Rick joins me to talk about the Mind’s Eye, Log Splitters, and using AirPods as hearing aids. A fun mix for GardenFork Radio.
Rick has been using AirPods as an affordable alternative for hearing aids, and tell us how he uses his iPhone with these small earbuds to dial down the noise in public places and hear stuff again. Purchase them here. Rick tells his story about using the Apple earbuds as hearing aids at the 26:00 minute mark in the podcast.
But first we talk about The Mind’s Eye. This conversation started from an article in the NY Times. It’s something neither of us thought much about until we read the article and then it was a wow moment for us. I’ve always thought we all thought kinda the same. That’s not the case, we learn now.
And that log splitter and my hand. I never thought about a safety release for log splitters until my hand got caught in one. Funny how you think about stuff when your hand is jammed between a log and a piece of steel. Watch me and my log splitter here.
The good news story about the high school graduate and Waffle House is here.
Welcome to GardenFork Radio. My name is Eric. I am the host of the show. I’m here with my co-host Rick. Hello, sir.
Rick: Ah, hello, my friend. How are you this morning?
Eric: No complaints. If I, if you can get up and walk and talk you’re you’re ahead of the game, right? Yeah. Yeah.
Rick: I say, if you walk, if you wake up on this side of the grass, you know, you got it made,
Eric: There is a, I think there should be more of an appreciation just for the little things in life. You’re like, I’m trying to be better at being in the moment rather than letting my mind race around all the time. So I was, I was looking at clouds this morning and like last night I was driving down the road in the country, in the country and I thought I’ve seen this view. I’ve driven that road for 20 years. And I’m like, wow, if you were experiences for the first time, it’s a beautiful road. And I just realized that you’re not, you just need to stop and look at the flowers, you know? Yeah,
Rick: Yeah. And appreciate what’s going on around you.
Eric: And all right, we’re going to go on a tangent already here. So welcome to the show. Thank you for dying. But there is so much doom in the media, even though the vaccines work we’re getting out of the pandemic, there’s still so much doom that there are still good things going on in the world. And I’m going to link to an article in the Washington post. It’s called the inspired life. And a gentleman, a young man was a senior in high school and he worked at the waffle house. And on the day of his graduation, his manager knows that it’s graduation for the local high school. He shows up for his shift and manager’s like, what are you doing here? You’re supposed to be graduation. I got a single, a single mother, no father in the picture is like, well, I don’t have any money for the clothes. I don’t have the money to rent a cap and gown. And I’d rather work at the waffle house. So coworkers heard the story, people eating at the waffle house, heard that story and they teamed up one person, went to the store and bought him clothes. One person ran to the high school and rented the cap and gown. The manager drove him the graduation and took him to his graduation. And people in the restaurant contributed money to buying the clothes. And that’s a beautiful story.
Rick: It is. Did they dock him for his time? Come on.
Eric: So not all his GardenFork all about, Hey, there are good things in the world. So welcome. And that was a good thing.
Rick: Lots of good things in the world. And people have been focused too long on the things that aren’t going well and and really letting them override their judgment of what’s going on, in good in the world. One of the things I recently experienced as soon as she, who must be obeyed, got her back. So nation, she was on the first thing smoking out of here. Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. And she takes this road trip up to from Texas. She flew to Texas to Texas, up to South Dakota with a friend to deliver some she partying dogs and they had a flat, they drive the blue highways that a car parallel to them, the main through arteries and the interstates. And they were driving the blue highway and they had a flat, well, here are these two old women who out there with this flat and they struggled and struggled, struggled. Then the, of course the the lug wrench isn’t long enough to really give her it never is. And so, you know, they they’re, they’re farm girls farm and ranch girls. And so they walked the ditches on either side, well, one going forward, the other going back until they find a length of pipe and they slide the pipe over the over the lug wrench handle to give them more leverage. And one of them stands on it and breaks the lug nuts loose. And I said, that’s a farm girl for you.
