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Old 08-04-2010, 02:43 PM
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While I've generally adhered to the idiom that it's better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove any doubt, in response to the 90-9-1 post, I thought I should maybe work on demonstrating my foolishness a little more. I've been an occasional reader of BHM for about 20 years now, and an avid follower of these forums for about 2 years. I've come to enjoy and look forward to the experiences shared by the regulars as they chronicle their trek through the homesteading experience.

I'm in southern Indiana, and at the risk of name dropping, I'm about 2 miles from Patience. We've known each other going on 30 years now (I graduated w/ one of his daughters) and we've spent a good bit of time together in that period. FWIW, if you think following his posts is a treat, imagine interacting in person on a regular basis. Although, he'll probably tell you what a pest I am.

I started an Internet business 15 years ago this Fall, that has evolved into a full blown tele-communcations service. As a sideline, my wife and I started homesteading on 20 acres of the farm I grew up on that we bought from my parents about 20 years ago. As a youngster, we predominantly raised beef cattle and hogs and raised enough hay and grain to feed the operation. Today, we experiment with more diverse specialty grains, hatch and raise our own chickens for eggs and meat, and "truck patch" vegetables, initially for our own consumption, but now in excess sufficient to sell at the local markets to pay for the entire operational expenses of the farm and cover the property taxes. It doesn't yet pay the mortgage, but we definitely eat better than most (from what we grow) and get paid to do it. Patience commented once to me on the apparent paradox between the high tech world of my main business and the extreme low tech world that I surround myself with after hours. I guess it's a balance thing.

From a prepper standpoint, I guess my views are prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I agree with many on here that there is always a potential for things to go bad and I think it just makes sense to be able to deal with that. The farm operation also has the ulterior motive of classroom for our kids to at least experience the fundamentals of how self sufficiency works. Hopefully they'll never HAVE to do it this way, but they'll at least know how if the situation arises. Our operation I believe hedges us against much of what could go wrong, and if nothing happens, we've got a nice little sideline diversion that provides a lot of satisfaction.

So, I guess a board full of lurkers would be pretty boring. I'm grateful to the people that do post regularly. Frankly there's so many intelligent and experienced people on here posting that usually anything I could add would be redundant at best. For that reason it's easy for me to be pretty lazy about posting. I'll try to be more active in the future, and sincerely look forward to meeting all of you, albeit electronically. And hopefully without showing too much foolishness in the process.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:03 PM
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Greetings from over in SW IN!
Patience and I have 'talked' a couple of times on here.
I'm not far from Dinky's.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:59 PM
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Foxfire,

Howdy! I think I remember reading a discussion between you two about Dinky's. I'm planning on being there in September for sure and would like to make a Friday night trip sometime before.

BTW, do you have any inside info on Glendale lake you'd care to pass along? I've never fished it, but have been wanting to for awhile. I understand there are some yellow perch to be had there. I just thought since that was your area you might know something about it.

Good to make your acquaintance. Look forward to chatting again!
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Greetings from Owen County...about 20 miles west of Bloomington. We're very near McCormicks Creek State Park.....the first state park in Indiana.
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Hendricks and Henery county here.
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Old 08-05-2010, 10:20 PM
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I am about an hour and a half north of Indpls!
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Southwest Ohio , so we are pretty close.......welcome
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Old 08-06-2010, 01:33 AM
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Hmmm, yellow perch?? I never knew them to be in Dogwood Lake (Glendale). It isn't a bad crappie lake in early spring, and later for bluegill and redear. There are also some nice cats there. I caught a small bass near the boat docks a week or so ago, but it was just under the size limit.

I'll have to ask about those yellow perch. When I find out, I'll post it.

Re the September sale at Dinky's, it's a blast...if you're into that sort of thing!!!
Also, the White River Valley Antique Tractor Show will be Sept 9-12. Saturday the 11 is the best day in my opinion. Here's a link:
http://www.wrvaa.org/index.php?optio...d=9&Itemid=999
That show is a real treat with hundreds of tractors, steam powered machine shop, one room schoolhouse, sorghum mill, kettle corn, and much, much, much more!! As you can tell, I enjoy it!

