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Old 02-06-2019, 10:56 PM
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which side of the river are you on?
west or east?
If i ever get over that way i will stop in..
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Old 02-07-2019, 04:29 AM
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West side, right at the county line.
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Old 02-07-2019, 06:46 PM
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Although I wouldn't consider myself a "redneck" (my shirt comes off when it is hot and sunny LINK), I WOULD consider myself a "country boy". Grew up among farmers and fishermen in the northern reaches of Narragansett Bay, RI. I AM a "southerner" in political view, though... Too bad I can't shake this New England accent.

Up north, I had "people" I trusted that could do anything. Carpenters? Check. Masons? Check. Machinists? Check. Landscaping? Check. Etc.? Check. The barter system was alive and well and I had many restaurants where I often ate for free in exchange for minor auto or building maintenance.

Here in FL, I don't have so many "people"... Especially ones I trust. I've built relationships--don't get me wrong, but I've also seen many "fly by nights" that do shoddy work that would never be accepted up north. Then they are gone the next month...
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Too bad I can't shake this New England accent.
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Rhode Island accent is unique and quite different from the rest of NE. Although Bean Town is only a few miles away, there is a difference.

I spent many years in business with associates from Boston and RI and there was a noticeable difference in dialect. People that hear me speak would never guess that I spent 59 years living in NJ, because the southern part of the state is so much different from the rest of it.

I gave up many good friends and connections that could bring anything you wanted within minutes with just a phone call by moving south. I don't think it will take me too long to make new connections and friends here. I tend to give my time and efforts to people I meet before I ever expect anything in return and that has always been the way to make friends that last a lifetime. Even if I' just another "Damn Yankee"
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:28 PM
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I gave up many good friends and connections that could bring anything you wanted within minutes with just a phone call by moving south.
But surely you must feel a strong twinge of guilt when you think about leaving the privilege of paying the NJ governor's new rain tax.
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Old 02-07-2019, 09:35 PM
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The only strong twinge of guilt I feel is not pulling over to the side of the road so I could revel in in the image of the sign that says "You are now leaving New Jersey" in my rear view mirror.
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There were a couple jersey boys in my last training class. Took and hour or two before I realized that they actually spoke English.

Good guys but suuure talked funny.
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Old 02-08-2019, 12:31 PM
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There were a couple jersey boys in my last training class. Took and hour or two before I realized that they actually spoke English.

Good guys but suuure talked funny.
Just wait till you meet some real Jersey girls can't understand them either much less see what they look like but a split second or two between catfights...
Oh wait, that's just for ratings

I've only met a handful of jersey folks who I couldn't understand easily
but if you're hard of hearing you won't have much problem to hear them when they do speak to ya... But I haven't met one yet that didn't turn out to be pretty good folks still keep in contact with most of them... most are from the south jersey area...

I stopped in at a gas station in Baton Rouge Louisiana on my way to Port Allen
while I was getting gas an old man walks up to my car looking it over and says where ya from young fella, I said Texas he said hu? ya have a nice car I said thank you he said hu? hard of hearing so I thought...

He then said you must be one of those loudmouths from New Jersey or one of those smart asses from Texas... and my wife is sitting in the car looking like WTF... with a sort of smirk on her face, as the old man walks closer around to my/her side while I'm pumping gas she is tearing up trying to hold it in from busting out laughing... he looks at her and says you, ok mam, she shakes her head and he starts asking me why she's crying did I do something to her and ask again where you from, I SAID Texas! he said hu? So I just started mouthing like I was talking but with no words or a whisper just figured he crazy and could not hers for shit anyhow... So he walks to the front of the car and looks at my State L plate. turns to me from the front of my car and Says no dam wonder you're one of them Smart Asses from Texas my wife could not hold it in and just bust out laughing so hard everybody is looking and he's standing there like he's talking to the crowd of people at the pumps
Pointing at us... He's one of those Smart asses from Texas and he's with one of those loudmouths from New Jersey... never could figure out what the hell brought that on but no doubt he was one cheap bottle wine away from pissing on his bib coveralls again... It was one of the few people in Louisiana I ran into that was louder and more of an obnoxious smartass then any folks I've run into anywhere...
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I just want to clarify what i was talking about,the southern boys avoiding the yankees.
All of our lives the northern people have been moving into the south.
They come down and talk shit.
You southern boys can't weld,can't lay blocks,can't build houses,you can't race,you don't have a clue on how to get stuff done.
nobody wants to hear that shit,so we tell you to go back up north,since your not happy down here!

