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« on: October 16, 2010, 08:11:28 PM »

Ok. Am I the only person who has this problem? These bees are like crack. I have been being kept by bees for 8 months and am completely addicted. Facebook! Who cares about FB. I get home and logon to beemaster to see what is going on. My wife is picking out yellow and black lingerie, I read all I can about bees. I talk to everybody about them and wonder why 100% of them are not as fascinated as me. Can I get a witness? Please tell me this is normal and everything will be ok. My question is this, on a scale of 1 to 10, what is your addiction level? I have not quit my day job yet, so I think I am a strong 8.
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2010, 08:15:38 PM »

Think that's bad? Wait until your second year. You only have a taste of it so far.

1 to 10??  I'm a 12.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2010, 08:17:13 PM »

You look at the time with the bees, thinking about the bees, working with the equipment, money spent on the bees, talking about the bees, and on the net doing homework about the bees, ya you could say that bees are crack.   Very addictive.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2010, 08:53:28 PM »

Just to be clear.... Bee crack = good.......Plumbers crack = Bad!
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2010, 10:24:50 PM »

i have both Cry , just wait youal be peeckin around the cornner because you dont wont them to know your smiten. Im amased daily by what they can do.
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« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2010, 10:26:52 PM »

"10" here!! My husband tells me I am a 10. He says I obsess about them. But I am much much better now than I was the first couple of years. Now I can even think about something else for a little while. grin grin

Tonight I totally forgot to go up and feed them. It was almost dark and I opened up the hives and placed the ziplock baggie's inside. They were all over me trying to sting me and all I could do is say "calm down my little loves, please be patient with me""
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« Reply #6 on: October 16, 2010, 10:28:01 PM »

You better watch one of those cracks, when you are bent over moving boxes or frames, and a bee falls into the crack....   grin  Talk about a bad place to get stung.
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« Reply #7 on: October 16, 2010, 10:49:02 PM »

bee crack and moth balls

...sounds like an "interesting" night on the town!

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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2010, 10:52:46 PM »

Annette, I don't think your hubby was talking bees when he said you were a 10.    Kiss
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« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2010, 10:53:18 PM »

It's just "bee fever".  There is no known cure...
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« Reply #10 on: October 16, 2010, 10:59:46 PM »

Annette, I don't think your hubby was talking bees when he said you were a 10.    Kiss

was he thinking about pierce brosnan?  Kiss

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« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2010, 11:03:52 PM »

Annette, I don't think your hubby was talking bees when he said you were a 10.    Kiss

was he thinking about pierce brosnan?  Kiss

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« Reply #12 on: October 17, 2010, 12:13:40 AM »

I never get tired of being around them. Bees never cease to amaze. Standing in the middle of a swarm or orientation flights, its like the saying stop and smell the roses, well stop and enjoy the bees, get right in the middle of them and take it all in, a mini escape if you will.

What's really cool about bees and keeping them is that the bees evolve, adapt and so do you, there are all these levels, so many levels and hurdles and doors that we go through and its just so dang exciting, and seemingly never ending.

What were we talking about again...

Oh, yeah, Bees!

Addicted and scarred for life, and that's a good thing.

Could be doing a whole lot worse things.


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« Reply #13 on: October 17, 2010, 12:33:54 AM »

Yep, I am right there with you.  I started out last year with one hive now I have three and next year...  I have gotten permission to place 24 hives on public land plus another three here at home.  Lets see that takes me up to 30 hives Yippeee. grin
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« Reply #14 on: October 17, 2010, 12:35:05 AM »

When you tell the people at work how you spent your Sunday tearing apart the walls of an old house, smoked yourself half to death, got stung up, got home after dark - and they are all looking at you like you are TOTALLY INSANE, because you had a good time - yeah, you know you got it bad.

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« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2010, 07:21:44 AM »

Repeat after me... there is no life other than beekeeping.  Only the bees matter, we are their servants.... grin
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« Reply #16 on: October 17, 2010, 09:43:08 AM »

Addictive is the best way to describe beekeeping.

Others talks about how bking is a great stress reducer.  Well, I find it causes me stress.  I worry about the girls all the time, especially right now with robbing going on.  I check on them a dozen times or more a day.  My husband says if he can't find me in the house he knows I am out with the bees.
I am always thinking there is something more I could be doing to improve their short little lives: feed them, keep them warm at night, protect them from robbers, wasps, spiders, beetles, mites.  

