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I've gone to my farm in Kentucky for the weekend. It's a great place to relax, do a little hard physical labor, and forget about the rest of the world. If you don't have such a place, I highly suggest you get one.

In the meantime, has anything like this happened near you?

See you on Monday.


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February 02, 2013 12:10 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Thought to see a groundhog up there, but no, we have climate change and global warming droughts blamed for sewer fires....I am still looking for the subtle link, in case Mr. P is joshing us. Going to the pillows now....G'night all!

February 02, 2013 12:15 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 lotlot said...

Oh, I thought they've been saying global smarming.

Wondered what all the fuss was about.

Never mind.

February 02, 2013 1:24 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Good morning Village. I'm wondering if the combustible gasses generated in the sewers are an untapped source of energy to power heating systems etc. The Alternative Energy Centre in North Wales, UK has a system that collects methane gas from human and animal poo and uses the gas for domestic heating, cooking, lighting. Anyway, the global warming theory on this incident in Omaha is just another way of making it collectively our fault for being so reckless in our consumption of brassicas and legumes and keeping cattle which fart a lot. The naughty kid side of my personality is highly amused by the notion of spontaneous combustion in the sewers, exploding the drain covers and having an incandescent party in the street. I know it's not funny for people who are caught up in such local catastrophes. Back in the day, canary birds in cages would be taken down the coal mines aas gas detectors. If the canary falls off its perch, time to get out of there ASAP. Will we be seeing people on the streets carrying a canary in a cage to warn them of the presence of lethal gas?

February 02, 2013 1:43 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Kind of makes my "elevators smell different to midgets" joke a little more poignant now. Fire balls? Are those anything like hair balls? Maybe from hot sauce eating feline folk? and what about the Aligators that live in the sewer system?  I do know that on certain weather days, when you walk by a vented manhole cover, the twitch that breath causes could be called a "sewergasm"

February 02, 2013 2:25 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

I wish I knew how to send music - somebody? The song that goes "Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!"

February 02, 2013 6:20 AM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

Thanks, Stoney!

February 02, 2013 8:35 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Hazel ~
You're quite welcome and if the spot that ran first remained the one about the dateless boy kissing the pretty prom queen and getting a shiner for it, that was even better.

February 02, 2013 9:48 AM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

I work with companies and assist with compliance with OSHA and NFPA regs and suggestions for explosion suppression and venting. While hundreds of thousands of $$$$ can be spent, the real crux is often simple housekeeping and common sense. I find the connection with global warming a bit of a political stretch and in this case not backed by much science except there was a drought and this happened. So if beer consumption increased then the drought brought on by global warming caused an increase in alcoholism and I am sure guns and SUV's have a role here somewhere. And what about Warren Buffet's Home in the Happy Hollow Neighborhood? A glib blog should also be followed up by the real findings as facts emerge (a novel idea) or maybe it will all go up in flames. Ed Norton- can you hear me down there???

February 02, 2013 9:50 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

Mooseloop ~
It is a peculiar stab at a topic but it required no essay, it is a Saturday and frankly I find it preferable to the garment/product based days of the past.

Our six-port tube bird feeder fell apart probably owing to years of service and abuse by a squirrel. Finding one like it was not as easy as I thought. In fact, unwilling to settle for something with plastic parts, it was impossible to do in a hurry and it was very cold out so it seemed urgent.
Audubon offers one with but four ports with metal fittings with a coppery finish and it is very pretty but the best part seems to be that though the chickadees, finches, nuthatches, doves and cardinals find it acceptable, the sparrows do not.
They are to be seen across the fence at the neighbor's feeder going at each other like Black Friday shoppers.

Watching from the kitchen window as a bald eagle flew by low and slow, I had me an idea for The Most Beautiful Woman In The World's birthday present: our garage, filled with many things we do not really need, is too small for my big car but would work, I think, for her smaller one… it has never been tried.
If I get on my horse and get busy rounding up some men with a truck, it could be done by the 11th… I hope, then, maybe a nice garage-door opener too.  

February 02, 2013 10:37 AM
10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Stoney said...

I could be counted as a global warming doubter, not denier, for three pretty simple reasons: Albert Gore is a politician not a scientist and is as well full of… himself; many of the dire consequences predicted to have taken place by now, have not; and science has never here-to-fore expressed its findings as a matter of consensus. In other words: everyone like us, thinks like we do and everyone else is ignorant. It hasn't had to because its findings withstood scrutiny. 

February 02, 2013 11:24 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Mooseloop said...

Stoney - I did not mean to belittle Mr. P's choice of topic, and I agree it is better than the ones that shamelessly parade PE catalog products, but just that Feb. 2 is usually devoted to the observation of somebody's groundhog and whether or not he "sees his shadow."

