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Bruce(OR)    Posted 02-16-2022 at 20:47:42 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • I am Golden!
  • She has now completed the Trifecta!
    The wife has forgotten my birthday, our anniversary and now this past year, misplaced my Christmas present.
    I am Golden.
    It's only taken about 30 years to get the Trifecta but it has now arrived.
    Smooth sailing lies ahead. I no longer have to rush out at the last minute or sweat bullets.
    I thought I had it made after the birthday and the anniversary but now with Christmas, I am on easy street.
    I can now shop the after Christmas sales.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-17-2022 at 08:14:19 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Perhaps she did not forget! It seems you have all of the toys. Makes it hard to find anything. I KNOW! Sweating a birthday in two weeks!

    Jack

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 02-17-2022 at 11:00:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • We have gotten to the point of if there is a desire for an item, not waiting until Birthdays or Christmas.
    But when she admits to losing it. . . . That is another item.
    Her present was a "re-gift". I took a scale model of a cat dozer and put a fancy bow on it. She asked what that was for and I told her it was her "re-gift" of last year when she got the D4d Cat. We already have a house full of to much and that's enough.
    I told her before Christmas that she was getting "Re-gifted" and after ignoring the typical "re-gifting" rules of not giving the same item, to the same person again, she agreed.
    Her present last year goes back to a few years ago when I asked her what she desired for Christmas. "Nothing" she said. So I got it for her. In a 2X3 inch wrapped box.
    She should have known better especially when I answered her question of "Do thee pants make me look...?"
    Yes. I answered that one. More like attacked it knowing that my passive answer could result in pain inflicted upon me.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-18-2022 at 07:53:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Well we have not gone the regift route but after 69 1/2 years it is very difficult to come up with anything new. Fortunately our youngest daughter lives reasonable close and helps me out. Of course there are always chocolates and those always please. I outdid myself at Christmas giving her a new laptop. Going to be hard to beat that.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 02-18-2022 at 11:48:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Well you can get her a "gag gift" of a hand held calculator. Tell her your downsizing.
    I did get her an easy start Stihl chainsaw one year. Then she got annoyed at me when I changed the bar and put on a carbide tipped blade. Saves her from having to sharpen it.
    Generally if a need for an item arises, there is not a hesitancy to obtain it.
    Her chainsaw was the third Stihl to show up. She got tired of starting them.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-19-2022 at 08:34:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • We too have a tendency to purchase as we see it if we want or need it. However I was not born with a golden spoon in my mouth and still tend to pinch pennys. At my age I have acquired too many "things" and have run out of space to put them! So I shy away from the stuff which I would "just like to have" as opposed to having a need for it.
    Birthday is covered!

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 02-19-2022 at 14:01:16 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I figure to have about 2 years to clean up my mess. A lot of this needs to go away in gifts to other people. Pretty items on one hand, useful on another and "too much here" is the critical issue. "Like to have" items are now a case of "Put it where?"
    I just recently acquired another estate of items to distribute and the back bedrooms are stuffed.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-22-2022 at 08:01:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I suffer with you! Sold the last of the farm this past summer. House had "stuff" of three sisters plus 21 years accumulation of mine. Disposed of a lot of it but my garage here is stuffed! Hoping a yard sale this summer will eliminate a bunch of it. Still have 2N and 860 at the farm.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 02-23-2022 at 23:46:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Two mothers, an uncle and 27 years. I did however eliminate about 14 tons of it last year when I sold of 2 Cat Twenty-Two machines. That would be good, right? Then I picked up 10 tons of a Cat D4d, 1977 vintage with glow plug electric start, winch and the 6 way blade.
    That only puts me about 4 tons towards the good side.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-24-2022 at 08:13:46 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Your wife is going to have to take the check book away from you! I hope to get enough space cleared this summer to have room to work!

    BruceOR)    Posted 02-24-2022 at 11:28:43 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Hee hee, I am working at a fatter check book with more disposable income.
    Now if the county wasn't so messed up with building permits having to come from the city and I had a few more bucks. . . There might be a shop going up. Then again, there might be a shop going up anyway. What permit?

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-25-2022 at 08:51:45 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I would like to replace my garage but the existing one is barely 2 feet from the property line and I am sure if it were to come down, I would not be allowed to replace it where it stands. Problem with living in the city! At another time, in another location, I built one being very careful to place the foundation exactly 2 feet from the property line. When it was all done the building inspector came out and ignored the fact the eves were overhanging the neighbors land. Learned from that!

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 02-25-2022 at 12:42:00 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • City. Oh! You got them Nay~burr things. Some can more of a Burr than others.
    I am out in the sticks with federal forest land on two sides and a timber company on the other two sides. Tractors showed up in my life after we got married and I stoopidly fixed her Sears 5 HP roto~tiler. After the third or fourth row, I told her "This animal is broke".
    I still have memories of my mother deciding to use myself and a friend of mine, who foolishly volunteered, to do landscaping with a tiller. He was a workaholic and we built a hillside about 40 feet long and 6 foot tall. About 30 blisters later between the two of us it was done. Right after that, mom got a dozer
    (?? it's been about 50 years) in and redid it again.
    I am allergic to tillers.
    I went looking for a tractor, I gave her a price for a decent machine and was told it was too much. After a few arguments, I gave up. Then she decided we needed a FEL. More research and arguments and I gave up again.
    A few weeks later she lit upon a 1940 9N machine with the FEL that fit her budget and we brought home a project. That has blossomed into a wrecking yard outside and now a Kubota L2501 with 42 hours on it. I am also now looking at a L3960 machine.
    Bigger and better, however a bit wider than the 2501 which is close to the 8N size.
    Fun doesn't stop. Just takes another twist. Another twist being the '93 F350 CC Dually 7.3 idiT project that she found.


