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Monday, August 27, 2018

Good morning crew,

I'm not too embarrassed to admit that my stump removal experiment failed miserably. Once I examined the line I had stored in the garage I knew it wouldn't work. It is half inch polypropylene fiber rope, not much better than clothesline, and what I really needed was 1 1/2 inch, at least. Or a chain better yet.

But, in the spirit of experimentation I tied a double length of the stuff to the stump and attached it to the trailer hitch of my truck with a number of 'granny' knots.

I had the wife record the event in case anything bizarre happened.

Predictably, all I had to do was take my foot off of the brake peddal before that line snapped with an audible POP. I barely touched the gas. The stump didn't budge a millimeter.

Fortunately the whole project didn't take more than ten minutes, so I didn't feel too put out.

But I am still faced with the problem of an unsightly and inconvenient stump right on the side of the house where everybody can see it and I can't just put a bucket over it and ignore it.

That means I'm going to have to remove it the old fashioned way, by digging it out, and that means I have to buy an axe.

To be perfectly honest, I've always wanted an axe, but I've never really had a reason to buy one. I don't know, it just feels good to have an axe around the house. And now that I will finally have one I can start making plans to build that log cabin I've been wanting. Just like Dick Proenneke.

Laugh it up,


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Dewey ran into class all excited one day, saying, "Teacher, teacher! I had a dream last night and everyone was talking in French!"

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"A phone book?" asked her friend.

"You know," said my daughter. "A book with numbers in it."

"Oh," said her friend as it dawned on her. "You mean a math book."