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Senile Texas Aggie - comic relief for the rest of you

Discussion in 'Member's "BackYardHerds" Journals' started by Senile_Texas_Aggie, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. Jul 4, 2019
    Senile_Texas_Aggie

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    All,

    It has been awhile since I last posted a summary of the books we have read -- I think before I took a break from BYH. So this post will be a lengthy one for which I apologize, as we have read numerous books in that time. All but one of the books we read were nonfiction, so if you only interested in fiction, then you can certainly skip this post.

    Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb.
    This is a book about a psychological therapist and the experiences she had with her clients, the events in her own personal life, and her need to seek the assistance of a therapist of her own. An interesting look into the life of a therapist.

    Wholly Unravelled by Keele Burgin
    This is a book about a young woman who grew up in a charismatic cult branch of a well known church denomination (I won't say which one). Her father was quite abusive toward the author when she was growing up and this had a really bad impact on her. After she left home, she went wild, went deeply into debt, then stole one of her sisters' identities, and ran up more debt. When she finally hit bottom, she decided to go to a sanctuary run by the same church denomination, staying there at the sanctuary for about a year. When she finally decided to leave the sanctuary, when her father insisted that she move back home, she said no, and left to live a more wholesome life on her own.

    The Elephant in the Brain by Kevin Simler and Robin Hansin
    The title comes from the phrase "the elephant in the room". The authors make the case that for the brain, the motives we have for what we say and do all boil down to self-interest. Food for thought.

    The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
    This is a novel about a mother of Vietnamese heritage who travels to Vietnam to look for a woman to be a wife for her younger son, who has Aspergers, and has never had a date with a girl. The mother finds a suitable woman and pays for her to come to America to get to know her son. There is conflict and then a happy ending.

    Rising Out of Hatred -- the Awakening of a Former White Nationalist by Eli Saslow
    This book is about David Roland Black, son of Don (?) Black, a former KKK grand wizard and founder of the white supremacist web site Stormfront. David grew up and became active in the group, doing web broadcasts with his father. Things changed for David when he left home to go to college. There he became friends with a Jew and two folks from South America, as well as a young woman from Ohio. As they continued to talk about things, David SLOWLY began to question his own beliefs about white nationalism. His friends helped provide him with sources of information that refuted the claims of white nationalism. By the time he graduated from college, he had abandoned his white nationalist beliefs and went on to graduate school.

    Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
    This is a book by a professional poker player, but is not about poker. Instead, it is about methods that poker players use to improve their play and how those methods can be used in ordinary life. One of her many points is to try to get as many diverse views as possible about decisions and the factors that go into the decision. Be ready to admit that the outcome may not be what is desired, but the important thing is to focus on the process, not the result. (Rising Out of Hatred is a good example of that in action.) And it is important to find colleagues to help you improve the process, colleagues that won't be sycophants but will challenge you with arguments and reasoning that are different from yours. It reminded me a lot of about groupthink and how to avoid it.

    How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
    This book was nothing like what we expected. We read it based on it being recommended by one of our nieces. It is about how the use of psychedelic drugs can be used to treat different diseases such as anxiety and depression, but can also be used to assist in creativity. As we read this book I feared he would go into New-Agey things like chakras, auras, etc. While the author came close to that, for the most part he stayed on the rational neurologically based side of the discussion.

    Heartland by Sarah Smarsh
    This is a book about a young woman who grew up poor near Wichita KS and how almost all of her relatives on her mother's side of the family were poor, were often homeless, got pregnant at a young age, married abusive husbands, and what all those combinations of factors did to perpetuate the family lifestyle. More importantly, she showed how society's attitudes toward those who are poor can often worsen the situation for those caught in the poverty cycle.

