The irrigation system in the front lawn sprung a leak a little while ago, which got fixed. So imagine our consternation to find not one but several new leaks this week. Another call to the landscapers, and the guy comes out with his trusty shovel in tow. Five big leaks. The guy was here for three solid hours working his tail off to take care of them.
While the guy is fighting entropy, he keeps finding more and more dumb things the original landscapers had done. The crowning achievement seems to be this little beaut:
Yes, that is an irrigation line that has been wrapped up and tied with cord, thus saving somebody the hardship of actually putting on an end cap. The problem with that, you ask? Turns out this kind of creative landscaping solution suffers from a bit of a drawback: It leaks water. Which as it happens is a bit of a Bad Thing.
The end result here is that I got a quote to have the whole freaking front irrigation redone if it starts springing leaks again. Turns out to be a bit of a major expense. Let’s keep our fingers crossed the PVC crisscrossing the yard will keep water where it belongs for at least a few more years…
Posted Friday, 06 August, 2004 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.