I am a real "hoverer."  I wasn't that way with my children.  Took a very tough love approach there.  I don't know what I will do when I lose my first hive.  I am sure I will need depression meds to get through it.
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« Reply #17 on: October 17, 2010, 10:59:44 AM »

The wife says im a mess with this bee stuff. I have to say im very much involved in learning about them. They always seem to amaze u with the things they do.  I am hooked and i love working with them and watching them expand their hives.  Its a good thing that we all are interested in keeping bees after all without the bees are lives wouldnt bee the same   grin
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« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2010, 09:17:23 PM »

My other half thinks I am cheating her because I spend more time with the girls.  Wink She was OK with the first few but now that things are expanding she tells me that I should have chose a cheaper hobby.  grin
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« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2010, 09:48:07 PM »

i have to say i am addicted also. i think i'm only at about a 9 so far.  i've been unemployed for several months now and don't know how i'll make the bills in a few more months and what really worries me ? do my bees have enough stores to get them through winter ? that's what i worry about everyday. i'd rather watch jp and schawee bee videos than what's on tv.  i sit by the hive and watch the entrance, watching them do their thing for hours. i put a bucket feeder in the field and watch as the number of visitors goes from just a few to a few dozen and then a few thousand. they're buzzing all around me and all i can think is  " this is coo l". i'm glad i'm not the only one that has caught the bug (no pun intended, or maybe it was )
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« Reply #20 on: October 18, 2010, 12:33:51 PM »

Yup, yup!  You know you've got it bad when:  1) first item consumed in the am includes something with honey (honey latte for me!); 2) feeding the kids comes after considering how much syrup needs to be made that day; 3) hubby gets a quicker response to "how many deeps do you need me to make this winter" than anything else (well just about); wherever you are, you wonder if they carry anything "bee"; 4) you dream about queens (and no, I'm not talking about Pierce); 5) you start almost every sentence with "there was this thread on Beemaster today..."; 6) you keep wondering exactly where Burger Delight is? 

I could go on......Smiley

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« Reply #21 on: October 18, 2010, 02:40:14 PM »

I'm right there with you too, started with one last year, up to 21 right now going into winter. Planning on more next spring and Ive already ordered 6 more nucs trying to get to about 30 in 3 different locations. Shouldn't have to buy any more bees though, maybe a few queens for making nucs.

All I do is study it, work with them, and build extra eqpt. Haven't quit my job yet, need the money to keep buying materials.
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« Reply #22 on: October 18, 2010, 02:54:44 PM »

If you are like me, you look around and see bee junk everywhere.   At the end of summer I put 6 complete hives into storage with bits and pieces in every shelf.   Every little sale or junk pile you can be given, you collect.   Just need more bees.   I am going into winter with 11 hives, less than last year, but stronger.  No where did I put my crack pipe, uh, I mean bee catalogs.
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« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2010, 02:59:59 PM »

Yup, yup!  You know you've got it bad when:  1) first item consumed in the am includes something with honey (honey latte for me!); 2) feeding the kids comes after considering how much syrup needs to be made that day; 3) hubby gets a quicker response to "how many deeps do you need me to make this winter" than anything else (well just about); wherever you are, you wonder if they carry anything "bee"; 4) you dream about queens (and no, I'm not talking about Pierce); 5) you start almost every sentence with "there was this thread on Beemaster today..."; 6) you keep wondering exactly where Burger Delight is? 

I could go on......Smiley



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« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2010, 03:54:24 PM »

ok gave away a extractor and @ 15 HIVES OLD WOOD WORK.
packing up all my bee stuff trying for all together.
gave the last cut out away.
im not over bees im moving , yep bigger bee yard .
my thoughts are of the girls and my bee's. safer cleaner,free er,
wow ,what can i plant, i know where to put them , oh the new mail man not going to like me at all.
the water oh yes sweet little stream , by febuary i should need a support group to get me through.

THE RANTINGS OF A BEE CRACK HEAD.
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« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2010, 10:40:07 PM »

Very cute Alicia. Burger Delight is in the town of Gonzales, Louisiana.

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?client=safari&rls=en&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=burger+delight+gonzales+la&fb=1&gl=us&hq=burger+delight+gonzales+la&hnear=burger+delight+gonzales+la&cid=10876667398035448465

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g40184-d412756-Reviews-Burger_Delite-Gonzales_Louisiana.html

What's really amazing is that this lil hole in the wall place shows up when you google!


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« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2010, 11:05:02 PM »

The bees actually do collective mind control over you...  they have coerced people into spreading them all over the world...
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« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2010, 11:48:44 PM »

Thanks for the link, JP!  Just for fun I put in my "starting" address to get driving directions.  Ya know, I think it's doable, just a bit of a detour! 

As for loving ice cream and being addicted to anything bee, I bought a pint of Haagen Daz because it said, "Vanilla Honey Bee" on the label.  Sure enough, honey is listed as the third ingredient right after cream and skim milk.  Gotta love those folks for supporting the cause!
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« Reply #28 on: October 19, 2010, 01:27:31 PM »

Alicia, my favorite ice cream in the entire universe is coffee flavored Haagen daz. Of course the shakes from Burger Delight are very good and addictive.  Wink


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« Reply #29 on: October 19, 2010, 02:35:48 PM »

 grin   grin   grin

Ya'll are funny! Now if a meth addict is called a tweaker, guess I'm a beeker. At home, I breath in the lockerroom smell of goldenrod nectar like nobodies' business. Oooh-oooh that smell!

