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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #100 on: August 08, 2019, 07:38:49 pm »
I discovered some Amish ladies having a picnic under pavilion.  I asked the man in the green van of the old mom n pop tire shop.  He knew exactly what and where and explained the easiest route to find the shop.







On the way to tire shop, I stopped to get you dogs some peekchas of a typical Amish farm in these parts. 

This area holds one of the largest populations, if not the largest, in the USA.

Most, not all, take much pride in appearance of their property.  Most have lawns, gardens, landscaping manicured to perfection.





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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #101 on: August 08, 2019, 07:46:45 pm »
On the way to tire shop to buy a spare tire for my trip back to the Mitten, I saw this unique old church.



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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #102 on: August 08, 2019, 07:52:43 pm »
A few minutes later I spot a beautiful lake cottage for sale, so I stopped to scope it out.























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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #103 on: August 08, 2019, 07:58:41 pm »
From the road, these lake cottages look small, as you can see they're not tiny from lakeside.







A unique barn just down the road.

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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #104 on: August 09, 2019, 05:44:28 pm »
Nice peekchas - thanks for the effort this takes - it is greatly appreciated Sir  :thumleft:
Eat life!
 
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #105 on: August 09, 2019, 08:30:38 pm »
That longhorn has tiny 'nads compared to a proper South African Blue Bull :deal:  :pot:

That Mann House certainly is pretty  :drif:

We see drunk rednecks here all year round, only ours wear less clothing  :lol8:

Mrs. Zog for a second opinion, eh everyone?  :pot: :imaposer:

Yes, the Mann House is pretty, I'll see if I can get you dogs some interior peekchas.

You don't post enough pics of redneck women in scant attire enough, Zog. 

Take one for the team and git r dun  :imaposer:


That B&W pic is really nice! :thumleft:
When still young and crazy I used to go the quarry outside Pretoria in the afternoons and wait for the thunderstorm to pass and then go crazy with my windsurfer in the strong winds! :peepwall:

Umm..........yeah..........what has changed  :patch: :imaposer:

I also like that B&W picture a lot. Other great pictures as well.  :thumleft:

From my own knowledge, and little experience, booze and water are usually a recipe for extreme cleverness.

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Yeah, I've done some clever things under the influence, let me tell ya.


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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #106 on: August 09, 2019, 08:31:10 pm »
Nice peekchas - thanks for the effort this takes - it is greatly appreciated Sir  :thumleft:

My pleasure  :thumleft:
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #107 on: August 09, 2019, 08:32:40 pm »
I went to Purdue University a few years ago and Indiana really left a profound effect on me. It was my first time in the US and driving in the shuttle from Indianapolis to West Lafayette I was shocked, because I did not see a single fence in 1.5 hours of driving.

Everything was clean, functional and first world, but it was still a rural area and had that feel to it. My memory of it is that it is my idea of heaven on earth.
 

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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #108 on: August 09, 2019, 08:35:34 pm »
On my way to mom n pop tire shop, I found a restaurant that didn't feel right for me, so I decided to continue on south,

though, not before photographing nice Ford Thunderbird in the parking lot.









I went to Purdue University a few years ago and Indiana really left a profound effect on me. It was my first time in the US and driving in the shuttle from Indianapolis to West Lafayette I was shocked, because I did not see a single fence in 1.5 hours of driving.

Everything was clean, functional and first world, but it was still a rural area and had that feel to it. My memory of it is that it is my idea of heaven on earth.

Indiana is beautiful, Boland, thank you for sharing your story.

Indiana has less red tape to start a small business versus Michigan, I like that.
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #109 on: August 09, 2019, 08:47:36 pm »
I went to tire shop.  They had an OEM used Goodyear 10-ply tire with 60% tread for $20, another $20 to dismount holed tire from factory forged wheel and discard, mount used tire on factory forged wheel and balance, along with mounting my factory spare underneath bakkie, all for $40 total.  That's cheap. 

On the way to find some beer, excuse me, lunch with a beer, I drove by this nice lake house.  I'm betting he has his collection of whatever in the detached barn, or possible an indoor swimming pool, hot tub, and sauna for the winter months.

And then the main house with attached garage.







Then, it was time for lunch.  I discovered this place out in the country, I ordered a steak sandwich with crusted horseradish
on Texas toast and homemade tater salad.  A Corona Light to wash it down.



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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #110 on: August 09, 2019, 09:20:46 pm »
This morning, Friday 9 Aug 2019, I picked up Joseph at 6:30.

We drove to Menards. 

Menards is a home improvement and construction supply center, much like Lowe's and Home Depot, yet much bigger, at least in our town.