Eric: Yeah. We call that a cheater pipe that works. I actually keep a, what’s called a breaker bar in my car with the correct socket, a six sided socket for all my lug nuts. And I keep a five-pound sledge with the spare tire because your metal wheel can fuse onto the not the re well, yeah, the rotor, cause it’s, it’s usually just breaks. And the rust basically fuses the two metals together and you can Jack up your car and side of the road, but sometimes you can’t get the tire off. You whack it with the five-pound sledge and it comes off. So breaker bar with a six sided socket that fits your lug nut and a five pound sledge save you a lot of time.
Rick: Yeah. Now say there is a downside to live in with a, a farm girl. I will be sitting there and I am completely inept with sockets. I sit there and I, I try one and I try another and I try another until, you know, I’ve got 30 sockets sitting out there until I find the right. I finally figured out that there’s a difference between metric and, and ISA, but and she walks by and she glances at it and she says nine sixteenths. And she’s right now, she won’t do it unless she has to, but she’ll glance as you that’s 3, 8, 9 sixteens. She just has that eye, that gift. Whereas I sit there like a monkey, just twisting each one on and off till I get one that bits sort of, well, that,
Eric: That, that parlays into what we’re going to talk about today,
Rick: Ah, of the mind’s eye, you’re saying yeah, imagination. Okay. I
Eric: Like how, and I got you off that rabbit hole and the subject,
Rick: The trial, when you kept, you know, kept me from getting myself beat up. When I leave the room here after she, who must be obeyed, hears me talk about her. Okay. You know, you, you sent me this great article, cool a belt from the New York times work times that I had never thought about. And I love articles about the mind and how it works that I had never thought about. And it’s called, can’t see pictures in your mind. You’re not alone. And it’s by Richard Chase. And once you kind of go ahead and, and talk about it a little bit.
Eric: Well, I was confused by it because my mind is incredibly visual. I think of numbers and math visually. I think of it in a graphic sense. And I’m always visualizing how I’m going to shoot videos or how I’m going to build something or fix something. And there are evidently people in the world that can’t, their brains are wired, such that they can’t, or don’t do that.
Rick: One of them, I had no idea that other people were different for me. Come on, Rick. I do not. I don’t, I have a, I have a very weak minds. I occasionally I’ll see a flashing kind of a gray scale or something, but I don’t play movies in my head. Wow. it, it, now it explains what was my, my problem in school when I took physics and I could more or less work the problems, but you know, these guys I was in class with, they’d say, okay, now if you take this, you put it over here and you turn it upside down and what do you got? And I said, yeah, you got another problem. And they could in their minds eye, as they were manipulating the numbers and the the equations can actually turn we were doing Newtonian physics and they could turn, you know blocks and spheres and stuff in their mind or reverse the way they were rotating and that kind of thing. And actually kind of see it as they were manipulating the numbers. And I just, I could see the numbers, I could do the problems more or less, but I just didn’t, they didn’t mean anything to me, the way they spoke to spoke to those guys.
Eric: Yeah. Like I, I’m not good at multiplication, but if you need to estimate like estimating mortgage payments, I can just do it in my head. Oh well. And I think of it all as blocks and chunks and it all breaks down into tens, tens, and hundreds and thousands for me and just moving zeros and I moved them all visually. And are they colored? Yeah. Yeah, yeah. See
Rick: That you actually have something. I was aware of that a lot of mathematicians like Fineman did they, they actually could envision numbers as colors and this called synesthesia. And they would, as they were doing the equation or multiplying or whatever, each column, each number would change colors and it helped them keep track of what they were doing so that they could do things in their head. A lot of poets they think were synesthesia it’s, I don’t know if that’s a word where they could taste the blue or they could hear orange, it had colors associated with it and, or the other way they could taste a one you know, really strange little things. Sometimes they could smell numbers. I had no idea what that means, but because I’m not wired that way, but it’s just a little, it’s not anything wrong with you.
