September 9th, 2011


Typical Thoughts Following an Unintentional Nap

The new back fence didn't get put in yesterday after all. Any deer happening by have had another night to munch plants in my back yard. I've seen no deer there, nor any evidence of them, but I like to imagine them browsing on whatever plants might appeal to them. Most likely they would eat the roses. The feral cats would be surprised to see deer in their yard, I'm sure, and astonished to see them eating roses.

Had deer visited tonight, the cats would have had a good view of them. The moon is almost full. It's far to the west now, and most of the back yard is shaded by the house or by the tall pines across the street. If deer arrive now, they will be shadows moving among still shadows. If deer arrive tomorrow night, they might find their access barred by the new fence. But if the fence is put off another day, they will have an entire weekend of opportunity.

Surely the fence will be finished by autumn, when the acorns will be falling. Deer eat acorns as well as roses, but the acorns that fall in my back yard will be safe from deer. Only the squirrels and birds will eat them, unless the squirrels hide them somewhere outside the yard where deer can find them, or woodpeckers drop an acorn or two and fail to retrieve them. Then the deer might get a share.

I could eat acorns myself, if I knew how to grind them and beat them and soak the tannin out of them, and if I had the patience to do all those things. It's much easier to get food at the supermarkets, though. For that the deer and squirrels can be thankful, as it not only spares them competition from humans, but saves them from filling the bellies of humans themselves. Squirrels benefit from our fences, and both squirrels and deer benefit from supermarkets. I wonder what the woodpeckers can be thankful for?

I'd be thankful if I could get my old spleeping pattern back, so I wouldn't end up writing stuff like this in the late hours of a wasted night.
laszlo moholy-nagy_chx

Mystery Calling

There's some guy climbing the utility pole in front of my house. He doesn't have a bucket truck, but an ordinary pickup truck, with no name on the door panels. He isn't wearing climbing gear and spiked shoes. He has a long, rather unstable-looking ladder leaning against the pole, and he's climbing that. This is the second time in a couple of weeks that this has happened, with two different guys.

The only companies that I know of who use the utility poles are PG&E, which has its electrical lines on it; Comcast, which has its coaxial cable on it; and AT&T, which has its telephone cables on it. In the past, when anybody was climbing that pole it was somebody in a truck from one of those three companies. Now it's like amateur day.

I haven't heard of any of those companies suddenly deciding to hire outside contractors to work for them. As far as I know, no franchises have been issued for, say, Bob's Telephone Company, or People's Cable Service, Inc., or Northeast Neighborhood Power & Light LLC. If such companies existed, I'd think they'd at least want to put their names on the door panels of their trucks anyway.

Still, it would be great if those companies did exist. After dealing with AT&T's escalating prices and declining service for so many years, I just might consider going with Bob's Telephone Company, name on their truck's door panels or not. Although since there have been two different guys in two different trucks, maybe it would actually be something like Bob & Al's Telephone Company. If they add a third partner, named Moe, I'm subscribing!