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Old 09-03-2015, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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As a native Californian with children, grandchildren, oh yes, and a wife back there I wish I could send some water your way as well, as some of our abundant rain. Living in the Ozarks is like being on a giant sponge. Just one of our over 1,100 natural springs pumps out an average of 276 million (you read that right) gallons of 58, fresh spring water a day. The roar as the water shoots out from a cliff face is awe inspiring. They all eventually empty into our abundant rivers including the Missouri and Mississippi.
Curmudgeon, I'd love to visit that area. Where exactly is it? I used to write poetry but since the carr accident, I haven't written anything. Physically I think I'm finally able to sit at the computer - I use my kindle when I talk to all of you - but I have no ideas. I'm blocked & need some beauty to overcome that.

 
Old 09-04-2015, 09:04 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Curmudgeon, I'd love to visit that area. Where exactly is it? I used to write poetry but since the carr accident, I haven't written anything. Physically I think I'm finally able to sit at the computer - I use my kindle when I talk to all of you - but I have no ideas. I'm blocked & need some beauty to overcome that.
I live in SW Missouri; Stone County to be exact and a stone's throw from the Arkansas border.. The Ozarks region consists of parts of three states, the bulk of it in MO. It covers much of the southern half of Missouri and an extensive portion of northwestern and north central Arkansas. The region also extends westward into a slice of northeastern Oklahoma.

My address is governed by the rural post office that serves me so with that technicality I'm in the booming metropolis of Blue Eye, MO/AR although nine miles from the village of that name. The village straddles the MO/Arkansas border with 167 folks on the MO side and 39 on the AR side. My home is on the shore of Table Rock Lake and it's a beautiful area. The Ozarks region is very southern in speech, habit and friendliness as well as food. Sweet tea is a favorite drink (I can't stand it) and biscuits and gravy predominate for breakfast (I eat them sparingly). Other favorites are chicken fried steak, pork tenderloins, pulled pork and ribs. Canned green beans with bacon and mashed potatoes and gravy are favorite sides and everyone loves catfish. Can we say, "comfort food" and "down-home cooking?"

Just about everyone hunts and our forests are teeming with wildlife. I've had close encounters with deer, coyotes, foxes, badgers, beaver, rabbits, squirrels and turkeys. Much of that in my unfenced back and front yards. Unfortunately, Texas has decided to share its armadillos with us of late and those are treated to shoot on sight, something we can do on our own property provided we do so safely. We can also burn leaves and such. MO doesn't believe in burdening us with a bunch of regulations and restrictions although a fair number of Califoreigners and other pests who have moved here are trying to change that. Makes me glad I'm old and won't likely be around if and when they succeed. It would ruin the whole darn place.

There now, aren't you sorry you asked?

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Old 09-04-2015, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Central NY
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I live in SW Missouri. The Ozarks region covers parts of three states, the bulk of it in MO. It covers much of the southern half of Missouri and an extensive portion of northwestern and north central Arkansas. The region also extends westward into northeastern Oklahoma.

My address is governed by the rural post office that serves me so with that technicality I'm in the booming metropolis of Blue Eye, MO although nine miles from the village of that name. The village straddles the MO/Kansas border with 167 folks on the MO side and 39 on the AR side. My home is on the shore of Table Rock Lake and it's a beautiful area. The Ozarks region is very southern in speech, habit and friendliness as well as food. Sweet tea is a favorite drink (I can't stand it) and biscuits and gravy predominate for breakfast (I eat them sparingly). Other favorites are chicken fried steak, pork tenderloins, pulled pork and ribs. Canned green beans with bacon and mashed potatoes and gravy are favorite sides and everyone loves catfish. Can we say, "comfort food" and "down-home cooking?"

Just about everyone hunts and our forests are teeming with wildlife. I've had close encounters with deer, coyotes, foxes, badgers, beaver, rabbits, squirrels and turkeys. Much of that in my unfenced back and front yards. Unfortunately, Texas has decided to share its armadillos with us of late and those are treated to shoot on sight, something we can do on our own property provided we do so safely. We can also burn leaves and such. MO doesn't believe in burdening us with a bunch of regulations and restrictions although a fair number of Califoreigners and other pests who have moved here are trying to change that. Makes me glad I'm old and won't likely be around if and when they succeed. It would ruin the whole darn place.

