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  1. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    None. The clouds have moved in. Maybe if I’m still around in 2045. But then it might be cloudy as well.
  2. SouthernSky

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    I was USAF stationed at Suwon AB in 82-83 somewhat north of Osan AB. Do you remember the tiny Hyundai and Samsung plants along the main highway? I’ll bet they’re the largest plants in the country now.
  3. SouthernSky

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    My Chase ATM dispenses anything over $200 with a $100 bill. Luckily the liquor store/smoke shop has no problem accepting it, unlike my local rural Dollar General.
  4. SouthernSky

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    At higher altitudes, the air density decreases, resulting in lower dielectric strength. This reduction in dielectric strength can lead to insulation breakdown in electrical equipment.
  5. SouthernSky

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    I have tons of pine trees from last summers drought to take down or wait for nature to fell them. This machine could be employed full time for me except when it’s too dry.
  6. SouthernSky

    Oil & Fuel L2650DT steering seal leak

    I confess I’m scared to touch it as it has been there over 25 years.
  7. SouthernSky

    Oil & Fuel L2650DT steering seal leak

    Thanks, folks. I wasn't sure if there was anything tanked behind those lines. You would happen to know the thread size for caps and plugs, would you?
  8. SouthernSky

    Oil & Fuel  L2650DT steering seal leak

    Including a picture here. In addition to the axle seals leaking I also have a leak on both sides of the shaft to the tie rods. Do I have to drain my hydraulic fluid to take this apart? It appears to be the lowest point where two hydraulic lines go in, a design changed in later years because...
  9. SouthernSky

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    I had it once but I think my mom found it under the mattress.
  10. SouthernSky

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    I had her poster on the back of my bedroom door.
  11. SouthernSky

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    He might not have had to hop out. Could be something inside that lowered stabilizers.
  12. SouthernSky

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    Here! Here!
  13. SouthernSky

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    I don’t know where MW gets their info from. I think they make it up. If it was true, why wouldn’t it be deciBell?
  14. SouthernSky

    Removing FEL hose that is not a quick disconnect

    So I need to buy caps of some sort and a separate hose that I can connect between those two disconnects at the bottom?
  15. SouthernSky

    Removing FEL hose that is not a quick disconnect

    I am really glad you said that. I saw nothing in the Woods manual about the control screw. Thank you. Now I just have to find out where to buy caps.
  16. SouthernSky

    Removing FEL hose that is not a quick disconnect

    I have a Woods 1009 loader on my 1996 Kubota L2650. Since new (27 years) I have never removed the loader but now have to for additional clearance to work on several front end leaks. One of the three hoses is not a quick disconnect on either end. I'm thinking it was intentional since there is...
  17. SouthernSky

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    You can count all the way up to 1023 on your fingers if you count in binary.
  18. SouthernSky

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    On Mercury a day lasts 1,408 hours...just like every Monday does on Earth.
  19. SouthernSky

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    Same thing you did. And the emotions would have been stronger. Hell no! I had a 100k Powerball win in 2002. Every preacher in my rural area who heard about it was telling me, “Remember your tithes!” I’m like, um, no.
  20. SouthernSky

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    With an auto-renewal option?
  21. SouthernSky

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    The Catholic church and I parted ways for good about 25 years ago for many reasons so I wasn’t aware or never thought about how donations are done today. Do they still pass a plate at mass or is it only online now? I remember a lot of bake sales as well. Here’s one for you. My grandfather...
  22. SouthernSky

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    Seriously, that is what I should have done. For the last 36 years, three times per year, I have to send flowers to her at the office so she can get the “ooohs” and “ahhhs” from the women in her office. I think about how much I could have saved if we had both the anniversary and Valentines on...
  23. SouthernSky

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    So in other words, a rainfall similar to Louisiana or Florida on a summer afternoon.
  24. SouthernSky

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    Hell, with the drought we had in 2023, Louisiana was a desert by that definition.
  25. SouthernSky

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    Because of all the attention it gets I always used to say Louisiana was in New Orleans.
  26. SouthernSky

