Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hey Hatch, is that a Snake on Your Fence or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Marissa saw two snakes in our yard today, including this rat snake on our fence. He went to the back of the house a few minutes later and I was trying to lift him up with a rake he decided to crawl up into the siding by the back deck.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Truckstop Entertainment

I heard this several months ago while waiting in line at a Subway in a truckstop in north Alabama, but it stuck with me so I thought I'd share.

A young woman enters, stage left.

"Momma! Daddy said for you to get away from the quarter machines! Back up off of 'em!"

CSX Nashville Flood Damage

Here's a picture I took behind my friend Paul's house out in western Davidson county near the Harpeth river. Everything you see was under water this past weekend. The picture quality isn't great, but you can see the large piles of gravel that used to make up the rail bed. Above that you can see the track hanging in mid-air.

Just to the left of this scene is the bridge where the railway crosses the Harpeth. It's obscured a good bit by trees and I didn't want to trudge through the mud to get a better look, but it looks like it's twisted and sagging towards the water. It's going to take some major repair work to get this route working again. This is the CSX line that runs between Nashville and Memphis and it's normally pretty busy.