Back to the Forty Acres

A second run at this topic, let us see what turns up. There is no document among my papers that describes this essay. So by memory, I have to primarily utilize the scientific method on Joe’s 40 acres. As the title notes this essay will have to build on a previous essay about these same 40 acres that underwent the scientific method on a question of I believe on the types of tillage and which if any reduced run off erosion. Joe in his then recent retirement went overboard and created a massive experiment of many additional participants in a massive soil test in which all of the participants uploaded their individual data to a server and Joe did the analysis and reportage of the data that was declared inconclusive by the farmers union. He was so busy with the analysis that his 40 acres went fallow and the acreage later became infested with multi-flora rose that spread all over the lot. Said infestation was inadvertently wrought by a carload from Pennsylvania that had mud with rose seeds mixed in underneath the car. The seeds and mud somehow fell onto Jack’s ground and the rest is history. Jack finally went back to his acreage and the pestilent rose that had taken over proved to be nearly impossible to eradicate. Oh by the way, Joe’s ground is in eastern Colorado and would be an excellent spot for a marijuana farm  and retail outlet that would promptly catch the people crossing the border from Nebraska.

Joe wanted the lot clean and ready for cash crop farming but the multi-flora is resilient and requires harsh treatment to eradicate; The County Agent from the Agriculture Dept. suggested that he test a variety of methods to eventually totally  kill it off without harming the soil with an infusion of chemicals that would despoil the new crop before it was even planted. Joe was left with manual eradication, so he chose to test fire, plowing it under and hiring a large crew of migrant workers to clean it out by hand. To test his hypothesis Joe selected three 1 acre plots in separate locations to see if one of the three independent variables fire, plow or manual labor would produce the dependent qualitative variable of ground clear enough to plant the marijuana crop. At the first lot Joe employed workers with flame throwers as it were to destroy the plants above ground and burn out the roots too, a second lot was overrun by massive tractors towing huge plows that tore apart the surface of the lot along with the roses thereon, the third was attacked by a large crew with basically hand tools to defeat the roses. The remaining acreage became the control  group as it was left alone without treatment. The three lots were worked over in late winter and spring soon arrived to judge the results of the three groups work on their respective lots. The sun and rain did their best to coax out new growth, plowing was a quick failure as the lot quickly started to regrow the weed, fire was somewhat better but some of the roots remained alive to send up new shoots and the third lots crew had the best results but progress was very slow and the work extremely tedious. The control group ran rampant with new growth. A new test was initiated with two one acre lots and the control group, in one lot the fire crew came through and was followed by the migrant workers who worked at clearing up any live growth and the second lot was plowed over and then the migrants came through and cleaned up. The data showed that any one method was insufficient to clear the land but the two methods in succession worked better with plowing first the eventual winner. The 40 acres were plowed over and crews came after and finished the land clearing by winter. The results were posted when Joe put up signs advertising his excellent crop and the westbound travelers flocked to his quality buds and they tasted freedom. Oh, and be kind to your favorite tranny they  need it and deserve it, please.


Grit, it provides the grit to easily wander off to many places, such as Williamsport, PA. Grit Magazine was founded by the son of German immigrants who moved to Williamsport in the 1870’s. After his father died he quit school at 13 and went to work for a German language newspaper and the rest is history. Rural issues and values reportage brought out by Grit had circulation booming in the 30’s and 40’s and is still publishing today under a new regime. Then there is True Grit with John Wayne, what more need I say.

But Mark, I assume you want the grit of adversity and desperation that gets people to climb out of their misery and advance in life or business to riches and or  fame, if that is your thing. The numbers  of those people are legion scurrying about working, working, working, always hyper busy at something that will advance them toward their goal. It all seems so deadening and a waste of a life to be always spending yours to advance others so that the vacuum they create will pull you onward and upward. What a drag.

Personally, you might say it took grit to escape the male gender on my old birth certificate to the new female gender on my new birth certificate. Thank you New York State and whatever administration fostered this, might have been Spitzer or Patterson  or even a Cuomo. But all that grit talk  sounds so masculine and has really nothing to do with it. Gender reassignment surgery was a long and difficult journey with gatekeepers at every turn. Do you really want this? Well lets set up a new gate. Make you wait and contemplate suicide while the new gate demands more subservience to the  psychologist gods of passage.  On January 28, 2014 the final gate flew open and the junk no longer swung, it was all pushed inside and I reached a new plateau that lays out smoothly to the horizon.

Finally, there is Bela Marie Lugosi, you see her up top. She has the grit to keep up with me and to wait patiently as I while away my life at the computer or on other  sedentary foolishness. What she really wants me to do is for me to throw her ball over and over, now that takes grit for both of us.

Thanks to Wikipedia for the Grit info.