Rick: It’s just a difference in a way of being, and that’s what this is. The medical term they come up with, this is an affinities Asia not being able to have kind of having a blind mind’s eye. And I, I do that. I, I, I can recall things. I can plan things. I can create things with words, but I just don’t have a if I, if my wife has gone, she must be obeyed. I have trouble picturing bringing a picture of her into my mind. I recognize her when I see her in a picture, but I cannot picture her in my mind. Wow.
Eric: So, and this is not a medical deficit. It’s not a deficit, it’s just a different way of being
Rick: Well. And they think, and I found this, it helps me one reason, I think I’ve always been drawn to things like police work in the military and whatnot, where occasionally things get a little dicey, but, you know, it could be flying or driving a boat or anything else are scuba. If you can visually see something terribly dangerous, imagine it happening at flashes before you, it, in some ways cripples you from being able to do what you have to do in the very moment, you know probably a lot of doctors, particularly emergency room doctors, nurses don’t have that flash of all the things that could go wrong and, you know, screwing up and that kind of thing, that I can only deal with the problem in front of them, which makes them superior at what they do. Because they’re, they’re not crippled by the the emotions that go with brilliant images.
Eric: Wow. I wonder if that might explain people with anxiety
Rick: You know, the opposite of this is a hyper hyper fan. Hey, you show Tasha. Yeah. Fantasia, hyper Fantasia. People who are overly stimulated by pictures in their mind. And it sorta cripples them sometimes not all the time, but and you know, that it could have something to do with that. We’re not doctors that we have to point out. This is a terribly difficult thing to study because it requires people to self-report. Yes. they’re just now getting to where they can do a few studies [inaudible] and whatnot. Apparently. they’re doing something with they have you imagine a bright white triangle and people that are hyper or fantastic Penn tastiest. I can’t come up with our their pupils will contract just like they’d seen a really bright light, whereas those that are a fantastic Fantasia tests, whatever they are. They don’t react their peoples don’t react because they’re not imagining a really bright light. So I don’t know,
Eric: I’m going to read just a paragraph here
Eric: As a cognitive neuroscientist, Joel Pearson from the university of new south Wales who has studied, studied mental imagery since 2005 said hyper Fantasia could go far beyond just having an active imagination. It’s like having a very vivid dream and not being sure if it was real or not, people watch a movie and then they can watch it again in their mind and it’s indistinguishable. Hmm. Wow. So that’s not me. I know. I, I can separate the two.
Rick: Well, and you know, one of the things I think may be a benefit to being emphatic and to not being able to pick yeah. Not being able to picture things in your mind like that is a, an ability move on after a trauma. They think that may be one of the real benefits which is true in my life. I think I don’t anguish and suffer over past defeats or disappointments, or I don’t relive them the way my wife who obviously has a very active inner eye mind’s eye does. And so you know, I think I’m able to move on a little bit faster.
Eric: I like to be able to do that. I have these cringing cringing. Why did I do that dumb thing moments? And they are like watching a movie in my brain. It physically hurts.
