Thursday, November 29, 2012

Do It Again Jimmy

Going to Lubbock, Texas was sort of a treat for us when we lived in New Mexico; it was actually one of the closest places to go to see anything from a Good Doctor to an actual mall.

Lubbock is about 100 miles from where we lived and much of the roadway is surrounded by crops, you can see a lot of different things on this road, tumbleweeds, snakes, cotton, tarantulas, corn, milo and marijuana, to name a few crops, and when you have huge fields you are bound to see tumbleweeds and /or crop dusters passing right before your eyes.

For those who have never seen one, a crop duster is a small plane used to sweep over the fields and drop things like pesticides and fertilizer onto the crops, I suppose this may be a cheaper way to get a job done fast, and getting it done fast is how these guys make a living.

On one trip to Lubbock we were riding along with the boys in the backseat, they were gazing out into the fields listening to me explain everything I know about farming, which didn’t take long and just about the time my lesson started to turn into fiction, Timmy yelled “The Plane Boss, look it’s the plane”

No really he did point and yell that he saw an airplane, and sure enough out to the right hand side of the car we got a great view of a crop duster dropping low over the field and spreading a cloud of something onto the ground.

Right in the middle of me explaining my pesticide or fertilizer description, the plane appeared to go straight up and swoop back across the field in the other direction.

Shouts of “Did you see that” and “That was so cool” came from the back seat, the boys were really enjoying this show, then straight ahead the plane swooped low across the highway, it was so low I thought it was going to crash onto the road.

Then it came back across in the other direction, the crop duster was dropping low and flying underneath the power line then crossing the highway making its approach to the field, and on the turn around it was staying low crossing the highway again in front of us once again passing underneath the power lines.

This was all going on I’d say about a half a mile ahead of us, so we were far enough away to not worry, but get a good view at the same time, we had never viewed such a display of aerial acrobatics or lunacy depending on how you look at it.

Then all of a sudden the show was over, the plane seemed to vanish and the boys were so disappointed, I was in the middle of explaining how the crop duster had most likely finished his job and how we would likely see one again before long.

Just as I said this I heard a loud buzzing sound and literally saw wheels pass right in front of our windshield, this crop duster came so close to the front of our vehicle, I thought he had actually hit us, I kid you not all I saw was a shadow and wheels, the wheels passed from right to left and I waited for a crashing sound.

From the back seat I heard shouts of “Did you see that” and “That was so cool”, from the front seat all I could hear was my heart thumping, Cindy was staring with her mouth wide open, I often wonder how you would explain to your insurance agent that an airplane actually did pull out in front of you.

Then from the back seat I got a strong tapping on my shoulder and heard, “Can you do it again, Please make him do it again”

If you could make this happen again, would you?

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  1. Sure I would, especially since you'd have the advance knowledge that no one would get hurt. But this must have been a real heart stopper.

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    1. Hi Stephen, That would be the only way, if you had the assurance no one would be hurt.

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  2. Just saw a clip on the news recently, where a guy making his first solo (and had family videoing) was coming in too low over the road and the landing gear tore up the top of a car. Thankfully, nobody was killed.

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    1. Hey Ms. A, I saw something like that recently also, just couldn't remember the details on it though, it is amazing no one was killed in that one.

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  3. So....which one of actually peed your pants?

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    1. Yes MC, There was pee involved, that's all I'm going to say about that Ha Ha

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  4. Middle child beats me to it....lol. No I wouldn't try and make it happen again... my heart wouldn't take it first time let alone a second. The incident made a great post though.

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    1. Hi Valerie, We laugh about it now, but then it was one of those things that happened so fast we really didn't comprehend the danger until a bit later.

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  5. That is terrifying! It makes me wonder, though, did the guy not see you, was he showing off, was the plane malfunctioning and pilot lost control, or was the guy truly a lunatic?

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    1. Hi Bijoux, I have a feeling it was the latter, he could have been into his job and not paying attention but it was a highway he was crossing, and not paying attention in this case could have been deadly.

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  6. Sure I would! I've seen that as well during my years at Texas Tech. Along those same lines you can drive further south/west towards El Paso, and if you're lucky, you just might see a B-1 bomber doing some ultra-low level training. That's a good place for them to turn their jet fuel into noise as there is NOTHING out there.

    S

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    1. I bet you have seen the exact thing I described, would Alamogordo be the area for the B-1's? there is a lot of sand in that area :)

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  7. Oh my gosh! What an experience! I think I would say what my niece used to say when she was younger and she tried something and didn't like it "one time be enough". In this case, one time be enough!

    betty

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    1. I agree Betty, It's pretty neat to watch them work but that close and personal "One time be enough" for sure.

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  8. " I thought he had actually hit us, I kid you not all I saw was a shadow and wheels, the wheels passed from right to left and I waited for a crashing sound."

    YIKES, Jimmy, I could actually SEE that happening as you wrote it! How frightening that must have been!

    Well, I guess if I were a kid I would want it to happen again. But as a chicken-adult...NO.

    HA!

    Grrrreat post, buddy!

    Wishing you and Cindy an awesome weekend!

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    1. Hey Ron, The boys thought it was the greatest thing they had ever saw at the time, I thought it funny they wanted me to make him do it again Ha Ha

      It happened so fast we really didn't think about it until later, after that we paid a bit more attention when driving that road.

      A Great weekend to you too Buddy!

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  9. Well, since you'd know it was coming the second time, I guess it might not be as terrifying. Still, it sounds like that person was taking some unnecessary risks with YOUR life. Not right.

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    1. Hi Jim, That is how I see it too, he can't control how fast I am driving down that highway no more than I can control his air speed, but it was his decision to push the envelope at that point and not mine.

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  10. Under the power lines? Clearly a lunatic. An aerial cowboy.

    But it's one of those situations when I'm glad I always have a camera handy. In this case, most likely, to photograph my own heart attack.

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    1. I have seen them do this many times since, diving under the power lines that is, not swooping a car, the first time I saw it I knew there was a problem not realizing it common practice for a crop duster.

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  11. Was he dusting a marijuana crop??

    That's cute that the kids were unfazed and thought you did it. Dads control everything!

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    1. Hey Abby, Maybe that was it, he didn't want to share and was scaring us away :)

      I loved it when the kids thought Dad had control of everything.

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  12. Some things are so blooming exciting, ONCE is enough. That episode with the crop duster is one of 'em!

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    1. Hey Susan, If I had to do that one again I'd want it to be from a distance :)

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