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  1. And fwiw, the Frio is still flowing through Garner, it just gets sucked dry by the time it gets to the Concan gauge. But it's less than it was in 2021 which was less than it was in 2020.
  2. We did Quince and Chalk Bluff this week. The improvements at Quince are amazing. Yes they charge now, but if it means less trash and future bathrooms, I'm all in. Water a lite low (obviously) but still flowing. Chalk Bluff is $15 per person but has a rope swing and all the modest volume conjunto you could ask for.
  3. Hypothetically, if I crapped my pants... crash landing on the lake might hide the evidence.
  4. I've heard that all my life. Just seems like that would be a reasonable thing to spend money on.
  5. Dead mouse in my 1550 gal rainwater capture tank at the ranch. I added a lot of unscented bleach but I don't know if I'll ever want to drink it.
  6. High today was 105, so we picked up blizzards by noon. Noticeably cooler in the hole. But still pretty miserable. Half is down to about 40". I won't be able to go up for a week or two, but I think I'm going to build a ladder. We put 2x8x16 blocks around the edge. Also got a nice sheet of treated plywood. Hopefully better next time I get a deluge. From the road:
  7. Guess who had a delta 8 gummy and ordered two kitty cat baseball cards? This guy!
  8. Lots of rain. May have to come up with a solution.
  9. Up near Mullin where I got my hole a neighbor's gauge had 5.5 inches. The creek did rise. Go a mile north or south and it was 1 to 3 inches.
  10. State worker perspective: Management is older. And maybe there is a Fox-news anti-millenial/GenZ angle too. But there is clearly a cadre who wants to see state workers come to the bright shiny new north capitol complex. The Leg spent millions, gotta see some buttons in seats. (Fwiw Perry was going to move agencies out into cheap endless low slung office complexes out on 130, but Abbot changed that to expensive high rises downtown). Fact is most state jobs pay sucks. Lots of 40-50k type wages. A lot of folks only make it because they bought a house in the 1990s. Virtually every new hire lives betlyibd Hutto or Smithville or Luling. Upper management is barely in the 100s, which isn't enough to live in the city. Add to that people carrying student debt, Austin's insane housing prices, and the cessation of the state pension as a carrot. The only way state govt will continue to function is to let folks work from home 90% of the time. They should also consider relocating functions that require being in the office to lower cost cities throughout the state. To the broader discussion: it doesn't matter one CEOs preference. What matters is what it takes to get and retain good folks. Stubborn codgers are just going to get rolled by market forces far beyond their control. They might not like it, but they will have to adapt anyway.
  11. Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair! (But if I find Padre Lopez's 15 burro loads of gold and silver, I'm keeping it.)
  12. Another $50 gas to work half ass for 2 hours or so. At about 20" there is a fragmented shelf of limestone. Not so bad past that. Some fist size rocks, but all in all relatively doable. Here's the work site. Deepest point is now 36". I have left a step in one corner. Need to blow out the rest down to deeper point, and the step. All buttoned up for the day: Pondering a steel set system. It would be skinnier (lagging on the inside), more permanent, and when I get down as far as I want to, easier to pour concrete along the sides.
  13. He's a smart feller, not a fart smeller
  14. Here is my plan: OSHA regulations stipulate that a pit of more than 5 ft needs support. So once i get that deep, I will start shoring. This is my hole digging hero How to timber: https://youtu.be/HooY2cFAvVU Cutting timbers: https://youtu.be/rWRS4TqebRE Digging the shaft: https://youtu.be/zAcElBWErT0 Putting in set: https://youtu.be/VdEPVP5EdgU
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