Monday, December 01, 2008

I'm Back from Vacation

Greetings Readers

I found the blog picture posted today from using Earth Google. Pretty amazing to see our main portion of our Ranch from space in New Mexico. I had never used Earth Google before and was sort of curious to use. This picture was not as close as I could zoom in, but I wanted shot that showed the front gate and the road leading up to the Ranch. Of course you can not see the condition of the dirt road, the steepness or terrain, but it was neat to see the road actually laid out and how much the road curves to the Ranch.

One would expect that the road would be straight, but it is so far from not being straight. Again, that is due to the terrain (geography) Speaking of the road, a.k.a. driveway, I actually worked on the road on my vacation. Meaning, I had the shovel, wheel barrel and pick axe working on portions of the road. Mostly, filling in holes, divots, trenches cause by rain run-off.

And it was not an easy process as it seems. Due to terrain and different soil types in our area I had to make sure I was fixing the road with the "right" type of dirt and not sand or a sand consistency soil. Otherwise, that sand would wash away in the next rain shower. With that in mind, I got soil from one area and wheelbarrowed that all over the road that needed the dirt.

"Thunder" and "Python" got a work out. Oops Readers, I have talked about "Thunder" and "Python" perhaps once or twice this year, but not often. "Thunder" and "Python" are the names of my "huge" biceps! These were named after a friend and I were joking about how I was getting bigger biceps when I was working out at the CAC and she had said jokingly "yeah Thunder and Python look good." After that this is an on going thang and I do refer to my biceps as "Thunder" and "Python", though I do not know which bicep is named "Thunder" and which is named "Python"

Getting back to the dirt. Yep, I had to wheelbarrow out dirt from one specific area and then more often than not I had to wheelbarrowing that dirt to the area of the road that needed the dirt.

"Wheelbarrowing?" Is that a word? That sounds funny. For example, can I say that "I was wheelbarrowing dirt from one side of the road to the other." or should I say "I moved dirt from one side of the road to the other using the wheelbarrow." or "I used the wheelbarrow to haul dirt from one side of the road to the other."

See? Now, I am confused. Fuck it. It's my blog and I am not that too analytical about "Wheelbarrowing." Let me get back to the story

So, I got to shovel, wheelbarrow, and dump dirt over a few portions of our road that needed the work to be done. Otherwise, we have to drive real slow or we could go airborne in our vehicles from the holes and bumps in the road when driving over them.

This was a job that I planned to do, since I really, and I mean really, did not want to haul shit from the corrals and fence line our ranch to the area where we do haul shit. Oh yes, that is other common duty I get to do when on vacation in New Mexico. Some times I like to do that job, but this time around I did not want to. No reason - I just did not want to.

So, I got windbreaker, my new work gloves that my brother gave to me on my arrival in New Mexico. Readers, I think this was planned by my parents and brother for having work gloves so I had no excuse saying that I did not have work gloves hence I could not do work. Sneaky. The joke's on me. Yet, I did and smile and it was pretty well thought out plan to give me work gloves upon arrival in New Mexico. Dang, I just did not put two and two together at that time. And then I grabbed my Ipod and that was my road fixing gear.

For two days I worked on the road and I have to say that I am quite proud of myself? Oh yes, Readers I am tooting my horn once more! The road looks great and was smoother in portions I fixed. Oh yeah. I just did not take a before and after picture. A camera was not part of road fixing gear and it never occurred to do a before and after picture.

Though thinking that would have been, just as my ex-co-worker would say "Just so awesome!"

Anyway, as the title of the blog reads - I am back from a little vacation. With Thanksgiving in last week of November and month end close the week before I was able to leave for an extended amount of time this Thanksgiving. Barring any bad weather that would keep me from travelling.

I will try to catch up on some things that may be of interest soon. Tumble weed burning, Pinons, cooking and the new Stephen King book.

Until the next time

Daryl Charley
The Fallen Athlete

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