Here I am on vacation, reading Beemaster. Sigh.
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« Reply #30 on: October 19, 2010, 04:23:23 PM »

I found the bee crack.   http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/06/science/06bees.html?_r=1

Buzz has a whole new meaning now that scientists are giving bees cocaine.

To learn more about the biochemistry of addiction, scientists in Australia dropped liquefied freebase cocaine on bees’ backs, so it entered the circulatory system and brain.

The scientists found that bees react much like humans do: cocaine alters their judgment, stimulates their behavior and makes them exaggeratedly enthusiastic about things that might not otherwise excite them.  grin
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« Reply #31 on: October 19, 2010, 06:01:58 PM »

Allen,
 I like this quote from the article
“What we have in the bee is a wonderfully simple system to see how brains react to a drug of abuse,” said Andrew B. Barron, a senior lecturer at Macquarie University in Australia and a co-leader in the bees-on-cocaine studies. “It may be that when we know that, we’ll be able to stop a brain reacting to a drug of abuse, and then we may be able to discover new ways to prevent abuse in humans.”
How about if humans did not take it in the first place. According to my calculations, that would stop 100% of the abuse. rolleyes
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« Reply #32 on: October 19, 2010, 10:19:15 PM »

How about if humans did not take it in the first place. According to my calculations, that would stop 100% of the abuse. rolleyes

Wait, we're talking about bee crack. Can't stop, can't stop.  cheer
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« Reply #33 on: October 20, 2010, 01:00:17 AM »

Naw, I can stop any time I want.  Really I can!

Just let me read one more post........

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« Reply #34 on: October 20, 2010, 02:28:39 AM »

im down to 4 times a day ,checking on the bee's.
and @ 4 times anight checking in on the bee crack heads oh oh beeker's yes sounds better doesn't it.
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« Reply #35 on: October 20, 2010, 06:02:13 AM »

I am not addicted.

I find that after feeding 40 hives, I sleep really well and I don't really think about the bees till the next morning.    grin

Not sleeping well tonight, thinking: I need to build pallets.
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« Reply #36 on: October 20, 2010, 07:10:35 PM »

I just bought a table router and table saw a few days ago and I can't wait to make some hives over the winter.  I made my own last spring and really loved them, so now I get to make up about 27 more this year.
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« Reply #37 on: October 20, 2010, 07:13:21 PM »

When you run out of room to store your equipment, boxes and hives, just ship them down here to Georgia and I will store them for you.   grin
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« Reply #38 on: October 21, 2010, 07:18:29 AM »

Went on vacation to Florida last month, did the Disney-thing with the family. You know what I got excited about at Epcot? There were honeybees all over the flowers. The family is in awe of the Chinese acrobats. I'm watching bees. The kids want go on TestTrack again, I mumble "Okay" and sit on a bench and watch bees, while thinking that Disney owns all the land for miles around, so are these bees from managed colonies? Are they feral?
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« Reply #39 on: October 21, 2010, 11:52:25 AM »

Went on vacation to Florida last month, did the Disney-thing with the family. You know what I got excited about at Epcot? There were honeybees all over the flowers. The family is in awe of the Chinese acrobats. I'm watching bees. The kids want go on TestTrack again, I mumble "Okay" and sit on a bench and watch bees, while thinking that Disney owns all the land for miles around, so are these bees from managed colonies? Are they feral?

This is exactly what I do on all our vacations. First have to spot where the bees are foraging and then I sit and watch them. I ask the same questions as you "Are they feral or are they managed"
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« Reply #40 on: October 21, 2010, 01:41:22 PM »

Went on vacation to Florida last month, did the Disney-thing with the family. You know what I got excited about at Epcot? There were honeybees all over the flowers. The family is in awe of the Chinese acrobats. I'm watching bees. The kids want go on TestTrack again, I mumble "Okay" and sit on a bench and watch bees, while thinking that Disney owns all the land for miles around, so are these bees from managed colonies? Are they feral?

This is exactly what I do on all our vacations. First have to spot where the bees are foraging and then I sit and watch them. I ask the same questions as you "Are they feral or are they managed"

LOL @ you two.  I haven't been on vacation in about 6 yrs., but I guess that is what I would end up doing when I get the chance.
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« Reply #41 on: October 21, 2010, 06:44:20 PM »

did the Disney thing last year with the kids.
saw the bee's and wonder myself ? where they were.
did the aqua farming and fish thing 3 times, 2 by myself .
they froun if you ask the wrong questions.
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