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(We Are Digging) Holes In Oldmans

On Monday, I spent the entire day in Oldmans, NJ, digging holes.  Usually when I do test pits, each pit takes about 30 minutes to dig (by back-hoe) and log.  But these weren't normal test pits, each one was only about 40 inches deep (about three buckets worth).  And I wasn't doing a proper log, just noting the depth to the seasonal high water table, and depth to seepage, if any.

The sun was shining, and when the wind stopped it was pretty nice out, but when it blew, it was quite cold.

Since the back hoe is loud, I can sing to myself whilst I wait for him to dig the hole.  A few weeks ago I read an article on Yahoo that said that the 3rd or 4th choice of Britons as the song they would like to have played at their funeral is "Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" by Eric Idle/Monty Python.  (Was it a mulitple-choice survey, I wonder?)  So I sang and whistled that song to myself.  I don't really  know any of the words, though, so I sang the same few lines over and over again for six hours.

We dug sixty-five holes.

On Tuesday I was at the site again, to do two proper, deep test pits, and ten more of the little ones.  This time I sang "Yellow Submarine" a bit.  I know more of the words (though I don't know the order of the stanzas).  Then I made up a song called "I Am The Boss".  I don't remember how that song went, but it said something like "come over here, we're going to dig the next hole over here, because I am the boss, boss boss boss."  Then I made up a song to the tune of "Yellow Submarine" called "(We Are Digging) Holes in Oldmans".

And we're diiiiiiiigging lots of holes
And we'll find out, what's down there
Is it Fallllllsington soils
Or is it, something else (something else!)

We are digging holes in Oldmans, holes in Oldmans, holes in Oldmans.
We are digging holes in Oldmans, holes in Oldmans, holes in Oldmans.

My whole upper fass got sunburned on Monday.  Who thinks of sunblock when it's 40 degrees out?  Not me, that's for sure. 

P.S. Those gloves in my pocket are the bomb shit. They're work gloves, lined with a thin soft fleece. I kept them in my pockets, and stuck my hands into them whenever I wasn't writing or whatever.

P.P.S. Man do I need some Carhartts.


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Mar. 18th, 2005 10:16 pm (UTC)
man i have a carhartt its so warm i can leave it open in - degrees and i dont get that cold. it owns and it kinda looks like the one in that picture all my friends have one and they have like hoods they look like giant zip up hooded sweatshirts
Mar. 18th, 2005 11:26 pm (UTC)
Sharp looking balaclava.
Nothing beats them :).
Mar. 19th, 2005 12:02 am (UTC)
That's a lot of holes.
Mar. 19th, 2005 12:17 am (UTC)
You look like a farm ninja.
Mar. 19th, 2005 01:14 am (UTC)
dude - what is that thing by your ear that looks like an under-ripe tomato that's been sliced in half???
Mar. 19th, 2005 03:08 am (UTC)
That's . . . that's my hair. :'(
Mar. 19th, 2005 05:19 am (UTC)
oh man, that sounded all wrong! please don't use the sad fass!

#1 - now that i look at it, i can see that it's a *curl*. what also threw me off was that your hair is most certainly NOT the color of an under-ripe tomato (not that that's necessarily a bad thing)- it is a very lovely, strawberry-blonde.

#2 - i'm on painkillers for my foot so swirls of hair are looking like pieces of produce right about now.

seriously, you know i love your hair! i am just retarded.
Mar. 19th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
I thought it looked kinda like a little flower.
Mar. 21st, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC)
i thought it was a new kind of orange, a kind of citrus ear-treatment or somethin'.
Mar. 19th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
Man do I need some Carhartts.

Carhartt what? Jacket? Gloves? Hat?

Also, not to dissuade you - I swear it is not my intent - but Carhartt is immediately offensive to me. In my home state of TN no one but the most redneck tractor-driving 'baccy-spitting Confederate-flag flying rednecks wear Carhartt products.

Guess that's why when I found myself in possession of a Carhartt hat I gave it away. To Mo, I think. HAW HAW JOKE IS ON MO.

Of course, the same thing applied to 'No Fear' shirts in the mid 1990s and then I found out from my cousin in Orlando that down there only the preppies wore them so that was my first introduction to the social differences in clothing. Or whatever.

Jesus. No more wine before dinner for me.

Anyway, get a warm jacket! You look so cold in those pics! If Carhartt isn't a negative statement in Jersey (as it appears it is not) then um HEY SCARECROW STOP TYPING NOW OKAY BYE JESUS
Mar. 19th, 2005 03:07 am (UTC)
But Carhartt is practical and practicality overrides any sort of superficial association of any kind. Right?

I wasn't that cold. My nose looks like it's red from cold, but it's actually red from the sun!

I had warm socks and a pair of insulating pants under those pants. So I was all right.
Mar. 19th, 2005 05:50 pm (UTC)
But Carhartt is practical and practicality overrides any sort of superficial association of any kind. Right?

Well, I always said that there were other warm jackets and assorted clothings, so if possible I wouldn't wear Carhartt. You know.
Mar. 19th, 2005 03:11 am (UTC)
Oh, and: overalls or pants. Probably overalls. Or maybe even coveralls!

I don't know if they have enough pockets. I NEED MANY POCKETS. I have to carry:

  • measuring tape

  • soil log book

  • poker tool or hand spade

  • work cell phone<'li>
  • sample bags (ie gallon ziplock)

  • black marker to mark sample bags

  • camera (optional)

  • extra pencil

  • Munsell color chart (usually does not fit in pockets)

  • plan of site

Mar. 19th, 2005 01:55 am (UTC)
Mar. 19th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
Now is as good a time as any to remind everyone that Washu is, indeed, my fav'rit.
Mar. 20th, 2005 07:18 am (UTC)
Ha ha!
Mar. 21st, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
is it just me, or could scarygoround really use some tim? he's so fucking great. don't get me wrong, the ginger ninja & her lovable scamp sidekick amy are great, but lets get some dude-mojo going on! man, tim jones! JONESY!
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