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carolkuk

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I was about to post, but after reading Ben's entry, I have an idea.

I propose we start "The Bridges Project"

How about we start with Ben(West) and see if we can form a Bridge to Pinkie (East).

My vision, let's form a story from West to East in one day.  And, let's agree to base the story on a theme for the day.  

For example, this is Spring.  What if we wrote about a tiny little bud outside our own homes.  Really took the time to examine it, describe it, welcome it, and introduce it to each other.  Okay, probably sounds weird, but, your bud is different from my midwest bud, and from West to East, maybe we can all learn something new about each other's environment and about ourselves.  In essence forming a "Bridge" across boarders.

Any thoughts?




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You want to know about a typical day? Today I am using an Oxygen/Acetylene torch to cut apart some old farm machinery. Acetylene is a flammable gas and oxygen is an accelerant. Oxygen isn't exactly flammable it just makes everything else more flammable. To use a torch the first thing to do is clean the tip it builds up carbon and needs to flow well for a better cut. Usually the acetylene gas pressure is set to 5 PSI and Oxygen is set to 60 PSI. Some times it's 10 PSI acetylene and 30 PSI Oxygen just depends on what is being cut. The Oxygen bottle is opened slowly until gauges read pressure and then opened all of the way because of type of valve. The acetylene only need about a quarter turn on the bottle. There's pressure regulator valves to set pressure. There's two more gate type valves on the torch cutting head. Usually there's green and red hoses that indicate (green) oxygen (red) acetylene. There are two gate valves that control oxygen and one push valve on torch head. Only one valve for gas. So next barely turn gas valve until slight hissing then light with striker. Usually you turn up gas ustil large orange flame stops putting off black smoke. Next you adjust oxygen. The flame turns blue and you can see through protective eyewear that there is some smaller flames at the base of blue flame. The oxygen is adjusted until blue flames look more clear or ghost flames is the term used. To actually cut steel usually you put torch close as possible to material without touching tip to metal. The steel itself becomes molten and is actually on fire. The push valve adds even more oxygen that keeps the metal burning and blasts through materials. It needs to blast through otherwise heat is refracted and the tip starts to melt and misshape. It takes a lot of practice to cut at the right speed. A good cut is clean and has lines and a bad cut has material in melted blobs. After that I will likely pull weeds and work outside on other projects. Probably some mechanical work also there's always something or other that needs fixed. Maybe take the dogs for a walk and hope we don't encounter a badger or porcupine. One of the dogs is fairly old and not too long ago he cornered a beaver. The old dog and a one year old dog fought that thing for hours before I realized what was going on. I had to put them in the kennel and chase the Beaver off. It was strange because it was out on the dry land away from any water source. Beaver was probably just looking for new territory. Is that what you had in mind or the more literal about bud in the region?
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Maybe that is not what you wanted. Today was about 70 F sunny and the wind was calm. The lilac bushes and Iris are starting to show their colors. Blue, purple, white and yellow flowers. The strawberries are taking over with plenty of white flowers. The birds seem to go from a scolding tone to sing song chirping when the sprinklers get turned on. Ruff hands, a weathered face, and everything aching is usually the only reward for hard work. Night time a little unwinding with the buds your probably interested in. The younger generation seems to prefer the extracts but I like flavor and still want to be semi functional. Last season I grew 85 strains for just one of around 40 companies in the area. Just about every flavor profile is available. Really good quality is grown correctly, cured, and trimmed until there's no leaf just buds. When I cure buds I trim off anything that is not crystal covered, hang upside down in a dark room about 65 F and 40% humidity until stems break instead of bend than the humidity goes to 50%. Most of it is cured at least 56 days. THC, CBD, and other cannibinoids start as THCA or Acidic and need oxidation to cure flavor out of buds. Next is a second finer trim where the crystal covered leaves are removed from buds and saved to make extracts, Really high quality cured this way will be sticky, pliable, full flavored, and burn all the way through. It should have a clean, fresh taste. I prefer berry, candy, and pine flavors most but something sour or heavy flavored isn't bad. Not sure which buds you were referring but there's plenty of budding plants and plenty of the other type as well. Just a note hanging any type of herbs or flowers upside down in a dark place is the best way to preserve something.
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Down on my luck put a dent in the truck trying to make a few bucks. Sometimes I want to give up must of run out of luck trying to get ahead just left me stuck. Lost all my friends just start over again the struggle never ends. Don't want to do it again but where one trail ends another begins always intend to get back in the saddle again. Along a lost highway with nowhere to stay I'll just spend my day in the sun. A life on the run just doesn't sound fun my dad told me son just get the job done and don't be a bum you will just end up in a slum. I had my fun and the things that I've done may have seemed dumb but I've never hurt anyone... Just one of those days felt like an old country song. Just have to write it backwards to get to get everything back.
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As I read your sad story I thought it would make a good country blues song... and then you said that, too. I hope today was better.
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