Rick: Yeah. And I noticed it when it comes to past dogs we’ve, we’ve known. And for me, you know, they, they were here, we enjoy them, they’re past and I move on and I get another dog. She kind of comes up with the you know, it’s, she gets, I call it nostalgic, but you know, a little morose about, oh, I remember Sydney, you know, she was such a sweet dog and young, and you could just see her playing the, the images in her head. And she actually mourns the Mo for again, I think,
Eric: Yeah. I could see that. So that’s right. We will link to this article. I thought that was, as soon as I saw it, I was like, this is something that Rick would like, and we could talk about. So I liked that I’m always
Rick: Interested in the the mind and how it works and the things they’re finding out about it. And also, but here’s the thing there’s no right or wrong about this. It’s, it’s just a way of being and you know, different minds. Actually they’re finding out most minds, no two minds are exactly alike and that’s, that’s good
Eric: Much like yourself. I try and buy locally as much as possible when I’m working on a project, I get onto my local, locally owned hardware store, which is one of the funniest places in the world to go crawl around and buy what I need there. If they don’t have it, then I go to the big home improvement store, the orange store, the blue store. And if they don’t have it, then I will go online and buy something. And sometimes I end up on Amazon, if you are shopping on Amazon, much like I do. Would you consider using the GardenFork, radio there’s horns honking outside? How am I supposed to do a promo with the ho can you hear the horn? So anyway, here’s what I’m thinking. If you’re going to use Amazon, would you use the link in our show notes? It’s amazon.com/shop/GardenFork, amazon.com/shop/GardenFork. Start your shopping on our page at Amazon, we get a little finder’s fee, helps us pay the bills, and I had you get a big, thank you from me. All right. Amazon.Com/Shop/GardenFork, and the horns have stopped. No, it just went again. All right. See ya.
Eric: I learned something this weekend. Would you like to know what it is please? There’s no safety switch on your log splitter. Oh, really? What did you do? I got my hands stuck between the log and the Eric and the end of the log splitter. And my friend was running the hydraulic part, you know, and then when I started screaming, he had a mild freak out as to which way was forward and reverse on the hydraulic piston. And I got my finger back out. So
Rick: Were you wearing gloves?
Eric: Yeah, I had gloves on, but that doesn’t really help much when the log is smashing your, your finger. Oh, wow. So, okay. So I
Rick: Thought about that, you know, I did just now going back to our main topic, I did have a little friction of, oh my God. You know, and I get that occasionally around knives blades of some sort I’ll, I’ll get a quick flash of oh boy, that’s dangerous. I just got one of those with you, just a, a shiver of Friesian or free zone.
Eric: Yeah. It, thankfully it wasn’t on the wedge end of the split or it’s on the flat steel part that the log presses against as the, you know, the pistons driving the wedge and then the log hits the back. It looks like a super duper L bracket, essentially. It’s out of steel. And my hand was in, I had put the log down and my friend had engaged the piston to bring the wedge down sooner than I thought. And I didn’t get my hand out of the way. And my one finger got stuck, but then, and so I’m like, I’m like I, you know, I’m calling my wife. I’m like, okay, we gotta go to the emergency room. You know? And so luckily I think everyone should have these in the freezer. They are a flexible freezer pack. I used them, I got them from my physical therapist for my back.
Eric: And they’ve been sitting in there for years, but they are when they’re frozen, they’re still flexible. Right. It’s a plastic, it looks like a ugly plastic white bag, but I wrapped my finger with that. And we drove down to the emergency room and there’s a new one, actually only about 15 minutes away. And by the time we got there, I’m like, you know, I can bend my finger. It’s not tingling. It’s not searing pain. It’s swelling up. The it’s not turning purple. The nail isn’t broken. And then I thought, if we go into the emergency room, they’re gonna, I’m going to have to wait. I’m gonna have to go to, they’re going to get an x-ray, they’re going to say, well, there’s no skin break. And then they’re going to look at the x-ray and say, there’s nothing broken. And then they’re going to refer me to a hand expert and I’m like, let’s just go home and ice. The thing, that’s what I do. So how
Rick: Has the tip of your finger turned black and blue? No,
Eric: It’s it’s pink that the fingers a little swell. I’m not saying avoid the emergency room. Okay. But the way American medicine works is it gets complicated way too quick, I think. But anyway, I just took a Advil or ibuprofen for the swelling and I just iced it. And then I got to at the drug store, they have a finger splints that are flexible metal with these Velcro strips. And so I wrapped it with a compression bandage and then I put the splint on there to keep me from bending it. Right. And it’s, it’s still swollen, but I can move it. And in the splint I wear the splint more now. So I don’t jam my finger when I, like I was walking the dogs and I opened up the front gate and I, I whacked my finger on the gate and I’m like, oh, that’s why you wear the splint, you know? But I signpost here. You gotta be really careful when you’re working with one of your friends and a splitter or a piece of machinery like that, because you’re, sometimes there’s a rhythm, but the person, my friend I was working with, we don’t quite have that, that rhythm down. And so I think I’m just going to dial back the, he wanted to help split wood. I’m like, okay, well we could, you know, we could do this. I actually really would prefer that one person put the log on and the other person run
The machine. Right.
