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Old 04-03-2007, 01:25 PM   #81
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You are ALL funny. When we purchased our Land (to build our house) there were no roads and we were the first on the plot of land. We purchased 3 acres. Neighbors....not close. And lived in a trailer and build our home.

We have a woods on our left, an apple orchard to our right and down the end
a creek running quitely. We always thought the house could be less but the area where the house sits....should be FREE of Neighbors.
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:34 PM   #82
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Too funny to see this thread pop up. And on a day when I happened to log in.

We've had our ups & downs here on the river. Major falling-out with Chrissy that I had to ride out (nutjob across the road told her that I'd ratted her out to the cops for planting pot in MY yard, which makes no sense if you think about it).

Nutjob & his buddies call me "The Psycho" and the feeling is mutual. Other outsiders have echoed my opinion that this is an uncommonly unfriendly area of the state, not sure why.

But life is OK. One more Airstream sitting in the driveway (and yet another sitting far away, waiting for me to retrieve it, so nothing new there) ...

I've been taking welding & Autocad classes at the local community college, loving all that ...

Being on the river has turned me into a rabid bird watcher, so I put up lots of feeders & while away many hours with the binoculars. And gardening down here is an absolute pleasure. It's not quite the life I envisioned living in my 40s, but day-to-day I'm content to have all of my limbs & most of my wits about me.

Oh, Pick, I would be your absolute nightmare neighbor. It got so bad last summer that Tom paid me $40 to mow my lawn. And I never raked up my leaves. That's a big neighborhood scandal.

And JohnHD ... b'friend & I narrowly missed buying 500 acres in Trempeleau (sp?). That area was pretty weird, too, but I did see a nice Flying Cloud.
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:42 PM   #83
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Oh, here's a shot of my garden last fall. I built quickie beds using cardboard from the move, whatever mulch I could get my hands on & a truckload of soil. Worked pretty good, plus their sand-filled swingset area turned out to be a GREAT planting area. That's where these flowers in this pic are at. Bonus pic is of the swans that panhandle up & down the river. They are so cool.
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Old 04-03-2007, 02:46 PM   #84
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OK guys - my moniker demands it! The name "Cracker" comes from the sound a bullhide whip makes - as used by the early Florida cowboys. Few people realize that Florida is second only to Texas with respect to the number of cattle raised - and, to the best of my knowlege, that holds true even today. The interior of Florida - an area seldom seen by the average visitor - used to have ranches under single ownership that stretched uninterrupted from north of Ocala, Florida south to the Everglades - a distance of several hundred miles (---probably inclusive of a good portion of Disney World.) Even as late as the 70's large landholders, like the grocery store chain Winn-Dixie, had foreman that patrolled their ranches by airplane. That may still be true today. I finished up construction of a corrugated box plant for St. Regis paper company, back around 1963, located at the crossroads of U.S. 27 and SR 70, near a corner general store called the Bears Den. Florida cowboys were still quite evident at that time, however they patrolled the fence lines with pickups and jeeps - and the bullhide whip was no longer seen. They did, however, still carry the old faithful six-shooter in a holster. There was quite a bit of rustling going on (---using tractor trailer rigs backed up to a remote fence line) and these were not the types you wanted to meet up with - neither the Cowboys or the Rustlers! As years went by, it became common practice to call anyone from Florida a "Cracker."
It was a bit more polite than calling them a "Redneck" - but about half the descriptions Jeff Foxworthy uses to describe a "Redneck" shore did fit a lot of my old buddies!
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Old 04-03-2007, 03:48 PM   #85
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Summerkid, what a saga ~~ not to mention a source of entertainment. How funny! It appears you've made good of the situation, but what a colorful palette of characters.
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Old 04-03-2007, 05:59 PM   #86
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I am from florida I dont know anything about cattle raising so I must not be a Cracker but please let me be a redneck...
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:20 PM   #88
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That must be why I live in the country, ya'll city folk just ain't to social.
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