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Winds Cover House With Tumbleweeds
UPI ^ | Feb. 26, 2013

Posted on 02/28/2013 10:34:51 AM PST by nickcarraway

A Texas man said one of the more unusual consequences of this week's windstorms was his house being covered in tumbleweeds.

Josh Pitman of Midland said Monday's winds caused the tumbleweeds to first gather on the left side of his home and they soon spread to his roof and wrapped around the house, KBMT-TV, Beaumont, reported Tuesday.

"I didn't even know this many tumbleweeds existed," Pitman said.

Pitman said he spent most of an afternoon clearing the tumbleweeds from one side of his house and putting them in a ditch behind his home.

"I called the fire department and they said that since it was on my yard, it was considered yard waste and that I had to take care of it, they or the city wouldn't be able to do anything. So I figured, I got to do what I got to do," Pitman said.

Pitman said he expects the cleanup to take until the end of the week.


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1 posted on 02/28/2013 10:34:53 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Wow!
Too bad it’s Tumbleweeds though.


2 posted on 02/28/2013 10:39:16 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UiSMyyj-Ac

(Tumbling Tumbleweeds)


3 posted on 02/28/2013 10:42:00 AM PST by married21
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

Put them downwind and send them on their way.


4 posted on 02/28/2013 10:42:13 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: nickcarraway

“I called the fire department and they said that since it was on my yard, it was considered yard waste “

In other words, they couldn’t be bothered.
Nice of them.
You’d think a fire hazard would be intheir interests because after all, a house fire is on your property too when they respond...


5 posted on 02/28/2013 10:46:54 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: nickcarraway

Unfortunately, they are not tumbleweeds. They are Tribbles.


6 posted on 02/28/2013 10:47:03 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: nickcarraway

Hammered!


7 posted on 02/28/2013 10:48:58 AM PST by poobear (Socialism in the minds of the elites, is a con-game for the serfs, nothing more.)
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To: nickcarraway
Ditzy neighbor brought home a tumbleweed from Arizona and put it in her rock garden as decoration. It stayed there until the first good wind, and we never saw it again.

/johnny

8 posted on 02/28/2013 10:49:26 AM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: nickcarraway

wow! I think I saw a Twilight Zone (maybe Outer Limitss) about this very thing.


9 posted on 02/28/2013 10:49:43 AM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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To: Paladin2

Been there done that with some huge tumbleweeds. I even felt a little guilty but if I pulled them with a rake out the center of the street they would roll down the street a long ways into the construction area


10 posted on 02/28/2013 10:50:04 AM PST by winodog (Thank you Jesus for the calm in my life)
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To: Darksheare; Borax Queen

Darks shrugs it off, pretending to have nothing to do with this......

:-)

11 posted on 02/28/2013 10:50:34 AM PST by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

What would be better?


12 posted on 02/28/2013 10:51:46 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: winodog
Tumble weeds need to be free ranging. It's their nature.

Capturing them and destroying them is just wrong. They sequester CO2 after all.

13 posted on 02/28/2013 10:54:18 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

By putting them into a ditch behind his house, isn’t he just creating a rattlesnake haven?


14 posted on 02/28/2013 11:01:41 AM PST by miele man
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To: nickcarraway

One Christmas when I was little, my Mom wired 3 together and sprayed frocking on them for our Christmas tree.No lights...too scared of a fire...it was a lean year for us.


15 posted on 02/28/2013 11:03:04 AM PST by wyokostur
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To: nickcarraway

Wacky Weed!


16 posted on 02/28/2013 11:14:02 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: miele man

“a rattlesnake haven?”

Yeah, and he’s probably not allowed to burn them. I’d get a big wood chipper, and a couple of “immigrants” And reduce the weeds to mulch.


17 posted on 02/28/2013 11:17:33 AM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: wyokostur

Im with ya on that one. One year Ma sprayed a tumbleweed green and hung little gold ornaments on it. And you know, that will always be my favorite Christmas tree.


18 posted on 02/28/2013 11:32:54 AM PST by olepap (God help us)
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To: nickcarraway

Pretty common here in New Mexico. Woke up the other day to a couple dozen covering my fairly small backyard. Tossed them over my back wall so they could be wild and free again. Thorns just tore up my hands (through the gloves) and arms.


19 posted on 02/28/2013 11:34:03 AM PST by Crusher138 ("Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just")
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To: nickcarraway

Russian thistles”: http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/russian_thistle.html


20 posted on 02/28/2013 12:13:00 PM PST by Western Phil
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To: nickcarraway; LUV W

LUV W posted something on the Canteen thread about this http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2991185/posts?page=49#49


21 posted on 02/28/2013 12:23:11 PM PST by Arrowhead1952 (Dims are stupid, period. End of conversation.)
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To: Darksheare

You expect the fire department to do yard work? How much should they charge?


