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A long, long time ago in a faraway land called Nebraska, I was just a young farm boy, growing up learning a lot of things the hard way.

We were moving our cow/calf herd from one pasture to another. My cousin and I, along with a friend from the local bike shop were riding Honda Mini-Trails in place of horses. (Shoulda stuck with the horses). They were quiet little bikes and didn't spook the cows so it seemed like a good idea.

Anyone that has been around cows know that when they need to pee, they just stop where they are, hump their back, lift their tail and PEE... a LOT. (There is a reason for the saying "Raining like a cow peeing on a flat rock"). Anyway, I was following this one cow closely because she seemed to need the encouragement to keep moving. I was looking over at the other guys to see how they were coming along when the cow in front of me stopped, lifted her tail and peed... all over me who ran right smack dab into her hind end.

Had I been on a horse, the horse would have simply stopped, and I would not have been at a low enough level to be under the deluge.

Being completely soaked in cow urine with a couple of hours left to go on the drive is not the most pleasant experience along with suffering from acute embarrassment. The other guys seemed to find it hilarious and have not let me forget it.
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I would have laughed my butt off! We just moved some last week, used 4 wheelers and a dog, never have to get that close to them. They follow the tractor with the round bale religiously. Now, there may be the occasional opportunity to spin a tire on a pie and get someone, not that I would ever do that.
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I would have laughed my butt off! We just moved some last week, used 4 wheelers and a dog, never have to get that close to them. They follow the tractor with the round bale religiously. Now, there may be the occasional opportunity to spin a tire on a pie and get someone, not that I would ever do that.
This was before the round bales came along, but a pickup truck with a bag of range cubes would have worked as well. Unfortunately, my dad was in the hospital at the time and we were short handed.

As far as spinning out on a pie, I'll remember not to position myself behind you...
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Many times I was driving the farm pick up with the tail gate down for ease of throwing square bales in. The guys would hop on the tailgate to ride to the barn. Well, I just couldn't resist driving over some of the really tall patties...

Ever heard of cutting the pie???
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That is better than being out for a ride on a nice sunny day. And having it start to rain as you pass a cattle truck....................and then quits when you pass it and you realize.....


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This was before the round bales came along, but a pickup truck with a bag of range cubes would have worked as well. Unfortunately, my dad was in the hospital at the time and we were short handed.

As far as spinning out on a pie, I'll remember not to position myself behind you...
Cows will follow food anywhere. Right to the slaughter house even. Done that with a couple steers. Hole a cube out in front of the trailer, then another one in and they are history so to speak.

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Many times I was driving the farm pick up with the tail gate down for ease of throwing square bales in. The guys would hop on the tailgate to ride to the barn. Well, I just couldn't resist driving over some of the really tall patties...

Ever heard of cutting the pie???
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That is better than being out for a ride on a nice sunny day. And having it start to rain as you pass a cattle truck....................and then quits when you pass it and you realize.....
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Many times I was driving the farm pick up with the tail gate down for ease of throwing square bales in. The guys would hop on the tailgate to ride to the barn. Well, I just couldn't resist driving over some of the really tall patties...

Ever heard of cutting the pie???
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Getting nostalgic about cow pee?

I never really got into the whole playing with turds thing.
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Getting nostalgic about cow pee?

I never really got into the whole playing with turds thing.
Not sure about being nostalgic,, but running into the back end of a cow in the process of emptying her bladder is certainly a memory I won't forget.

Guess I could tell about my sister and I running barefoot through the cow lot thinking it great fun... yeah, I guess that is borderline nostalgia...
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Not sure about being nostalgic,, but running into the back end of a cow in the process of emptying her bladder is certainly a memory I won't forget.

Guess I could tell about my sister and I running barefoot through the cow lot thinking it great fun... yeah, I guess that is borderline nostalgia...


I had this idea that in certain areas, like Nebraska, there could still be found a sampling of what is best about this American life and the people that make up this great country. :::sigh:::

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You're not really giving Nebraskans enough credit Eye. A lot of us grew up on the farm and about the only toys we had were cow pies and sticks. When we weren't at school, we were tending to chores, and often times that was with the livestock because that was what paid the bills. There are lots of games and contests that involve the cow frisbees, some have even made it to network television.

Nebraska isn't made of concrete like Florida is. Backwards maybe, but you just don't know what you are missing when it comes to the simple life.
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I was joking with the man.

