Saturday, August 19, 2017

If You Post Confederate Flags on Facebook..........

........go ahead and unfriend me now.

I've been quiet about the riots going on in the U.S. now. I've thought, I'm not there now, let those folks sort this out without my comments. However, after seeing one of my Facebook "friends" post a Confederate flag onto his Facebook page, and write something about our heritage blah, blah, blah, blah, I've changed my mind about keeping silent.

Four years ago, when I discovered that someone I went to high school with was behind the movement to permit homosexuals into the Boy Scouts, I wrote a blog piece entitled Go Ahead, Unfriend Me. It that piece, I mentioned that I had "unfriended" four people over their support of homosexuals in Scouts, and asked that, if I had missed anyone then, by all means unfriend me now.

I feel the same now about this Confederate flag and monument dust up. Within the next 24 hours, after allowing one Facebook friend the opportunity to read this link on Facebook, I will remove him from my list. Should any of my other "friends" post the flag, and I'm not aware of it, go ahead and "unfriend" me.

To show the seriousness of this, I am uploading onto this post a photo of the man most hated by Confederate supporters, the man who burned Atlanta - William Tecumseh Sherman.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Update on the Fallen Tree


In one of yesterday's posts I published a number of photos of an acacia tree that had fallen across the highway in Sibulan, Negros Oriental. As can be seen in today's photos, the tree is no longer blocking the highway and traffic is proceeding normally through the town.

When I wrote the post yesterday, I was not aware of an exact time as to when the tree feel. There had been heavy rain that night, and apparently the ground was overly saturated. We experienced an electrical brown out sometime around 3:00 AM, and I've learned since then (via Facebook, of course) that that is about the time the tree did fall.

I've also learned since yesterday's post, that the tree was more than 100 years old.

Not all the tree could be removed from the area. Basically, it was shoved to the side of the road. The area where the partially cut up tree lay was previously used by fruit and vegetable vendors to sell their produce of the weekends. The canopies used by the vendors have been set off behind their original location being placed inside the park, as can be seen in a number of my photos.

I have no idea what will finally be done about the tree. Perhaps local wood sellers will be allowed to remove whatever they can use.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Empty Pen


I mentioned in an earlier post that there would be a change in our plans regarding the piglets and one of the adult pigs. The sow we called Olivia had had some sort of miscarriage. She would not be delivering piglets after all.

We don't really understand exactly what happened, but it's likely that the sow had miscarried and her body absorbed the embryos. This was also the sow that did not get pregnant on the first attempt at breeding. We've decided to cut our loses and sell her for slaughter.

Not knowing just how many she might have had if she had carried to term,it's difficult to say exactly how much money the miscarriage has cost us, but at approximately 7,000 pesos per saleable pig, it's quite a bit. (that number comes from the selling of a 70 kilo pig @ 100 per kilo).

The top photo shows Olivia's empty pen. She was sold a few days ago, and unfortunately we were unable to get more than 95 peso per kilo. Normally, the buyers want a 70 kilo pig and this one weighed more than 100 kilos. None of the buyers could budget for such a large sow.

The second photo is of Olivia's sister, Peppa - the mother of the piglets. The plan now is to sell two of the piglets when they've reached about 70 kilos. One of the remaining piglets will be raised for breeding, while the fourth piglet will be fed until November, when it will be slaughtered for my wife's birthday.



Bringing in the Water


It has become increasingly difficult toting water from the spring to the piggery. In addition to providing water for the pigs, we'll need water for cement once we start back working on the house. We've decided to make the situation easier by bringing water to the property.

We actually had two options. There is an underground stream running beneath our property. We also had the option of running the municipal water to our property from the main road in Magatas. My wife's papa has a pump which was retrieved from a previous dwelling. With the pump, we'd only have to drill down and run pipe to the water. My wife was against the idea of the pump. I think she was afraid we'd still be pumping water by hand when we finally move into the house.

I felt that we should do which ever option was the least expensive. After getting estimates on the drilling, as well as the cost of having a line run from the road, it turned out that drilling, and then connecting the pump was far and away more costly than installing the water line from the road.

We bought the materials needed for that project this morning. The line will be about 25 meters (82 feet) in length. The two photos show a portion of the line dug along side our property.

Fallen Tree Across the Highway in Sibulan




Taking my son to school this morning, we were met by a large number of tractor trailer trucks coming down St. Anthony Street. We immediately wondered what was going on. There are never those types of vehicles coming down our road. As we got closer to the highway, we saw Ceres buses and automobiles following behind the trucks. We had our answer when we reached the highway.

During last night's heavy rain, a tree had fallen across the highway at the intersection of the highway and San Jose street across from the Gasmate LPC company building.

Being a local, I was able to get where I needed to go via a few side streets.

After dropping off my son at his school, I took a different route home. Upon arriving at the apartment, I donned my walking shoes and headed back to the Poblacion area for a few photos.