Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Flames and Floats (now with the video actually included!)
Kind of a hectic day today. We had to drive north to Harrisburg for the annual meeting with the bank. Harrisburg is roughly 30 miles away and boasts a population of about 100. It's located in Banner County, the next county to the north. Banner County has a population of about 690. Because a whole Banner County family got threwn in the joint for fraud, bad checks, embezzlement, and cooking meth, the county also boasts the highest per capita imprisonment rate in the state. Cool, eh?
So why do we bank there? Well, been banking there forever. They are also probably the best Ag-centric bank in this half of the state. Kimball is 27 times larger than Harrisburg but the Kimball banks (there are three, all branches of big city banks) wouldn't make a pimple on the ass of the bank in Harrisburg.
Anyway, we went there this morning. But before we did that, there was this.
Here's a closeup (ish).
After I took the pics and video I stopped and talked to the three guys who were there. As it turns out, burning sludge pits is illegal. You can't get a permit to do it even if you're like a senator or something. If you look close you can see a truck and trailer and a loader/backhoe. The guys I visited with had been starting to do some work with the loader/backhoe when the fire started. At the time I spoke with them the fire department was enroute. By the time we left for Harrisburg 15 minutes after I took the video the fire was out.
Once we finished at the bank we stopped at the Hilltop Cafe in Banner county for lunch. Mom had a BLT wrap and chili, my brother and I had the special, which was Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy.
I hadn't been to the Hilltop Cafe since about 1973. And now I remember why. It was an interesting visit and the food wasn't poisoned or anything, but, I guess I'm just too picky. And I probably have a superiority complex being from Kimball County and all. Where I avoid the restaurants as well. Yep, too picky.
Back home I got busy. I finally attempted to properly adjust the stock tank float on what shall be henceforth known as Brig's Stock Tank. I think I got it right but it got dark before the tank refilled so I won't know for sure until morning.
Also got started on oil and filter change for the backup generator, having finally sourced the proper chinesium oil and air filter. Tomorrow, unless something comes up, which it will, I shall get the generator going and load test it. And/or whatever fate has in store for me.
All in all a pretty good day.
Be well and enjoy the blessings of liberty.