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Post by hellihooks » January 8th, 2014, 4:14 pm

There is a very distinct possibility that come May, I'll be the next live-in Caretaker at the Gun Club at Deep Creek. The 2400 acres leased by the gun club, from the Army Corp of Engineers, includes the Arroyo Toad habitat, where I have taken some of you for your Lifer Arroyos. Need to buy a frog gig... bullfrogs will rue the day I arrive... :lol: :lol: :lol:
It's my favorite place in the world, and where I'd directed my kids to scatter my ashes when I'm gone... and actually getting paid to live there would be a dream come true...
Hopefully... my new view from my back door, come May...
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:D :D :D jim

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Post by sjfriend » January 8th, 2014, 4:42 pm

Congrats. Looks and sounds like a great herpers job.

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Post by Ross Padilla » January 8th, 2014, 6:41 pm

That would be great, Jim. I wish you all the luck in the world. Are there boas and kings there? I'm assuming they definitely are.

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Post by mattg » January 8th, 2014, 6:47 pm

Sounds awesome!! Hope you get that gig., I definitely need to come Herping up there :beer:

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Post by hellihooks » January 8th, 2014, 6:52 pm

Thx guys... I'm pretty excited. boas, kings, gophers, patches (all intergrades) R. Coach's, racers, 4 species crote, at least a dozen different lizards...3 frogs, 2 toads...MAYBE WPT. pretty much everything cept sallies.
I'll have one HELL of a 'herping my yard' post... :lol: :lol: :lol: jim

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Post by SurfinHerp » January 8th, 2014, 6:58 pm

I hope it works out for you Jim!


Is Andy planning to move out? I hope he's feeling all right.

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Post by Brian Hubbs » January 8th, 2014, 7:26 pm

Sounds great! :thumb:

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Post by mwentz » January 8th, 2014, 9:39 pm

Living the dream! :thumb:

When putting up vouchers on HERP for the bullfrogs, make sure to post your recipie for them also. Maybe bullfrogs should get another check box just for you, DOG (dead on gig). Or IMB (In My Belly). :lol:

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Post by nightdriver » January 8th, 2014, 10:24 pm

Herp party at Jim's.

I'll bring the :beer:

Looks like a cool place. Good luck.

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Post by hellihooks » January 9th, 2014, 4:35 am

Andy is fine... just retiring ... yeah... it'll be sweet if I get it... hope ya all like frog legs... that's what I'll be serving at the 1st herp party I throw... lol

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Post by monklet » January 9th, 2014, 9:15 am

Echo all the above ...when do you find out?

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Post by Jimi » January 9th, 2014, 9:51 am

Ditto Monklet's question - when do you find out?

Fingers and toes crossed for you, man. And for the wildlife there - having you onsite pounding bullies nonstop would really do the natives a world of good.

Cheers,
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Post by Zach_Lim » January 9th, 2014, 10:16 am

I hope you get it, Jim.

If you do, please allow me to camp in your yard.

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Post by hellihooks » January 9th, 2014, 10:37 am

Jimi wrote:Ditto Monklet's question - when do you find out?

Fingers and toes crossed for you, man. And for the wildlife there - having you onsite pounding bullies nonstop would really do the natives a world of good.

Cheers,
Jimi
Andy's recommending me, but it may take resume's, interviews, etc. The arroyos aren't the Gun Club's priority though... they'll be looking (probably) for an experienced bird hunter/gun enthusiasts. I'd have to maintain and stock birds (chucker, grouse etc) for the hunts (no prob) maintain good relations with members (no prob).
I think my strengths outweigh my weaknesses, and I have a very good chance of nailing this down. jim
Zack... there is a well appointed clubhouse, where friends can stay, given no timing conflicts with club activities... Hubbs will likely stay there when we search for remnant WPT pops, in the area. :D jim

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Post by Jeff Teel » January 9th, 2014, 1:45 pm

4 crotes?

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Post by hellihooks » January 9th, 2014, 2:10 pm

Course hellis n specks, but very rarely both scutes and winders have been found there...(173 is belong to me) :D jim

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Post by Fieldnotes » January 9th, 2014, 5:26 pm

I hope it works out for you that sounds like the perfect job.

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Post by hellihooks » January 9th, 2014, 5:44 pm

talked to Andy today... could know in a week... :D Did I mention all the skinny dipping 'hippy chicks' and nudist tourists from Europe, that frequent the creek? this old Hippy loves him some hippy chicks.... :crazyeyes: :lol: :lol: :lol: jim

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Post by RobertH » January 9th, 2014, 8:54 pm

Jim, that's indeed great news. I know how much you love the place, and I am sure you'd make an excellent caretaker, and not only because you'd give the bull frogs a hard time. I am keeping my fingers crossed for you. Can't wait to hear whether it works out.

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Post by hellihooks » January 10th, 2014, 7:39 am

'Best news all year' was a bit of a joke (the year being only roughly a week old :lol: ) It's actually the best news I've had for decades... I've (for decades) envied that job, and wished it were mine.
It's the ole "If you love what you do... it doesn't feel like work" There are very few things I'd rather do than take care of that property, and very few places I'd rather be.
It's progressed to the point where we're looking at converting the Dlb wide mobile home to the clubhouse, and the single wide clubhouse to my residence. which is fine... more room for herp ed/safety workshops I'm (already) planning... :thumb: jim

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Post by jonathan » January 15th, 2014, 8:02 am

Best of luck to you Jim! I am excited about this.

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Post by Porter » January 15th, 2014, 11:03 am

Sounds cool Jim :thumb: good luck!

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Post by hellihooks » January 20th, 2014, 7:59 am

I met with the Board of Directors yesterday, and they (say) they will be sending me an offer of employment, in writing. So it looks as though this is going to happen. :D jim

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Post by Tamara D. McConnell » January 20th, 2014, 8:00 am

So happy for you!
Can I come visit this summer?

