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Sisyphean Task

10/30/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Personal

I was thinking of naming this post "Rolling Rocks" but I don't drink that beer; or "Hey There, Uncle Bud, It's a treat to beat your feet in the Mississippi mud" in honor of my high school English teacher, Father "Cacababa Boss" Carney [carnivorous or carnival, he knew how to rip into you when need be, and he was the most entertaining teacher I ever had]. But that was some 32 years ago, and this is now.

We decided to have the 15 foot high stump that was in the front yard removed. The pair of coastal ravens who live the in the holy cypress tree would sometimes sit on the top of the stump and watch me in my second floor home office. I'll miss that. But the stump was rotting and now it's gone, leaving this hole in the patio next to the koi pond. This necessitated cleaning out the saw dust from the koi pond, so let's really clean it out. And that meant that I spent my Sunday rolling rocks up a [short] slope. Thus wiki(Sisyphus). The pond is lined with tumbled river rock. I took them out, cleaned them up a bit, and am letting them bake in the sun [or grow more algae in the fog] for a week. Hey Bunkey, if you're reading this from Iraq - or are you doing your R&R in Thailand already - I bet you remember those rocks. Bunkey's the friend who said "Don't hire someone, we can put in the pond and patio". Hundreds of river rocks and 200 pound slabs of flagstone. Argghh!

And next week, I get to put the rocks back and drag the remaining flagstones from under the deck that overlooks the pond and patio, and cover the hole, and restock the pond with new fish. So the raccoons can eat the fish and move the rocks around to suit themselves.

When I've put the pond back together, and made the patio that whole without the hole, I'll post the before, during and after pictures.

But 'tis midnight in Moss Beach; now I'm going to bed and focus on my aches. Yep, yep, yep... every bone in my body feels like they were pummeled by those rocks.

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Comment from: JAdP

It’s kind of tough to say “I’m getting too old…” when my 79 year old father was there agreeing with Bunkey, or like this week, had dug down about a foot around the stump so that the arborists could remove it below ground level, and was chopping away at a high spot on what was left.

Cosgrove, Michael wrote:

> Have you ever said to yourself; “I’m getting way to old for this…”? If not, start!

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