Sunday, August 1, 2010

Farm Smarts

Sometimes there is a little lapse in farm smarts at the ranch.  But, it makes for good story-telling, so enjoy!

Dad and Mr. HH were fixing another watergap.  You might remember this particular watergap from a previous post about chigger alley.  Well, we should have known the project was doomed from the start when we found that the side of the creek was washed away, and the supporting post was dangling in the air above the water.

Wait, I take that back.  I should have known it was doomed when we headed down there in the truck.  As we came to a huge vertical sand-hill, I asked, “Are you sure we can make it back up this hill in the truck?” and Dad’s reply was, “let’s find out!”  The answer was yes, by the way, but just barely.  As long as we hit it with a 20 mph run, that is.

Anyway, with the post gone, they decided that the two new hanging panels wouldn’t hold without welding the support cable to the next post.  At this point the sun was climbing high in the sky, and the insect population was dampening any enthusiasm I originally had for photographing this little outing.  Apparently the slurping sound the mosquitoes made as they sucked my blood was annoying to Dad and Mr. HH as well, because they dropped me at the house before heading back down into the jungle with the welder.   But before I left, we had a little pre-welding conversation.

“Are you sure this is safe?  I mean, you’re not going to weld while you’re standing in the creek, are you?”

Mr. HH used his dear, sweet, simple-minded wife voice. “Of course we won’t weld in the creek.”

I was unconvinced. “But, uh – electricity….water….kind of seems like a bad combination.  I just want you to be careful.”

He was totally understanding, and obviously touched by my concern.  He rolled his eyes and used his annoyed sarcastic voice.  “Do I look stupid?”

Anyway, when they got back, and both were still walking upright, it seemed he was right.  Looking back, though, I can see I was uncharacteristically  lax in my questioning.

“Everything go ok?  No problems?  You managed to not electrocute anybody?”

“Nope, everything went fine.” Seemed straightforward at the time, so I didn’t think much more about it.

And then, a few weeks later, I saw his draft post of Ten Things I won’t Do Again, and it all became very clear.

“You DID get shocked!  I thought you said you weren’t going to do anything dumb?”

He just grinned.  “Huh.  Looks like I might have been wrong,”

Gee, that’s comforting.

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