There now, aren't you sorry you asked?
I'm wondering... are you near the tornado area? It seems MO has been hit pretty hard by them of late. And I wonder.... what is wrong with having armadillos around? Shoot on sight? Why?

My son is in Wagner, OK area. How close are you to that?
 
Old 09-04-2015, 09:24 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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I'm wondering... are you near the tornado area? It seems MO has been hit pretty hard by them of late. And I wonder.... what is wrong with having armadillos around? Shoot on sight? Why?

My son is in Wagner, OK area. How close are you to that?
I'm about 10 miles as the crow flies from Branson, MO which was hit by an EF2 tornado in 2012. It did extensive damage there and in Kimberling City across the lake. My home is down in a holler on the shore of a large lake and we do get plagued by straight-line winds on occasions, one of which with a twist downed a mature redbud tree in my back yard, also in 2012, which landed just five feet from my bedroom. That was a sight to wake up to! The night of the EF5, Joplin, MO tornado in 2011, while standing on my front deck I counted six funnel clouds to the north over the lake and two to the west. Thankfully, none of them touched down but that was a sight to behold.

Were decidedly in Tornado Alley here but most of us aren't bothered by that fact. If a twister gets us, oh well! Mother Nature can be a *****!

Armadillos burrow and overnight can plow up a large lawn. Other than man they are the only animal that can contract and pass on leprosy.
 
Old 09-04-2015, 10:34 AM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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Your home sounds wonderful. I'll definitely be visiting the area sometime. Thanks for sharing all the information.
 
Old 09-04-2015, 11:30 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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Your home sounds wonderful. I'll definitely be visiting the area sometime. Thanks for sharing all the information.
Let me know when and I'll give you a bit of a guided tour. By the way, I went to high school in MN, a military prep-school, no less. It was a way for my parents to get me out from under foot.
 
Old 09-04-2015, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I'm not planning any trips until next spring. I'm finding that the exercises I'm doing through physical therapy are helping & I figure by spring my back may be able to withstand longer drives. Besides, that gives me time to save more so I don't feel that I have to skimp & can enjoy any trip I take. But, will definitely pm you when I'm planning to come. Thank you so much for offering.
 
Old 09-04-2015, 04:46 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default Have we become a nation of science illiterates?

I can't believe what I read on City-Data sometimes. Now, once again, in the Self-Sufficiency and Preparedness Forum, there are people worried about Zombies running around following an apocalypse. I didn't even click on the thread this time, as I don't seem to have the patience for that stuff right now.

Other stuff, while not indicative of illiteracy, is nonetheless sad and discouraging: People in the Education Forum who hated their high school experience so much they remain traumatized by it years later. People right here in Retirement who hate(d) their jobs so much that they describe them as hell on earth and cannot/could not wait for the deliverance of retirement. Of course the Mental Health sub-forum is ipso facto sad and depressing, which is why I don't go there very often.

Good thing we have moments of levity and humor here as a counterpoint.
 
Old 09-04-2015, 05:15 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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I'm not planning any trips until next spring. I'm finding that the exercises I'm doing through physical therapy are helping & I figure by spring my back may be able to withstand longer drives. Besides, that gives me time to save more so I don't feel that I have to skimp & can enjoy any trip I take. But, will definitely pm you when I'm planning to come. Thank you so much for offering.
My pleasure, Meo. With any amount of luck I'll still be around then and by all means it will be here. By the way, I had to drive easily to accommodate my wife's exceptionally bad back when she lived here which is no small accomplishment in these here Aux Arcs with our twisty-turny, uppy-down, two lane country roads, but doable.

Just let me know!
 
Old 09-04-2015, 05:45 PM
 
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Escort Rider,

At least in the Self-Sufficiency and Preparedness Forum thread you mention about zombies taking over the earth, there are tons of people responding to the OP that there is ZERO chance of this happening! :-)
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