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    Yeah. Those two in Louisiana are less than desirable I can assure you.
  27. SouthernSky

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    Near me is Copperhead Road (nothing to do with Steve Earle), Buckshot Slough, and Gator Bayou. Did you know you can cook alligator in a croc pot?
  28. SouthernSky

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    I did that as well. But mine was in the old Flight Simulator game and I kept aiming for the John Hancock building. I could never hit it.
  29. SouthernSky

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    British made aircraft props spin in the opposite direction as US made aircraft.
  30. SouthernSky

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    It was electric…
  31. SouthernSky

    Stuck loader fitting - how to loosen

    Well, in that case, how would you remove the rust from the fitting?
  32. SouthernSky

    Stuck loader fitting - how to loosen

    Well, both worked. I'm not sure which one. I tapped it with a ball peen hammer and then heated it up for no more than 15 seconds and I was able to get it off. Unlike the seven others, it turns out this has rust on it which explains a lot. I couldn't afford to break that aluminum tubing so...
  33. SouthernSky

    Stuck loader fitting - how to loosen

    Going out to try both ideas now ...
  34. SouthernSky

    Stuck loader fitting - how to loosen

    I have to rebuild my bucket curl cylinders due to leaks. Of the eight connections I have to remove to also change four hoses, one is stuck. The 7/8" wrench pictured is just there to keep me from twisting the tubing while trying to figure out how to loosen the fitting. I've tried a soaking...
  35. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Thanks for the explanation.
  36. SouthernSky

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    Okay, what is the difference between sweet and sour crude? I’m not familiar with the terms.
  37. SouthernSky

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    That might explain why I’m always tired.
  38. SouthernSky

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    Auto updates is exactly why my PC stays on 24 hours. It can take days to update on my 2.8 mbps DSL connection.
  39. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Probably that guy, They.
  40. SouthernSky

    Removing small dead trees - best way to pull

    Leyland Cypress are basically Christmas trees. They are very fast growing and are often used to create a wall between neighbors. Not really a danger if dead or falls on you. It is soft, easily drug, and none more than 20 feet high even after 25 years. The stump rarely goes down more than 1-2’...
  41. SouthernSky

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    Fun fact: the northernmost point of Brazil is closer to Canada than it is to the southernmost part of Brazil.
  42. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I’m confused. How?
  43. SouthernSky

    Removing small dead trees - best way to pull

    Actually, after reading this I will probably just avoid bolt-on or welded hooks altogether, yank these first with the drawbar, then remount the box blade for pushing. This may also help me make it to my next birthday...
  44. SouthernSky

    Removing small dead trees - best way to pull

    The reason I asked the question is a I see a lot small tractors with grab hooks on the FEL, either bolt-on or welded. Is it just good marketing spin from the seller or is it really a legit way of pulling? I know shoving into it isn't the way as I just popped the seals on my FEL boom cylinders...
  45. SouthernSky

    Removing small dead trees - best way to pull

    Due to the Louisiana drought this year (still happening), I’ve lost maybe 50 Leyland Cypress trees about 25 years old. I also lost a couple magnolias we planted at the same time which are clearly not coming back. I’ve pulled the cypress before because after a year of being dead their roots are...
  46. SouthernSky

    Removing boom cylinder from Woods loader

    That answers my question so that’s where I start. I’ll be bringing them to a local hydraulics shop that has rebuilt some of my others in the past. Thanks for the quick replies!
  47. SouthernSky

    Removing boom cylinder from Woods loader

    25 year old Kubota L2650 with Woods 1009 loader. Left side has a leak in the boom cylinder but I’ve been told it is best to get them both done at the same time. Do I remove the FEL from the tractor before removing the boom cylinders? Or is that best left with the FEL attached and just remove...
  48. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    The tractor joke thread, Groan part quatre, would have been a better choice, but, well, “He started it!”
  49. SouthernSky

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    What if we don’t have a boyfriend? Asking for a friend.
  50. SouthernSky

