A few years ago I was at an auction that was selling off a good size lot of beekeeping equipment and related books. I was hanging around to buy a few of the books. As I collect older beekeeping books when I got what I wanted bought an old man came up and said young man you going to find out them bees dont read them same books you do. We had a laugh about it and then he went on to tell me how he had got started keeping bees as a kid. He said he lived down the road from an older beekeep. One day he stopped in and asked if the man would be interested in teaching how to keep bees. The old man agreed and told him to come by the next day and he would give him his first lesson. The next day he showed up with a veil and gloves the old man told him he didnt need that stuff to follow him. They went out back to a hive the old man pulled the top off the hive bees boiled out and the guy said he took a few stings after which the old man replaced the lid and told him that was his first lesson and if he came back the next day he would give him his next lesson. the ole man told me he went back and the beekeep was suprised to see him back. he went to get his veil and the beekeep again told him he didnt need it. They again went around back to the same hive the old man started to remove the top cover again, The guy said he stopped him and told the old timer that he wasnt there to get stung and if that was the case he was going home. The old man stopped and told him yesterday I showed you how to get stung today i will begin teaching you how not to get stung. The old man went on to tell the guy that he did that to everybody if they came back the next day he knew they was serious about learning about bees. wether the old man was a typical beekeep with a story or it was true. Im not sure but it sure made for some good listening.