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Hello The Camp! Finally get to sign on after the ice storm..

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:28 pm
by Bob Neville
Freaky,
no more than see I've got an email back from ZS for posting privileges, and the net and the power go out. For 8 days.

Nasty little ice storm it was, too.

I had a blast.

I seem to be a good bit older than most of the posters.
I live on the farm I own, in the middle of four indian reservations. I have Amish, Mennonites, and Apostolic Christians for neighbors as well.

I serve on several public boards, play a lot of golf, and drive my burro and jog cart more than I do my jeep.

I spent 10 years in the Army, and 30 years in law, law enforcement, and teaching criminal law, retiring as Department Chair.

I have been, as it used to be said, "a fella what's ready fer whatever" since the late 1960s. I hope to learn a great deal here, and hope my comments are beneficial from time to time.

Feel free to ping me if a thread gets out of control.
A good laugh does wonders for me.

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:47 pm
by Gunny
Welcome to the boards :)

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:47 pm
by Kitsune
Welcome aboard!

-Kit
--Fox in training

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:59 pm
by Shorty0969
Welcome from Central Ohio.

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:32 pm
by Tetra Grammaton Cleric
You sound like an interesting dude, in an interesting part of the world.

I look forward to your posts, welcome from Western Australia.

:)
-

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:40 pm
by jamoni
Welcome!

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:42 pm
by Rintor
Welcome aboard!

Last year Albuquerque got hit by a winter storm that dropped a foot and a half of snow on the ground. No one was prepared and it shut things down for several days, and for the next several months snow shovels were at a high premium if they lasted more than 20 minutes on a store shelf. You never know what might happen.

Posted: Thu Dec 20, 2007 10:01 pm
by Bob Neville
Thank you for the welcomes.

I would say that in the last week, generators were all the rage, hereabouts.

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:00 am
by Ranked Below
Welcome from even Westerner Australia.

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:05 am
by Apollo-11
Welcome from a newbie in SW Washington State. The Amish and Mennonites are sure good neighbors - wish we had some around here. Maybe I should become Amish. :wink:

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 2:43 am
by Ranked Below
Apollo-11 wrote:Welcome from a newbie in SW Washington State. The Amish and Mennonites are sure good neighbors - wish we had some around here. Maybe I should become Amish. :wink:
Amish?

Posted: Fri Dec 21, 2007 6:15 am
by Apollo-11
You've never heard of the Amish? Well, I suppose it's possible. I would think that Aus may have something like them. They are Anabaptist Christians who live "outside" of modern society in their own communities. They generally don't use modern technology such as cars or telephones. Many do not have electricity at all. They dress and act in a very traditional, humble way.

I have met a few in Pennsylvania and Ohio (USA). All in all, I'd say that their culture has it's head screwed on straight. They are very honest, hardworking people who want to stay out of the "rat race" and avoid the temptations of gadgets and modern life. Their lives have been relatively unchanged for 100 years. Not all of them live this strictly, but most families go by horse and carriage and don't own a car.

They were featured in a Harrison Ford movie, "Witness" and also a comedy movie with Kirstie Alley and Tim Allen, "For Richer or Poorer". Since then, their communities in Pennsylvania have become kind of a tourist trap. Families vacation there to gawk at the strange backward folk and take pictures of them. It's sad but true... then again, the Amish have benfited from this since they sell quilts, handmade goods, etc to us at high prices. (For those of you who might consider going, get off the beaten path between Intercourse, PA and Bird-in-Hand, PA and drive around out in the countryside, get lost in out in the farmland in Lancaster County, and get found again. It's well worth it.)

Let's see... here's a good article.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amish

Now I'll expect a full book report in the morning!