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    I won $100,004.00 on the Powerball in 2002 after matching five numbers. (I’ve probably spent $200k on more tickets in the 20+ years since then.) I received $67,998 after taxes but I got $5k back from the state of Louisiana at the end of the year. The worst part is the PB was on the next line...
  51. SouthernSky

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    I was pretty sure I didn’t win when the news crew wasn’t at the gas station this morning where I bought my ticket last night.
  52. SouthernSky

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    In the Permian Basin they are building a 16.5 mile conveyor to transport sand for fracking because trucking costs are too much. https://www.currentargus.com/story/news/local/2020/01/07/frack-sand-facility-coming-permian-basin/2831644001/
  53. SouthernSky

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    I can handle the 2.84 g’s to corner my tractor 180 degrees. But then I get dizzy.
  54. SouthernSky

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    I sailed a rubber duck in my bathtub once.
  55. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Only in California and New York.
  56. SouthernSky

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    As a fat guy, I have no problem with minivans.
  57. SouthernSky

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    I was lucky to do Cub Scouts, then become a Tenderfoot. But my son continued on to Eagle. I was always one of the support parents available for every function or activity or trip because it was quality time for me and I hope him. But, as he progressed through Boy Scouts parents were wanted...
  58. SouthernSky

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    But only Gerald Ford attained the rank of Eagle Scout.
  59. SouthernSky

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    Notably, 20 of the 24 men who flew to the Moon in 1968 to 1972 (on Apollo 8 and 10 to 17) had been Scouts, including 11 of the 12 men who walked on its surface. Forty-one of those selected as NASA's career astronauts are Eagle Scouts.
  60. SouthernSky

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    I’d like to have a couple plants to grow but apparently they are illegal in Louisiana.
  61. SouthernSky

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    Cessna made a helicopter, the CH-1
  62. SouthernSky

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    I confess I told myself to check it before I go to bed.
  63. SouthernSky

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    The forestry manager folks are due to start thinning this stand soon. I have a few mature pines along the line. Last time they cleared, I lost a few (which confirmed to me then that the line wasn’t straight). No big deal but I’ll be watching them closely when they do finally come.
  64. SouthernSky

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    Recently a cruiser marked the line between my woods and a 320 ac timber stand near me. I got him on camera holding a handheld device, but still he marked the same trees over the old paint placed by previous cruisers. I’ve lived here long enough and seen enough cruisers to know they just repaint...
  65. SouthernSky

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    So the Atlantic and the Gulf are two different elevations? Hmm.
  66. SouthernSky

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    Same thing here. Born and raised in the Chicago suburbs. Been stuck in Louisiana for the last 35 years. I get the “Where are you from?” when I go back home and they still say I talk like a Yankee here.
  67. SouthernSky

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    So a person (much like myself) who is between 60 and 69 years old is a young, cocky, wet-behind-the-ears whippersnapper? I can live with that.
  68. SouthernSky

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    I beg to differ. Mine always seem to know to hide every Monday morning just before the housekeeper comes as they will be put outside for a couple hours during her visit.
  69. SouthernSky

    Where do you get rid of used hydraulic fluid?

    I found my solution, folks. My wife’s cousin owns a body shop. He has a tank there and will let me pour my fluids. Thanks for the suggestions!
  70. SouthernSky

    Where do you get rid of used hydraulic fluid?

    They have a daily limit? I’ll have 7.5 gallons when I’m done.
  71. SouthernSky

    Where do you get rid of used hydraulic fluid?

    I like that idea but it would have to be a service center. Lots of discount retailers here besides auto parts stores sell fluids. I also bought my last UDT2 online 400 hours ago and UPS delivered it. I haven’t started pricing it yet. I’m kind of scared to find out.
  72. SouthernSky

    Where do you get rid of used hydraulic fluid?

    Could be New York vs Louisiana disposal rules, especially post-Katrina when much changed after 300,000 cars were totaled. As the most toxic state in the country (we flip a coin with New Jersey) I just want to make sure I do my part in keeping the soil and water as clean as it will get. I’m...
  73. SouthernSky

    Where do you get rid of used hydraulic fluid?

