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Post  rsv1cox Wed Apr 22, 2020 7:24 am

April 22nd 1970 Naval Schools Command Newport Rhode Island I along with about ten other NCO's were assigned groups of Sailors and ordered to clean the Bases rocky coast line of litter and debris.

In charge of a dozen grumpy, sleepy, and unmotivated E 2's, 3's and 4's at 7am on a cold windy day was a challenge and it took more than a little verbal encouragement to get them started. Leading by example, I headed for the most inaccessible part of our assigned area covered by dense foliage. Took about two hours to complete the job in our assigned area when I dismissed them.

Next day I was covered by poison ivy rash. Such was my introduction to "Earth Day."
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Post  Cribbs74 Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:42 am

Thanks for cleaning up Bob. The good thing about military is motivated or not orders are orders! I know the “rash” all too well. I went looking for snakes with my son a week ago. Somehow even though I was aware of my surroundings I still managed to get ivy on me. My son is still immune to the stuff.
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Post  balogh Wed Apr 22, 2020 8:57 am

@Cribbs74 wrote:Thanks for cleaning up Bob. The good thing about military is motivated or not orders are orders! I know the “rash” all too well. I went looking for snakes with my son a week ago. Somehow even though I was aware of my surroundings I still managed to get ivy on me. My son is still immune to the stuff.

I had that rash couple of times when trying to find lost RC planes in the dense bush of weeds and ivy surrounding the field where i fly..I read somewhere that ivy poison is otherwise good to treat high blood pressure?????
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Post  Cribbs74 Wed Apr 22, 2020 9:57 am

@balogh wrote:
@Cribbs74 wrote:Thanks for cleaning up Bob. The good thing about military is motivated or not orders are orders! I know the “rash” all too well. I went looking for snakes with my son a week ago. Somehow even though I was aware of my surroundings I still managed to get ivy on me. My son is still immune to the stuff.

I had that rash couple of times when trying to find lost RC planes in the dense bush of weeds and ivy surrounding the field where i fly..I read somewhere that ivy poison is otherwise good to treat high blood pressure?????

I think it gives me high blood pressure, keeping me awake scratching all night!
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Post  balogh Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:29 am

..oooops now I remember...it was rheumatoid arthritis they say ivy poison is good to treat with...and really while the rash was itching  it deterred my attention from my sore ligaments Very Happy
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Post  rsv1cox Wed Apr 22, 2020 2:56 pm

50 years later, my current Earth Day.

Pulling stumps - ATV + chain

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Filling holes

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And dealing with windy days and falling trees

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No poison ivy though.

Todays "Earth Day" doesn't seem to get as much notice as it once did. I remember when the concept was initiated. World-wide the tree huggers and environmentalists had a "field" day. Everyone was involved. Now - not so much. Kind of sad, but these are troubling times.

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Post  Mark Diedrichs Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:27 pm

All I can say is we are all just passengers on spaceship earth!!! That's the way I see It. Mark
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Post  smooth_bill Wed Apr 22, 2020 5:48 pm

Grew up on a farm and fortunately was never bothered by poison Ivy, or poison Oak. Unfortunately, the Chiggers and Ticks were a constant irritation.

My poor Mother on the other hand would breakout all over after washing my clothes! She was highly allergic to the stuff that we played in all day with no ill effect.

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Post  rsv1cox Wed Apr 22, 2020 6:18 pm

Amazing though reporting on earth day, all three broadcast networks tonight showed scenes of animals taking over vacated Public and National Parks due to the lack of human involvement.  Also scenes of clearing sky's in polluted major cities throughout the world because people are no longer driving. The before and after's were quite dramatic.
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Post  getback Thu Apr 23, 2020 8:24 am

It is amazing the way the earth climate changed in a short time after all the stay put order went in to effect and ashamed to > i read where over in Korea they seen the mountains in one region they haven't seen in years . What we do to this place we live is a wonder it hasn't turned over and flushed as it did before ?
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