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1) From: John Abbott
Charlie,
    From the little I know of you, you are an honest hard working guy who
learned to survive. I think that farming is about as tough a job as there
are - dependent on the weather and the lack of infection.  I know that yo=
u
worked in McAllen on the Organge grove, then on to San Antonio - then to
Mexico to work on a Finca. I doubt that you felt like it was a grand
adventure when you were living it, but writing about it might just make s=
ome
spoiled fat cats think about what they really have. 
   I am a slave to indoor plumbing and the absence of snakes.  So I'm not=
 a
biggie on camping out. But when I was in my teens, my best friend and I u=
sed
to take one large can of beans and head out into the country to see how l=
ong
we could make it.  We usually either got tired of sleeping under the star=
s
or out parents would come retrieve us for fear that we'd been hurt.  Our
longest stay was five weeks - and we still had the can of beans. A lot of
orchards were short fruit, a couple of farms were short veggies (corn and
green beans) but for the most part we fished and/or hunted.  I guess in a=
ll
that, it wasn't anything close to what you endured because I knew I could
find a phone and make a collect call and his folks or mine would be there=
 in
a couple of hours.
  But your perspectives, things learned along the path to where you are n=
ow
would be fascinating. And of course your own kids never appreciate you un=
til
they begin to raise their own.  My kids are 38 and 40 and Dad has lost al=
l
his brains again.  I'm not modern, don't know what's going on politically
and am out of it because I challenge what our government is up to much of
the time.  Getting shot at in Korea has given me reason to reallly challe=
nge
what our government is doing - and although I wasn't a part of Vietnam, I
was one very angry young father during that fiasco.
  I'm betting Charlie that we could sit down with something adult to drin=
k
and you could just about bend my mind. I'd love to see you put it all on
paper.
Viava Charlie!
John
<Snip>
Thanks again, John. I'll admit that managing and working two
farms in two different countries at the same time with neither a
house nor legal staus, let alone a vehicle, in either country
had it's interesting moments. There were also long stretches of
time spent on the side of lonely highways with my thumb out,
freight trains that crawled through the desert at a snails pace,
and many a night in a leaky tent with only a bottle of tequila
for entertainment and companionship... Plowing a long corn field
with stubborn oxen and picking,cleaning and roasting sacks of
coffee by hand are the kind of things that start out
interesting. Prunning the first hundred fruit trees is
interesting 'till the tendonitus sets in... Bathing in creeks or
worse is OK for a couple of years, but...at least I almost
always had fresh roasted, (frying pan) fresh brewed coffee. You
can make a camp fire just about anywhere. Most of the third
world would find you all's office jobs and steady pay checks,
new cars etc. much more entertaining to read about.(so far!) My
kids sure think I'm a boring old fart ;o)
Charlie, a hobo no mo'
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2) From: Charlie Herlihy
--- John Abbott  wrote:
<Snip>
Thanks again, John. I'll admit that managing and working two
farms in two different countries at the same time with neither a
house nor legal staus, let alone a vehicle, in either country
had it's interesting moments. There were also long stretches of
time spent on the side of lonely highways with my thumb out,
freight trains that crawled through the desert at a snails pace,
and many a night in a leaky tent with only a bottle of tequila
for entertainment and companionship... Plowing a long corn field
with stubborn oxen and picking,cleaning and roasting sacks of
coffee by hand are the kind of things that start out
interesting.  Prunning the first hundred fruit trees is
interesting 'till the tendonitus sets in... Bathing in creeks or
worse is OK for a couple of years, but...at least I almost
always had fresh roasted, (frying pan) fresh brewed coffee. You
can make a camp fire just about anywhere.  Most of the third
world would find you all's office jobs and steady pay checks,
new cars etc. much more entertaining to read about.(so far!)  My
kids sure think I'm a boring old fart ;o)
Charlie, a hobo no mo'
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