    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-26-2022 at 16:56:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • That lady is intent on keeping you out of trouble!

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 02-27-2022 at 16:38:44 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The fun will start again when I drag home the next new Kubota L3560 with backhoe.
    I figure it might take a month or three to sell the L2501 with backhoe.
    Newer machine backhoe is a wee bit larger and a hyd thumb. Part of me says to keep the 2501 and the other part says bigger is better. The smaller one having no computer or emissions has a lot to be said for it. The larger one with a stronger FEL and power is also hard to pass up and I have a few projects around here that it will come in handy for.
    Keep them both? That she won't allow to happen.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 02-28-2022 at 07:52:09 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • You forgot to mention the air conditioned cab. Nice toy.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 02-28-2022 at 21:58:27 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Yeah, I was slightly pushing for the cab option on the L2501. Now with the L3560 it would have enough room to move around in, getting in and out. However, too many low hanging branches around here and it limits access to the backhoe from the seat.
    As I was told by the wife.
    Looks like I am stuck with the open station. The L2501 got a lot of usage last year. I picked it up about 53 weeks ago and I believe it about to hit 43 hours. Looks like I am not on it often enough t justify heat and A/C. However, a few weeks go and playing with driving snow and the snow blade over a mile long road was starting to make me rethink that. However, with a larger machine and a bit more power with the ability to finish quicker, I will just have to dress a bit warmer and drier for the next snow season.
    I am waiting for the local dealer to get in an FEL for the L3560 and then I might be picking that up. The L2501 / backhoe with 4 way bucket will get sold off right after that.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 03-02-2022 at 07:41:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Now I see your mistake! You taught that woman too much!

    Better not put that snow blade away yet. We are to be 70 today with snow forecast for tomorrow!

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 03-03-2022 at 14:04:20 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Wife was already too smart. She came equipped with a Stihl 026 chainsaw, an 8 HP chipper shredder, Sears roto-tiller and had experience helping her father pour a 1500Sq Ft. concrete foundation for a house that never got built. Seems one of the sides was not absolutely square and her dad being a perfectionist, just stopped working on it some 30 years before we got married. She got experienced driving a 5 ton dump and working a Case backhoe long before I showed up. Not long ago we picked up a D4d cat at 21K #. She jumped on it and started tearing things up. I just brought the smarts to the game of knowing how to fix it all. The foundation is no longer worth building on and needs to get redone. The county is a PITA for permits and someday, someone will buy this 20 acres and build a McMansion on it. Sell this now for $3M? And go where to get the same of no human neighbors on 4 sides? Not overly loaded in cash, more is always nice but so is knowing when you have enough.
    Currently living in a double wide band-aid can of a 1999 vintage and the wife is happy with this. I, on the other hand, am looking for a step up from this "open floor" plan. Don't like it. I remember watching a movie once and the old woman said houses were meant to be on the ground to grow roots. Trailers don't have roots. The snow blade is still available but the studs should come off her van though. . .

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 03-05-2022 at 08:26:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • These exchanges have been great but I suspect we are pushing the hospitality of the site. I once bought a car which had studs on it. Did not like them at all. Was not living in mountain country either.

    Jack

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 03-05-2022 at 13:47:28 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I am amused, shall we say, that no one else has jumped into this fracas. Studded tires are good generally for about 6 weeks for me, usually from the 21st of Dec to mid Jan.
    This year her van is pushing 271,000 miles and I have 4 tires with studs. I really don't believe her van will still be running this coming Dec of '22 with an already, I suspect, bad head gasket. Water level drops to a certain level and stays there. I figured a radiator with a pin hole due to the level not dropping, and replaced that. Nope. Same problem. It still starts, runs and drives so I just keep doing the oil changes about every 3500 miles and finally went to a 10/40 oil. The studded tires are run just on the front and work well as long as you remember the back end will come around if you get silly on an icy curve. Yeah. Ask me how I know that...
    Young and dumb meets old and foolish.
    I should go pull those of today in the sunshine. However the early '94 7.3 idiT F350 CC Dually is taking precedence over a lot of things.
    White elephant. Best part is, it was her idea. I just expounded upon it.

    poderac    Posted 03-06-2022 at 19:27:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Sounds like a weak pressure cap on the radiator to me.

    Bruce(OR)    Posted 03-06-2022 at 23:20:56 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Now your making me think and that hurts. I did replace that, as the over flow jug was not dropping in level and there were no visible leaks on the ground.
    I finally had to look at the radiator when one morning as it was running and I had my hand on the upper rad hose I was getting wet with tiny drops of antifreeze that I figured could only come from the radiator. I disemboweled that monstrosity just to see nothing obviously wrong with it. New rad and same problem. Of note is the oil sludge build up on the inside of the rad cap. I figure that is the oil passage port in the head gasket that feeds the valve train which is leaking under pressure. Not totally blown out because if it was, the antifreeze should be freely flowing back into that port, which it does not appear to be doing. At 270,994 miles, I don't believe I am going to get into that transverse mounted mess.
    Then again last time it had spark plugs put into it was around 108,000 miles when we bought it. Those iridium toys might be due.

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