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"get down! it's the bees!"

October 20th, 2008 (08:27 pm)
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Out on another job. Nothing much to say about this one; it's nothing especially glamorous, and it's in a very rural area. I like very rural areas, myself; it's rather fun to get to wade to your site, and if you like fauna (I do), there are often interesting challenges and distractions that have nothing to do with your work. Untarping, for example. It's important to put a tarp over your excavation at the close of business, to make sure everything is protected from disturbances and the elements; it's even more important, at the opening of business, to watch your ass as you take the damn thing off because snakes love to congregate beneath it.

This morning, our tarp proved to be home to 1) two black racers, one of them preparing to shed 2) a corn snake and 3) a large and startled rabbit. Apparently, all of them got along.

Also seen: deer and wild pigs, the latter in great abundance. The cutest thing I've seen to date on this gig was a piglet horde of maybe six or seven little porkers trotting with great enthusiasm toward our van, perhaps under the impression that beneath it they would find the udder to end all udders. Once they got close enough to see the people, their eager onrush halted and turned into a prompt retreat.

Second scariest moment: end of last week, when we heard a strange buzzing sound and then saw a boiling cloud of bees -- yellowjackets, we think -- swarming through the air about twenty or thirty feet north of the site. Scariest moment: today, when one of my colleagues suddenly yelled, "Get down! It's the bees!" about two seconds before a similar (perhaps the same) boiling cloud descended directly upon us. I do not think I have ever hugged the earth with such enthusiasm. It was over quickly; they found no one to sting along their path, as we were all at or below ground level, and so buzzed along their way, leaving us laughing nervously in their wake.

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Posted by: Seperis (seperis)
Posted at: October 21st, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)

Bees (insert things that sting painfully) scare me in weird ways. I've been stung, and very anticlimactically at that, but the drama is conditioned into me with an allergic father and severely allergic second cousin I grew up close to. Even though I know, in actual fact, that it doesn't hurt that much and it's neat to watch it swelling (I do, in fact, get huge kicks out of that sort of thing; I grew up rural and you took entertainment where you could find it), I still react with a hard twitch every time.

So also do snakes beyond words to describe, so this entry is like my morbid fascination zone. I keep thinking of the tarp lifting and snakes (and a rabbit!) staring at you accusingly.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: October 24th, 2008 12:08 am (UTC)

The rabbit wouldn't be a problem, but he POOPS EVERYWHERE and CHEWS UP OUR LEVEL GUIDELINES. Bastard. It's hard enough getting the dang stakes to stay up.

Posted by: vito excalibur (vito_excalibur)
Posted at: October 21st, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)

These are kind of awesome stories. I especially enjoy the mental image of the little piggies and their HOLY COW WE FOUND THE MOTHER OF ALL MAMA PIGS GUYS!

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: October 24th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)

They were totally adorable! I felt rather bad for disappointing them, actually.

Posted by: Betty (brown_betty)
Posted at: October 21st, 2008 05:19 am (UTC)

Gee, David, your job is so glamorous!

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: October 24th, 2008 12:09 am (UTC)

THIS IS WHY I GET ALL THE CHICKS.

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