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Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« on: January 25, 2011, 03:16:34 AM »
Itís a bright and sunny afternoon in Beijing today, 15:10 in the Peopleís Republic of China and while most of the forumís members from the U.S. and Canada are cuddled up and Iím sure, dreaming of their favorite saw log and blade. For our friends in NZ and Australia, I hope your having a great Tuesday.

A brief introduction: I am an airline captain on a leave of absence from a U.S. carrier now flying in mainland China fulfilling a lifelong desire to visit this country and get paid to do it. 

Sawmilling-
Back in the early 80ís I read a story in Mother Earth News about a country sawmill and that inspired me to Ďget into the actioní. And I did. Welding classes, poking around asking old time sawyers questions and smelling the aromatic cedar being cut. Like many of you, I was hooked. 3 years in reconstructing an old circular mill, then cutting timber from my land I notched a post and beam house. When I was finished I was ready for another challenge. So I sold it all and began flying professionally. I thought the woodcutting was a deceased passion. Not so.

I read most of the sawmill section on your website-
The members from the Forestry Forum gave me the knowledge and provided about 95% of my research material for making my choice of mills. Narrowing it down to the Blue, Orange and Red mills and with the power of the Internet, I was able to speak with the reps from the various companies. With never having seen a band mill operate, I made my purchase. The sales reps from all 3 were professional and helpful

Back in ZBAA-
Here in Beijing Iím waiting for my fight to begin boarding and will return to the States for a month at home and to drive down to Indy to pickup an LT50HDD47 with a few options.

Reasons for the WM are:
*Proximity to the manufacturer. I live in Michigan and itís an easy drive down to accept the mill. I used to live in Indiana and have a great respect for the people there.
*Excellent service reputation
*Conservative values
*Their volume of sales. They must be doing something right.

The Baker Blue Streak really caught my eye because of its size, capacity and brutish look. I wanted it, but like any purchase I started out with a dollar amount limit quickly surpassing that arriving at a figure that made my knees knock. Initially.

Why do I need a mill?-
We all need building material and who knows? Maybe when Iím finished flying and retired I can make a little dough (pizza money) haha.  :D

I still can remember the satisfaction of a tree on one end and lumber on the other and thatís really what I want.

Itís cold in February in Michigan, how much cutting will be able to do Ö.? Donít know, but I sure I will be re-reading the FF posts for assistance as I will need to overcome a learning curve on this new piece of equipment.

Pix to follow of course.

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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #1 on: January 25, 2011, 03:52:20 AM »
Did you happen to see any sawmills in China? I don't ever recall any posters on this forum from China. Wonder if they do any smaller personal milling there.

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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #2 on: January 25, 2011, 05:19:17 AM »
Sure they have them. They are all knock off of American mills.

My timing sucks. I was hoping for my 30,000 post to involve food.  :-\
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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #3 on: January 25, 2011, 05:25:20 AM »
porcupine, a belated welcome to FF! 8)  Apparently I missed your first post.  I am looking forward to hearing about your experiences with the new LT50, and, your experience in China.  Also, is MSG used in "real" Chinese food as much US chinese food? ;D
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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2011, 05:50:38 AM »
Welcome PP, I'm from Elkhart/Goshen originally, & Indiana was probably why I got a Wood-Mizer too.   8) 8)  Looking forward to hearing about your sawing experiences.  Send us some sawmill pix from over there if you can!! 
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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #5 on: January 25, 2011, 06:49:29 AM »
Sure they have them. They are all knock off of American mills.

Too funny Jeff  :D. I could sure eat Chinese food 3 times a day, I love the stuff. I could happily run an LT 50 everyday too. Welcome to the Forum.

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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #6 on: January 25, 2011, 06:55:28 AM »
Welcome to the Forum.   Wood-Mizer has had mills in China for a long time.  I don't know how many.
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« Reply #7 on: January 25, 2011, 07:20:51 AM »
Porcupine,you belong here,you didn't mess around got right to food.You won't go wrong with your mill choice.First project should be a roof over your mill (mill hanger) with south facing windows ,should take some of the sting out of Mich. winters.My wife of 38 yrs is from the Philipines and I've thrived on asian/island food (too well).Do you have any trouble with language although I think air trafic is in english.Probibly with short time resharp would be the best route to keep the bands sharp.Keep us posted. Frank C.
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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #8 on: January 25, 2011, 07:32:04 AM »
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Here in Beijing Iím waiting for my fight to begin boarding

