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More Joy of Living With Karst Formations

Let's see, what did I leave off from this weekend summary?

Oh, yeah, the credit for the discovery of the enlarged sinkhole goes to Skippy of fatfred fame; she stopped by on her way out and home from the Solstice Party (Yes, We Know the Solstice isn't for a week or so yet...) so I could measure her iPod for myself and she could express druthers on which piece of koa to use. I'm not sure I'd have parked quite as close to the hole in the ground as she did, but then again, the hole hasn't gotten bigger so far.

At any rate, after our visit and Skippy hit the road, we did a closer examination (detailed earlier) of the hole, and decided we needed to move the Big Blue Chevy Van Formerly Known As RyuuMaru. I say formerly known as because it's not exactly a functional van anymore, but was known as Ryuu Maru when it was. It's no longer totally blue either; rather faded from the sun and with a significant amount of rust showing. Why, yes, the directions to my house do include "Turn off the paved road and onto the dirt road." Why do you ask?

We are planning on donating the van to either the Williston High School Automotive Shop Class, or to the Florida Sheriff's Boys Ranch in the very near future as a tax write-off, so after a brief discussion as to the feasability of rolling the thing over sideways to fill the sinkhole, we hooked up a tow strap to it, and towed it away from the hole to a location much friendlier to tow trucks. Whoever we donate this thing too, they'll need that tow truck to take it home with them.

After that, we put up a temporary fence using white plastic chain and t-bar posts, in case any other friends came by and drove into the hole in the ground. We decided that the big blue/brown object being located in a different place probably wouldn't be of sufficient alert value to gaurantee the Clue Bus being Caught. One or the other of us will be checking into some of that bright orange fencing you may see around construction sites; we want that to hike up the Clue Bus Factor, as well as to discourage the Four Kittens of teh Apocalypse, or their elder brother Ras Mewson, or Mary Kitty from investigating.

Mamma Mudge has, so far, shown no great inclination to check out what's down that big hole. Now, that might be because she's still wondering why SWMBO thinks she (Mamma Mudge) dug such a big hole out there. She's got good reason to wonder that, as SWMBO kept asking her why she did that all day. Mamma Mudge did enjoy her ride in the PickUp Truck, and thought it pretty cool that the Big Blue/Brown thing followed us. Once it stopped moving, though, she lost interest.
Tags: ranch, sinkhole

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