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Holy ****e! You were lucky bro!

I remember as a kid I never took any protective gear with me hunting. We were so naive about that stuff. No thermals, just a light fluff filled jacket or vest, plain Levi's and boots. I'm amazed I never froze to death. Ah to be young and stupid again.
First time hunting in the big woods of McKean County. We walked a long way back in. I don't know how far it was, but thank goodness for logging roads.

I was very lucky, and very frightened by that. My clothes were soaked through by the time the adults I was hunting with came by to walk me out. Back at the camp, I shook and shivered. The pot belly stove was hot and I was covered up. I didn't go out the next day, I don't think.


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First time hunting in the big woods of McKean County. We walked a long way back in. I don't know how far it was, but thank goodness for logging roads.

I was very lucky, and very frightened by that. My clothes were soaked through by the time the adults I was hunting with came by to walk me out. Back at the camp, I shook and shivered. The pot belly stove was hot and I was covered up. I didn't go out the next day, I don't think.
See I hunted in the desert, where it would be 30 degrees in the morning, but by noon it would heat up to 80. So you had a choice: either go light and just dress lightly, or carry a big cumbersom backpack full of warm clothes. Because we had to clamber up and down mountains all day, we kids usually opted to go light so we could cover more country and so we wouldn't get as tired, but because of that we had to cut our days shorter. If we didn't make it back to camp by sundown we would be shivering cold.

Back to the sleeping....I seem to recall one hunt I went on where we got woken up by a puma lurking around the camp. My dad and uncle were sitting out by the fire and could hear the cat moving up and down the rocks on the mountainside. Spooky.
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The smell of festering dead rat is one you never forget...yuck. I used to work in a warehouse environment and they would crawl into places after eating the poison; took forever to find them sometimes.... nothing else like it. I've never smelled a dead human though; that's supposed to be much, much worse.
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I've never smelled a dead human though; that's supposed to be much, much worse.
My job deals with the recently deceased. Not to go into to much detail but a man died in his car. He had been in his car an estimated 5 days, in Florida, in August. Even in full hasmet gear and a filtered mask the smell was overpowering.
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Funny story. I was in Amsterdam after returning from the Rhine River with no reservation. The only hotel I could get was a 3rd story room with a shared bathroom. The next morning I was taking a shower and a young lady walked in (I thought I locked the door) and said excuse me (in Dutch) and sat down to pee. There was a shower curtain so nothing was visible. European modesty escapes me sometimes.

Blood on the toilet? Oh hell no.
Amsterdam is my top worst place I've slept as well. Except I was on the street. Learned a valuable lesson about thinking through the train schedule before traveling to a city where you don't have reservations made. My buddy and I spent most of the evening avoiding heroin fiends, running from muggers, and just trying to stay warm. We figured we'd just sight-see in the red-light district until morning. Would never have guessed that the red-light district closes up shop around 1 in the morning. Even hookers have to sleep I guess.

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I'm lucky this is the 'worst' place I've slept. Pod hotel in Japan. Inexpensive, clean accommodation. I felt a bit claustrophobic in the pod. Noisy, talkative guests arrived together in the early hours in the pods next to me. Made the most of being awake all night to be first in the bathroom... they were snoring by then. I hadn't slept but it was brilliant to be up and out, walking through the city before it had awoken. Grabbed some breakfast, went for a long walk, saw the bustle of people begin to emerge.

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In a cheap hotel in Rome.

I woke with a start shortly after falling asleep. I pulled the case off my pillow. I was soaked in dried blood. (I have no idea how I knew that there was something wrong with the pillow. Maybe I smelled it at a subliminal level?????)

My husband took the pillow down to the desk and got a clean one.

The hotel was in an old building that probably dated back a few centuries. With no air conditioning, we had the windows open. All night I could hear people arguing in other rooms in Arabic.

I got no sleep that night.
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In a cheap back-packer hotel. Relatives were arriving late at night at the then nearest international airport, over two hundred miles away. This was before the internet, so I looked up the hotel guide from the local roadside assistance provider. They gave the hotel a good write-up. I arrived after dark, which was good. I didn't want to tell my wife it seemed we had taken 2 teenagers to stay in the local red-light district, but by morning I think she knew. Overnight we heard all sorts of conversations in the lane under our window, several violent arguments, breaking glass, emergency sirens.
Our plan had been to spend the next day as tourists then drive home. Instead we drove home at first light.