I actually have a very good opinion of Nebraska and many of the people I have met there. In fact if they ever outlawed Winter I would consider moving to Nebraska, Wyoming, or South Dakota. Beautiful places! If I could afford two houses, I'd think about a summer place in those areas too. (But I can't.)

I didn't grow up on a farm, but I'm very familiar with the simple life, of hard work, and of not having squat and making do with very, very little. I'm very familiar with being cold too. Phuque that.

Other then Tampa and Miami, (which is actually now a part of Cuba,) Florida is much more wilderness or farmland, and less concrete, then most people have any idea. Number 1 in citrus production, and number 2 in total vegetable production. And I just read 12th in cattle production. There are places where we have more rednecks, and less teeth, per square mile then just about any other state.

"There are lots of games and contests that involve the cow frisbees, some have even made it to network television."

Like I said man, playing with turds just isn't my thing.
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Believe it or not my neighbor gets between 500 and 1,000 head of feeder cattle a year from Florida. Why you may ask. Because they are better accustom to higher heat than northern cattle. A major concern here in the heat of summer.

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I was joking with the man.
Eye, your instincts, (or your longings) are correct... there are still lots of places in Nebraska where the simple life is held dear. But, progress also marches on, no matter where one lives.

The practice I miss most is 'neighboring'. There were 'neighborhoods' consisting of groups of neighbors in an area who got together to pool resources, labor being the most common. Back when corn was picked in the ear and stored in corn cribs, neighbors would get together to help each other shell the corn when it was time to get it to market. They might help each other put up hay when it was stacked or baled in the small square bales. For sure, when sickness, injury or death struck, the entire neighborhood would show up to get the harvest out or to offer help in any way needed. Seeing a dozen to twenty combines in a field with countless trucks lined up defined, "loving your neighbor".

And for the record, Eye... I knew you were just giving me a hard time.
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A lot of us grew up on the farm and about the only toys we had were cow pies and sticks. When we weren't at school, we were tending to chores, and often times that was with the livestock because that was what paid the bills. There are lots of games and contests that involve the cow frisbees, some have even made it to network television.
Yep, Luvs2Play, you've pictured it well. Entertainment was what we made it but I'll take the things we came up with, backward and simple as they seem to many, over most things kids do for entertainment today. We did know how to have fun with what we had.

I've been on mission trips to the most deprived areas of the world and have always been amazed at how the kids in those primitive areas are happier and have more fun with a stick than American kids have with video games.
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Growing up I don't ever remember being bored. I hear that a lot from kids of today. We did a lot of physical work. I really think we were tougher and healthier than most kids of today. There were a lot of days the TV wasn't turned on. I bet it would be hard to find a household with kids that can say that today.

I didn't feel poor or deprived. It was just the way life was. I really enjoyed working with the neighbors harvesting and butchering. That made doing those chores almost "fun".

One of my favorite things were Saturday nights when we would get together at someone's house. Everyone brought food and we all ate together. Once things were cleaned up everyone played games, danced or just sat around and talked. Life was good.
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We got an hour of tv after school and then got to watch the Disney movie on Sunday evening. Other than that, we were usually playing with the vertical hold and just gave up, didn't matter what direction we turned the rabbit ears. When dad was home, he did watch the news, but it was different back then, they weren't near as agenda specific.

We got our butts whooped for not behaving or getting back in the house as soon as dad whistled. Sunday morning was no different, don't misbehave in church, the good lord enjoyed seeing us get a whoopin!

We got to go out to eat once a week, but that was because dad kept the Honda shop open one night a week and burgers were 12/$1 a block away. Brother and I had to take a couple bucks and buy dinner for the family, the old Honda had a basket to carry the food and drinks.

Visited family a lot too, seems a couple times a month we would go to my grandparents houses and have a big meal together, grandpa taught me to play pool when I needed a stool to stand on, 50 years later I still have that stool right here under my desk.

I miss the easy life!
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We used to love going to the grandparents house. They had TV. We didn't get one until around 57 and it was a great big 20 inch used model. Kids today have computer screens that big! Generally it was stay outside until dark but don't get into trouble. Heck, our first color TV viewing experience was this cellophane stuff with blue, red and green stripes. Yeah it was hokey as all get out at best but when you're poor you're poor.

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