Rick: Well, how was it working this time?
Eric: It didn’t work well because I got my finger smashed.
Rick: Okay. But I mean, he was writing the machine and you were putting the log on. Okay. Well,
Eric: We were kind of, we hadn’t set a rhythm, we hadn’t really set any, okay. You’re going to run this. I’m going to put the log on. You know, it’s almost to the point that if you, if you could put the log down and then say clear, and then they could engage the splitter. But I mean, there be cut with other friends, mine. It just becomes a, like a choreograph to dance that you keep repeating, put a log on, move your hands away. The other guy engages, you know, and then when you split the log, both logs, you know, splits in half and then you can decide whether they’re going to split it again. And so anyway, just be careful.
Rick: Yeah. You know, it’s funny because, you know, you’re always you know, putting on your chainsaw, chaps and a helmet and the face garden, ear protection, and, you know, putting, you know, wearing gloves and everything. I mean, you’re Mr. Safety. And then to have that happen to you just shows even when you’re really super conscious of things that can go you know, you still get caught occasionally.
Eric: Yeah. It’s kind of funny because in hindsight, I think a chain saw safer than the log splitter.
Rick: Well, maybe, maybe I had a neighbor who was up in a tree trying to trim things and with a chainsaw and fell out of the tree and the chainsaw landed about three feet from him when he fell still running. And he had he was one of those guys that thought safeties were for sissies and he had a, not wired, but he’d roped the
Eric: Oh, we disabled the brake,
Rick: He disabled the brake. And so the thing was still spinning as he fell through the air holding it and did just luckily landed away from him. We have a lot of accidents like that in my neighborhood. I’m a little worried about some of the people that live here. Guy not I think last summer didn’t want to pay someone to and this guy is 70 years old. Didn’t want to pay somebody to power wash the outside of his two story house. And so he’s up there doing it and falls off the ladder and lands on the the patio table, glass table. And of course it, it collapsed and it kind of saved him, but if there’d been an umbrella in it, it probably wouldn’t have saved him.
Eric: But yeah. So I tried to use the power washer on an extension ladder once, and I’ll never do it again
Rick: Well mean, but you’re the guy I keep coming back to this. I had the flame thrower on the roof hanging onto the gutter
Eric: And I see gutter that’s in Brooklyn, or you do everything in Brooklyn. So
Rick: Yeah, a little, little frightening to think about that.
Eric: So we were talking before the show and we will actually have an after show for the garden for patrons, but a kind of apple, apple earbuds as a kind of, sort of hearing aid.
Rick: Yeah. I have flown airplane shotguns. I have done all kinds of things. My life, my hearing is kind of caput now particularly in some vocal ranges and I have trouble at restaurants, me too. It, they just get so loud and I can’t hear voices anymore. So I resort to trying to read lips, which I’m pretty good at. It turns out most people do that when they can’t hear well. And I bought a standard set of AirPods for the apple iPhone, and I got to reading, it turns out the air pod probes, which were about a hundred dollars more have special circuitry built in. Then you control through the accessibility tab on the on the phone. And you can tune out background noise loud radios or music in the, in the store or in the restaurant and boost voices.