Was this a Freudian slip? Or are the airport screeners there like the ones here where you need to defend yourself against being violated?  ::) :)

Welcome aboard! 
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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #9 on: January 25, 2011, 08:08:16 AM »
porcupine,  I welcomed you in November, and am now glad to see you follow up on your sawmill dream.  Your sawing adventures should be interesting to follow.  I look forward to read about them.
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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #10 on: January 25, 2011, 08:27:24 AM »
P Pine...it sounds like you have a plan  ;D ;D ;D

I've always wanted to go to China...well.....Hong Kong for sure.

I always figgered you could get great Chinese food there  ;D ;D

When ya get time I sure would like to see some pics of The Mainland and maybe a synopsis of the culinary delights  digin_2 digin_2
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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #11 on: January 25, 2011, 11:06:55 AM »
It's probably all Plant Based.   :D
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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2011, 11:27:17 AM »
Welcome to the Forum.   Wood-Mizer has had mills in China for a long time.  I don't know how many.
Bibby, they have just enough to figure out how to build copies of them.  The chinese are very skilled at buying western technology and copying it.  A case in point is the Aerospatiale AS-350 Helicopter.  They bought some from eurocopter, then they entered into manufacturing agreements to build components of the aircraft for Eurocopter, then when they had gotten over the learning curve, low and behold, the chinese have their own "new" civilian helicopter, that looks surprisingly similar to the AS-350, of course it is called something different.  Any company that does business with the chinese hoping to get a foot in the door, may do well in the short term, but they will get cut out in the long term, and the chinese will carry on by themselves.  IMO.  I do like some of their food though, but not the bugs and other "exotic" stuff that you see on the open air market places.
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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2011, 11:54:12 AM »
Welcome to the Forestry Forum, Porcupine.

I never considered that an Aircraft Carrier would be Flying around in the China sea, but having been a surface Sonar sailor on a Tin Can, I can maybe make the analogy fit of destroyers flitting around like sparrows, if your city is flying.  :D

Kudos on the ability to hit that postage stamp.  Come home safely, and safe.  :)
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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2011, 12:10:03 PM »
Welcome and congratulations on the new mill.  We do like pics.  I'd enjoy some pics from China as well.
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« Reply #15 on: January 25, 2011, 12:31:07 PM »
I had a buddy that visited China, he said there was no "chinese" food there :D At least not like the "chinese" food we eat here. One thing that stuck out in his memory were the eggs pickled in horse urine, an aquired taste would be nessesary in that case :o Yummy! Porcupine, welcome aboard and enjoy that new mill. I bought a used LT40 last fall, I've cut maybe all of 1000bf with it. To busy with other things. One of the first orders of business for me will be building a mill shed this spring.
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Re: Chinese Food 3 Times a Day - You Get Used to It.
« Reply #16 on: January 26, 2011, 08:36:26 AM »
Good morning
Its good to be home, got in at midnight last night. 30 hours door to door travel. I think I'm getting used to it but it will take several days to fully recover the 13 hour time zone change.
Chengdu is where I live in China. It is in the southwest about 800 miles from Tibet. If I went any further in that direction I would be getting closer.  :D
The culture, food, every thing is different except the universal desire for people to provide for their families, plan for retirement etc.
Pollution is BAD. I can't go into all the details now but will say I have eaten bugs, scorpions, ox stomach, dog, monkey (most of these unknowingly) I have learned not to ask anymore, just eat it if it passes the nose test.
Mill shed? That will be my first job but for now the mill will be in a 40x76 pole barn.
Photos, yes I will Get to work on that, I don't have any on my iPad so I will log on later.
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« Reply #17 on: January 26, 2011, 08:44:16 AM »
Welcome home.  And maybe I don't want to know about chinese food(insert barfy face). :)
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« Reply #18 on: January 26, 2011, 08:49:43 AM »
I have a Grandson that spent a couple of weeks in China.  He doesn't even want to talk about the food, etc.  Mostly the etc.  :-\
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« Reply #19 on: January 26, 2011, 09:11:50 AM »
Welcome home and welcome to the forum! 

I have often wondered if the difference between our food and China's food is due to a lack of availability of our standard beef, pork, and chicken.  Is it a matter of economics, supply, or just a difference in preference? 

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