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To: Smokin' Joe
I worked on a number of farms as a kid. The most onerous thing I did was picking the dead chickens at a chicken farm.

Didn't do me a bit of harm. In fact, I now have skills that I'm sure all of the metrosexual, citified, neutered bunch of guys I work with wish they had.

Guy I work with recently just paid his lawnmowing service (pay to get your lawn mowed? but that's another story....) 100 bucks to trim a small embankment at his house.

Thinking that maybe his trimmer was broken, or he didn't have one, I offered to let him borrow mine. His reply? "Nah, mine is just fine. I just don't like to do it."

I've seen the "embankment" he had "trimmed". Might take me 15 minutes to do, if I worked slowly and had a hard time starting my trimmer up. Sez me, I'm in the wrong business.

And....I'm cringing at the thought of telling my uncle (who owned one of the farms I worked on) "Nah, I just don't feel like doing that incredibly simple task. Can I just give someone 100 dollars to do it for me?"

47 posted on 03/22/2012 5:59:28 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill
Grandkids still get paid to do chores in our family, but it is mainly because I can spend time doing other things which pay much better. I'm a firm believer in being able to mow your own lawn (much easier with the motorized mowers vs. the old reel types), skin your own dinner (and cook it, too), and when the sad occasion arises, shoot your own dog.

The thing I hated worst was being the 'big kid' who got to catch and secure sheep for my great uncle to shear. Haying was dirty work, but not near so bad, and I didn't mind it, nor planting/cultivating/cutting/spearing/hanging/stripping tobacco. Crabbing, (trot line and crab pots), digging clams, fishing, tonging oysters, hunting deer and waterfowl were just putting food on the table.

I wish I could give my grandkids the same opportunities I had as a kid, but my childhood was long ago and far away.

53 posted on 03/22/2012 9:54:29 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: wbill
I worked on a number of farms as a kid. The most onerous thing I did was picking the dead chickens at a chicken farm.

Did the chickens have large talons? I hope you have seen Napoleon Dynamite.

79 posted on 04/25/2012 6:19:46 AM PDT by crusty old prospector
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