BTW, that's the same weekend as the Turkey Trot in Montgomery.

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Old 08-06-2010, 11:26 PM
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Hello from southern New Jersey...
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:42 AM
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Thanks everybody for the welcome!

Proud_Poppa, I think I played music a couple of times years ago (in another lifetime?) at McCormicks Creek. Indiana used to (maybe still does) hire some local artists for special events at various of the parks, and I happened to be working with bands that got drawn for some of them. Fun, but almost always HOT.

Indyguy, I plead ignorance to the counties you mentioned, although Hendricks sounds familiar for some reason. I do my best to stay out of Yankee country (north of US 50) and other than a couple of business related outings don't get up that way much. I enjoy reading your posts though!

Laura, greetings from about an hour and a half south of Indianapolis!

Redwhiteblue, Cincinnati area, I presume? I've never spent much time in Ohio, did play a bluegrass festival somewhere over around the mountains in SE Ohio once (can't recall the name of the town) and really enjoyed that area. Howdy just the same!

Tom, I appreciate that tagline! I think I'll borrow that periodically. Lemme know if I need to send a royalty check or anything.

It's a pleasure to make your acquaintances. I'll look forward to swapping stories and ideas with all of you in the future.
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Old 08-07-2010, 12:56 AM
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Hmmm, yellow perch?? I never knew them to be in Dogwood Lake (Glendale). It isn't a bad crappie lake in early spring, and later for bluegill and redear. There are also some nice cats there. I caught a small bass near the boat docks a week or so ago, but it was just under the size limit.

I'll have to ask about those yellow perch. When I find out, I'll post it.

Re the September sale at Dinky's, it's a blast...if you're into that sort of thing!!!
Also, the White River Valley Antique Tractor Show will be Sept 9-12. Saturday the 11 is the best day in my opinion. Here's a link:
http://www.wrvaa.org/index.php?optio...d=9&Itemid=999
That show is a real treat with hundreds of tractors, steam powered machine shop, one room schoolhouse, sorghum mill, kettle corn, and much, much, much more!! As you can tell, I enjoy it!

BTW, that's the same weekend as the Turkey Trot in Montgomery.

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I think it's kind of a secret thing, or at least something that not many folks go after. I've talked to a few people that claim to have caught them accidentally fishing for crappie or shellcrackers, but haven't found anybody that fishes specifically for them. Maybe we need to get together sometime and go see what we can figure out.

I've been going to the fall machinery auction at Dinky's for about 4 years now. Interesting place. I can relate to that class of equipment, having grown up around most of it, so much more than the modern stuff. I'm planning to bring a corn binder home with me this year.

Well acquainted with the WRVAA show. That's about our favorite one. Dad and I have been going for 5 or 6 years now and hate to think about missing it. About 3 years ago, there was an H farmall someone had done a diesel conversion on that was the slickest thing I've ever seen. Looked like a factory job, and even had a HD decals made for it. I keep hoping it will come back someday so I can get more details from it. I'd like to do a conversion on my 2 H's someday. I'm not at all familiar with Turkey Trot.
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Old 08-07-2010, 01:28 AM
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I think you find the Farmall H diesel converson used a Continental diesel from the Farmall 350. Its a simple bolt in very easy to do converson.

Personaly I would never bone out a 350 unless it was a total rag.
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I think you find the Farmall H diesel converson used a Continental diesel from the Farmall 350. Its a simple bolt in very easy to do converson.

Personaly I would never bone out a 350 unless it was a total rag.
Agreed. I knew that some folks made a H-TA using the back end from a 300 or 350, I guess I didn't realize that the 350 had a diesel option. Makes sense though. Thanks for the tip.
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KG,
Talked with a guy today who says he has caught a couple of yellow perch 8-10" long. That's a couple over the last 25 years or so of fishing there. So, I don't think they're plentiful! He also caught a fish he thinks was a pickerel.
If you want to call down there and ask the experts, call 812-644-7711. That's the office number.

