Saturday, July 4, 2009

fourthofjuly

Day off due to holiday...can't afford the triple overtime. Started off by sleeping in till 9AM. Spent the morning sorting through some piles of paper that have no place. Benita came in with a fly eating friend today. The little lizard managed to avoid getting squashed as he helped himself to the fly buffet around Benita's ankles.

Had the holiday special at the GrubShack...hot dogs with chili and a cupcake complete with a tiny American flag. Lounged for over an hour with some regulars then headed home to assess the day. Decided on a plan of action that included no work and a trip out to the swimming hole with Ryan and Mike. Checked the weather and saw some thunderstorms in the area to be aware of. The creek was just low enough to make it out there. Stayed a couple of hours then decided to head back as it started to sprinkle. I wasn't home more than 10 minutes and the Field Lab got slammed with a rainstorm. Got almost a half inch in a half hour. Apparently I got home just in time as the water started flowing and the dam filled up once again.

Had just enough time to try out the gifted gas powered pump from the Desert Rat of Lajitas. In just over 20 minutes I pumped 700 gallons into another tank. Nice to have almost 7000 gallons of water ready for the "yet to be completed" greenhouse...

The Fourth of July always reminds me of my days in the early 80's of living in Manhattan. Around the 4th, all over Little Italy and Chinatown there where kids on corners shouting, "Fireworks!" They would lead you through and old tenement building into a basement that was stacked to the gills with explosives for sale. These were also the days when I would frequently see John Gotti and his body guards and "associates" in the hood. They tended to have their "meetings" while walking around the block. I think that ultimately, it was FBI wire taps of his social club (just 2 blocks from where I lived on the lower east side) that brought him down. Those were the good ol' days...

7 comments:

Old Wise One said...

Happy 4th of July John. What a great pic of the hitchhiker on Benita's ankle. What a deal, rain in July.

MsBelinda said...

Happy 4th of July. Glad to see that you took the day off, well kind off, pumping 700 gallons is no small feat.

Bob from Athens said...

Are you saying that the Field Lab doesn't have paid holidays, wow talk about being off the grid! Maybe you need Benita to do some "negotiating" for you. If she negotiates the same way she takes care of loafers trying to take part of her free snacks you could get anything you want.

Send some of that rain up my way, we're dryer'n a stale piece of popcorn.

kelli king said...

Hello, John!
Happy Fourth! There must be no better way to spend independence day than off the grid!

I know you're not homesick in the least, but here's a clip of the fireworks from last night in new york. They were held on the hudson this year due to construction on the east side.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EG7x76sXwsc

I have to tell you again how much I enjoy your blog. You've been like a lifeline to Texas for me since I moved to the big city.

Cheers.

walter said...

So is that dam going to fill up with sand again? You should look into building a second dam, let the first fill up with sand, then the the water flows into the second one. also I would make that opening for the water to flow over the top much longer, you don't want he water to rush over, you want it to flow over slow and smooth, this will allow the sand to fall to the bottom.

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Baytown Bert said...

I really enjoy reading your Blog. Keep up the good work and the positive attitude.

boborama said...

Wow, as a Native Son of New Jersey myself, I think you made the right choice getting out of NYC.... I'm sort of overwhelmed every time I go back to the city--it's so loud and filled with scurrying people.

Nice score on the water!