Friday, October 18, 2019

A Refresher To Emphasize Val's Hardships

Lest you forget the gravity of Val's daily put-upon-ness, I bring you a reminder of the true nature of Hick and Buddy's Badly Blacktopped Hill.

Sure, it may LOOK like a good-enoughly blacktopped hill from this view, going down. And even gooder-enoughly blacktopped when it was finished on both sides.

Just because the bare gravel was covered does not mean the road was improved.

Closer inspection may reveal a few lumpy bumps. But it is the coming-up view that reveals the poor planning of Hick and Buddy with a free load of hot blacktop, that hardened before Hick made his heavy roller.

It's like one long row of speed bumps. No way to flatten that out. It's been two years since Hick and Buddy's project was inflicted upon us. I think I am now two inches shorter, my vertebrae being shaken down each day like chips settling in the bag due to shipping.

I imagine that Hick and Buddy are soundly cursed each day. Twice. By people other than Val.


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    1. Oh, no! Can't let Hick hear about that. He would charge $1 per car and pocket his profits.

  2. I imagine it keeps speeders on their toes.

    1. It's a dead end, so only residents use it, not the cut-through speeders from the mailbox section of the roads. That said, we DO have a speeder: the wife of the Bad Hay-Baling Lawyer.

      If fact, she was the first one heard disparaging Hick and Buddy's bad blacktopping job. Of course word got back to Hick. After her kids took down Hick's election signs a while back, she apologized so sincerely that Hick has forgiven her road criticism.

      That hill is the only place she drives a normal speed. The 20 mph signs Hick got from a buddy with connections did nothing to slow her, though.

  3. I think it could be evened out, just needs the dips filled with gravel pressed in firmly, then blacktopped over. Of course that could take a few years, having to wait for another free load of left over blacktop. If you drive too fast and hit an upside, could you sail over the rest and land on a smooth section>

    1. Hick also has that heavy roller that he made from pipe and concrete, so any future free blacktop can be smoothed. They did a small section of the hill over on the road where HOS used to live, and it's not roller-coastery.

      Heh, heh! I would never risk my 44 oz Diet Coke on a maneuver like that. I once hit a bump too fast when The Veteran was a youngster, flinging him up to the ceiling while he was riding in the third seat of our Yukon. He took it well, barely complaining when the little round thing on the top of his cap almost pierced his brain.

    2. River is the best! there is not a blog post issue that she does not have a solution.

      I mean that in a good way.

    3. You ain't a-woofin'! River needs her own show on HGTV. It has more viewers than PBS, or she could do "This Old House and Everything In It and Around It."