22 posted on 02/28/2013 12:47:42 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Arrowhead1952; nickcarraway

They were also piled up against the overpass railing on my drive to work today, too. Wish I could have gotten a picture, bbut I would have been run over by the drivers in a big hurry to get to work! LOL!


23 posted on 02/28/2013 12:50:54 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: LUV W

Are tumbleweeds combustible?

Maybe we need a federal program to process them into power plant fuel....

I’m sure with a couple hundred million dollars in loans somebody could work it out.


24 posted on 02/28/2013 12:55:22 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: wyokostur

Save on Crafts carries wired LED “drop” type lights called “Fairy Lights” that don’t produce heat & work great. A little tricky to thread them though. (These things would be great perimeter control if it’s too cool for Bougainvillea. They’re vicious. Nature’s razor wire.)

Wish I’d seen this 3 months ago.


25 posted on 02/28/2013 12:59:13 PM PST by KGeorge (hoplophobia: n. irrational, morbid fear of guns.)
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To: nascarnation
VERY combustible when dry, but it's a quick fire and then *poof*...they're gone. I don't think there IS a marketable product for them.

A friend said she spray painted some stacked up ones for a funky Christmas tree, but the stickers nearly ate her hands up when she was working with them. Not sure I'd put lights on them...you might have that combustion up close and personal!

Not hers....but you get the drift (get it? drift? LOL! *ahem*)

26 posted on 02/28/2013 1:20:42 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: nickcarraway

Nothing new. We had tumbleweed problems every spring when we lived in SE New Mexico.

The local radio stations would often broadcast which streets were closed due to tumbleweed blockages.

Blame the Russians! Tumbleweed seeds came to the US in flax seed imported by Russian immigrants.


27 posted on 02/28/2013 1:22:34 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (THE SOUND OF MUSIC at the POTEET THEATRE in OKC! See our murals before they are painted over!)
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To: Lakeshark; Darksheare

HAHAHAA, you guys are TOO FUNNY! LMAO!

No more booms today....Oh, I forgot to mention, BO turned our electricity off for 1.5 hours yesterday too. No storms, nothing, but no power. I personally think it’s because we live in the Christian conservative gun-toting part of town.../luv, your conspiracy-minded friend


28 posted on 02/28/2013 1:52:27 PM PST by Borax Queen
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To: LUV W

Great pic.
I still think the tumbleweed energy program makes as much sense as these other federal boondoggles.
You just need a prominent Democrat to be the beneficiary of most of the $400 million dollar loans and you’re on the way....


29 posted on 02/28/2013 2:26:43 PM PST by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: nickcarraway

Mine’s covered with ice (high winds, spraying ice). ;-)


30 posted on 02/28/2013 2:34:48 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of rotten politics smelled around the planet.)
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To: LUV W

No, I don’t get it. Completely at a loss.


31 posted on 02/28/2013 2:55:44 PM PST by driftless2
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To: nascarnation

Guess I should check it out....I need a boondoggle or two, just to make things interesting! :)


32 posted on 02/28/2013 2:57:12 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: driftless2

:)


33 posted on 02/28/2013 3:13:49 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: wyokostur

How does one spray frocking?


34 posted on 02/28/2013 3:50:16 PM PST by Chickensoup (200 million unarmed people killed in the 20th century by Leftist Totalitarian Fascists)
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To: Paladin2

Cellulose based ethanol! Oh right... that’s not commercially available yet.


35 posted on 02/28/2013 7:20:26 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: wyokostur

What a cool mom. : )


36 posted on 02/28/2013 8:46:37 PM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Paladin2
Organic, free range, grass fed, & antibiotic-free tumbleweeds...my Whole Foods Market hasn't received their shipment yet...it's probably too early in the season to look for them yet.


37 posted on 02/28/2013 9:47:37 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

Hopping hay rolls.


38 posted on 03/01/2013 6:54:06 AM PST by B4Ranch (When democracy turns to tyranny, we still get to vote. We just won't use voting booths to do it.)
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To: 1rudeboy

Nobody holds bonfires for *cough* training anymore?


39 posted on 03/01/2013 8:14:25 AM PST by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: B4Ranch

Nope. Shredded wheat filled with Mexican jumping beans. :)


40 posted on 03/01/2013 10:56:28 AM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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