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I'm lucky this is the 'worst' place I've slept. Pod hotel in Japan. Inexpensive, clean accommodation. I felt a bit claustrophobic in the pod. Noisy, talkative guests arrived together in the early hours in the pods next to me. Made the most of being awake all night to be first in the bathroom... they were snoring by then. I hadn't slept but it was brilliant to be up and out, walking through the city before it had awoken. Grabbed some breakfast, went for a long walk, saw the bustle of people begin to emerge.
Just got back from Japan. A pod hotel stay was on my wish list. But write-ups mentioned you may be woken by drunks arriving late and talking through the thin plastic walls.

My other, even cheaper option was manga cafes. The photos show small pods, each with a seat and screen. Teenagers use them to watch various shows, such as manga cartoons, or porn. Rather than doors on the pods, the tenants store their stuff in baggage lockers and sleep lightly. I didn't stay in one, but if I had it would have probably been my worst place to sleep.


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The smell of festering dead rat is one you never forget...yuck. I used to work in a warehouse environment and they would crawl into places after eating the poison; took forever to find them sometimes.....
That's the cheap rat poison! You all should have either been baiting rat traps or should have been buying that type of rat poison that whenever the rats eat it, it drives them to water that when the ingest the water into their system, they immediately die!

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You all should have been buying that rat poison that whenever the rats eat it, it drives them to water that when the ingest the water into their system, they immediately die!
my parents used rat poison. the guy who sold it said the same thing. the thing about them getting thirsty and leaving the house for a drink is a myth. its not on any of the labels.

when i started working(still living at home), i kept rats as live food for snakes. well, one day they escaped while i was at work and apparently a few of them ate some rat poison. it wasn't too hard to recapture them when i got back home the next day, being domestic rats and whatnot.

anyway, none of the poisoned rats ate or drank anything at all, ever again. they just got sluggish and died what appeared to be a very miserable death over the next few days.

rat poison causes them to hemorrhage internally until they die. they aren't hungry or thirsty while its happening.

after seeing how well it worked for my parents (NOT!), i will never use rat poison. it doesn't solve the problem. growing up, our house was so full of holes that we always ended up with more rats and more rotting carcasses. the only real way to get rid of them is to seal the house up and force the rat to scurry around looking for food, and trap it when it does.

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my parents used rat poison. the guy who sold it said the same thing. the thing about them getting thirsty and leaving the house for a drink is a myth. its not on any of the labels.

when i started working(still living at home), i kept rats as live food for snakes. well, one day they escaped while i was at work and apparently a few of them ate some rat poison. it wasn't too hard to recapture them when i got back home the next day, being domestic rats and whatnot.

anyway, none of the poisoned rats ate or drank anything at all, ever again. they just got sluggish and died what appeared to be a very miserable death over the next few days.

rat poison causes them to hemorrhage internally until they die. they aren't hungry or thirsty while its happening.

after seeing how well it worked for my parents (NOT!), i will never use rat poison. it doesn't solve the problem. growing up, our house was so full of holes that we always ended up with more rats and more rotting carcasses. the only real way to get rid of them is to seal the house up and force the rat to scurry around looking for food, and trap it when it does.
No wives tale! It does exist and it does work under those precepts which are clearly spelled out in the instructions!

You can buy it at our local agricultural co-op and is made by D-Con. It is rather pricey, but otherwise works like a charm.

In the 2+ years that I've been managing this place, I have not seen a rodent anywhere on on our 1,700+ acres except for some drowned rats that we found during last year's spring flooding along the creek that runs through the property!

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No wives tale! It does exist and it does work under those precepts which are clearly spelled out in the instructions!

You can buy it at our local agricultural co-op and is made by D-Con. It is rather pricey, but otherwise works like a charm.

In the 2+ years that I've been managing this place, I have not seen a rodent anywhere on on our 1,700+ acres except for some drowned rats that we found during last year's spring flooding along the creek that runs through the property!
i stand corrected? after googling it, i think i know what you are talking about. Cholecalciferol, AKA vitamin D3. it increases urination, dehydration, and therefore can increase thirst. they actually die quicker if they cant drink water though. we used it on a dairy farm i worked at because it was supposedly unlikely to kill a cat that ate a mouse that was dying of it. never thought about it making them thirsty until you mentioned it and seemed so adamant.

its not the same stuff they sell you at the local wall mart or home depot though. and as far as i know, D-Con doesnt use it in any of their products. i still cant find a product that claims they will go heading for the water to die.

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A lot of that stuff can only be found at an ag co-op. Check with them!

I know how you feel! Most ag fire ant killers tell you that their product kills them for good, but there's only a couple of products that do the trick as once they ingest it, it jacks around with their genetic system to where the queens become infertile!

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