Monday, July 11, 2016

Very well, then; show yourself

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Someone in Kansas is holding a Mega Millions ticket that will make them a millionaire times two. One ticket sold in northeast Kansas matched the first five numbers, but not the Megaball, in the July 8 drawing. Because the lucky ticket also has the Megaplier option, the normal $1 million “Match 5” prize was multiplied by two, to make the ticket worth $2 million

No! Of course not. Besides, if I had that ticket I’d not tell this blog anyhow.

Early, along about seven thirty or so, a sheriff’s car came flying by the place. A few minutes later an ambulance came whizzig by. Some one has a bad problem. Hopefully it isn’t fatal. I suspect it is, however, as neither has come back by the place with siren and lights. They only do that if they are on a rescue run, not on recovery.

The village water project progresses. They have left huge holes every two blocks or so. I’m told those will be valves and the holes need to be that large to accommodate the fittings and the men that will install the valves.

I remain fascinated by the whole process of horizontal drilling. They have used high pressure water for the smaller holes they drilled for the various houses, and a large vacuum to suck up  the water/dirt, saving the barr ditch drainage gradek they claim a two stage drill head size for the main line.

First they run a four inch drill as a pilot tunnel, and then come along with a larger drill head. Finally, they use the larger head to drag the main pipe through the tunnel they drilled.

They finished the main in front of my place Saturday, removed the last of the equipment this morning, and, ready?, I went out and mowed the damn barr ditch.

Between the ruts my fence buster dug, the ruts the wrecker dug dragging that car out of the creek and my fence, and the various holes and flags and ruts the water people have left around, I had a time of that mowing.

None of the traps I’m accustomed to are there any more – well, they don’t seem to be in the same places. As proof, I offer the following: I got stuck four times. A lawn mower is not an all terrain vehicle.

Oh. One other thing. Renter borrowed the mower over the 4th. He inflated the tires to thirty pounds (rear tires). I usually keep the tires around twenty/twenty-two psi. The mower tracks batter on the side slopes with the lower pressures.

He must have had a hell of a time on his mom’s barr ditches. 


From the reaches,

Ten Whiskey

About tenwhiskey

User tenwhiskey is also the author of this blog. He currently lives in small town Kansas in a semi-retired condition. His kids are married and gone (thank you). An empty nester. Divorced. Very happy with life as it is. Ten Mile maintains a personal blog here, writing of events as they appear to him; commentary, and opinions abound. He deviates into fiction as the mood strikes and creates flash fiction stories and short stories. He will not warn the reader when he drifts from fact to fiction. He feels adults are, generally, smart enough to figure out which is which. He does, however, attempt to make his fiction sound as true to life as possible. You have been warned. He, as time permits, writes and occasionally sells writing. More often than not he gives it away to various non-paying publishers of Ether Magazines, forums or for entertainment on a wall for in need of a hand friends. He likes candy, pies and a certain amount of strife. In the matter of strife - in his yourth on the farm, he became embroiled in a slinging fight. The fight involved lath as a launcher, fresh cow patties as ammo and it was a six way free for all. A little mud only adds (Umm?) a certain taste to life.
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