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Brad Nelson

In Tales of a Hay Hauler, Brad Nelson shares his unique perspective of the forage industry through his hay-hauling experiences, skillfully woven through storytelling and humor.

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I forget what we were working on underneath the car my wife used daily. My helper claimed he was an extremely competent mechanic.

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Crazy Bob’s Cut Rate was an independent gas station a couple of blocks up the road from where we moved to in Nampa, Idaho, the summer of 1956.

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I forget who told this story many years ago, so I can’t give proper credit, but here goes:

A fellow and his young bride were exploring part of a town that had many small shops.

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One of the first times I was working with T-1 steel, I noticed that the sparks made while using a handheld grinder had a different shape than sparks made while grinding on mild steel.

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Positive and negative. Not as in right versus wrong but as a direction, like north versus south, right versus left. (“Left turn here?” “Right.” So, I turned right. “No, no. Correct, not turn right!”)

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It was a sky-blue bicycle with the then-popular “banana” seat, and it had lots of pink frills, obviously a girl’s bike. It showed up under the Christmas tree one year, and our 6- or 7-year-old daughter was over the moon with delight.

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