Join Date: May 2011
Location: St. Thomas, Ontario
Dogs Name: Kelly
Titles: CD Obedience & Therapy
Dogs Age: puppy
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^^ Great old stories JTL...enjoyed them.
When we were 15, during the summer...built a Camping & Ski-Doo shack out of a 10x12 ft. old chicken coop.
- neighbor kids 2nd farm with trout stream was 3-4 miles away
- so we legally drove the farm tractor with utility trailer in tow...to hold the kids, with chainsaw & a pound of nails
- after 6 weeks of daily work on the edge of a bush, our Party Shack was all finished...during summer break
- with bunk beds, wood stove and corner table...it was a cozy & dry shelter, in the wilderness
Our 1st winter bush party was announced on a Monday in HS, that Friday winters night...30 sleds showed up.
- the male/girl ratio was close to 50%...so a huge success
My Dad left home in the 1940's at age 15, and started driving a big stake truck...taking cattle to market.
- first stop by a cop, Dad was young and 140# soaking wet
- cop thought Dad was driving without a license, my pops now 16, had just got his drivers license & pulled it out
- Dad even told the police man, "good job you didn't pull me over, last year"...HeHe
I was 17 when I worked at the local creamery, did building maintenance (mostly painting & cutting grass).
- once a week I had to drive an old 10 Ton Truck we called the Honey Wagon
- it had air brakes and a Hi-Low manual transmission with a bad clutch
- I had just learned to drive a standard, on the plants Dodge 1/2 ton
- I drove it out of town, to dump liquid waste in the county dump
- I was given 2 minutes of verbal operating instructions & handed the keys
^^ New tasks were learned at a rapid rate, nobody was holding your hand / in those days, just took responsibility.
The creamery job paid $3.25/hour and a local chicken farmer needed extra help...one night every 6 weeks.
- the farmer was paying $3.50/hour and my brother and I though...how bad could it be...LOL
- 1000's of chickens had to be put on two tractor trailers, all in wooden boxes
- 3 birds in each hand...so 6 chickens delivered outside & stuffed in ventilated boxes
- started at 9pm / finished at 3:30am...made $23 that night, in Grade12
- ones shoulders ached from the slugging weight over a long walk outside
- the bird sh*t stunk, and I grew up on a beef & pig farm...so that says a lot
- at 3:30 in the morning, the wife had prepared a sit down meal of sandwiches
- tried to scrub the stink off my hands, but they wouldn't clean up...her old bar of soap, was crap
- every time I put a sandwich up to & under my nose...I wanted to throw up
- plus she used margarine instead of butter...and that was another gagging point, for me
6 weeks later the chicken farmer called mom on our party line, he had another night for cheap labor help.
- my brother and I told mom, tell him NO...we busy (aka No F'Nway)
------------Kelly & (Amy - RIP @ 11.7 y/o)
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