• Tom Bechman

    Why Did I Buy That Snow Thrower?

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on March 27, 2012

    If you're superstitious, the fact that I bought a snow thrower on sale in early February may be why we haven't needed one since then. We got through winter with just over 8 inches in Indianapolis, and less than that to the South. It was a difficult decision. There I was in the store to buy something else, with the snow thrower marked down about 30% sitting on my way to buy what I went there to buy, and the store offering an extra 10% rebate on everything bought that day. Naturally, I didn't…

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    Fair Weather Days Bring Out The Tractors

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on March 19, 2012

    Once fields dried out and the uncharacteristic warm weather continued through this past week, tractors and other vehicles of many sizes and descriptions began to appear in fields. Fertilizer dealers committed to judge evening FFA contests had to cancel out as farmers ramped up to take advantage of the good working days and get spring field activity done. There are still those weather sources that say it could be a cool, wet spring, although the latest word from Ken Scheeringa in the Indiana…

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    If I Had A Hammer, I Wouldn't Use It!

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on March 12, 2012

    Remember the old refrain, "If I had a hammer…?" Well, I have a couple hammers, but I don't use them anymore than I have too. That goes also for paint scrapers and paint brushes. Once upon a time, I would tear off wall paper, spackle ceilings. And do my own indoor and outdoor painting. These days, I figure that if I can't afford to hire someone else to fix it, then it probably doesn't really need to be done. We recently had a couple of rooms redone in the house. When it took two adult…

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    A Whiff Of Spring Is In The Air

    Hoosier Perspectives

     by Tom Bechman
     on March 5, 2012

    This is a dangerous piece to write. Today it is sunny and above 50 degrees. Yesterday it topped 60 degrees. By the time you read this, it may be 15 degrees and snowing. Not likely, but it could be. It's Indiana, and it's spring. The sings of spring are starting to appear. A commercial operator was applying fertilizer in a field I passed by earlier today. A meeting got cancelled in a nearby county because it was dry enough for farmers to work there. The climatologists I talk to say they…

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