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March 12th, 2004
10:45 am


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hay follies
The hay dealer has struck again. This time, instead of delivering it to Palisades' paddock, he put it just outside the paddock. In my driveway. Behind my trailer. That's right, I can take the trailer out once, but I can't put it back in until the hay is gone. Four and a half tons of it. How long does it take one Davenport stallion to eat 4.5 tons of oat hay?

Still, this is better than the last time, when he misdelivered Palisades' hay to the little barn at the BOTTOM of the hill. (What is it with California and 3-string bales? At about 120# each, I can barely lift 'em. Hauling them up this hill is right out.) I can just heave one over the fence, right? Wrong. I missed and broke off a (admittedly already rotting) fence post.

But I am nothing if not inventive, so I turned off the electric fence and shoved it through the ropes (which have springs on one end). Said ropes are also holding the fence post in place, and the fence is back on, so all is well so far, and Palisades is eating happily.

Anyway, called the hay dealer this morning and jokingly requested he teach me to drive his hay squeeze so I can move it MYSELF. Understand, the man lives literally around the corner from me. If I had a good arm, I could hit his barn with a rock from my place. Last time it took something like 2 weeks of my calling daily for him to 'get around' to putting P's hay in the right place, and I was only doing the daily calls because I was desperate (and tired of moving hay one bale at a time in the back of the car!)

Current Mood: impatient
Current Music: Norah Jones - KFOG Live From The Archives 9 - "Feelin' The Same Way"

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Date:March 12th, 2004 11:35 am (UTC)
I have a good arm, if you need.
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Date:March 12th, 2004 08:10 pm (UTC)
Clearly you need to borrow a forklift some night and blockade this person's car by surrounding it entirely with a Wall of Hay.

You know, I don't remember your Maine Coon cats as being this big, are they?
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Date:March 12th, 2004 08:55 pm (UTC)
No, but mine are not in the 99th percentile of hugeness, either.

That may be a tiny woman holding the cat, too, I don't know.

I've seen that shot before; it doesn't look like a Photoshop job to me, but I am not an expert.
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Date:March 14th, 2004 09:59 pm (UTC)

Riley (and Leo)

Snopes shows that exact picture, and some similar ones, as accurate; urbanlegends.about.com confirms similarly, with more pointers, and names it Riley. It isn't as big as Leo ("Verismo’s Leonetti Reserve Red") though: he's listed in guinnessbook at 35lbs and 48" nose-to-tail... with a variety of pictures on the breeder's page. Apparently they feed them specially when they're young...
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