Good afternoon Pops and Zoner Friends, We spent most of the day in the "yard" - more on that later - and didn't have time to catch my daily dose of "Morning Pops" until now. For quite some time, this thread has started my day with a smile and, more often than not, thoughts about life. One thing I have concluded is that it would be a real pleasure, if not down right entertaining, to share a meal, a few good bottles of wine and swap lies.. er, stories with all if you - well, most of you. I was definitely one of those folks that "lived to work". I enjoyed my profession (oil and gas) and found that I gravitated to the third world or developing countries - just seemed to add spice to life. When the time seemed ripe to retire, I naturally had concerns. Surprisingly, the only thing I really missed was the comraderie. In that regard, this forum has filled the gap with virtual friends. Now back to the yard. The property we built our dream retirement homes is about 10 acres and is covered in Ponderosa pines, blue spruce and fir trees. It also has an appreciable amount of scrub oak - the Colorado equivalent of Texas mesquite, non-indigenous, pervasive species of oak. We are systematically trying to remove dense areas of scrub oak to open up the forest and allow the fir and spruce space. Anyway, we broke out the chain saws and attacked the oak. About mid-way through the morning, I needed a break and, in an attempt to entertain myself, tried to recreate Duelling Banjos from Deliverance with my chain saw. My wife was not amused... I am now grounded.