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EFRC update: Nothing much to report - Phil's Rambling Rants
July 18th, 2004
10:07 pm


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EFRC update: Nothing much to report
I went to EFRC today, pretty much as usual. In keeping with my personal tradition of not being able to go anywhere without forgetting something, I forgot my water bottle, so I stopped at a convenience store along the way and got a liter of bottled water. It was not terribly hot today, so I decided to try to get through the day using my regular black gauntlets rather than disposables, and I made it without suffering too much -- probably because it was a very light day for me. I walked around a lot but I didn't push very many heavy wheelbarrows or scrub any water tanks.

They hadn't gotten unusually far into the feeding before I got there, but there were plenty of people, things went smoothly, and we were done with the chores by 2:00. (Last week, by contrast, we didn't finish until 4:30.)

Last week I'd bought one of the cantaloupe-sized Pureheart watermelons, and then I realized I was going to be running around too much to really have time to eat it myself, so I took it with me. Surprisingly, I had trouble getting people there to help me eat a watermelon, but at least Jean enjoyed it.

After the watermelon, I took over 100 pictures. If I were really together, I would include pictures in this update, but I wanted to write something tonight, rather than putting it off until I have time to get pictures onto the web server at work. Perhaps I will post some pictures this week, but I'm not promising; there are other pictures I'd rather get to first, and I really should be working when I'm at work rather than messing with my LiveJournal.

Cage building is making progress. The lynx, who has acquired the name Lanky, is in his new enclosure. All of the telephone poles are set up for the next big tiger cage, and all but two are set in concrete. They're supposed to be hanging chain-link on them tomorrow. It should only be a couple of weeks before the big game of musical cages can start.

Carl told me that they are planning to start building cages on the land across the road from the current cages after the corn growing there is harvested. He didn't explain how they'll be handling the logistical issues of water and power over there; I guess we will have to wait and see.

Stephen, the photographer, has promised to make 50 refrigerator magnets for me to take with me to the FCF convention in 10 days, where I will see if I can sell them. People in FCF seem to be interested when I talk about working at EFRC, but I can't guess how many of them would actually want to buy magnets.

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Date:July 19th, 2004 06:01 am (UTC)
Telephone poles? Tigers must be as bad as teenage girls. You shouldn't let them push you around like that. Stand up and tell them they do *not* need their own telephone line, they can very well share with the iguanas.
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Date:July 19th, 2004 08:47 am (UTC)
Voice over IP is the answer. VoIP over a Wi-Fi network is perfect for tigers, because if the tech support people couldn't help with any problems (if, ha!), you could always threaten to send the tigers over for some in-person support.
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Date:July 19th, 2004 09:12 am (UTC)
*LOL* That made my morning!
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