Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Words of wisdom, words of WARNING!!!

The North Fork Polygon is dangerous and frightening enough without having to worry about maintenance workers putting little tiny rocks on the road when you're not looking. Just in time, here's some wise words of wisdom and WARNING from a commenter on a recent local story about a grumpy Auburn resident grumbling about gravel used to repair the County road that runs past his house:

"Notice to the People Residing in Placer County: Roads get repaired and maintained. Overhead and underground utilities get repaired and maintained. Fire, medical and police emergencies happen and emergency vehicles drive by. In the summer school buses full of screaming kids drive by with the windows down. Trains use train tracks, blow horns and make the crossing bell ding. All of these things make noise and may delay your activities. Cows, horses, sheep, dogs, chickens and birds make noises. Deer will eat your garden and ruin your car if you don't yield. Bears and raccoons will get in your trash and homes. Frequently the wind blows trees down damaging houses and blocking roads. Sometimes the power goes out for extended periods. Creeks and streams flood. It rains and you could get wet. When it snows it is cold.I am certain a few inconveniences have been missed in the above list but, YOU'VE BEEN WARNED!" - Ghillieman

Monday, September 13, 2010

Snakes on a Higher Plane of Existence

Our local Auburn Journal newspaper continues it's obsession with imaginary and exaggerated snake-like objects.

First, the Auburn Journal printed their original tale, stating incredulously that this "8-foot long reptile" ... "could eat a child"...

Then, the big-city Sacramento Bee published a toned-down "fat and happy five-foot-long rattlesnake" version of the same story:

Then the El Dorado Irrigation District submitted a press release straight from the horses (or reptile's) mouth (or fangs) with the actual length and ultimate fate of the serpent:

For context, here's the Auburn Journal's July 2010 story about imaginary anacondas in Meadow Vista:

And finally, here's our instructions on how to capture and relocate a rattlesnake, Rural-Mysteries-Style: