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Flying Farmer
1 April 2008

Muscles Before becoming a Kona coffee farmer I made a living as a computer programmer.  That means I spent all day, every day, sitting behind a computer.  I tried to stay in shape but it was difficult.

My goal was an hour of exercise every day.  I'd either jog a couple miles in the mornings or go to the gym to lift weights.  On the good days I'd jog and go to the gym but most weeks I'd miss a day or two.

Even on a good day the total amount of actual exercise would only be about two hours.  That may seem like a lot until you compare it to the total number of hours spent not exercising.  I'd spend eight to ten hours sitting behind a computer at work, a couple hours sitting in traffic during the commute, then another hour or so watching TV or playing computer games at night.  I'd get a little more exercise on the weekend but for the most part my life was spent sitting in a chair.

Tree Now that I'm a farmer that has all changed.  I still get plenty of time behind a computer but that's relatively small compared to the amount of time I spend on my feet.  There are a few farm tasks, such as spreading fertilizer, mulching branches or planting trees that definitely qualify as high energy exercise but most days aren't that tough.  It's all the time I spend just doing stuff that makes a difference.  It seems like I'm always walking somewhere while carrying something heavy.  Lifting, pulling, pushing, carrying, dragging... even on light days I always need a shower by the end of the day.

I'm certainly in better shape now than I ever was as a computer programmer.  It's ironic how the more you exercise the more energy you have while the lazier you are the more you want to just sit around.  Farm work is hard but it sure is nice to have extra strength and plenty of energy.  Sometimes I feel more powerful than a locomotive, faster than a speeding bullet and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound.  Now that spring is here, I feel even more energetic.  Just the other day I was practicing jumping off the barn roof and landing in a bucket of water.  The umbrella usually slowed down my fall just enough that the landing didn't hurt too bad.

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I don't recommend trying this at home.  Only accomplished coffee farmers can pull off stunts like this and even accomplished coffee farmers can only manage this on April Fool's Day.

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