Sunday, December 11, 2011
Travel in Tiberius
In preparation for our upcoming African Adventure, we are looking at pictures of travel from days gone by. Today we have a picture from Tiberius in 1895. It looks like a man on one donkey, and then the remainder of his family in a clever carrier on a second donkey. Hopefully our travels will be more comfortable.
It has been some time since we had a Domestic Update. Today, I feel that I should bring you up to date on recent developments in Chickie Town. As you know, the entire concept behind Chickie Town was simply to have a domestically produced source of food to ensure that Mrs. PJM could have her morning omelet no matter what unpleasantness might happen in the world. Chickie Town was created to be a productive enterprise at least covering its costs, if not generating some reasonable profit.
Well, I was leaving for work yesterday, and as I was driving down the street towards town I happened to look back and see a strange glow coming from Chickie Town. Fearing something was amiss, I went back to check it out. What I found was that Mrs. PJM had installed aproximately 2.37 BazillionWatts of state-of-the-art infrared emitting thermal heat lamps in the chicken coup. A back of the envelope calculation indicated that the lights probably cost around $123 per night to leave on. Realizing that was not the time to talk about it, I went on to work. Then when I got home I brought the issue up with Mrs. PJM. She was adamant that the lights were to keep her girls warm, and the lights would be staying on throughout the remainder of the winter.
I should point out at this time that the "girls" stopped laying eggs about a month ago, and we have not gotten a single egg out of Chickie Town in the last month. I got tired of arguing with her, so I simply went out and turned the lamps off. Well, I come in and am working on the computer, and notice the lights in town dim for a few seconds . . . yes, Mrs. PJM had gone out and turned her heaters back on.
So, I confronted her again, and after some discussion about the overall lack of productivity of Chickie Town, I suggested that perhaps since the chickies had stopped laying eggs we should consider some hearty chicken soup for the winter. At this she got mad and just said, "You knew when you bought them I would make pets out of them. They are my girls and the light stays on."
So, we have a barnyard full of Useless Eaters, and I do not even want to think what it is going to cost to keep those lights on all winter. I am considering taking drastic action and cutting all power out to Chickie Town. What do you think?