Nice beard, Karl! And a good story. It sounds like a great life.
You may be interested in this: I'm taking the test next month to be a
licensed pesticide applicator. I have a peach tree (Red Haven
Semi-Dwarf), and I'm getting another. The peaches are delicious but
the trees are vulnerable to everything. The PhD. pomologist at Rutgers
Extension Service said I have a 10% chance of success, unless I get
licensed and spray the suckers with chemicals that I can't otherwise
In NJ the commercial peach growers spray 12 times. The Rutgers guy
says he's going to help me trim that to 6 times. As a Private
Pesticide Applicator, I'll be licensed in NJ to spray anything. Look
"The socialist movement takes great pains to circulate frequently new labels for its ideally constructed state.
Each worn-out label is replaced by another which raises hopes of an ultimate solution of the insoluble basic
problem of Socialism, until it becomes obvious that nothing has been changed but the name.
The most recent slogan is "State Capitalism."[Fascism] It is not commonly realized that this covers nothing more
than what used to be called Planned Economy and State Socialism, and that State Capitalism, Planned Economy,
and State Socialism diverge only in non-essentials from the "classic" ideal of egalitarian Socialism. - Ludwig von Mises (1922)