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The Underground


Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, November 27, 2000

Earth
Day after day
Wave after wave
Where are you going? Where are you going?
Earth wounded by so many wandering men!
Earth fertilized by the bodies of so many.
But the earth is us,
We're not on it,
We're in it for all time -
- Robert Desnos


Saturday afternoon: I have gathered a big pile of clothes, put them in my washing machine, added soap and turned on the water. Ignoring the fact that the machine sounds different than usual, I go outside to scrub the birdbath. I ignore the fact that the pump sounds different, that is, until the water stops running. I check the electric box and find the circuit breaker off. I switch the breaker on repeatedly and each time it kicks out.

When my husband arrives home, he can tell by my face that something is wrong. He knows he will have two jobs, one to deal with my anxiety and the other to fix what caused it. He first checks for obvious problems, but finds nothing. He says he will have to wait until morning to check it out thoroughly. I pull my soap-soaked clothes out of the washing machine and hang them up to dry.

My four pop bottles of standby water probably won't see us through the night, so we look around for good water containers, but don't find any. Our neighbors, the Erikson's, loan us their containers and give us water. And now it's back to the old days, some twenty years ago before we had a well, except today we haul water from the neighbors instead of from our spring along the Big Woods road. Another difference now is that we're a quarter century older and water feels heavier than it used to.


Without the convenience of running water, it takes me two hours to wash dishes. Towards the end, I become more efficient as I begin to recall how I did it in the past. Of course, we don't have the use of our toilet now either. It's been a long time since we've had to pee in a jar.

On Sunday morning, Art determines that the trouble is not above ground. Our twenty-four year old pump has probably pumped for the last time. It's a relief to know the worst.

We call Larson Well Drilling of Mabel, the company that drilled our well twenty-four years ago. They still remember us and say someone will be here Monday morning at eight o'clock with a new pump.

I pour our remaining water into old ice cream pails, pop bottles and jars and return to Erikson's with the empty jugs, saying to myself, I will never .....
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Bird Brains

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday,December 11, 2000

While some may beg to disagree, I believe most birds are smart, real smart. Far more intelligent, in fact, than science ever gives them credit for. Unlike many ornithologists (bird scientists) who evaluate avian though ..... 
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Escape from America

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, December 11, 2000

I guess Im a snowbird at heart because every year about this time, once the temperature dips below zero and looks like its going to stay there awhile, I start yearning to go south. Way south. All the way down to Ecu ..... 
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Country Folk

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, December 4, 2000

My wife, Deb, and I recently went on a business trip to Breckenridge, Colorado. We had never been there before and didnt really know what to expect. Prior to the trip, I would not have guessed that food would provide ..... 
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Its a BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, feeling

Sun, Dec 10th, 2000
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Monday, December 4, 2000

Every once in a blue moon my computer will react strongly to some illegal operation I have performed and give me an output that reads: BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD, BAD. Its a total unsettling feeling.

Unfortunat ..... 
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