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16 Tons

Posted Wednesday, April 30, 2008, at 7:04 AM

Tennessee Ernie Ford was a popular singer and TV star of the 50's and 60's and I recall one of his songs very well. "Sixteen Tons" was a song about a coal miner with the line "You load sixteen tons and what do you get, another day older and deeper in debt", and I thought about that song plenty yesterday as Margie and I had some heavyweight "fun" of our own.

We had 20 cubic yards of road gravel delivered yesterday morning, and though the Jeep would have been able to get out of the drive, the Fusion wouldn't have had a chance without some serious movement of material, so we grabbed our power equipment (Manual Labor), and off to work we went.

First off, I was totally amazed with the delivery vehicle dispatched. This was one of those huge dump truck combo units you see now and then, and perhaps the largest size available for highway use. Just getting the long combo unit into the drive was an accomplishment. That driver knew his stuff, and with a couple forward and backward movements, he jackknifed the pup into a suitable position for dumping, and was able to spread out the dump trucks contents as he pulled back out the drive.

Great! Now all we needed to do was spread that 4 to 6 inches of gravel out. Well, after spending the rest of the day humming Ernie's Sixteen Tons and working the non business end of a shovel and rake, we have about 2/3 of the gravel placed. The good news is that one of my farming neighbors stopped as he was passing by and offered to move the remaining huge pile of gravel during the next wet spell that he can't work the fields. We plan on taking him up on his offer!

Margie said this morning that at least no matter how sore we are today, it's nothing compared to how we felt at the end of yesterday, and I have to agree. I do get to give her a bad time about it too since the gravel project was high on her priority list. Still, as I look out the window, I'm glad to have another major Manual Labor job completed before it gets hot this summer.

Notes from the weed war zone - Battle tested, as well new and as yet untried assault equipment has been procured and delivered. Limited chemical assault has been accomplished with the application of some Weed-B-Gone around the house, and advancing enemy troops have been mowed down. There seems to be an uneasy truce at the moment.

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