Rick: And it tuned jerk AirPod pros so that you can actually hear conversations. We were out last night. The first time we’ve eaten out since the pandemic about 18 months. And I had read about this and I, I went back and got, I turned in the the ones I bought and got the AirPod pros instead. Oh, cool. And, and they work like a champ. I mean, they’re not real air hearing aids because hearing aid is a technical legal definition. There are definitions for that, but they’re an hearing assisting device and you can fool around with this and actually boost your hearing and in social situations are in, in noisy environments. And I just thought, let people know because it’s worked wonders for me.
Eric: That’s fantastic. So I’m wondering, I maybe have the answers. Okay. So first of all, I run, apple has amazing assessability built into its desktop and mobile software. And you can, there’s just a whole section in the settings too. You can defer, instead of, if you can’t use a mouse, you can use other different devices to use the, you know, the keyboard and Papa. So the sound that the is being played into your ears is that being picked up by a microphone in the phone or a microphone in the ear buds,
Rick: Well, you can do either, but the way I was running, it was a microphone in the earbuds. There’s one in each one that helps with noise canceling because it picks up the noise and then it plays a canceling noise inside the earphone. It’s, it’s kind of hard to picture if you don’t know,
Eric: Well, I have a visual mind, so I know how it works. It’s it plays, you know, the, the noise has a certain sound wave and the, the software plays the opposite of it and it cancels it out.
Rick: Exactly. Very good. And so then you boost in certain ranges and it’s kind of a directional too. And so it boost in certain rain, voice ranges or vocal ranges, sound ranges or, or decreases in those ranges and you can set it and it works very, very well to enhance table conversation in a noisy environment.
Eric: How cool is that? I love
Rick: Science. I love technology.
Eric: You know, who we both love is a GardenFork, a number one fan Kevin.
Rick: Ah, that’s true. You know, we haven’t had Kevin on a good while have one.
Eric: No, I don’t know if we’ve ever had Kevin tell you the truth. They met
Rick: In this, in this Kevin low black dogs, right? Yeah. He’s been on, yes.
Eric: Kevin is yelling at the podcast ride anyway. I was talking, well, I can’t
Rick: Picture him in my mind, but I I’m pretty sure he’s okay.
Eric: He has two dogs that he does trainings with and he is on Instagram with them.
Rick: Ah, so he’s got I think their skipper keys aren’t they, one
Eric: Is a small one, one looks like a German shepherd, but isn’t
Rick: Okay. Is that a melon wall or just, I just, yeah. Kevin will
Eric: Tell us all this because he’s yelling at us. Anyway. I was talking with Nicole and the previous podcast. Nicole was wow. Just amazing information with her. Very inspiring two books, several kids. And then it goes to the core and gets Bluestone, you know, but anyway, we’re talking about trucks and the cost of them. And Kevin wrote, I just read that Ford is coming out with a new ranger, which is the smaller pickup truck starting at $20,000. It’s built on a car chassis, like the Ridge line. So that’s the Honda Ridgeline and love the show as he always says, Kevin, but that trucks are incredibly expensive. Part of the reason I think is that I’ve read that trucks are the most profitable part of any card card manufacturers line, because it’s what I’ve read. People just like to drive them. I sold my truck. I just didn’t think I needed it, but it also reminds me similarly, the Ford Falcon and the Ford Mustang where the same car chassis, if you can remember those cars, the
Rick: Original, yeah. I, I actually drove a 61 Ford Falcon three in the tree for, for a good number of years. Run forever. They’re made of a metal, metal dashboard too, but
Rick: Oh yeah. No seat belts and that enormous a steering wheel because you need leverage to to move that manual steering around. And D have you seen that the Ford has got an the all new electric F-150 coming out? Yes.
Eric: Yeah. I’m seriously looking at, if anyone owns an electric car, would you let me know firstname.lastname@example.org? I just that’s our next car.
