Reason #1; I like the fact that I am buying from a guy/guys working right there digging it out, Just like the guys up here in the gravel pits or stone quarries. That's alot like how I make my living.I work pretty hard for it.
Reason # 2; Not buying it from some jerk who wears a towel on his head and has 27 Bentlies or some major sports team owner. They have enough. They don't need mine!
Reason #3; This might sound weird but let me explain. I used to be big into hunting. Now you go out and every berk has to walk thru where I am hunting.A whole woods to hunt in. I used to be real into fishing. Now I catch a fish in a spot that took years to find and some jerk has to pull his boat 10' from mine and then call me a name when I give him crap. A whole lake to fish in. Now I'm into coal real big and besides this site, I'm really the only one around doing it. Ooops, forgot about getting all my neigbors and friends into it.
Reason #4; The tinkering with coal stuff. The mechanical, they trying to figure out a better way to do something, the bringing back something to life like restoring an old car or something.
Reason # 5; The fact that my 1960 piece of machine is still the best piece of machine made. Even with all the darn brainiacs out there. You would think someone would find a better way. It cracks me up to know that I heat my house with technology that was patented in 1908 or somewhere about there.
All the above; PRICELESS