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Old 04-18-2013, 06:43 AM   #1
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Cool Downfalls of a good polish.....

We have been staying on some property in South Texas for the last year and have come across some strange problems lately. We were jolted awake by a loud tap on the outside of our trailer at 6:00 a.m. We have cameras aimed towards the bow and the stern and I checked the cameras and saw nothing. Again, another loud tapping on the outside of our trailer. I cautiously opened the door to see an old Tom Turkey (with an 11" beard) looking at himself with all his feathers proudly displayed. He would turn in a circle one direction and then back the other direction, look at himself and peck the trailer. He continued for five more minutes before he was sure he was the more dominant of the two and proudly walked away.

We have cows that lick the trailer, I guess thinking they are cleaning themselves and we also have a donkey that just stands with his nose on the trailer and stairs at his beauty, sometimes for over an hour. Yesterday we had a 1,200 lbs bull that we call Haus that stopped and turned toward the trailer, maybe 25 feet away. When he started throwing dirt with his hoof, I had to spray him with our water hose before he attacked himself. Lucky we weren't sleeping at the time.

Happy Shining....

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Old 04-18-2013, 11:46 AM   #2
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Enjoyed the story, pretty funny!

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Old 04-18-2013, 11:53 AM   #3
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Old 04-18-2013, 12:45 PM   #4
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Three years ago the farmer down the road ran over a nest of wild turkeys so he brought me the undamaged eggs... of the four three hatched. We gave them to one of our barnyard hens to rear which she did and they hung out for the rest of the year and springtime came and so did the wild gobblers... They lured the hens off and beat the snot of of Tom cuz he was a young dumb participant. Now three years later he is a big strapping gobbler who patrols our place and doesn't allow any toms in our yard... He's tame enough that you can get within a couple of feet of him but you can't box him in. Because of his territorial patrolling he really had some fits over the Tom in the trailer. He would circle it peck gobbler fan drag his wings, and if you left the trailer open he would even stand on the doorway peering in for the 'other' turkey. We had to finally put the Safari in the car barn, but now he is eyeing the new kid on the block in the form of a 54 Flying Cloud turkey.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:24 PM   #5
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I bet Cardinals have the same problem. I have had one beating up my shop window all spring.
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Old 04-18-2013, 01:31 PM   #6
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Downfalls of a good polish.....

This topic brings to mind my first tour of Yellowstone National Park following the WBCCI International Rally in Boise, Idaho in 1998. I was on a Grayline Tour of the park when our guide indicated that we were approaching a large wildlife traffic jam . . . when we drew closer, it became apparent that this was more than a typical wildlife traffic jam . . . a classic aluminum Airstream motorhome with a mirror polish job had been charged by a large male bison . . . learned later that the ranger believed the bison was attacking his shadow as if it were another male bison . . . later heard that the estimate for repairs on the motorhome was in excess of $20,000. . . .


P.S.: The extent of the bison's injuries was a cut on his rump . . . he just ambled away from the Airstream shaking his head briefly . . .

I was happy to be towing my Argosy rather than the Overlander in 2008 when I toured Yellowstone National Park on my way to the WBCCI International Rally . . . as I was leaving the Fishing Bridge Campground, I encountered a large male bison ambling down the road . . . he walked by my Argosy without giving it a second look . . .
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Old 04-18-2013, 02:14 PM   #7
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We have had numerous birds try and get up close and personal with our trailer as well.

Another downfall is the sun reflection burning patio rugs. We just had to replace another a few months ago.


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Old 04-18-2013, 02:42 PM   #8
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I can see "Downsides to a good polish". Downfalls sounds a little drastic.

I was thinking something like the life and death of Count Pulaski. Of course upon reading the thread I realized that you meant polish as in shining things up rather than Polish from Poland.

Funny stuff. Probably a good thing you shooed the bull away. Might have turned out like the bison.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:06 PM   #9
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That, was REALLY funny.
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Old 04-18-2013, 03:15 PM   #10
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That is hilarious ! I was thinking of putting my sheep in the field with the Airstream, but now I don't know! I could be butted all night!!
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Old 04-26-2013, 09:06 PM   #11
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Anodized, kids. None of these concerns, then.

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Old 05-02-2013, 06:51 PM   #12
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While traveling on a long lonely straight stretch of road in northern Wisconsin, in our shiny 31' Sovereign, we were approached and overtaken by a motorcyclist. He pulled up beside our trailer, and then kept an even pace with us - whileenjoying a full length view of himself and his bike in action! He stuck around for several minutes, preening and posing, before pulling away.
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Old 05-02-2013, 07:19 PM   #13
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Good post.

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