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Archive for October, 2011

It’s NaNo time again

October is nearly over, and you know what that means…  It’s almost National Novel Writing Month!

This year I’m writing about the first permanent colonists going to Mars.  There will be a deadly accident (potentially involving the Traveling Shovel of Death), lots of interpersonal conflicts, and plenty of nerdy science.

So my posts throughout November will be short and possibly incoherent.  Bear with me, I’ll be creating elsewhere.

If I actually feel confident in what I come up with, I might put an excerpt or three here for your perusal.

At any rate, have a safe Halloween!  I’ll be at the E Brem Shari’s at 11pm to kick off the 30 days of insanity.

Utility work… I think

For the past five of six weeks the city has been tearing up the street outside my house.  It actually started last year, with a private company coming out and roto-rootering at my neighbor’s place, or something like that.  A couple of months later, they came back out and dug the street up there and did I don’t know what fora  couple days.

Every couple of months I noticed them coming back out to the same guy’s house and doing some kind of work.  I don’t know what they were doing, I haven’t asked and I don’t know enough about that sort of thing to tell by watching what exactly they’re up to.  Frankly, I don’t want to take time to watch them, either!

So five or six weeks ago (I lose exact count) I noticed them blocking off the intersection at the end of that same street.  They proceeded to dig up a chunk down there, do some kind of work, then put it all back together again.  Then moved thirty feet or so up the street and repeated the process.  They did the same thing four or five times, all along the same street, cutting holes in the pavement, digging down, screwing around in the undercarriage, then filling the hole back in and moving on.

I don’t know what the problem is out there, but it’s getting REALLY OLD!!  I get woken up at 7:30 with jackhammers and what sounds like chainsaws, and the sound goes on all day.  All.  Day.  They should have found a half dozen dinosaurs, a fortune in pirate treasure, and Jimmy Hoffa by now.

Earlier I saw a dude out there cutting a block in the street where they haven’t dug yet, apparently marking the next excavation site.  Guess it’s not over yet.  *sigh*