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crunch

Social climber
CO
Aug 26, 2014 - 11:10am PT
These are some great stories, Ron!

Thanks!
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Aug 26, 2014 - 12:03pm PT
The "breath of experience bit, where they started shuffling people all over the country to become more "well rounded" was also IMO an epic failure. EVERY district out there has unique challenges and it takes one years to develop a feel for those challenges. Timber and brush mngmt plans are made for 50 yr or more cycles.
My dad is a forester (Weyerhauser in the 60s, then taught forestry at a community college 70s-90s), and agrees completely.
BJ

climber
Aug 26, 2014 - 12:23pm PT
It would be nice to read a book about this that wasn't seeped in misogyny and xenophobia, the way that Burchfield's book is. Halfway thru his book all you get is that he is here to give endless examples of sour grapes.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Aug 26, 2014 - 01:21pm PT
to trees falling on folks and vehicles,

Been there done that, 2 quick tales.

When I was a wee lad of about 10, our family took a vacation trip in a rented truck and overhead camper. While in Yellowstone, stopped to wait for traffic to clear from tourons viewing bears by the road, Dad, 1 brother and I sitting in the truck cab, Mom and my 2 yr. old brother laying down on the campers overcab bed we hear and feel a huge crash that
shook the truck violently. Dad, not given to using profanities in front of his young kids, shouts out;
"What the f#ck was that, did a bear jump on the camper?"
We jump out of the truck cab to find that a huge dead tree had fallen on the camper creasing it where the overcab bed and main camper body meet with Mom and brother still up there. A Ranger was dispatched to chain saw the tree to free the truck/camper. Luckily they were not hurt, but we had to do some pushing and prying to extract them from the overcab bed.
Fortunately they had insured the rig for the trip but the camper was too damaged to continue using it to sleep in. The rest of the trip nights were spent in motels.

While attending college in Snoozenville, Ca. BITD, a buddy and I supported ourselves buy cutting/selling firewood that we cut from private land, one of those for every 5 cords you take drop 1 off to the landowner deals.
Anyhoo, one day while falling trees my buddy tries to drop a tree along side of the truck to make carrying the rounds a short trip. He had left the drivers side door open and when the tree came down the top 10 feet of the tree hit the open door, broke the window glass and folded the window frame in to a U shape, the tree now hung up and cradled by the window frame. We laughed and to free the tree I jumped in the truck, fired it up and drove the truck from under the tree, liming the top as I drove away.
We used a jack to pry the window frame back up, replaced the broken glass with clear plastic sheeting and duct tape. The door never closed totally
again and we used bungee cord to keep it shut.

Ah, the good ole days!

Dig the stories Ron,
carry on.
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Aug 26, 2014 - 01:45pm PT
Been enjoying this and look forward to each installment. Like a good olde classical serial!
That whole shuffling around of personnel was endemic in many professions at that time. It must have come out of some business school "research". It was a "five year" shuffle in my profession.

Susan
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 26, 2014 - 03:57pm PT
Ron, if you write the book give us the good stories and leave the bad inter office/ management crap out of it. we all deal with poor decisions or polocys from higher up that affect our work and frankly we don't want to hear about it. we want heros and high times in the back woods. keep it fun the way you have been!
hard times on the job are good as well and the tradgedys that make what you did so meanigfull make a good read. we probobly don't want a book full of sour grapes about how the govt screwed up and can't do anything right anymore...
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Aug 28, 2014 - 10:16am PT
Cool thread, Ron. Enjoy your stories.

Ever deal with a guy in timber sales (I got the impression he was also an LEO like yourself) in the Sierra Nat Forest named Richard Isaacs?

Cute chainsaw too, btw ;)


-JR
Jeremy Ross

Gym climber
Aug 28, 2014 - 10:48am PT
There's an urban legend surrounding him that I figured would spread through the USFS circles too of him rolling up on some loggers one Friday after work and getting the sh#t kicked out of him. After that, the story goes, he learned Kempo and quietly took care (not kill) of those guys that did that. Who knows if it's true, but I remember he commanded respect. Was always a hard ass, but a fair hard ass, and even his "enemies" conceded this.

I don't think I'll ever forget his response to anything he deemed ludicrous..."That's just Dogshit! Dogshit I tell you!!" LOL.

Wonder what happened to the guy...


-JR
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Aug 28, 2014 - 02:19pm PT
The lake was just turning over

Could you explain this phrase in the context of Pyramid Lake, please?

DMT
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Maestro, Ecosystem Ministry, Fatcrackistan
Aug 28, 2014 - 02:30pm PT
Thanks!

DMT
SC seagoat

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, or In What Time Zone Am I?
Aug 30, 2014 - 10:26am PT
Keep em coming. I have foot surgery on Thursday....will be on slo-mo for a bit. Need good read in'

Susan
tradmanclimbs

Ice climber
Pomfert VT
Aug 30, 2014 - 04:46pm PT
why would the horses need shooting?
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Aug 30, 2014 - 09:09pm PT
Sand compaction...?
zBrown

Ice climber
BrujÚ de la Playa
Aug 30, 2014 - 11:30pm PT
Is Leo one of the signs of the Zodiac still or has it been misappropriated?






Although I know you don't have to, can you show me your stinkin' badge?



T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Aug 30, 2014 - 11:50pm PT
60 Minutes wouldn't lie to us by fabricating a story like that.;-) LOL
Ron abuses horse on 60 Minutes episode;




Don't wanna be an American idiot
Don't want a nation under the new media
And can you hear the sound of hysteria?
The subliminal mind f*#k America

Don't want to be an American idiot
One nation controlled by the media
Information age of hysteria
It's going out to idiot America



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