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#296944 - 09/11/20 12:19 AM Been a long time...
Blast Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3576
Loc: TX
...and a strange trip. Got room for a prodigal son by the fire?
-Blast
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I STILL miss OBG.

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#296945 - 09/11/20 12:25 AM Re: Been a long time... [Re: Blast]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3402
Loc: USA
Welcome back, boss!

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#296946 - 09/11/20 12:28 AM Re: Been a long time... [Re: Blast]
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Registered: 08/14/05
Posts: 585
Loc: FL, USA
GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU!!!!ALWAYS WELCOME!!!

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#296947 - 09/11/20 12:28 AM Re: Been a long time... [Re: Blast]
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Registered: 08/14/05
Posts: 585
Loc: FL, USA
Where have you been?

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#296948 - 09/11/20 12:37 AM Re: Been a long time... [Re: Blast]
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Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 2048
Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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#296949 - 09/11/20 01:53 AM Re: Been a long time... [Re: Blast]
Blast Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3576
Loc: TX
THANKS!!! laugh laugh laugh

Where have I been? Well, believe it or not I got kind of famous. eek

For those who don't know, my real name is Dr. Mark "Merriwether" Vorderbruggen. Among other things, I ended up writing Idiot's Guide Foraging which opened all sorts of doors. Along with that book I contributed to a bunch of others and even have been writing a monthly foraging column in the TX-based magazine CHARM East Texas since 2016. I left (aka was laid off) from the oil field industry in 2016 and became the lead chemist/R&D Battle Mage (they let me pick my own title) for Workman's Friend Personal Care Products. That was a lot of fun but in January of this year I was offered my dream position of being the medicine man for Medicine Man Plant Co.

Simultaneously, I was building the Foraging Texas social media empire. grin Facebook's Foraging Texas currently has over 25,000 followers/fans. Each weekday morning 7:20am-8am central time on that page I do a Facebook LIVE streaming show called "Donut Shop at the Beginning of the World" that has a free-flow discussion format between me and the audience. On Thursday evenings I do a 1-hour Facebook LIVE show called "Merriwether's World!" where I have a specific, pre-chosen topic or guest. The topics are either plants (edible/medicinal), emergency preparedness stuff, or bushcraft (cookware, knives, etc). The guests range from one of the top elephant handlers in the US to post-apocalyptic sci-fi authors. My old blog "Into the Borderlands" was retired and removed from the internet.

Meanwhile, I managed to stay married even though (maybe because?) I'm gone just about every weekend teaching foraging, wilderness survival, or urban/suburban survival. My two itty-bitty babies are now high schoolers! eek

Anyway, after years of working for companies that banned surfing the internet and taking part of online forums, Medicine Man Plant Co. actually encourages me to do that, so here I am! laugh

How are all y'all? It seems like ChaosMagnet has done and EXCELLENT job of running things. I'm quite happy to turn in my gun & badge and just set up a little farm out on the edge of the forum. smile
-Blast
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Foraging Texas
Medicine Man Plant Co.
Ham Radio: KI5BOG
I STILL miss OBG.

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#296950 - 09/11/20 02:20 AM Re: Been a long time... [Re: Blast]
haertig Offline
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Registered: 03/13/05
Posts: 2185
Loc: Colorado
Good to hear from you again. I was wondering what happened to you.

Hey, your book sounds like something my daughter would really be interested in. Sounds like I might have a good choice for her next birthday present. Does your book, by chance, cover anything that can be found/foraged on Hawaii (the Big Island)? That's where she lives now.

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#296951 - 09/11/20 02:42 AM Re: Been a long time... [Re: haertig]
Blast Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3576
Loc: TX
Hey Haertig! Yes, the publisher wanted the book to be useful to anyone in North America, not just my adopted home of Texas. Luckily, many of the tree and weeds are found everywhere, including Hawaii.

For more info on Hawaii's special flora your daughter should check out the Hawaiian forager Sunny Savage. She rocks!
https://ediblehi.com/foraging-hawaii-sunny-savage/
http://sunnysavage.com
If your daughter does score a class with Sunny, send the message "Merriwether says Hi!"
-Blast
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Foraging Texas
Medicine Man Plant Co.
Ham Radio: KI5BOG
I STILL miss OBG.

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#296952 - 09/11/20 02:43 AM Re: Been a long time... [Re: Blast]
Blast Offline
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Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3576
Loc: TX
Damn, it's good to be home! smile
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Foraging Texas
Medicine Man Plant Co.
Ham Radio: KI5BOG
I STILL miss OBG.

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#296953 - 09/11/20 04:51 AM Re: Been a long time... [Re: Blast]
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Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2722
Loc: Big Sky Country
Welcome back! We can say we knew you when you were just a humble forum overlord! grin
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