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ccavacini
Spent my whole life studying education and majoring in English....wish I would have learned to use my hands building something...

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Kansas Big Dog
I would have kept my Orange '69' GTO Judge, and would have become a bird hunting bum 10 years earlier.

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SODAKer

First thing that came to mind was I wish I would have told my dad how much I loved him.

Interesting that you mentioned this.

My dad just turned 74 last week and for the first time I said to him  "I Love You, you are the best dad I could ever wish for."

He raised my sister and me while tending to my mother who had a life long illness that eventually took her at an early age. He had a firm hand and a heart full of passion, understanding and commitment when we needed it. He taught us to help out our family and neighbors and expect nothing in return. He is the best person I know.

I dunno what took me so long to say that, I'm just glad that I had the opportunity and did.

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Firelight
Interesting timing of this thread for me because just yesterday I wrapped up the last day of my professional position, in 2 days I move from the farm I sold to a small cabin on a lake in Maine, and in 3 months I begin the life of a bird hunting bum.  I'm thinking that maybe I've done something right in the past that allows me to be on this good path so although there have been ugly spots in my past, I'm happy with the outcome.

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valuman
When you follow the path with heart, you can't go wrong.

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Brad Eden
Spent my whole life studying education and majoring in English....wish I would have learned to use my hands building something...

Yeah, I wish I had worked summers with a friend and his fathers contracting/carpentry company when I had that opportunity so I could build a shed without it taking me 3 years just to plan it. But the money for college was better elsewhere.

I did the opposite of what most dedicated grouse and woodcock hunters do. I didn't stay in what could have been a lucrative graphic design/art director/creative director/ad-marketing career that was well on its way when I started out in the Boston area, and hunt when I could or for a week in the fall. Most with a young growing family would have stuck it out, grew their career, made decent money, bought a nice house and established a nestegg or some retirement security, and THEN left it all or retired to be a grouse bum. Instead I left all that just as my career was taking off to move to Maine at a young age so I could grouse hunt first, work second. Be a young grouse bum instead of an old one.

Hunted like an absolute maniac in my most robust, healthy, young years. Worked graphic design freelance for most of the 25 years I've been here so I could take pretty much all of oct and nov off to bird hunt.

So, now I sit here most of the time babysitting...I mean managing...I mean moderating, an Internet Bulletin board so old farts can hook up in semi or full retirement and wax on about all their expensive guns, highly bred and trained dogs and all the hunting trips they have planned.

Let me think on this a bit more...... :oh:  :laugh:

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Lars
I'm cranky, dissatisfied and disillusioned. I would change everything except the Colorado part.

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Brad Eden
I'm cranky, dissatisfied and disillusioned. I would change everything except the Colorado part.

Maybe I did do the right thing being a grouse bum at a young age instead of waiting til I was old and crotchety. hmmmmmmmm. :<img src=:'>

Gonna try that grill marinade you dropped off this weekend I think. Thanks!

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Lars

I'm cranky, dissatisfied and disillusioned. I would change everything except the Colorado part.

Maybe I did do the right thing being a grouse bum at a young age instead of waiting til I was old and crotchety. hmmmmmmmm. :<img src=:'>

Fodder for the comedians Bradski.  :<img src=:'>

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gonehuntin

I'd have finished my education and worked for the govt, state or feds so I could retire with a secure pension.'

I've lived a fun and interesting life but I'll never be able to retire.

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Rockdoc

Instead of focusing on finding joy and happiness in life, I should have focused on something much easier such as becoming rich.

Steve

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Hunshatt
I'm cranky, dissatisfied and disillusioned. I would change everything except the Colorado part.

Maybe I did do the right thing being a grouse bum at a young age instead of waiting til I was old and crotchety. hmmmmmmmm. :<img src=:'>

Fodder for the comedians Bradski.  :<img src=:'>

nope.... at least not from me...... Brad recently shared a very personal event that happened..... and something you can relate to....... he said the local corner market was no longer going to carry prune juice.... he was going to have to go to Elsworth to get more..... so he didn't  stay backed up.... and cranky..... I offered to have a couple palates dropped off to spare the rest of us his  surliness

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ccavacini
Interesting timing of this thread for me because just yesterday I wrapped up the last day of my professional position, in 2 days I move from the farm I sold to a small cabin on a lake in Maine, and in 3 months I begin the life of a bird hunting bum.  I'm thinking that maybe I've done something right in the past that allows me to be on this good path so although there have been ugly spots in my past, I'm happy with the outcome.

That sounds perfect...enjoy

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wkburns
I'd have finished my education and worked for the govt, state or feds so I could retire with a secure pension.'

I've lived a fun and interesting life but I'll never be able to retire.

I would rather have an interesting life than finding myself in my retirment years wishing I had lived rather than taken the safest route through life.

I have made my share of mistakes along the way but I don't regret any of it. I have also made plenty of good choices to.

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Lars
Brad recently shared a very personal event that happened..... and something you can relate to.......

Nope not just yet I'm still good.

 Tim I ran in to  Joe Dahl a week ago at a rest area off the interstate. What ever your thinking your wrong. Anyway he had a new pup he showed me he was very excited about. A little setter named Jack that was full of life and energy. Beautiful pup.  I'm sure you'll get to see the little guy in your future trialing.

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