Saturday, April 21, 2012

Don't Fence Me In (just kidding)

Back in December, our bankruptcy began. Long story made short, we had to spend the disability monies I had just received otherwise the creditors got to run away with them. We had always hoped to put up a deer fence in our yard, but the cost for fencing is insane. At the suggestion of our amazing friend Leon Ginenthal, we hired Anthony Burkholder from up near Romulus. 

We originally thought he would install our fence during the icy cold winter months when the ground would be frozen and his tracked machine would do less damage. Well, we never saw a real winter this year. As my time for surgery approached, I realized that he needed to start soon or there would be no way I could help with any of the prep or cleanup. As timing would have it, he started last week. Yeah. 

This great big rig showed up in our driveway and two teenagers started unloading all sorts of machinery and implements of destruction, along with posts and wire. He arrived at 4:30pm... about the time most folks are knocking off for the day. He and his crew worked for a hard hour and by the time they left, the shape of our fence was already taking hold. 

Two days later he was done driving posts and running deer fence around our little yard. Wires had been tightened and our gate hung. Everything looked amazing. In the blink of an eye, he was done.  I think Anthony would agree, none of it would have been possible without this insane drilling, pounding, driving machine that did most of the heavy lifting. It worked through shale for twenty minutes at a time in some holes. With ten tons of pressure behind it, the drill bit would get red hot, and then they would fire water down the hole and the stone would shatter. A few minutes later, a pressure treated post would be sitting perfectly straight and true in the ground. WHAM!  Tomorrow I will share some of my other images of this amazing machine and it's Road Warrior meets Terminator persona. 


  1. #1 - what's a deer fence for? - keep the deer out? - out of what? do they poop in your yard. I need some education here.

    #2 - they did the bypass laproscopically? - I thought when we spoke that they were going to open you up so they could see where they were going. Change of plan? -

    #3 - how do you feel? - as to food and general energy level.

  2. We've decided to raise reindeer, seeing as how this area seems to not have anywhere near enough deer ticks. I figured a small herd of reindeer would give the kids in the neighborhood something to talk about. We were going to go with ostriches, but our ground was too wet.

    #2... yep, the made little tiny holes in the belly at first so they could start out minimally invasive. There was the threat of having to open me up... but the difference was that this part of my abdomen was pretty virginal. Not nearly as much scarring or adhesions as in my lower GI. I think this surgeon's game plan is constantly in motion. While he was inside there, he went roaming around to figure out what had been done previously. He wanted to see what it would take to put me back together.

    #3- energy level is phenomenal. I have 10x more energy than I did this time last week. Considering that I have been cut up... it hurts a lot less than having a tooth extracted. Not bad overall. Hardest part is remembering to eat (and then eat super slowly). Drinking 8oz of water takes about an hour. Not the usual slug and glug. Just changes though. Nothing negative.

    oh... and yeah, the deer poop in the yard. Right after they use our garden as a salad bar. They also a disease vector thanks to deer ticks and lyme disease. After a fall where Georgia brought in a tick every day we decided that we had to do something. We havent been able to have a vegetable garden for about 6 years due to predation. In theory, this fixes all of it, plus it gives the pup a place to run non-stop with no worry about her zipping out into the street.