon:
That's incredible! At first I thought you had made the video yourself.
All I do to "learn something new every day" is check comments and blogs nowadays. I'm likely learning much faster (certainly more variety) than I did in school or university.
Just back from laying out a slab and retaining wall for one SIL. Had the big Hoe come in and rip out some stumps and that operator is so good the slab area is level within about 2" after pulling some big stumps. Now someone has to pull roots and touch up footing lines - he is busy making money and I'm too old to be much use on the "No.2 Banjo shovel" so I stopped at my friend who built the little white tractorous' place and he said "Take it." So maybe I'll walk the machine about a mile from one place to the other tomorrow and post a photo or two.
Can't wait for the music video that shows up here.
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22. Bogon
6:40 PM GMT on April 30, 2012
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21. ycd0108
1:18 AM GMT on April 30, 2012
Evening Rob:
I did not know I was looking for a song but that one is just fine (it's also long enough to post a comment)
purty well covers all my concerns with a tune.
Thanks
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20. RobDaHood
10:34 PM GMT on April 29, 2012
Hmmm....
I guess this is the song that you are looking for.

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