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    See, if I was selling that ( which I would refuse to for no matter of $) I would write it up as:

    A real charmer for those who delight in the after life. If dark shadows lurking in the still air, along with a faint smell of death hanging in the chilling darkness of the night is something which could entertain you, then this bone house is the place for you. Whispers of long-dead soldiers echoed with the sound of footsteps coming from nowhere are just one of the amenities this place has to offer. The flickering lights of the one of a kind man- made bone chandelier to the feelings of unease and forboding are perfect for those who like to experience life to a full circle. This is a true money-maker offering those a permanent residence when the time comes. Do not let this one elude you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL43 View Post
    I don't have any idea! Let's see what Ian an Ballvalve may be able to add to this. I'm off work today and tomorrow, but I will ask my friends in Switzerland if is still practiced. On one of my visits there in the mid 90's or so, one of my friends there told me about it and his tone of voice led me to believe it is still done in Switzerland at least.
    You mean Ian is going to read about composting him while alive? LOL.

    I am outa here work is calling me.
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    I wonder if they use MLS in Europe? that would make good copy for the ad
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    Ok, if we can't touch your beloved F150 can we at least eliminate NASCAR and ban Country and Western music?

    That should help reduce your CO2 emissions.

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    Ian is right that Americans are idiots when it comes to the big truck to haul leaves to a dump. A circle of pickets, old branches or old wire will take a years worth of grasss and branches and a handful of worms will make it drop in height an inch a week.

    And you dont have to buy it back in a bag for 4$ full of newspapers and pallets. And 3 chickens will eat every damn Cheerio your kid did not and that lousy steak from last night, and give you brekfast for free.

    I have renters on my creek that rake for days and BAG the pine needles and leaves into 1.35$ Costco bags and ask if I can take it to my dumpster. Yeah right. It goes to a huge pile in the chicken coop and the bags go to the recycle area for filling with cans and plastic.

    Its all so simplimatic, that maybe we need the Germans or English to come in and give such idiots lessons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    Ok, if we can't touch your beloved F150 can we at least eliminate NASCAR and ban Country and Western music?

    That should help reduce your CO2 emissions.
    totally out of the question Ian. Banning guns and NASCAR and CW Music? Wadda Ya Nuts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobL43 View Post
    I wonder if they use MLS in Europe? that would make good copy for the ad
    I don't know. Something I will have to look into. I know I pay enough for it. Don't I write good prop descriptions? lol. Mine are always interesting... never, like others so bland and dry. I write the truth and spice it up. I am smart because I will write the measurements of closets! if it has built in shoe racks, or a lighted make up light; women buy the houses.

    ...when the male says to me, " but I wanted a bigger garage and a place to put my tools" I ask him, while we are watching his wife examine with glee the closets, the lighted make-up mirror, "which would you rather have? see that smile everynight or... or have a place to put your tools everynight?"

    With that, many times, the male while looking at me suspiciously says, " you are a very good salesman," no, "person, salesperson..." I tell him with my all american-girl smile.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ballvalve View Post
    Ian is right that Americans are idiots when it comes to the big truck to haul leaves to a dump. A circle of pickets, old branches or old wire will take a years worth of grasss and branches and a handful of worms will make it drop in height an inch a week.

    And you dont have to buy it back in a bag for 4$ full of newspapers and pallets. And 3 chickens will eat every damn Cheerio your kid did not and that lousy steak from last night, and give you brekfast for free.

    I have renters on my creek that rake for days and BAG the pine needles and leaves into 1.35$ Costco bags and ask if I can take it to my dumpster. Yeah right. It goes to a huge pile in the chicken coop and the bags go to the recycle area for filling with cans and plastic.

    Its all so simplimatic, that maybe we need the Germans or English to come in and give such idiots lessons.
    That still does not get the sheetrock and plywood and furniture moved. I compost grass and leaves, but when it gets too ripe sometimes, I am sorry I do. The is a town facility a few miles away where I can take as much compost as I want with my truck. At least i can get something for my real estate taxes.
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    How you feeling Ian?
    my mother is calling me...

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    Sheetrock composts very nicely especially if you have a backhoe. From the earth and back to the earth. Gypsum is mined and paper is grown. The binder is inert. I think greenboard just adds clay.

    Some of the new stuff has fiberglas in it, so that might be problematic.

    Grass only gets ripe if you dont add some old straw or dirt to the layers. And worms need some "space" - oyster shells, wadded up paper feed bags, even plastic, Then its worm heaven. One item I do buy is bagged steer manure. Layer with that - fantastic result. No turning or mixing need ever be done.

    Goose bones seem to need about 10 years to compost. I'd give the English 25. And my new f-150 gets 18.8 MPG empty or overloaded.
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    I like the Ontario landfill which I utilize. Once there you separate the burnable materials from the nonburnables and the landfill burns it for you.

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    You got to watch sometimes where you dig. While digging a garden when we first moved in this house, we dug up asbestos. I don't know how long it was in there. No sense in telling you, the garden was placed somewhere else. So, I started digging in a new spot, this time I dug up a horse shoe. I told my husband and he said that means I will have good luck. I continued digging. I dug up another. I sat it aside the lucky one. Again, I told my husband. This time he didn't say I was lucky. He didn't speak until, I said, " wow, I got another one." This time, he said, " uh, cook, you are diggin up a horse."

    I went inside, I was done. Too much in one day to find.

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    When he came in I asked him where he put the garden. He said, " between the hazardous material and the composted horse." Yeah, I told him, I could hardly wait for the first harvest. We offered everyone we knew vegetables and didn't get one taker.

    The next season, we started digging on the other side of the yard area. Somehow, those veggies looked much better on the dinner table.

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    It could had been just a mental thing, but I saw a veggie growing in his first garden that even the animals wouldn't eat. It was like a cross between a watermelon, pumpkin and apple. We cut it from its vine and sat it in the middle of the yard looking at it. He asked me what I thought it was, I said, " dangerous" and, wild horses dead or alive won't make me it eat.

    I said, ' it is in the dirt' and it is growing weird things. I don't go back there often.
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    **My** aging infrastructure is making it more difficult for me to sheetrock this bathroom I am re-doing than it would have 30 years ago
    Got the ceiling and one wall done. The stuff is heavy for me. I tried to hire the only decent sheetrocker around here to do the work, but he is booked for a long time. that's what happens when you're good at your trade. I'll see if I can get him to do the spackling. I bought the new "light" weight sheetrock, so I guess this is the stuff ballvalve was talking aobut that has fiberglass and does not compost well? Never thought that sheetrock would compost and break down except the paper backings.
    Always wanted a drywall screwgun, so this project gave me the excuse to buy one. why am I writing all this? Because at the moment I have nothing else to do, which does not happen too often.
    I am definitely not a pro plumber, but I am a pro crastinator

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