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#1 Coopdog

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Posted 21 March 2022 - 01:13 AM

   The last few nights I have spent trying to completely empty and purge the 4x5 foot area that I grew the best buds I have ever had for about 15 years or so, and that I wish so damn bad that Topia still had in my picture gallery. I had SO many in the archives here before a couple of server migrations, and when I went to go try to find them to copy and paste for my own memories, they were all gone. 

   Then I went to the Canna Cabana and tried to find them there, also lost to a server migration. I had documented so many top strains, male/female ratios, whether they showed herms, whether they stretched or grew compact, complete with detailed pics and even macro shots, fertilizer details, and it is all gone. I never really gave it much thought until it was all gone, what a big part of my life that was. I grew pot for about 35+ years of my life. At some point about 8-9 years ago I just suddenly got sick of it. All the work, all the details, the ball and chain of being a pot grower that interferes with so much of your life. 

   I had to do a panicky 3 am chop when a couple of not so close friends got busted and started ratting on one another. I never did take the lights and stuff down, and like I figured it all passed with no drama. I was just done. Tired of worrying about UA's, tired of worrying about people getting busted because they were idiots and never brought back the jars I continuously gave them for transport. Tired of the never ending trimming, curing, packaging, all of it. I never started back up again. 

   In the meantime, my wife used it for a storage area, packing boxes and containers in there clear to the ceiling. We are preparing to move this summer and after 8-9 years it was time for it all to go. I intend to pack up the lights and reflectors and ballasts, as they might come in handy for making ends meet when I move back East this summer. The rest of it is all gone, most of it in the trash, as we are keeping to the rule of if you have not seen it in 6 months, you don't need it for making this move. 

 

   I am very amazed I just dropped it like that. I shared some absolutely top shelf genetics all over the world, and paid it forward more than I can say. I worked with a Pre '88 G13 hashplant that Sam the skunkman took to Amsterdam in the early 80's and shared with Baron Neville, of the Cannabis castle and the creator of the Super Sativa Seed Club, which was a completely novel Idea and kicked off the greenbud phase worldwide back then. 

   Neville created 4 strains with that hashplant cross. The original genetics were only used for two generations, then were lost and it had to be restarted from seedstock. Those 4 strains were known as Neville's 4 lost strains, and all 4 turned out to be critical genetics in SO MANY crosses today. The Pre '88 was one of those 4. The guy I got it from shared even some of the original Pre '88 G13 hashplant genetics with me. I backcrossed that breeding it to the short indica hashplant side for 4 generations, and then I popped some of the Butterscotch Hawaiian x G13HP cross that my friend had created, that the strain "Larry" was also created from. I found that to be one of the most enjoyable hybrids I ever smoked in my life. 

 

   I worked with those for a good 15 years or so, and shared that cross all over the world, on Overgrow, Planet Ganja, The Canna Cabana, and IC Mag. It was received with the same impressions I had, all over this country, the UK, Israel, Australia, and a few others I can't think of right now. There were indeed more paralyzing strains, but this one was such a happy strain, enhanced music immensely, made sex so damn nice, and gave you an all day good groove. It also tasted like heaven, and was one of the most pleasing strains I ever had in my life.

 

   I'm getting ready to retire now, and I know I shared it out liberally on here. If someone by any chance has some beans with that name on them, please PM me. I'm not one to ask for much on here, and I know this is not good to do on the open page, and I hope ya'll have some mercy on me for that. I think it's indeed a special thing, and not the every day incessant people seeking something. Just figured I would put that out there, and whether I get some or not, at least now you are reminded what special genetics those are. Such a small space, but damn what fine genetics came to flower here. 

 

   This is a shot of the pre88 G13HP and Purple Rhino about 45-50 days in

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Posted 21 March 2022 - 09:08 AM

That stuff looks amazing Coop!

I hope you do set up again. If the planned move is to a legal state, that should eliminate a good part of the stress, and allow you to just do some growing for the pleasure of it....


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Posted 21 March 2022 - 11:05 AM

Those flowers look incredible Coop, good luck in your search! I used to love 'Mr. Nice" which was G13xhash plant, those genetics make up the backbone of some of the hybrids I grow today.
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Posted 21 March 2022 - 11:45 AM

Seeing the Mylar in your picture brings back some Triggering memories.  I hope someone reaches out to you and.... Thank you for reminding me of the past.

 

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#5 Coopdog

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Posted 21 March 2022 - 02:00 PM

Mushluvr I hope they weren't bad memories. Thank you all. 


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Posted 21 March 2022 - 09:19 PM

That's unfortunate to hear about lost genetics and research Coop. Thank you for the history and your contributions to helping so many people learn from your experiences. It's very impressive that you grew for so long. I hope you get reunited with those genetics so bad! The high sounds amazing :D


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#7 Coopdog

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Posted 22 March 2022 - 12:46 PM

I never did understand the tendency some growers have of keeping the very best to yourself and if a cutting came with that Caveat attached, I would tell them they better just hang on to it because if I got it, I was going to share it. I wanted to raise the quality across the board, and never even considered charging anything for any of it. I miss growing a lot, and I can definitely see a place for it in my life when I retire. 

 

Rereading my post, I realize it sounds like I am bragging myself up. I didn't intend it that way, and if that is how it sounds, I apologize. Just laying out the history of those particular genetics. My Dad started me planting and harvesting pot plants young, and that love never really went away. Emptying out my grow space had me feeling nostalgic for all that good stuff. Some of the earliest pics of my wife and I have well lighted closets in the background lol and we have been married for 38 years or so. Good times indeed. 

 

EDIT: I just saw someone gave me a pot badge! Thank you! :)


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Posted 22 March 2022 - 11:21 PM

So much I would love to add to this post, but it's just all about the weed and the fun I had growing and sharing it. When I go to write it out, it all seems like so much bullshit though. None of matters a damn bit nowadays...


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#9 BuckarooBanzai

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Posted 24 March 2022 - 11:12 PM

I hear ya, Coop. I hear ya loud and clear.

 

I've been forced to walk away from a number of wonderful grow spaces over the years. I've also had to do the emergency chop down a few times.

 

I've lost documentation and pics to server migrations and sites simply disappearing.

 

I've felt like a braggart for talking honestly about the stuff I've actually done. 

 

And I've decided...fuck it. I'ma be me.

 

Write your shit down even if you don't post it.

 

But preferably post it. It matters a good bit to the folks reading it.


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#10 Coopdog

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Posted 25 March 2022 - 02:14 AM

Buckaroo, you were there back on Overgrow I think. Thank you for the encouragement. I have 4-5 old computers around here that I have kept just in the simple hopes of retrieving all of, or even a portion of those old pics. An old friend on a different site offered me some of the Pre 88 G13hashplant S3's which I took to be backcrosses, fingers crossed they might be some of my old ones. That would be too cool to have those again. Thank you Sir, for popping up again. Nice to see you around. 


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Posted 29 March 2022 - 09:00 PM

 

 

I had to do a panicky 3 am chop

 

hahah fuck been there man. I thought I was going to get busted on other drug activities one time so I panicked and ripped down my grow room, bagged it up and chucked my plants because they were not worth the time to harvest at that point, then stashed a bunch of drugs out in the sticks a couple kilometers outside of town. My friends still laugh at me for that one but hey, that paranoia can be super intense when it comes to thinking about jail time


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