It is cold and sunny here in GA, so no doubt our General Beauregard at the Yellow River Game Ranch in Gwinnett County has seen his ....Therefore ...........One may count on more winter or not, depending upon one's degree of superstition and adherence to the groundhog mythology. (If he does not see his shadow, early spring, does see it, more winter.) It says this was started by the Germans, but it does not sound like German logic to me.....If there is sunshine, that seems more likely a sign of spring, and the opposite for winter. Anybody see the fallacy here?>1=43001

Regardless, the groundhog is not responsible for the mess that was left in the sewers of Omaha, or the mess on the floor of the club car that was discovered this morning....All those piles of peanut shells and crumbs along with the spilled wine, and Floyd's bone right there under the drinking tables! Clean up on aisle one! All who gathered in theSepia Train last night, please report for duty!

February 02, 2013 11:33 AM
10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-5 Marypjb said...

The first day of spring is in six weeks, shadow or no shadow.

February 02, 2013 11:49 AM
4224 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 RoadYacht said...

Stewed GroundHog is best served with root veggies. And a wine selection suggestion from Jalopkin.

February 02, 2013 2:23 PM
1-dscn1106-4 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 PARK4 said...

It's a beautiful February sorta snowy day in my part of Wisconsin, and we have some fun going on over at Geneva Lake, where the International Ice Sculpting Competition has been going on all week, today is the judging, and daughter and I are going over to see it.  Rumor has it that Team Nebraska is the one to beat, but we'll be the judge of that.  Cameras in hand, bodies in car, off we go in a few minutes..............The three grandchildren are staying here at home with their grandfather who - thank you for asking bebe! - has been loosed from his big black puffy jacket that he was well stuck in yesterday.  I take credit for his release because armed with pliers I can get almost any jacket zipper unstuck - a talent we mothers learn and practice often - anyhow, he's loose, and happy to be free at last.  He's always cold so there are worse things for him to be stuck in than a uber warm ski jacket, but after a while it's not so fun (but I couldn't keep from laughing - I still am) ... grandkids are here!  gotta go!  

February 02, 2013 3:53 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

I recall one dark All Hallows Eve when a group of young delinquents
snatched a box of indolent strike anywhere matches from the unattended porch of
an inattentive neighbor and proceeded down the sidewalk tossing the matches one
at a time against the dry concrete, marveling as each ignited and extinguished
as they marched onward to the intersection. The runoff drain from the street to
the sewer system was located at the corner of the street and as they stepped
out over the grate, one of these geniuses flipped a match behind him and turned
to watch it spark, ignite and fall into the sewer where a bundle of dry
crackling fallen leaves awaited. As the flames shot up, the rest of the group
turned and realized it was time to get the hell out.  The sound of the sirens from approaching fire
trucks several minutes later was cause enough for them to split up like a gang
of robbers on the lam.  A clear vision of
the streets exploding one sewer lid at a time and the entire city going up in
flames was reason enough for one of these delinquents to high tail it home and make
a solemn vow to Vulcan to never, ever again play recklessly with matches.


I will go back to my corner now.

February 02, 2013 4:04 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

Lighting farts dear haze was a recreational pursuit at camp. The important precaution is always to expel and not do a quick retract. Results are severe.  ***Small town Halloween antics included poop in a brown paper bag and lighting it on the walk then knocking on the door and saying there's a fire mister and then hoping he would stomp it out.

February 02, 2013 4:59 PM
Com-100Com-300Com-500First-comHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 hazel leese said...

You guys are making me laugh! One of the boys I was at Art College with had a 'thing' about sewer lids. I dunno what yours are like, but most UK sewers are antique and the cast iron lids come in many ornate patterns. This lad made a whole portfolio of sewer lids  using the brass rubbing technique. Strange hobby. I do remember him saying it was a good thing that he didn't smoke as naked flames in the vicinity of some of them would be very dangerous.

February 02, 2013 5:38 PM
004 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-videoHr-1 korthal said...


My roommate in the hospital after we had delivered babies kept lighting matches for the fart reason.

Couldn't do that today.

February 02, 2013 9:33 PM
Waldo 10photoviews10videoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 Tommy Typical said...

At the Sewer Rat, a coffee house, where me and Yak used to hang, William S. Burroughs was oft recited: "Junk is the ideal product...the ultimate merchandise.
No sales talk necessary.The client will crawl through a sewer and beg to buy." Such verse was met with the thunderous applause of snapping fingers. It just today occurred to me as I had my brain salad surgery that when the mancovers blow, perhaps a junk sale was being made.

February 02, 2013 11:31 PM
Paolo 10photoviewsCom-100Com-300Com-500First-comFirst-photoFirst-reviewFirst-videoHr-1Hr-10Hr-5 paolos said...

And just where is Peter Lake? He should be here to regale us with stories of his travels through the underworld of New York and his time spent with and fleeing from the Short Tails of the Bayonne Swamp.

Honor Roll

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