Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Old Man and the Machine (6WS)



When a man has a tractor that plows snow, and a bucket for lift, carry, and dig,  and also has the great god Hydraulics,  he's happy.  Now, he says,  I can plow snow.  I can dig holes. I can move rocks and dirt and wood.

Then he discovers that there is also a machine  that can be Modified. It will not only plow and dig and carry, it can lift almost anything if you have enough rope and chain and hooks, it can carry boulders, and dig deeper holes.  Instead of just plowing, it can now blow snow.



And lo, it has Attachments. He can now grade dirt roads, pull tree stumps, split wood and then carry it away.  And if he's at all creative with acetylene torches and welding,  he can accessorize it with hooks and mounts and brackets.



However, (you just knew there was a However) it now enables him to envision projects that he "always wanted to try"  and as long as he has enough chains and lifting mechanisms and a really good set of rollers and crowbars, and engine hoist,  (and a doubtful but willing wife) he can get himself in the most god-awful messes that ever were.  To be fair, so far he has managed to escape permanent Mess status...

Moral: Sometimes our reach exceeds our grasp and it might be time to buy another length of chain.

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10 comments:

  1. Good thing you're way over there, JT; the guys on this side of the mountains that share his interests would be more than happy to share advice, encouragement, and (shudder) attachments. You should see some of the rigs these guys have. One of them is currently drilling to China (seriously; he thinks it's possible).

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    1. oh, I hear that. He has buddies who insist that John Deere is the way to go, others who, as you say, offer advice, assistance, and what have you.

      And trust me, he is a very creative attachment builder. He has even impressed the BobCat salesman with his adaptations for a chainsaw carrier, and a way to carry all his wood cutting peripherals. It's a bit scary, but not surprising.

      Im wondering what happens to that man digging to china, when he hits the moilten core in the center...

      oh, what a thought. If he did manage to dig through wouldn't the Pacific Ocean just start squirting out onto this side?

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    1. He's a happy man. Can't do much better than that.

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  3. i always do. Engines and machines are his metier. Any man at 18 who can rebuild his father's 57 Chevy engine from a standard shift to an automatic 5-speed is not a man to be taken lightly when it comes to motors, cars, tractors, anything.

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  4. Oh my... it seems you married my father :D j/k... LOVE IT!

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    1. Lotta guys from that era grew up with a crescent wrench in one hand and a jumper cable in the other. And mine grew up on a farm; as he says, you learn to drive the tractor only when your feet can reach the pedals. (we still have that old tractor, and he mows the fields with it every year. yessah.) I suspect the two of them would get along just fine...

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  5. Men! Can't live with 'em; can't run them over with their own snow plough.

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    1. Oh, Linda, I'd not dare. If I ran over him then I would have to plow instead. (Mama didn't raise me stupid, ya know)--shoot, I dont even know how to turn it on. =)

      Nahh, I think Ill be nice to him, and he does have so much fun with it...

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