So,we avoid you guys,pretty simple,right?

When i moved to Ga. i made a promise to never tell anybody how to do anything,and i don't.
I don't get involved in any local politics,i don't complain about anything.
I'm glad to be here.
I learned alot form you yankees!
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So here’s how it went at the grove today. The day job had me until 11:00 so I didn’t get there until 1:00. Today’s project was to dig 2 holes and put the posts in the ground for the gate on RNR (Red Neck Road).

Before I get too deep into the day’s events I need to add a little bit of background. When I physically moved here in mid-October, I drove down with only things that would fit on my flat trailer. I brought my skid steer with all attachments, a welding machine, a small air compressor, a little Honda generator, all of the new Red cordless tools I own, and a bag of HF hand tools that I keep in the truck. That’s all I have here at the grove.

My neighbor up north gave me this hydraulic post hole digger that one of his tenants made and left behind. The only thing I did to it to make it work for me was to make a hinged bracket on the end of a piece of hitch tube, and bolt it on. It slips into the hitch mount I made for the skid steer. I have used it a few times and drilled about a dozen holes with it. The visibility on the new skid steer is quite a bit different from my old machine and after drilling the first hole for the gate posts, I bumped into a tree and bent the shaft on the PHD.

I can fix this PHD and that is where my day took a dump. My truck is parked on RNR which in on the west side of the grove and my shipping container shop is on the east side of the grove. So I drive the Bobcat with the broken PHD to the container. I open the container and realize that the Trailblazer is in the back of the container and I need put the forks on the Bobcat to get the welder out. The forks are on the flat trailer parked next to the container and I cant get to them unless I move the trailer. I take the PHD off the hitch plate, put on a ball and move the trailer.
I take the hitch plate off the Bobcat and put on the forks and bring the Trailblazer out of the container, I go to start it and the battery is dead.

I’m pretty pissed off at this point when I remember seeing a quote on a tea bag in Laura’s cup when I was up north last week, It said, “ The problem is not the problem, your attitude towards the problem is the problem” - Capt. Jack Sparrow. Now I have determination to get this thing fixed and things get worse. I’ll use the Honda generator to charge the battery in the Trailblazer. I tear the container apart looking for the 12VDC cord for the Honda when I realize that it’s in my truck on the other side of the grove almost a ¼ mile away. The quad has a bad fuel leak and won't run. So I walk back to the truck, get the 12VDC cord and head back to the container. I hook the Honda generator up to the Trailblazer to charge the battery and the Honda won’t start. I pull the shit out of it before I realize that it’s out of gas. I grab the gas can to fill the Honda, and even though I did the tire valve vent mod to the gas can, I can’t get gas out of the can. I grab a pair of dykes and circumcise the gas can nozzle and fill the Honda and get it running.

While the Trailblazer is charging, I figure I’ll cut the bent part off the PHD and prep everything for welding. My kids bought me this mini cordless band saw and it’s not a tool that I could have ever justified buying for myself but now that I have it I find it very handy and use it all the time. After I cut the bent pipe off I got the cordless grinder out and started grinding when I realized I should be wearing gloves. After looking and not finding my gloves I realize that they’re in the bag with my welding hood in the truck, so it’s another ¼ mile walk back to the truck. I get the gloves out of the bag and start back to the container when I realize I don’t have the welding hood. I get back to the container and prep the parts to be welded. I have a cordless grinder with one cut-off wheel and one battery. These grinders can eat a fully charged battery in no time at all and the charger is back in the truck, fortunately the battery lasted and I used up the entire cut-off wheel. I haven’t stick welded in almost 15 years but I managed to glue the broken pieces back together. I put everything away and drove the Bobcat back to RNR and drilled the other gate post hole without issue. I set the 2 posts in the ground and called it a day.

I’m hoping things go better tomorrow.
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