    Don't know why I didn't think of them. I just called. Used motor oil only.
  74. SouthernSky

    Where do you get rid of used hydraulic fluid?

    Autozone and Advanced will take my used motor oil without question but when i asked them about hydraulic oil they said they couldn't take that. Where do you get rid of it?
  75. SouthernSky

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    We were not as brave. We just licked 9v batteries.
  76. SouthernSky

    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?”
  77. SouthernSky

    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    Physicians bury mistakes.
  78. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    That’s a fact. He’ll get there. My neighbors laughed at me the way I had to be shoehorned into my son’s Fiero and then had to use my hands to crawl on the ground out of it.
  79. SouthernSky

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    At one time I would have said I would but to be candid I can’t get into the damn things anymore. Too stiff, too fat.
  80. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Lake Ponchartrain north of New Orleans is the longest continuous bridge(s) over water in the world at just over 23 miles (both spans). While the lake is over 630 square miles, it’s average depth is only 12-14 feet.
  81. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    38. Superior, they said, never gives up her dead When the gales of November come early…
  82. SouthernSky

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    I actually didn’t hear or read about the 15 million. Yeah, that would make it a bit easier for her specifically. But in my mind I was thinking how does any aging felon who has spent most of their life incarcerated start over again as a senior?
  83. SouthernSky

    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    “I do not love my children equally. I love them adequately.” Rev Jesse Jackson
  84. SouthernSky

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    How does one start life over at 72 as a convicted felon? She’ll likely be homeless on the streets.
  85. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I’m looking at life imprisonment in central Louisiana. Horrible place, the worst in most categories. No one willingly retires here unless they have family. As long as my native wife is alive, no chance of me getting out of here alive.
  86. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I waited 35 years for my wife to start forgetting things I’ve done over the years. I’m so much happier now.
  87. SouthernSky

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    Perhaps my deposit on the car can be CGI as well.
  88. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I can tell you that this is the correct answer. No need to read all that stuff from everyone else because, well, I know I’m always right.
  89. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I remember when my dad turned 51. I jokingly gave him the book, “Oh To Be Fifty Again” Would you believe he held on to it and gave it back when I turned 51?
  90. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I still have the album. Claire de Lune/Ballerina was also on it. Good music to me.
  91. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Or the Gilligan’s Island Hamlet version: POLONIUS: (Sings) Neither a borrower nor a lender be, Do not forget: Stay out of debt; Think twice, and take this good advice from me, Guard that old solvency.
  92. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Barrack is left-handed.
  93. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Definitely happens in healthcare. Nothing worse than hearing the whole neighborhood knows about your personal health issues.
  94. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    1965 - the Orlando Sentinel broke the news that the mystery industry buying up so much swamp land in Central Florida was, in fact, Disney. But had Disney not taken that fateful flight over Central Florida 50 years ago, the so-called "Florida Project" might have ended up in New Orleans. Disney...
  95. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Every time there is a quick rally, more bank news, inflation or debt ceiling talks seems to slow overall buying?
  96. SouthernSky

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    This is how I got my neighbor to build a fence for me at no cost to me.
  97. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I’m well diversified so I’m okay but I had about 6k in it Monday. Today it is worth 1/3d of that. Still, the bank has no weaknesses that I can find and millions were spent buying up stock by insiders (CEO on down) on March 10th showing great faith in their institution. What’s killing all the...
  98. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    As a PacWest investor, yes. Very sad day for me.
  99. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Not sure. Took a 29% hit on PacWest today. Wasn’t my day.
  100. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I stopped counting after the second vasectomy.
  101. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    The sign below and left of the door.
  102. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I sort of did that twice. Same logo colors. Starts with an “F”.
  103. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    “That’s Hedly..”
  104. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    It’s indoor in the east wing.
  105. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I am curious about this. What would be some reasons for a delay in signing up for Medicare, even as a secondary insurance?
  106. SouthernSky

