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an acute attack of entropy - Ambar
August 17th, 2004
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an acute attack of entropy
While feeding the mares this morning, I noticed something was wrong about the water tank. Specifically, it was empty. In fact, Recap came by and drank from a puddle next to it, as if to make the point: do something!

Well, I noticed a while ago that the hose was no longer attached to the auto waterer, because the gloriously corrosive well water had eaten through the cheap metal of the end of the hose. However, the hose was still in the tank, and I was actually losing less water, with the hose set to trickle, than I had been when the waterer was "working" (because under pressure, it consistently sprayed water around), so I didn't think twice.

I should have, because there are two hose sections feeding this tank. But this is Deferred Maintenance Acres, it was morning, and I was already a half hour late for work, so the thinking part was not actually online yet. Instead I put the hose back in the tank, noticed no water was coming out, and trekked up the hill to turn up the pressure. Went back down, tied the hose into place (baling twine; if you haven't got it, you haven't got a farm), and observed not really enough water coming out the hose. Looked back up the hill, and suddenly focused on the wide green spot and visible water half way up the hill.

Yes, the cheap metal end of the second hose section had also corroded and was watering the weeds instead of the horses. Once I got over my acute attack of frustration, I dug out my spare hose and was grateful to find that a) it was the right length, and b) it has a plastic hose end. I swear I'm going to OSH and buying half a dozen. Water, that lovely polar solvent, doesn't have much to say to long-chain hydrocarbons. I'm getting me some.

Nonetheless, I was clearly still in the grasshopper class, because -- cutting to 100 miles away and 14 hours later -- the phone rang. It was the friendly neighbor. Palisades was out and raising a ruckus with his stallion. We discussed the issue and agreed that he would catch Palisades and do something sensible, as I was two hours away. Fifteen minutes later the phone rang again; he couldn't catch Palisades.

[Y'know the dark sizzle marks some cartoonists use above a character's head to denote deep disgust? Pencil 'em in over mine now.]

So I took elflet back to his place, borrowed a pile of tools (somehow my drill walked off; I need to replace it. Anyone got recs for a studly cordless drill?) and drove home. To find Palisades imitating an equine statue. Butter wouldn't melt in his mouth, except he was definitely in the wrong field. I caught him up, explained in no uncertain terms that I didn't want to hear so much as a nicker out of his mouth, led him past the other stallion, mare and colt, and tied him to a post right outside my bedroom window. I will repair his fence in daylight.

Needless to say, this eats major holes in my school schedule for tomorrow. And if I weren't waiting for the caffeine to wear off, I shouldn't be writing this now. If I am lucky, morning will arrive with nothing more broken or in need of repair than exists right now ....

Current Mood: fried
Current Music: X - Beat The Retreat (Songs By Richard Thompson) - "Shoot Out The Lights"

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From:tugrik
Date:August 17th, 2004 02:01 am (UTC)
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You don't get much studlier than an 18v DeWalt cordless drill (or hammerdrill). I have both if you want to borrow one with a battery and a charger (have some of those to spare too). I'm going to upgrade one of them in the very near future if you want a used one dirt-freakin'-cheap.

Heck, in fact, I'm upgrading most of this kit, if you want some near-free hand me down cordless powertools...
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From:ambar
Date:August 17th, 2004 02:17 am (UTC)
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I would be grateful to the point of near-derangement.
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From:tugrik
Date:August 17th, 2004 10:10 am (UTC)
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When are you next in the San Jose area? I'll need at least one of the drivers to take with me to burningman but that's the 28th through the 7th (two weeks or so from now). I can lend one of them for a nice long time but if you need both I'll need one back by then. :)
From:khajja_meezer
Date:August 17th, 2004 02:15 am (UTC)
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Aiiieeeee....

Then again, this is also Stupid Neighbor with the dumb dog. Why am I not surprised he couldn't catch Palisades... *shaking head*
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From:ambar
Date:August 17th, 2004 02:19 am (UTC)
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Well, I guess there's a reason he leaves his horses haltered 24x7. I know (from personal experience) that Palisades grows at least 6 inches when he's crashing back and forth in the dark trumpeting his studliness and pretending to ignore you, but if you're patient and persistent he'll stop.
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From:flit
Date:August 17th, 2004 07:42 pm (UTC)
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He may just not be confident enough in his horsemanship to be able to know that? Sort of like how some people are afraid of Moose but anyone who knows dogs knows better.

Doesn't it chafe them to have halters on all the time?
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From:ambar
Date:August 17th, 2004 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Doesn't it chafe them to have halters on all the time?

It certainly can. Capucine has a halter rub over her nasal bone that looks nigh permanent.
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From:cjsmith
Date:August 17th, 2004 11:34 am (UTC)
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Oh man, entropy doth suck mightily. I just spent the morning searching for a prescription I *know* I once had, then searching for a pharmacy two skips from my house - both Yahoo and Long's Drugs Store Locator are blissfully unaware of this particular branch, then... ah heck. It's Monday, I know it is. That "Tuesday" heading on the calendar is Just Plain Wrong.
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