    The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
    This book is about different branches and departments of the U.S. government and what those agencies do. The title comes from an interview the author had with a former high ranking official in the Energy Dept with a deep understanding of nuclear weapons. In the interview, the author asked the official what he saw as the main risks facing the country. He named five, with the fifth risk being project management. The author covered the Energy Dept, the Agricultural Dept, and the Commerce Dept. He went into great depths to cover NOAA and the National Weather Service. He saw how time and time again ideology and corporate influences trumped good science since the Trump administration took over. While the Trump fans may find the author's findings off-putting, it jives with the above book Thinking in Bets and the need for having diverse points of view, and how the lack of such diverse points of view can lead to mediocrity at best and catastrophe at worst.

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  2. Jul 4, 2019
    Baymule

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    That is an impressive list of books. I don't read near like I used to. Reading books is an expansion of learning. Reading a diverse list of books is a good way to examine your own beliefs, it will either cement them in place or challenge one to learn more.
     
  3. Jul 5, 2019
    RollingAcres

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    Those are some interesting books!
     
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  4. Jul 14, 2019
    Senile_Texas_Aggie

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    We have been offline for awhile because my wife's next older sister, Treasa, and her husband, James, returned from their trip to California on Monday, so we kept them company. On the Sunday before they arrived, my Beautiful Gal to me to the gate area and finally got through to me just how important it was to improve the looks of the gate. While the gate itself looked fine, the area around it looked bad -- crappy loose barbed wire that wasn't straight, etc. On Tuesday morning, James and I set to work building a wooden fence to replace the barbed wire. Dummy me forgot to get pictures before we started, so the "before" pictures below are really "during", after we had cut down the trees in the way and had removed the crappy barbed wire. The pictures are taken from next to the highway looking south down the driveway toward the house:

    West side of driveway: 20190709_000000_image000000.jpg

    Eastern part of driveway. I am the one in the straw hat: 20190709_000000_image000001.jpg

    "After" pictures:
    West side of driveway: 20190712_104129.jpg

    East side of driveway: 20190712_104134.jpg

    The man leasing our pastures for haymaking came and baled while we were putting up the fence. Treasa could not believe that the bales were as large as they were so she walked down to the one closest to the porch and stood in front of one:
    20190712_193334.jpg

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  5. Jul 14, 2019
    Senile_Texas_Aggie

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    We need some advice. Yesterday, my Beautiful Gal and I sprayed the quail area with Remedy to kill the sumac bushes coming up in the pasture. We only had a 2 gallon hand-held sprayer. We rode around on the Gator, with one of us driving and the other spraying. It took us over 5 hours to spray the ~3 acres! :( Considering that we have a lot more areas around the farm that will need spraying, we are considering buying a tank sprayer that will go in the back of the Gator. Can any of you recommend a good quality sprayer?

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  6. Jul 14, 2019
    Bruce

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    You didn't really nail those boards to that tree, right? If you did you better tell the tree not to grow!
    Other than that, looks good. I'm sure much better than crappy barbed wire.

    Afraid I don't know anything about sprayers but I think @Mike CHS has one.
     
  7. Jul 14, 2019
    Bruce

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    I hope you are far enough west to miss out on this!!! :ep

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  8. Jul 14, 2019
    Mike CHS

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    I have a 40 gallon 3 point hitch sprayer with an 8' boom that does the job. My old neighbor had a smaller sprayer with the same boom for his side by side that did good also. I think that one was probably 20 gallons. It also has a wand sprayer for the tank which gives a lot of flexibility.

    I use our sprayer for a lot of things but it works great for the gravel driveway and I use the wand for all of the fence lines.
     
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  9. Jul 15, 2019
    Senile_Texas_Aggie

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    Correct. We used 4x4 pressure treated ground contact posts, except where there were dual iron pipe H braces, where we clamped the boards to the braces.
    We are currently catching the western edge. It is drizzling at the moment, but no heavy rain.

    I looked into getting a 3-pt hitch sprayer, but they were quite expensive compared to those that could be used in a side-by-side. However, I am wondering how durable the electric pumps are for the side-by-side versions. I don't want to try to save some money only to buy a piece of crap that I will end up discarding after a couple of uses.

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  10. Jul 17, 2019
    misfitmorgan

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    Finally caught up......let me say wow the work!!! Also nice entrance I agree with your Beautiful Gal!!