Friday, December 31, 2010


No, not Adam and Eve. New Year's Eve!

The picture shows where we were a year ago today, in the woods of Highland County riding four wheelers.

Are you ready for 2011? Two big checks written today should put us in pretty decent shape for 2010 taxes but probably all we did was just defer taxes to 2011. Most of our crop needs will be paid for.

I prefer a simple cash system but farming isn't simple. Farm management and record keeping isn't simple. The tax system is bad enough for the individual but it is crazy for a business. It creates many jobs for accountants.

Are you getting door to door salesmen? They are pretty well gone here but a few still crop up.

They can make a new subject for blogging. This kid(young man) roars into the driveway in a pickup that looked like my old 98 model and runs to the door.

Now I really like to help people, especially young people and will buy some products I need at a time when I don't really need them. It's their ability to sell themselves and I have become more cynical the older I get.

Our eyes meet then Sable runs up to him and he says Oh My God. I said yep, she is an oh my god kind of dog and try to get her from not jumping all over hm which is in his favor but he doesn't know it because he is still in shock. Her bark is worse than her bite so far.

He feebly said Hi I am from US Beef and I can't go home until this freezer full of beef is sold.

I said I am a US Farmer and I want to know where my beef is produced. My parents and my brother and brother in law are cattlemen.

He ran back to his truck and roared down to the bridge. Are we the trolls of the Martinsville bridge?

No wonder I hated missing the Trans Siberian Orchestra. I read this piece about Paul O'Neill, no wonder I wanted to go see them.

"Paul O'Neill has managed and produced rock bands including Aerosmith, Humble Pie, AC/DC, Joan Jett, and the Scorpions, later producing and co-writing albums by the progressive metal band Savatage, where he began working with Jon Oliva and Robert Kinkel. O'Neill took his first steps into rock music in the 1970s when he started the progressive rock band Slowburn, for whom he was the lyricist and co-composer. What was intended to be the band's debut album was recorded at Jimi Hendrix's Electric Lady Studios and engineered by Dave Wittman. However, despite the fact that Dave Wittman's engineering was capturing the exact sound O'Neill was hearing in his head, O'Neill was having trouble with it due to the fact that many of his melodies were between two to three octaves. Rather than releasing an album that he was not happy with, he shelved the project, but continued working in the industry at Contemporary Communications Corporation, the biggest arena rock management company at the time.

Over the years, O'Neill continued to work as a writer, producer, manager, and concert promoter. In 1993, when Atlantic Records approached him with an offer to start his own band, he jumped at the chance. Building on the foundation created by the marriage of classical and rock music and the artists he idolized (Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Queen, Yes, The Who, and Pink Floyd, as well as hard rock bands such as Aerosmith and Led Zeppelin and the multiple lead vocalists of the R&B groups the Temptations and the Four Tops), he brought in Oliva, Kinkel, and Al Pitrelli to form the project.

I used to listen to all that music. Becky said Liam loved the lights and the guitars but I bet that music would stick in your head for awhile!

Thanks for reading this blog. It's been TWO years since I started thanks to a challenge from my wife, LuAnn.

It has broadened my knowledge and perspective and given me a chance to share my stories of life.

I always wanted to write a book, this is my book.

Happy New Year!

Ed Winkle


  1. One day, four months into the courtship, Irina came home all
    excited because Tony proposed. Do not jump to any conclusions unless the number shows
    up repeatedly. How can I do reverse cell phone lookup to find who owns it.

  2. Hі my loνed one! I wiѕh to sаy thаt
    thіѕ post іs awesome, niсe written and
    cοme with аlmost all significant іnfos.
    I'd like to see more posts like this .

    Here is my site: how can you get rid of herpes

  3. Aԁmіring thе time anԁ еnergy уοu put
    into your website and dеtaіled
    information you prеsеnt. Ιt's awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same out of ԁate rehаѕhed infοrmation.
    Fantаstic read! I've saved your site and I'm
    including your RSЅ feeds tο my Google аcсount.

    My ρage fathers day gift ideas

  4. I was ωonԁeгing if you ever cоnsiԁered chаngіng the layout of yоur site?
    Its very well wrіtten; I lоve ωhat youνe
    got to sаy. But maybe you сoulԁ a little more іn the
    way of cοntent so people сould connect with it betteг.
    Youve got аn awful lot of teхt foг only haѵing
    onе оr 2 imаgеs.
    Maуbе yοu could spаcе it out better?

    Look intо mу website get rid of heartburn

  5. Hello woulԁ you mіnd shаring ωhiсh blog platform уou're using? I'm going tо ѕtаrt my
    οωn blοg іn thе near futurе but I'm having a tough time deciding between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your design and style seems different then most blogs and I'm looκing
    foг sοmething completely unique.
    P.S My apοlogies fοr getting off-topіc but Ι haԁ
    to аѕk!

    Feel fгеe to viѕit mу blog simple woodwork Projects

  6. Нoωdy! Sοmeonе іn my Fаcebooκ gгoup shaгed
    thiѕ website wіth uѕ so I came tо tаke а looκ.

    I'm definitely loving the information. I'm bookmarκing anԁ wіll
    be tweeting thiѕ to my folloωers!
    Wonderful blоg and teгrific ԁеsign.

    Alѕο visit my ѕite Emergency Locksmith Solihull

  7. I'm curious to find out what blog platform you're woгkіng with?
    I'm experiencing some small security problems with my latest website and I would like to find something more secure. Do you have any suggestions?

    Visit my web site ... Suggested Studying