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    Anyone who says shingles isn’t one of the most painful maladies, well, I would beg to differ. It took two bags of morphine in ER before I could straighten up from the overwhelming gut pain. It was like a hard punch to my right side every 30-45 seconds for several days. My side is still numb in...
  107. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I’m curious now. I looked and there are many bankers who bought and sold bank stock today. I don’t know if they were truly buying at reduced prices for themselves, or trying to persuade customers and investors that the biz is doing well. Anyone know what the rules on when an officer or director...
  108. SouthernSky

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    Same here. CEO wanted the latest and greatest PC but his secretary needed it more than he ever would. It took a year “until the new budget comes in” for her to get a new computer.
  109. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    So appropriate.
  110. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I’m not a finance guy but I married a CPA who believes Financial Planners aren’t worth a damn. I’m not convinced myself on the subject. I’ve got Fidelity 401k’s, Vanguard IRAs, a few Roths, savings, Inherited IRA, CD’s and debt free for now with no pensions. I am anticipating layoffs soon which...
  111. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Nerf guns have rifled barrels.
  112. SouthernSky

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I often see tractors being pulled backwards on a dual-axle utility trailer, sometimes with attachments, some without. I’ve often wondered which is truly the best way. I have a Kubota with an FEL and a box blade (sometimes a rotary cutter which sticks off the back end of the 18’ trailer about...
  113. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Bull crap. My wife is a CPA and doesn’t read it either. :)
  114. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    When I was a boy, my parents were having a dinner party. As folks arrived the guests coats were taken into the bedroom. My uncle, a policeman, put his service revolver in the coat pocket while attending. I don’t recall all the events, but somehow I ended up removing it to look at it when no...
  115. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Every year I check the Louisiana Treasurers website for my name. Then I check some of the alleged national lists. Then I start looking for relatives and neighbors. Invariably I find 1-3 people yearly who have something coming back they didn’t know they had.
  116. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    When I was a child I was told if I dig straight down through the earth I would meet a Chinaman on the other side. In reality, my zip code puts me right in the middle of the Indian Ocean between Perth and Mozambique. www.antipodesmap.com
  117. SouthernSky

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Is that a Corvair with a mid engine?
  118. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I thought they were married but twelve years with Jerry Brown they didn’t. What’s the difference between a wife and a mistress? Salesmanship.
  119. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Wasn’t there also a slow 16?
  120. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    This sounds a commercial for LeafFilter.
  121. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    My son turns 26 in July. I’m not sure what he will do for medical. He may be living with us then. But I can also say that I’m happy he will also be getting his own auto insurance then because now I can get that sports car I want but couldn’t because he was a young driver on my policy. That’s...
  122. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    My wife is a saver. I didn’t used to be. But when you have a wife who is a CPA and cries when she has to write a check, you begin to start looking at your own spending and saying, “Do I really need that … “. No doubt she is the reason we are in a debt free position today. But an accountant...
  123. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Wait. Isn’t retired military healthcare good for life? You can’t keep it for you and spouse after your Medicare age?
  124. SouthernSky

    L3200 battery - is it special?

    I ended up at Advanced Auto (we don’t have an Interstate or Batteries Plus here and the Walmart didn’t have any in stock with the Positive post on the upper right). Good thing I brought my tape measure as the steel brackets at the base of the battery box was only 10 1/4 inches and most of the...
  125. SouthernSky

    L3200 battery - is it special?

    I figured as much but wanted additional thoughts so thank you all. I’ll head to Advanced tomorrow since they’ll also take my oil from my last few changes that I’ve had stored. Thanks for the idea of the padding under it. I hadn’t thought of that but it makes perfect sense I do that at the same...
  126. SouthernSky

    L3200 battery - is it special?

    That was pretty much my thinking, just like I buy auto batteries. But the OEM sure did last a long time in the Louisiana heat and annual freeze. I just wondered if there was something about a tractor battery that was different.
  127. SouthernSky

    L3200 battery - is it special?

