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When we went to the NRA convention we rode the metro link train from Scott to the convention center.  Upon sitting down this sign greeted us.

We all laughed.  Something about going to the NRA convention with a train full of gun nuts and seeing a sign like this made us laugh.

Funnier yet was when we left the convention center and got back on the train to Scott.  If I would have had a dollar for everyone that got on the train carrying a gun case they had just purchased I would have had a BUNCH of money.

There were a few nervous looking Metro security guys on the platforms.

Even funnier was I sat next to a guy who was carrying concealed.  Off  duty police officer.  We could tell before he even admitted to us he was armed.

Still funny today, at least to me……..

Came home tonight and got the rotary hoe out and started hoeing corn.  12 days in the ground and it still hasn’t come up, acts like it cant or wont or has run out of gas or something.  We will see what happens in a day or so now………..

Ready for something to go right this spring.

 

Head over to Precision Crop Services website to see an scouting update on Bird Damage to corn.

 

Well we went live with our new business venture:  Precision Crop Services.  You can visit the website, which is still being developed, here www.precisioncropservices.com

So I will transition this blog to just farming, guns/hunting, ham radio and family and the Precision Crop Services to just consulting related content.  That is going to be difficult………………not doing two blogs, but keeping them separate.

We shall see how it goes!

April 19 1775. 237 years ago today ordinary citizens decided to stand their ground and resist the oppression of the British Crown. Before the day was over men on both sides would die but the birth of a nation had began. Our Freedoms and Liberties began today with the blood of men who stood their ground and has been taken away ever since by the words and deeds of politicians who have trampled on that ground.

Men like Isaac Davis, Paul Revere, Samuel Prescott, Samuel Whittemore, Hezekiah Wymann, John Parker and Joseph Warren to name a few made history by standing up to the worlds strongest army.  Dont let their work, their lives and their sacrifice go unrecognized today.  Read about your history and where your freedoms came from.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Revere

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Davis_(soldier)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Appleseed

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Whittemore

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Parker_(captain)

Get off the couch folks and continue to fight to keep your freedoms that these brave men gave you.  If your not voting, if your not engaged in the political process, if your not speaking out against the injustices that our politicians bring on us then your not keeping up the fight for freedom those brave men started 237 years ago today.

GET OFF THE COUCH!

http://www.appleseedinfo.org/as_links.html

We cooked 360 New York strip steaks at Immanuel Baptist Church last night as part of our revival services.  It has been an awesome week seeing what God had done in the lives of so many people the last three days.

 

But I think I have a welding burn from cooking over this hot grill………..

Monday night we had an event at our church called Touch a Truck. Various church and community members brought different vehicles to the church parking lot for the public and kids to see and “touch”. 

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Since it rained I cleaned up ole green and drove her up to the church for the event.  Thought I had better get a picture of her all clean as she may not be this clean again for a long time!

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Nephew Jack liked the smaller tractor another farmer brought much better than his uncles big green one it appears by his smile.

Some additional thoughts from the NRA convention today as I think about my experience over in St Louis.

In was painfully obvious that some companies/brands/booths were very busy and some were not.  Granted I didn’t hit every booth but I did walk the entire exhibit hall once because I knew I wasn’t coming back for a second day but still in my hurried canvas of the expo hall some were covered up and some were not.

Those companies that were covered up seemed to have two or three things going on.  First was color.  In a world of black rifles, cammo and “tactical” colors, the booths and companies who were bright with color were busy.  Blue, white, red and yellow seemed to attract the most attention.  For what ever reason color seemed to be a magnet.

Second was the representatives on the floor.  Those busy folks were busy because they knew their stuff and wanted to talk about their stuff.  I found that a lot of the folks working some of the booths were not sales people but were from manufacturing, assembly and also development.  I liked that.  I liked talking guns with the guy or gal who either built it or developed it and also uses it.  The not so busy booths were staffed by mostly sales people it seemed.

Last those working the floor worked the floor.  When I walked up to a booth I was greeted and asked what I was looking for, interested in or wanted/needed info on.  They were seeking out the public.  The other less busy booths seemed to be talking to their friends and not really interested in engaging the public.

ATTENTION LOUISVILLE FARM SHOW EXHIBITORS:  Take note above……the last few times I have been at Louisville you have acted like its a chore for me to ask a question or inquire about a product.  Plus your all sales people, get the real people out on the floor would you.  Those that know the product, built it, developed it and use it.

If there was a disappointment in anything it was in one booth I visited.  A company, whom will not be named, of whom I have and use a lot of their products, seemed to be staffed almost by kids, (granted I am now mid 40′s so I find myself saying kids to anyone who looks younger than me, a sign that I am getting old) of whom were more interested in talking to each other and handing out an occasional “sticker” than in talking about their products.  I was almost shocked.  I stopped by there to see what was new, what was up and coming and what might be new to add to my collection but not only did they not have much to see they had even less to talk or hear about.  Epic fail…………..

ATTENTION LOUISVILLE FARM SHOW EXHIBITORS:  Take note above……Last year I went to two different manufactures of the same type product to investigate buying their products only to be greeted by KIDS who didn’t know squat about what you made……………and I didn’t even get a “sticker”.    Pull your heads out of you rear ends and get with the program.