Rick: You know one of the things that really attracted me about that is it can provide 15 kilowatts out. So you can power your house temporarily, or at least parts of your house with your energy and your Ford truck. Or if you, if you’re on a job site you can power equipment using the battery on the Ford. You know, my Prius prime the prime part is extra battery in it. And we get about 30 miles on just straight electricity before the engine kicks in. And then the hybrid system takes over and we have gone so long on a tank of gasoline that I’ve thought about putting in gas stabilizer. Yeah, because we, we don’t drive that much really. So
Eric: I can’t really ruin the gas by adding stabilize. Like I, I keep two, five gallon plastic cans. What are they? Those approved, annoying gas cans in my garage. And I put stabilizer in there before I add the gas at the pump. And then sometimes I’m like, did I add the stabilizer? Did I, I just put more around, it’s two ounces for five gallons, I believe is the right I use, but yeah. And also I become a fan of seafoam, which absorbs water in your small engines. So yeah. Have at that, I mean, for cars that would be heat, H E T it’s that it comes in a yellow plastic bottle. It’s in the, in the Northeast, you have to use in the winter cause you don’t want your fuel lines freezing. But yeah, I would definitely do gas stabilizer. Yeah.
Rick: But, you know, we just, we hardly burn any gas at all because we don’t go very far. Maybe it’s just because world and retired, I don’t know. But, and you know, with the pandemic you know, we pretty much stay close to home.
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Rick: My tomatoes and my okra are just growing like mad, the best crops I’m going to hit probably ever have ever had up to this point. Oh, fantastic. Yeah. I know
Eric: That tomatoes have been, I just stopped growing tomatoes. I just buy them from the farm stand down the road. Why is that? We, I mean, in our little town, it’s called the blight. I don’t know what the technical term is, but there is a, I think it’s a fungus that comes up from Southern new England. It just they’re like, oh, the blight has come through the town. Then it’s like, oh, it comes up on the wind. I’m like, okay. But maybe it’s in my soil, but I also don’t get a lot of wind in my yard because I’m surrounded by, I have a very small yard surrounded by trees. So there’s not a lot of air exchange. It stays kind of the moisture kind of hugs the ground. And I think that contributes to the fungus.
Rick: You know, I, we have a blight here particularly late blight is in the soil. It’s a soil soil, born fungus, and I’m beating it. And you don’t mind. I said, I was making a video. Do you remember me saying that? Yeah. Yeah. Your,
Eric: I want to buy that little camera you have. Yeah.
Rick: I’m not making a video because I made to delete all my video piles accidentally when I was transferring them from the camera to the computer. And it said delete. I said, sure. And then boy, it all went off the command. I thought it was just leading it off the camera, but I deleted everything. Oops. So anyway I’m working on this system and so far it’s turning out really good. You know, you put down a permeable ground cloth that water and air arrow pass through, but not light so much. And you take your torch. This is a part will appeal to you because you get to burn a hole in something you burn holes in that plastic cloth. And it seals the edges and it makes an opening in the center. I take an auger attached to my drill and auger out a a hole in the ground for the tomatoes drop in some magnesium salt which is Epson salt and some pellets of long-lasting fertilizer plant the tomato in it, and then water at the ground so that the leaves and foliage never get wet.
Rick: And by keeping the leaves from touching the soil so far, I’ve been pretty successful at keeping the blight at bay.
Eric: Wow. Good for you.
Rick: So it’s, it’s working so far. Although I went out there and I’ve got some yellow leaves numb, I’m looking at them, they’re yellow and I’m looking at them with a jaundice dye. All right. So
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Rick: Kevin has been on, I thought we talked about cameras At one point. Kevin and
Eric: Maybe Kevin, anyway, you were invited on the show, so
Rick: We’d love to have you Kevin.
Eric: All right. So we have had a successful show here. And I kinda, I kind of forgot what we say at the end of the show, but anyway, go out and do cool stuff. There is good news in the world. Okay. Just stop watching all that bad news and think about the good stuff in your neighborhood, in your world now. And there’s plenty of it. Yay. All right. Thank you everyone. Thank you, Rick. Okay,
Rick: Well, thank you. My friend, you gotta have, have a great day.