Sunday, July 26, 2009

An Olio Of Items Both Good And Bad

This weekend was filled with yard work for the most part. I mowed the lawn and worked on the sprinkler system. Maybe you can explain to me why in-ground sprinkler systems always seem to need working on to make sure the water actually covers the lawn? My theory is that there are little lawn gnomes that hate water sprites and so go around with little hammers beating on the sprinklers. Have you got a better theory?

Saturday was nice as the temperature only hit the mid 80s. A nice break from the 100s of the day before. I didn't even break a sweat while mowing the lawn. I could live with summers that never got much warmer than that. The only places I have found that fit the bill are near ocean coasts, so unfortunately don't have the real seasons I like. Guess I'll just have to hang on through the heat.

Today as I was working on the sprinklers, the little itty bitty bloodsuckers were rampant. The little mosquitos rose in the hundreds as a walked in the lawn. I figure that is our punishment for all the rain we've had this summer. Even though we (the city) spray/fog once a week, the mist only kills those that are fresh in the hatch. Usually that does a pretty good job when there just isn't a place for the little beasts to breed. But with all the summer rains, breeding points abound and the mosquitos are thick and hungry. The worst part is that they are all little tiny beasts that easily fly through the window screens. And like most bad things in the universe, the welt is inversely proportional to the size of the biter. Likewise the degree of itch.

In very sad news, a high school classmate's son was killed this weekend. The classmate is a local MD and we visit from time to time. His son was a year or so older than the Son. I can't imagine how hard it has to be to go through the loss of your child just as they are blooming into full adulthood. Here's to the happy memories I have of golfing with his son and talking about his future, now sadly cut way too short. My condolences to the family and friends.


  1. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friends son. That's heartbreaking :( We went without rain (in Texas...I'm in Georgia now in case you missed that) for 2 months and the mosquitos were still sooooo wasn't fun. Idk what to tell you about your sprinklers. Maybe they get walked on? I've never had in-ground sprinklers. I hope they start working right for you soon. Happy Monday Dan!

  2. I'm sorry to hear about your friend's son. That's awful.

    I can't believe you know how to work on your own sprinklers. You're a computer whisperer and a water whisperer?

    I had no idea that any mosquitoes were small enough to fit through the grids on a screen. That's itty bitty.


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