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Comment by Pat on September 4, 2014 at 6:32pm

Walked out today, and there were about 7 ears of freshly picked sweet corn in the back of my truck. The area where I live, if you're driving down a country road and see someone driving a vehicle - car, truck or tractor - and you don't  wave, it's considered rude. 

Where I live, I don't think it is so much bartering for food and getting free legal services, as it is just being neighborly. I've got something you may need, and am willing to share it with you. In return, and without asking, something is given to me that the giver thinks I may find valuable; which, in fact, I do. The food has greater value than getting out of a ticket - at least in my estimation it does. I'm the one getting the benefit of the bargain.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2014 at 1:02pm

Randy, non-reciprocating neighbors would bother me also.  I don't know what I would do.  I'm non-confrontational, so I would probably try to grin & bear it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2014 at 12:50pm

The low temperature here today was 40 F, 4.4 C.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2014 at 12:48pm

Long cucumbers are often wrapped in plastic to slow moisture loss.

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2014 at 12:40pm

My guess is it's an English Cucumber:

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 4, 2014 at 12:29pm

Cold! Very cold this morning! Below 50 by several degrees, I forget how many. I just saw that big 4 before the next number and shivered. 

If this is what climate change is like, I want normal back. OH! I forgot, I don't always get what I want! 

So, out come the warmer clothes, pull out the winter garden gloves, and enjoy the sunlight. It won't be long before I start shedding clothes. Guess I better dress in layers. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 4, 2014 at 12:24pm

Randy, I sure would have a heart to heart talk with them. Reciprocity requires the barter goes both ways. I know, it is tough to discuss such unpleasant matters with neighbors. What are your choices? 

1. do nothing and fell OK about it. 

2. feel a victim. 

3. have a discussion.

4. triangulate by talking to other neighbors about the situation. 

5. cry, pout, resent, feel exploited. 

6. tell them what you expect in return. 

7. shovel manure over your crop so they won't want it. (sabotage)

8. call the sheriff.

9. make fun of them. 

10. shame them. 

11. put up a "do not trespass" sign. 

12. get a vicious dog.

Oh well, you get the idea!@

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 4, 2014 at 12:19pm

Spud! Thank you! What is it? a cucumber? zucchini? or something I don't know about? Have you any idea? 

Comment by Idaho Spud on September 4, 2014 at 7:33am

Joan, have you still not seen the random vegetable?

Comment by Plinius on September 4, 2014 at 7:19am

It would be seen as theft here. Randall, that is not normal behaviour! Have you ever talked to them?


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