    I have a 10 year old Kubota L3200 and the battery barely cranks in cold weather. I’m fact, it usually doesn’t start without a jump or fast charge. After 10 years, well, that seems like excellent life for a battery. I’ve been reading that I should not use an automotive battery as a replacement...
  128. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Chase charges me $50 annually to keep my home equity line open. To me, it’s small insurance in case of catastrophe.
  129. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Really? So is a slope greater than 45 degrees more than 100%?
  130. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I bought a few hundred shares of Ford a few weeks ago at their 52-week low. It will never be a big mover but they pay dividends.
  131. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    My wife (a CPA and HCA hospital controller) won’t even look at hers. Too scared. I’m five years older. We could retire but she doesn’t want to until I’m on Medicare. It took almost 15 years to regain the losses from the dot com era. And here we are again but this time with runaway inflation...
  132. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    Absofrickenlutely. Fidelity is so overwhelmed with customers complaining about the management of their 401k investments this year that wait time is through the roof and no one wants to answer the phone. The best you get now is an email link to a retirement podcast or webinar where no Q&A can...
  133. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I used to go to the gymnasium but then decided to stick with just the nasium. I feel so much better now.
  134. SouthernSky

    Cougar habits-experience with cougars?

    Oh!!! You guys are talking about cats! I thought you were talking about the two-legged cougars. Nevermind then.
  135. SouthernSky

    I smell smoke!

    Glad to hear all is well. I started a fire without knowing it a couple years go when birds built a nest under the cowling. I was on gravel and the test fell as it got smaller. Luckily it didn’t burn any wires. Birds and wasps nest have been by nemesis. Mice have not been an issue in my shed (yet).
  136. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    Actually, Louisiana SB 388 passed and signed by the governor prohibits receiving those medications from out of state.
  137. SouthernSky

    Yellow Jacket Nests While Bush hogging, whats your plan?

    I’ve hit more than a few. I’ve jumped from a tractor after turning off the key while still in gear. I’ve hit the high gear and hauled ass on a tractor because I’m getting too old to run. And I’ve been stung by no less than five each time I’ve hit a nest, once through my thick army jacket. There...
  138. SouthernSky

    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    I always heard it as “A bird in the bush hopefully has a friend in there with her.”
  139. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    Regenerative braking. Never heard the term but, yeah, that is kind of where I was going with it. Thanks!
  140. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    So if the very first automobiles were actually electric, how did they charge the battery back then? I was reading yesterday that 37% of U.S. vehicles are parked on the street overnight because many don’t have garages or driveways in the cities. How will they recharge their electric vehicle? I...
  141. SouthernSky

    What is your favorite Quote or Saying?

    There is no success without initiative.
  142. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    “The two what? Did you say yutes?”
  143. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    I remember paying about $3.00 a carton for cigarettes about then at the base exchange which were $10-12 off base at the time.
  144. SouthernSky

    Have any strange delivery experiences being rural?

    Since I’ve been working from home all FedEx business deliveries come 2-3 times per week. Because they come so much the driver just sees the street name and assumes it is me. So when the driver dropped a few packages off one day last year I received one for my neighbor as well. This was...
  145. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    I used to think that as well but after checking Wiki they say Des Plaines was number nine. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldest_McDonald%27s_restaurant
  146. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    When I cook Ramen noodles (I can be lazy) the directions says to only use room temperature water, never hot. Wouldn’t it get done faster with hot?
  147. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I was a policeman for 8 years. Everyone here carries a gun so a policeman is always on the alert. But we never pulled it out over property. And there was no way the officer could have felt threatened from 40’ away and no bystanders. He had other non-lethal weapons, was half my age, and had...
  148. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Had a cop in Lake Charles, Louisiana, pull a gun on me. It was late at night and I was working on a vending machine that got hit by a car. He had me raise my hands and turn around slowly. When I turned he saw my company shirt was the same as the vending machine. He then holstered his weapon...
  149. SouthernSky

    Cutting asphalt to create a drain

    This post was about brainstorming for options when the people you would normally hire don’t want the work. It was never about money though I don’t want to pay an exorbitant amount like the current dealer markup on a new truck. You’ve given me some ideas. Thank you for that.
  150. SouthernSky

