The stars at night are big and bright...

The stars at night are big and bright...
The stars at night are big and bright...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Keep Manhattan, Just Give Me That Countryside

Got Dirt?

Been playing Green Acres around The South 40 this week. Brother In-law brought his big ass tractors over and it didn't take long to plow 40 acres. It was also pretty nice doing it in an air conditioned cab listening to the stereo. First time I've ever done that. I'm used to sitting in the open listening to the exhaust and choking on the dust. You know... farming.

It's the only way to fly!

Now I get to go remove the rocks that came up before we run the planter. It tends to not like large hard objects in it's path.

To quote a line by Karl Maldren from How The West Was Won "I have the finest crop of rocks in Stone County". I pulled several tons of rocks out of the field last fall. I'm not exaggerating either. I've got 4 huge piles and every rock in them was hand picked. Now it looks like I might have another ton or so in the field again. Hoo-ray!

What I need to do is figure out a way to pull a Tom Sawyer scam on some city folk and get them to pay me for doing it for me. The South 40 All Natural Full Body Workout! Only $20 for a limited time!! (The effectiveness of this hasn't been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and any claims of results or lack thererof may be in dispute)

That may sound ludicrous to you, but there is a guy baling Dove Weed and selling it for $10 a bale in the Metroplex as dove attractant. I kid you not. 

P.T. Barnum was right.


an Donalbane said...

When I was a kid, my granddad would sometimes let us drive the green tractor from where he and my grandmother lived, over to the 'old' family farm - a distance of two or three miles.

We'd also sometimes ride on the fenders come hay raking time, as we knew that the baby rabbits that would be displaced would run, but couldn't clear the the raked hay, and we'd hop off the fenders and catch them. Not smart, I know, but I didn't chew on pencils or paint flakes off the walls - a kid's gotta have some kinda vice.

Maybe after I was a kid, he might've gotten a tractor with a canopy, but not an enclosed cab, and the ones we drove or rode were pure, basic tractors, not even an umbrella.

I bet the new combines have USB and Bluetooth, huh?

Anonymous said...

When I open your RSS feed it puts up a whole lot of strange characters, is the deal on my end?

RPM said...

I have no idea.

el chupacabra said...

I used to harvest seed to be used for CRP on my buds dad's place. He offered me money once. I took it- just because thats what I do, but I spent many hours operating a tractor or harvester for free AFTER driving for 3 hours to get there just to do it.

There is nothing like it.