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Post by jonathan » January 20th, 2014, 9:04 am

Wow!

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Post by JAMAUGHN » January 20th, 2014, 9:08 am

Excellent news, Jim. Congratulations!

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Post by hellihooks » January 20th, 2014, 9:18 am

Tamara D. McConnell wrote: Can I come visit this summer?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5j8Jioa ... bedded#t=0

Thx jim/jon... ;)
they like the idea of me hosting herp ed talks there, and even eventually building a permanent collection of So Cal herps, that school classes can take field trips to... :thumb:
And have no problem with fellow data collectors coming to visit/herp... :D

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Post by Owen » January 20th, 2014, 9:22 am

:thumb:

:beer:

Nice going!

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Post by hellihooks » January 20th, 2014, 9:50 am

thx Owen,
I look forward to you and Derek coming to visit... :thumb:
it will take probably 3 months (at the least) for me to fully relocate out there and Andy to be fully moved out, but as you might imagine, have a ton of work to do, towards that end, including re-doing my whole house top to bottom, (in case I want to rent it) getting a 4-wheel going (hopefully my old Eagle, but a truck as well) etc, etc.
So thx to any other well-wishers in advance... be back tonight or tomorrow... ;) jim

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Post by Calfirecap » January 20th, 2014, 7:12 pm

Jim,
You are the right man for the job, now you just have to get the correct vehicle. Hopefully the property owner can help. I'll drop in and see you once you are settled in.

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Post by RobertH » January 20th, 2014, 8:43 pm

That's fantastic news, Jim. :thumb: :thumb:

Sounds like your new home will be become an NAFHA high desert hub of sorts. :lol:

Best of luck!

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Post by LouB747 » January 20th, 2014, 9:05 pm

Congrats Jim. Looking forward to some posts from there this May.

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Post by hellihooks » January 21st, 2014, 8:43 am

Thx all... :thumb:
I'll soon have a Toyota 4-runner and/or Dodge Dakota 4 x4 (or both)... haven't decided.
Of course my responsibilities will take precedence, but I look forward to many Nafha Visitors. You couldn't ask for a better 'herping hub'... right on the transition tween desert and coastal herping... with Hi-Ele herping 30 min away. :D jim

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Post by monklet » January 21st, 2014, 9:55 am

Congrats Jim, very happy for you! :D :thumb: Sounds ideal!

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Post by klawnskale » January 21st, 2014, 10:37 am

Congrats, Jim! Take good care of the facility. What are the living conditions like in the resident trailer? Will you have hookups or will you have to portage in your own supplies of propane, water, and gasoline (which I do when I work at the Preserve).

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Post by hellihooks » January 21st, 2014, 11:14 am

The accommodations are very nice, with all utilities paid for... propane, water delivered, solar for electricity, Sat.TV/computer access. hell... they even provide me with a company cell phone. I'll be living in a single wide mobile home (2 bd rm) cause I don't need the dlb wide, just for me. :) jim
I actually start my (paid) on-the -job training tomorrow... :thumb:

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Post by yoloherper » January 21st, 2014, 11:57 am

Congrats! Sounds pretty incredible.

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Post by Fieldnotes » January 21st, 2014, 1:10 pm

Congrats! your the best man for the job.

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Post by gopher » January 21st, 2014, 2:49 pm

wonderful news!
Had my hopes up when you said you had the opportunity, nice to see it is probably going to happen.

If you need help collecting frog legs let me know :lol:

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Post by todd battey » January 22nd, 2014, 7:01 am

Congrats, Jim. I'm glad to hear that worked out for you. What a great combination of job and herping location.

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Post by hellihooks » January 24th, 2014, 8:59 am

thx Todd,
you know where I'll live...come out any time... :thumb: jim

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Post by El Garia » January 26th, 2014, 11:20 am

Wow, Jim! This sounds like a dream come true. Congratulations, Brah! :D :thumb: :thumb:

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Post by hellihooks » January 27th, 2014, 9:07 am

Mahalo Brah,
another thing that's cool is hunting season is from like Sept to April, so I have the summer off to herp... :D jim

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Post by Gordon C. Snelling » January 27th, 2014, 3:48 pm

Very cool, congratulations.

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Post by Helleri » January 29th, 2014, 8:08 pm

hellihooks wrote:There is a very distinct possibility that come May, I'll be the next live-in Caretaker at the Gun Club at Deep Creek. The 2400 acres leased by the gun club, from the Army Corp of Engineers, includes the Arroyo Toad habitat, where I have taken some of you for your Lifer Arroyos. Need to buy a frog gig... bullfrogs will rue the day I arrive... :lol: :lol: :lol:
It's my favorite place in the world, and where I'd directed my kids to scatter my ashes when I'm gone... and actually getting paid to live there would be a dream come true...
Hopefully... my new view from my back door, come May...
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:D :D :D jim
... I was thinking it would be funny to mix your ashes with metalic silver paint and draw fake out snakes on all the good harping roads in the high desert. But, fired out of a carbide cannon over the creek from the top of the dam it is then (even spread). btw...how many crumbly cannon balls does one persons ashes make? 1, 2 maybe 3 if the barrel is narrow gauge? depends on how much elmers glue is used?

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Post by hellihooks » January 30th, 2014, 4:25 pm

I'll probably outlive you son... :lol: :lol: :lol: but I do kinda like your first idea... :crazyeyes:

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Post by Zach_Lim » February 3rd, 2014, 8:20 am

Glad to hear that it is becoming a reality for you.

I will take you up on the offer and try to arrange to crash there for a few nights once snake season fires up!

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