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    Default One City fella's experience trying to live in the country...Too Funny !

    I read this and knew I had to share it here....see if you think it is as funny as I do... must be plenty of folks just like him.
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    Another Farm Tractor from ****

    John Hofheimer
    Hensley Arkansas (for now)

    (John, whom, while I never meet, I can greatly sympathize with, sent me his encounter with a 'Farm Tractor From ****' after reading mine . . . needless to say, his story was too good not to share with everyone . . . Mike Hillman)

    Having always aspired to drive a tractor to and fro, to and fro all day long in the field, I moved to the country in Arkansas, not far from Little Rock. While I'd operated the occasional John Deere, Farm-all cub, and 8-N, I'd never been the primary custodian of a tractor.

    The most difficult thing I ever engineered was a BS degree, which spared me the indignities of trying to master a foreign language, and I'd only tinkered occasionally with a truck or car.

    Most of my adult life, I've worked as a re-modeler, a writer, editor or photographer--with time out for life on an unsuccessful commune in the Ozarks (hence the tractor "experience").

    Feeling claustrophobic shortly after moving to our farmette three years ago, I bought a Ferguson 30, circa '54. Like you, I though that bush hogging was grand fun--for a while.

    But I suffered similar indignities. Most recently, my tractor battery was dead, so I swapped it with another I had charged a few weeks ago. It was, of course, dead--and my ex-wife had my battery charger in Little Rock. So I decided to work closer to the house with a lawnmower in the 100-plus degree heat.

    While clearing a few Sweetgum branches from the lawn in preparation, I stirred up a nest of yellow jackets, suffering only two stings en route to the house. I dressed in layers, and went back in the afternoon heat, hooded, gloved and goggled to locate the nest and mark it.

    I went to town, picked up my battery charger, returned after dark, suited up again and sprayed down the nest. Then I charged the battery.

    Next morning I put in the fresh battery, started the tractor and got about four feet before something lugged the engine plumb down to quit. Turning around I discovered the bushhog dug in to the embankment, which didn't seem possible until I discovered my brand new $400 tire was flat.

    I dragged out my pitiful, tankless compressor and took to airing up the tire, figuring I'd plug the leak. That's when the compressor gave it's last gasp. So into Little Rock for a new compressor.

    I returned, aired up the tire and discovered a serious leak from the valve stem. Jacked the tractor up with the trusty handyman, pulled the wheel and took it up the road the to service station. They fixed it the next day. I brought it home, remounted it on the

    tractor and set off for long-overdue bushhogging in the orchard. Once that was finished, I started up the right side of the drive to the highway.

    Upon reaching the highway, I noticed that the state hadn't been up the cut the right away lately, so I turned left and made my first pass along the highway. I had just finished that pass and was fixin' to turn back for a second pass when I noticed a 70-year-old man looking at me through the hole in his otherwise shattered driver's door window. I'd flung something into his window. Two hundred and sixty three dollars later, he was on his way and I firmed my resolve to move back to the city.

    We've bought a derelict building by the Arts Center in a gentrifying neighborhood. I'm sure we won't have any more misadventures re-habbing that building and moving in.

    Oy!

    Which reminds me, my tractor guy, who has developed a similar disdain of my tractor stewardship, assures me there is at least one other Jewish tractor guy in Arkansas.

    Read Mike Hillman's 'The Farm Tractor for ****'
    Bob

    WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.


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    Default Re: One City fella's experience trying to live in the country...Too Funny !

    After reading other posts on here, sounds like he was having an average day!

    Ken
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    Default Re: One City fella's experience trying to live in the country...Too Funny !

    Quote Originally Posted by kensnelling View Post
    After reading other posts on here, sounds like he was having an average day!

    Ken
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    Good one, thanks for posting.

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    Default Re: One City fella's experience trying to live in the country...Too Funny !

    Murphy's Law. Thanks for posting.
    The PUPIL who does not surpass his Master, fails his Master.

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    Default Re: One City fella's experience trying to live in the country...Too Funny !

    It really sounds like me 40 yrs. ago when we bought the farm and built our house and moved to the country...I bought a Ford Jubilee tractor and I came home from work one day....this was in the first month we lived on the farm and noticed the tractor was out of gas ...so I took my suit coat off and headed down our driveway 1/4 mile long to the main road to go down about 1 mile to the country store to get gas...So there I went with my white dress shirt, vest,tie and suit pants on my new to me tractor...I passed by 2 neighbors standing by the fence and waved and they started laughing...in fact they bent over laughing...I could not figure it out...When I got home I told the Mrs. ....the strangest thing happened on the way to the store to put gas in the tractor....LOL...That is when she explained ...she said...Take your suit off when you come home and put on some work clothes and they won't laugh....

    So I was Green Acres for sure....It took almost 5 yrs. for the neighbors to stop teasing me....I think some still remember it....
    Bob

    WORRYING does not take away tomorrow's TROUBLES, it takes away today's PEACE.


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    JD -3020 with FEL and a 16 HP. K-Grow Lawn Tractor (bought from K Mart 1994) and runs great !
    Clark 130 EN Mig Welder

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    Default Re: One City fella's experience trying to live in the country...Too Funny !

    that's funny..
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    Default Re: One City fella's experience trying to live in the country...Too Funny !

    This sounds all too familiar. Ever just want to head home, crawl back to bed and hope everything will go better tomorrow?

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    Default Re: One City fella's experience trying to live in the country...Too Funny !

    Yup some days you win and some days Murphy does, I love it when I have the luxury to stop doing whatever when Murphy is winning and take a break, keeps more hair on the head that way!
    Rick

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    Default Re: One City fella's experience trying to live in the country...Too Funny !

    AH the fun & joy of living in the country & tractoring.
    Wanting to put in another water line a few days ago, I noticed puffs of smoke / dust blowing out the back of the back hoe. Strange never seen that before. Getting off the tractor, wiggling the levers a little, it's not smoke, it's hydrolic fluid spraying out. Not a little short hose, it's a 7 footer from pump to control box. Line is in good shape except where it chaffed & blew, hope it can be spliced or put couplers on it.

    If you read my threads on "How not to fix a tire" & How not to fix my truck". You will understand this was just a normal day. Along with my chain saw that needs primed (fuel into carb.) to start, then dies anyway. It's in the shop, man there says it runs fine. ??/ . Fairly new Weed Eater that was running perfectly, then started sagging out. Then run at part throttle & now not run at all.

    All in a days fun.
    ::"I STARTED out with nothing....I still have most of it."

    New Holland TC45 1,300+ hours - FEL - back hoe - post hole digger - Hydraulic Gannon - cement mixer - pressure washer - 1975 Dodge 500 flat bed - 1974 chevy C65 6 yard dump truck.
    All home made by me. loading forks - 2 drags - roller - Sheep's Foot - Pusher (to unload flat bed truck.) - pickle fork digger - Log splitter -

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