    Cutting asphalt to create a drain

    That is pretty much where I’m at right now. Most of the original alleged 4” is really 2” so it should be really each to break and make a run off area until the Spring where I can hopefully find some pro help. Thanks.
  151. SouthernSky

    Cutting asphalt to create a drain

    Sorry I wasn’t real clear on that. If we overlaid it now like it is, the new height would trap water on the left side of the road between the house and the blacktop. That was assuming I could find someone to do the work. The last person who came out told me it was $3500 just to bring the...
  152. SouthernSky

    Cutting asphalt to create a drain

    I’m actually using bags of the stuff for potholes down the driveway. It doesn’t work so good on sloping depressions which is one reason I’m looking for a new plan here for this. This area actually does slope away from the house into the woods. Just not this depression (and a few others not...
  153. SouthernSky

    Cutting asphalt to create a drain

    Probably just continue to nag me about it. I tell her all the time she made a pretty good choice for my first wife.
  154. SouthernSky

    Cutting asphalt to create a drain

    Ideally some kind of liquid fill that would harden in 24 hours would be great as I could pour it in and let it self level. But I’m not sure that would last. Drains are still likely in the future though I have many depressions now along a 1700’ driveway. This one pictured is the only one I care...
  155. SouthernSky

    Cutting asphalt to create a drain

    The first two is not an option. 1) My wife. 2) None of the paving companies want the work. The difficulty with pea gravel is I don't have a good edge as these are large flowing depressions. Those things become bullets with the lawn mower and I have a lot of glass on the front of the house...
  156. SouthernSky

    Cutting asphalt to create a drain

    I'm resurrecting an old thread because my wife said I needed to get this done. I don't think cutting alone will work anymore because there is at least four different low spots in my driveway lake. This is the part of the circular driveway in front of my house. Where UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc. all...
  157. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Might need my reading glasses.
  158. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    I used to order from them as well. All kinds of cool stuff. You can see some of the stuff now at www.scientificsdirect.com but it is not the same. It is run by the people that bought out Edmunds. There was a place in Chicago on Milwaukee Ave that sold similar product but can’t remember the...
  159. SouthernSky

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Enzo did the same thing to Henry Ford 2. If they hadn’t traded insults, we might never have seen a great selection of cool race cars.
  160. SouthernSky

    Testing cell signal strength

    My average is between -101 and -115db. I test all the time, the lower number during the winter months when the oaks have shed their leaves.
  161. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    Can you still purchase striptease highball glasses or stripper pens?
  162. SouthernSky

    Testing cell signal strength

    I tried that last winter but it was before they upgraded the antennas on the tower. The 4GLTE antennas don’t actually have 360 degree coverage, more like 320, and I’m in the open spot between radiuses.
  163. SouthernSky

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I didn’t know Lamborghini made tractors.
  164. SouthernSky

    Testing cell signal strength

    I have a 300’ tower less than 1/2 mile from me. It is nothing but woods between me and the tower. I’m positive I’m on that tower, but I only get 1-2 bars at best. So I don’t know if my issue is woods or if I’m just too close to the tower and the cell signal is broadcast out above me. I miss the...
  165. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    I don’t recall the Chrysler kits but I do remember considering buying one of the hundred of kits that fit on a VW chassis. I also recall finding it impossible to find a chassis without rust back then. Undercoating, like A/C, was strictly optional and usually aftermarket.
  166. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    In the seventies in Louisiana you could bring your guns, knives and bows to school where they had classes in weapon safety and proper handling.
  167. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    I remember around 1980 or 1981 when I was stationed in Albuquerque, there was a mayoral election and one woman running had plans to install seat belts on motorcycles. She lost.
  168. SouthernSky

    Pros and Cons of allowing Cell Tower on Property?

    We have several short ones in my area but that is because they are close to airports.
  169. SouthernSky

    Pros and Cons of allowing Cell Tower on Property?

