The Big DumpTruck

Throwing Little Thought Pebbles at Your Windshield Since 1996

Month: March, 2002

Happy Easter! Had a day where I relived part of my childhood. Every Easter my sister and I would get new butterfly nets, and after lunch my parents would take us to Crow Hill to hunt for salamanders. Well today our kids all got “bug hunting kits” and after lunch my parents took all of us to Crow Hill. We thought for SURE we wouldn’t find anything. But Dad, true to form, found a HUGE tadpole, a fish (yes, he caught it in the net and we put it in one of the containers for about a minute (they held water), and a salamander!

The boys, only 4, were more interested in throwing rocks into the water, and junior fell and got a great scratch from a stick near his eye (yikes), but my sister and I were suitably impressed that dad can still gather creatures on demand.

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Okay, for those among you who want to see the finger picture, here it is. Remember, it’s not for everyone.

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Okay, so far today I came up with a 35 and a 34 letter sentence. I’ll probably keep trying. But I want to read the book, and the author keeps throwing out the efforts of the townspeople, and I don’t want to steal their good “z” words. Here are my two:

“Wave a box of crazy milk jug quilts, Daphne”

“Quick crazy hogs milk a box of new pet doves.” Oh crap, that one is missing a J. Back to the drawing board.

Oh, and I didn’t say they’d be GOOD sentences.

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I currently reading Ella Minnow Pea : A Progressively Lipogrammatic Epistolary Fable, which I can’t summarize in this small space (so click the link and read the Amazon summary.)

So the main task facing the characters in this book is to create a sentence using only 32 letters, which employs all the letters of the alphabet, to replace “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”.

So now I can’t continue reading the book until I come up with my OWN sentence (35 letters or less, because quick brown is 35 letters) because I don’t want to cheat and be influenced by their sentence.

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At some point tomorrow I will take a webcam picture of the frankenstein finger. I may not put it directly on the dump page, but will at least link to it. Watch this space or the main dump page….

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They sold the house across the street. There’s a lot of activity over there, with a lot of people involved, so it’s hard for me to tell who actually lives there and who is just helping. I think I’ve picked out the owner…he looks about my age, and he smokes (I say that, because he was standing on the front steps smoking when they delivered his fridge yesterday). Can’t tell if it’s a single guy or what. There are four cars over there now, so I’m not going to be able to figure out who’s who today.

When I told Junior that they’d sold the house, he did say he hoped the people like kids. Odd, I never expected him to be aware of people who do and don’t like kids. He must have picked that up somewhere.

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I see that the news is finally discussing my jump in gas prices (I paid 1.29 today). This is the AP story:Yahoo! News – Gas Prices Begin National Climb “Analysts say a recent decision by OPEC (news – web sites) and other oil producers to hold down production, and the traditional spring rise in demand as driving time increases with the warming weather have shaped prices.”

They say it’s the biggest 4-week increase since they started keeping records in 1990.

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Doing better today. Have a more normal-sized bandage, which means I can do things like type the letters “T, R, F, and C” again.

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I updated the The Big DumpTruck with my latest adventure instead of putting it here.

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Gas update: It was up to $1.29 at my station this morning. I knew I should have stopped yesterday, but it was raining and I’m a big baby.

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