Originally Posted by piglett
so the long & the short of it is some people don't want a fishing pole, they want a never ending supply of fish from you
The hands out for the freebies is never exclusive to just the tropical climates...see that here alot too. Sigh--there are people ready to come out of the woodwork when they think they can take from those that earn something by working for it themselves. Have something nice, usually the greedy sloths will not only want what they think is their portion of the item (sense of entitlement runs rampant!), but ruin it for good in the process of swarming it so nobody benefits.
I remember my very first big purchase (besides land with a house or a vehicle to drive to work in!) was a scookum rototiller...36 payments at $100...I was ever so proud to bring it home and EVER so pleased about paying it off. Meanwhile I guess the snoopy neighbours realized I had one (got to use it alot more often than the town ones we rented for $85/day to prepare the shelterbelts & veg plots with--always a hassle going to get it, hoping the weather held so you could use it...getting it back before you got dinged on another day's rental & praying it never gave up the ghost and you had to pay to fix it back up). Next thing I know, the one couple down the road that owns commercial greenhouses for bedding out plants and a tree nursery THINKS I am gonna swing by (me and my tiller) and do up ALL their tilling needs. No mention of money to cover depreciation, fuel, busted tines (like I would bother...I wanted MY purchase to last my lifetime, never mind me body lasting too--bumping about behind a rear tined tiller!)--jest that the neighbourhood now had "inherited" a tiller with operator! Guess I was not a good neighbour now because I never did show up for the free for them work bee. I have visions of the wife stretched out on her shady recliner (cold beverage for her in hand) instructing me on how I "missed a section" and that last boulder patch I run up on..."maybe I could shovel it out since I was there already!"
Reminds me of that saying, "what is mine is mine, and what is yours is mine too" or even...
William Shakespeare's Hamlet; Act I, Scene 3 of William. Polonius:
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.
Want someone to appreciate something, make them work for it, eh? Probably the best kindness is paying a decent wage for a decent day's toils and not taking advantage of someone worthy of a proper life.
I think what Oz does is well balanced and his "getting the flock out of here" is a lovely shining light many of us would do good by mimicking. The Oz's are wealthy in the sense of their bounty of happiness they earn the right to harvest ...and they got that way because they worked at it and keep working towards their powerful goals.
The powers that be, help those that help themselves...and I don't mean HELP in a sense of lifting a set of tires off your parked vehicle overnight so you can't get to work either!
Wonderful economical marketing signs Oz (for piggies and cackleberry sales), like your status report listings (great way to stay in the loop), and the kids...yeh your lovely, so precious children...those kids look marvelous swinging on the bars and cooking breaky. Thank you for those warm love filled images!
Speaking of warmth...it had to warm up here to snow...
Let it snow, let it snow! Bring on the beauty diamonds in the snows!
Pretty nice image eh Oz...but betting you don't wanna swing on by and stand next to it now do yah...heh heh heh!
Doggone & Chicken UP!
Tara Lee Higgins
Higgins Rat Ranch Conservation Farm, Alberta, Canada