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July 5, 2005

It's all gone to the Goats...

As I mentioned in my previous entry I work on a farm at a dog kennel. This is my second summer there and I really can't complain about too much. I wake up at 6am, leave my house by 6:10 and arrive at work by 6:30-4pm depending on traffic out of the city. There is always a story worth telling by 6pm at the work day's end. I work in "farm country" and today while traveling down Allen Rd. I noticed the most interesting thing I had seen in a while...a goat farm. I kid you not.

I guess it had never occured to me to look to my immediate left when driving this route in the past. I do recall seeing one or two occassional goats there before, but today I saw at least 25. Some were young and some old, some brown, white and even spotted. I felt so inclined as to pull my car over to the side of the road in order to get a better look andd to snap a few shots (ps: photography is my new obsession).

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The goat farm sits on a rather standard amount of property. There is a main house and an adjacent barn, and then there is a large fenced in 'goat zone'. In the center of this goat inhabbited area is what I can only call a 'goat playground.' It is composed a 2 ladders, one on the right and one on the left. In the middle is a large spool (like the kind larger electric cable is wrapped around).

This entire contraption is made of wood and even had a roof. You can tell that these goats have a caring and considerate owner. I wonder about some of them though. There is this one lone goat, a white one, that is always under roof in what I like to refer to as the clubhouse portion. I also like to think of him as the look out. Animals are so neat in the way that they have their very own personalities. Maybe that little goat is just trying to get out of the sun, but then again maybe he feels superior to the others when he is on higher ground. I guess I'll never know.

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A better look at the goat playground. It seems slightly blurred but I think you get what I am talking about. Oh the farmers of MD what will you think of next.

July 8, 2005

If I had any luck I'd have no luck...

Well I am officially the stupidest person on the face of the earth as of 6:35am today. I have wrecked my car to a point which we (My family and I) feel has no return. I am without transportation due to the major rain storm that we had last night. This morning I thought nothing of the previous night's weather, but while traveling my usual route to work I ran into about 3ft of flooding on a road ironically named Lake Street.

I had seen other cars going through the stagnant water and assumed if I took it slow I would also prevail. Boy was I wrong! I got about to the middle of the road and I could not go any further. The engine cut off and I was left stranded. Quickly the car began to fill with water at the bottoms of the doors. Within ten mintues my car had water up to the cup holders. The entire front and back seats were covered. Not to mention I had a flooded engine, gas tank and oil pan. My car would not start and I was sitting in it freaking out. I called my Dad to come and help me out because I was only 4 miles from my house. Needless to say he was not pleased.

Suprisingly enough right after I had gotten off the phone with my highly displeased Dad, a car pulled up next to me that also appeared to be stuck. I rolled my window down and the other vehicle mimicked my action. I could not believe it, but I was staring over at a familiar face...Doug Martin. I had gone to high-school with him and we had some of the same friends. I say I knew him fairly well but not enough to keep in touch after our graduation on June 1st of last year. He had given me a ride home a few times before I had my license and now here we were, both in the same predicament.

"My car is filling up with water," Doug screamed at me across the lane.
"Mine is full! I don't know what to do," I responded.

Doug instructed me to put my car in N, (neutral) and we could try to push it out of the water. We decided to push his car backwards first before attempting to move my water logged submarine of a Ford. We got Doug's car back out of the water and began to push my car forward through the waves when my Dad arrived and helped us get the car to a nearby parking lot. Needless to say I am in a heap of shit with my parents for wreckless driving, I was late for work, and now my car might have so much damage it may need to be totalled. If we total the car I have to produce the funds for a new one.

This is a task that would have a huge affect on whether or not I come back to Seton Hill. I have to save $2,000 for my tuition and if I have to buy this car then I am fucked. The only thing that I know for sure is that an insurance adjuster is coming sometime between the 11th and the 14th to check out the situation. I am not jumping to any conclusions.

I did take pictures but I have not posted them yet. Later this week I will have them up on the blog.

Turtle in my yard today...

My Dad brought this turtle home today from Powellville. He was in the middle of the road when he went into Ocean City and still there when he was driving home.
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I guess Dad saw that as a sign or an omen of some kind because he picked up the hard shelled little guy and brought it home. Well we put him in the garden and later I found him trying to go under the garage door which was slightly lifted. The rumors about turtles being slow are very false.

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Each of these pictures was taken in a different lighting area. Note that one of them used a flash and the other did not.

July 13, 2005

The little things are often treasures...

I have been going through the pictures on my phone and trying to pick certain ones that tell a story or that I just think would be neat to blog on. I sometimes like to put pictures on my blog rather than long wordy entries. It just fits better when you have a visual to explain it all. At work I took this shot very quickly. It is of a baby frog that we found in one of the kennels. I had never seen one this small before and in order to show its actual size I placed my hand next to it to show the difference in scale.

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