Menard's, iirc, is based in Wisconsin.

We purchased 5 gallons of interior paint, a few transition strips, two boxes of ez-lock flooring, storage boxes, and a few other odds and ends.





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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #111 on: August 09, 2019, 11:31:49 pm »
Big oil you got to keep this thread alive bud, please!!
I take your word for  Michigan being one of the no1 States and actually working with a guy who has farmed 2 years in Minnesota. He has loved the place, but is also rather happy here in Kansas. I guess farmwork is farmwork hey.
I just enjoyed the pictures so fast especially of the old tractors.
 
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #112 on: August 10, 2019, 12:41:48 am »
Big oil you got to keep this thread alive bud, please!!
I take your word for  Michigan being one of the no1 States and actually working with a guy who has farmed 2 years in Minnesota. He has loved the place, but is also rather happy here in Kansas. I guess farmwork is farmwork hey.
I just enjoyed the pictures so fast especially of the old tractors.

Thanks TVB!

Minnesota is a beautiful state as well.

I hope you are doing well down in Kansas.
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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #113 on: August 10, 2019, 01:32:56 am »
From Menards, Joe and I traveled north to Leslie, Mitten.

A friend of ours owns a pallet shop.  He outgrew the existing structure in not time, so he added quite an addition.

A substantial weight bearing truss is unnecessary with the metal roof, the snow slides off.









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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #114 on: August 10, 2019, 01:38:22 am »
One gigantic heavy heavy piece of equipment.







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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #115 on: August 10, 2019, 01:42:50 am »
How is machinery powered?  Diesel engines connected to air compressor, shafts, alternators, pulleys, belts, no electric.







I cannot tell you what the black boxes purpose serves.  Top secret.









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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #116 on: August 10, 2019, 01:48:20 am »
More deeezels and machinery.













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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #117 on: August 10, 2019, 02:19:07 am »
And now, introducing the star of this pallet show, a pallet nailer my friend got talked into buying from some establishment yet to be named.

My friend, Joseph, pallet shop owner, not the Joseph that just closed on the gargantuan plantation, told me of this machine he was buying last fall.

He asked if I could drive his crew to southeast Ohio so his crew could learn how to operate, program, maintain, adjust, and repair, yada yada yada.

Pallet Joseph's daddy is the wealthiest Amish man in the community.  I think the money has gone to juniors head. 

When Pallet Joseph told me how much this machine was going to cost delivered, I thought I was going to need defibrillation. 

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.  Joseph, you're nailing pallets together, are you sure this machine is worth the upfront cost, maintenance, and what if there are bugs, lol.

Oh no, B.O. this thing is the cats meow.  Joseph, I think you're getting fed a line of bullshit.

Oh, Big Oil, this machine is going to cut down drastically on labor costs.  Okie dokey, P.J.  Yuda man Joe.  What do I know?

I saw the machine shortly after it was delivered.  I started looking over the components and how complex this machine is for such a simple task.

I was not impressed, especially for price of this over engineered piece of dung.

So, Davey boy, knows my bah humbug opinion of this overly priced red piece of shit, says, hey B.O. how about a demonstration?

Sure, Davey, can't wait.  Davey say well, you'll have to wear ear protection.  Sure Davey.  I inserted ear plugs.  He fired this thing up and O.M.Gawwwwwwd,

this thing sounds like a B-52 strata-fortress taking off loaded.  Even with ear protection, the violence that is involved with this engineering gem is atrocious.

Guess how many pallets this technological marvel nailed together before it broke down during Davey's demonstration to me?

ZERO:imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

I'm not joking, the electro pneumatic servo nailer thingamabobs moved down on their shafts, but only nailed 3 out of 4 rows  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Apparently, this boat anchor breaks down all the time and nobody can fix it. 

Except me!!  PJ knows I can figure out how to fix it, but he's not ready to tuck tail for 2 reasons.

1.  He's stubborn and doesn't want to admit he spent a fortune on a glorified piece of shit.

2.  He knows that I am going to destroy his wallet and take an enormous amount of time to study schematics before I even lay a multimeter or wrench to the machine.  Joseph is the type that will spend enormous amounts of money on bullshit like this machine and then try to nickel and dime me when he hires me to do something.  Joseph is going to cry when I get done with his bank account to figure out what's wrong with the red terror.

Here she is:







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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #118 on: August 10, 2019, 03:12:46 am »
Back to plantation. Here is the view from front porch towards road.









A path to the west side of home and a few peekchas I took along my stroll.



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Re: Michigan Living by a Nasty Mangy Wilddog
« Reply #119 on: August 10, 2019, 03:16:13 am »
A little pollination





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