    The Friday before Katrina hit, some cell tower folks brought me a contract for a tower on my land. I was to look it over and they would get back to me. Then Katrina took out over 200 towers so they never came back. But I read the contract. Removal was not included. If we did not agree at...
  170. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    That I could probably have afforded.
  171. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    I remember weed in high school was $40 an ounce for Acapulco Gold or Maui Wowie. I couldn’t afford it so I didn’t partake. I would have no hesitation to do edibles now, if only I lived in a state where recreational was legal and available. Smoke would be too harsh, but a chocolate bar or gummie...
  172. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    And in the late sixties or early seventies I was earning 7-8% on that passbook account.
  173. SouthernSky

    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    Cubs game. $1.00 for the grandstands, $2.00 for the bleachers. And I disliked mustard and relish on the hotdogs.
  174. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    There were dinosaurs in that movie? I never noticed.
  175. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Remember Hooper?
  176. SouthernSky

    Quick Hitches What does this three-point do?

    Now that you say that, it makes total sense. Thank you!
  177. SouthernSky

    Saving Money as Prices Increase

    Interesting about the CDs. The best I’ve seen so far is a 2.1% rate on a 2-year and a 2.6% return on a five-year with Capital One. If inflation climbs, will CDs returns go up?
  178. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Not just cats. Both my dogs are from the same litter but clearly have different dads.
  179. SouthernSky

    Saving Money as Prices Increase

    My current employer Fidelity 401k account was doing good last year with mostly stocks. Around January I got a wild hair that the market was going to change so I changed to 50% bonds, 50% stocks. Apparently that wasn’t a big enough move. I’ve lost 34% YTD. If I move everything now into a stable...
  180. SouthernSky

    Saving Money as Prices Increase

    Louisiana just passed a law to collect $115 per year from electric vehicle owners and $60 per year from hybrid owners to make up for the lost gas taxes. Are they doing anything else where you live?
  181. SouthernSky

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I confess I’ve used the handicapped bathroom stall when that was the best option. If anyone came nearby, my steps always went into limp mode.
  182. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    It will be time to go when I need a nurse’s aide to wipe my butt because I can’t do it myself. I couldn’t handle the embarrassment nor the feeling of uselessness.
  183. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I wrote that poorly. I really don’t expect to be remembered long. I’m trying to figure out how to get her to downsize, me to not have so much acreage to maintain, and to make sure she is okay after I’m gone.
  184. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    For many years I’ve watched an older man cutting his 20 acre tract nearly every day. This year, I knew something had happened to him when the grass wasn’t being cut and the For Sale sign went up. Sure enough, he passed and no one took care of one of the prettiest properties around. There is a...
  185. SouthernSky

    Retirement thoughts Past Present Future

    I was in my 40s when I had to go to a doctors for something or other. I ran into a retiree who had been sitting there for a couple hours for his appointment. Anyway, he told me that if he had known he would spend so much time in a doctors office when he retired that he would still be working...
  186. SouthernSky

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I had a Suzuki GT380 in 1981. I laid it down so many times on loose gravel in curves that I gave up bikes forever.
  187. SouthernSky

    Guess What It Is!

    No frickin’ clue how it works. I used Google Lens on your picture and it found it right away. But it made me at least look smart for a minute, right? :)
  188. SouthernSky

    Guess What It Is!

    More specifically, Curtis #14 Clipper.
  189. SouthernSky

    Guess What It Is!

    Key cutter
  190. SouthernSky

    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I was in Korea in the early 80s. The right of way always went to whoever had their bumper ahead of the other driver. Many accidents occurred where two people rushed to get ahead of each other.
  191. SouthernSky

    Kubota drop in Fuel Tank strainer-filter

    So I bought these from Messicks and they arrived today. They fit fine on both my L2650 and my L3200. I’ll need a way to seal them somehow as when I put my large funnel in it it wants to fall over. But they’ll be good for when I drive them down the road to get diesel at the gas station to strain...
  192. SouthernSky

    Kubota drop in Fuel Tank strainer-filter

    One of the sites listed L2350 (might have been Coleman’s) that listed an L2350. One of mine is an L2650 so it should match. Not sure about my L3200. Funnel strainer works fine but a secondary method might be even better though it will slow the flow a bit. I think I paid $12.xx each for two and...
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