RE the tractor show...I tried for quite a few years to get my dad to go to it. He was getting up in age and couldn't get around like he wanted, but used this excuse: "Hell, I saw that stuff the first time around. I don't want to see it again!"

Like I told Patience, I will try to get a hat with Foxfire across the front. Might you there.

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foxfire,

If we get to Elnora (WRVAA) it will have to be on Friday the 10th, since a friend has a 50th wedding annivesary on the 11th that we can't miss. Oh, well, we go for the flea market stuff, but I want some of that homemade ice cream, too. They have things that are getting pretty rare these days. I bought a broadaxe handle there last year, and not only had my choice of several, but the lady knew what it was!

Oh, anybody know which day at Dinky's that they sell the antiques and machinery this year? Haven't got a flyer yet.

I'm tall and skinny, 64 yrs. old, and pretty well white headed and wear a beard. Glasses and big white cowboy hat. I'll just wear one of those stick-on nametags that says Patience, will that work? Jerry

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Sounds like the 21-22 will be the days for farm stuff, later for the horses.

Fall Machinery,Carriage and Antique Auction Sept.21st & 22nd
Daviess County Horse and Colt Auction Sept.23
Knepp's Horse and Colt Auction Sept.24

Here is a link about the general Friday night sales: http://www.dinkysauctioncenter.com/R...t-Auction.html for anyone who might be interested.

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foxfire,

Thanks for the info. Not sure we'll go to Dinky's, but we will be at Elnora for sure, barring any calamity I can't foresee.

krapgame,

When do you plan to go to Elnora?

FWIW, krapgame is unduly modest about what he has going on, and it is a LOT. Makes some FINE homegrown sorghum, feeds his own family and a lot of others with their grain, eggs, and produce, and juggles all that with running a thriving business. Very capable guy, in many areas.

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Talked with a guy today who says he has caught a couple of yellow perch 8-10" long. That's a couple over the last 25 years or so of fishing there. So, I don't think they're plentiful! He also caught a fish he thinks was a pickerel.
If you want to call down there and ask the experts, call 812-644-7711. That's the office number.

RE the tractor show...I tried for quite a few years to get my dad to go to it. He was getting up in age and couldn't get around like he wanted, but used this excuse: "Hell, I saw that stuff the first time around. I don't want to see it again!"

Like I told Patience, I will try to get a hat with Foxfire across the front. Might you there.

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I'm pretty sure that perch are like crappie: if there are any, there are never just a few. They pattern differently than other panfish, and while you might occasionally catch a crappie while bass fishing, you have to change presentation to CATCH crappie. Perch are the same way. Either way, I'm hoping to make it over there to find out for myself yet this summer.

FWIW, took mamma bear to the casino restaurant in French Lick last night for a break from all the summer work. They have an EXCELLENT perch dinner for about $13. A little 'spensive, but we only go out a few times a year. We'd been before but somehow I'd never noticed that. I highly recommend it if you're ever over that way.

Dad grew up with all that equipment when it was new then left farming in the early 80s, when he decided that keeping the house payment made and food on the table was more important to him than riding a tractor full time. I don't think he ever quite got the bug out of his system. Regardless, it's something we have in common and the outings together make memories for us both. We usually come to Elnora either Thursday or Friday to avoid a little of the crowd (we're both pretty reclusive when it comes right down to it) and for an excuse to burn a vacation day away from work. Regardless, I'll give you an update when we're headed that way and we'll see if our paths cross.
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foxfire,

Thanks for the info. Not sure we'll go to Dinky's, but we will be at Elnora for sure, barring any calamity I can't foresee.

krapgame,

When do you plan to go to Elnora?

FWIW, krapgame is unduly modest about what he has going on, and it is a LOT. Makes some FINE homegrown sorghum, feeds his own family and a lot of others with their grain, eggs, and produce, and juggles all that with running a thriving business. Very capable guy, in many areas.
Not certain yet, but most likely either the 9th or 10th. I like to avoid the crowd as much as possible and dad needs to burn a vacation day.

Yep, that's me in a nutshell; Jack of all trades, master of NONE.
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Howdy, pull up a chair, put on a feedbag and enjoy the conversation!!
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