I found all the NRA staff that I recognized to be extremely friendly and kind.  I also found all the big “stars” of shooting TV who were there to be very friendly in the booths.  I noticed that when they left the booths they made a b line for the door and while still nice they were pretty short on fanfare.  This I think was to be expected.  I assume that they were under contract do just what they did in the booths or companies for which they were being paid and couldn’t do any extra for “free” for those that stopped them in the hallway.

Another thing I noticed was that the booths with the scantly clad ladies signing pictures and letting those who wanted to take pictures with them do so were busy but there was little interest in the actual products that said ladies were standing besides.  Just proves that you can draw a crowd but without something substantial you cant hold them.

Last but not least……..

Being a farmer, and a joke that all farmers and ag businesses understand, I have never paid for a ball cap.  We farmers always get a “give me” cap.  For the record I have purchased ball caps, I purchased my Glock hat several years ago, my Rock River Arms hat and also my Knob Creek hat.  But the other 100 or so hats on the hat rack are give me caps from various ag companies.  Those caps I have purchased are of good quality.  Again the joke is that you cant give a farmer a “cheap” hat and expect them to wear it.

Matter of fact there are only certain brands that we will wear because they will hold up to the abuse we give them.

Smith and Wesson was giving away hats when I was there.  Nice hats. Very nice hats.  Good quality hats.  I would have to guess that those hats cost them about $5-$8 wholesale at the volume they were giving them out.  Having bought give me hats to pass out for the soil testing company I know what a good hat will cost.  Smith and Wesson were giving away a quality hat worth the money.

Kudos to them for doing so.

Now that being said a lot of the other companies were selling hats so that you could get the “star” or “expert” they had speaking in their booths to sign them.  Some of these hats they were asking $15 for or more.  And they were CHEAP hats.  Cheap hats that a farmer wouldn’t be caught dead wearing.

Pitiful!

Besides what good is a hat that is signed by someone?  You would never wear it would you?  Hats are meant to be worn and worn out then thrown away.  You wear a hat until it isn’t recognizable and then you go to the closet or hat rack and get another give me hat and go on.

I will wear my Smith and Wesson hat with pride until it wears out.  Thank you S & W!

No, I didn’t buy a $15 cheap hat either.

And no one signed my hat.

Hats are made for wearing.

Leave it to a farmer to go to the NRA Convention and talk about give me hats.

Took Friday off, it ended up raining anyway, and went over to St Louis to the NRA convention.  This is the first convention I have been to. I thought as a new life member I should take it in.  I have to say its the equivalent of the Louisville Farm Show for guns……just LOTS and lots to see and none of it work related.

First off I must apologize for the quality of the photos.  I used my phone because I didn’t want to take my camera and have an extra device to keep track of.  That was a mistake.  First, my phone camera had dust on the lenses from planting on Thursday and second, my battery died about half way through the day.  There were so many thing I wanted to take pictures of that I just couldn’t after the phone died.  Oh well.

So squint a little bit and maybe the pictures will be in focus……….

First I got to meet Frank W. James.  Frank is a now retired farmer and gun writer from northern Indiana.  His blog is one that I frequent pretty much daily and the link to it is here.  Great talking with Frank and making the introduction.

I hit the Rock River booth, makers of AR platforms and my favorate AR platform for a visit and fondling of the new products.

I also hit the Smith and Wesson booth and got to fondle the new (or new to me) M&P .22 pistol.  I am really leaning towards one of these if I can’t get my hands on a Tactical Solutions .22 conversion for my Glock.  I visited with the fine folks at Tactical Solutions on the Glock conversion and got to fondle it as well and I like it.  Trouble it no one has one to sell………….??  Back orders.

A quick stop by the Glock booth to see the Glock 20 10mm hand cannon and I got to see R Lee Ermey or “Gunny”.  The line was long for an autograph and picture so I snuck this one just before my camera went dead.

I grabbed this qucik picture of Ronnie Barrett designer of the infamous Barrett 50 cal rifle just as my phone went dead.

As withe Louisville Farm Show, you can’t see it all in one day or in one sitting.  Plus there are all the “special events” going on at each booth its hard to make it to them all as well.  I got to see bits and pieces of Tom Knaff talking, the boys from Shooting USA talk and sign stuff, Maj John Plaster and the those guys from that swamp people show.  But then again I didn’t get to spend a great deal of time at any one place to see exactly what they were saying or doing either.

All that being said, I enjoyed my first NRA convention thoroughly.  Well worth the worn out back and feet at the end of the day………I will be going back to another on real soon.

 

My sister Samantha and her son Jack from Phoenix are here at world wide headquarters for the next week for a visit.  Jack made a field visit today to bring me a diet Mt. Dew.

 

Started planting corn today.  Field I was in had been deep tilled in January when it was so dry and it also has tile.  It was dry and worked like a lettuce bed!  Best working ground we have had in years.

I ran the autosteer but for what ever reason it kept loosing GPS fix in one place in the field so I ran with the markers down and it was good to see that the competing technologies matched up!

One thing that always amazes me is that coyotes are not scared the least bit of farm equipment.  And it always amazes me that I never have a firearm when these events happen………

Broke down and got the disc out and went to it.  Ground is working very well and will be near perfect after a pass with the field cultivator.  May try to plant some corn tomorrow……….more later

With not much time to post this last week or this week I thought I would start a new category to use as filler when ever the mood strikes me.  Farmers have some of the best road side signs ever.  So look for them and send them in and I will post them here.

For today here is one that got shared off Facebook

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