Sunday, May 21, 2006

The Jogger vs. The Flagpole

We are the second family to ever own the house that we live in. It was built in 1965, and immediately occupied by a young couple who lived in it for 35 years before they sold it to us. He was quite a handyman, and made lots of improvements over the years. And one thing that we've found out -- he built things to last.

So, today we decided to dig up the flagpole. It was apparently put up in 1967 (there was a penny in the concrete footing) and in those 39 years, a very tall spruce tree has grown up in front of it. So even if we had a flag, no one would be able to see it. So we thought we'd just dig that puppy up.

Well, HA!

We dug around that thing. The footing was deeper than we thought. We dug some more. Still couldn't find the bottom. We dug some more. We swayed it back and forth. We dug. We wiggled it. The footing was a good four feet deep, and about nine inches in diameter. When we finally got it more or less loose, we couldn't lift the thing. So I took a sledgehammer and knocked off some of the concrete. Still couldn't lift it. Knocked off some more. Still couldn't lift it. Knocked off some more, until we were so far down we couldn't swing a good sledgehammer. Still couldn't lift it. So we took a hacksaw and cut the damn thing off. (This was easier than it sounds; we just had to make a little cut, and then it twisted off.) Finally, we simply buried what remained of the footing.

Here's the hole we dug. That's a yardstick, for perspective.



And here is the vanquished beast. Note the twist at the far end. That's the end that was in the footing.

1 comments:

COUSIN JOGGER said...

I WOULD LAUGH BUT I HAVE ENCOUNTERED SIMILAR OBSTICLES IN MY LIFE. I ONCE HAD AN OLD SHACK STYLE GARAGE ON MY LOT. IT LEANED TO THE LEFT AT ABOUT A 20 DEGREE LIST . ONE MORNING AFTER A RATHER FIERCE STORM I CAME OUT TO FIND IT LEANING ABOUT 30 DEGREES TO THE RIGHT. WELL I DECIDED IT WAS TOO UNSTABLE AND HAD TO GO. SHOULDN'T BE TO HARD RIGHT? WRONG. I HITCHED IT TO MY TRUCK AND PULLED THINKING IT WOULD COLLAPSE. I DRUG THE WHOLE GARAGE ABOUT A FOOT OFF THE FOUNDATION PIERS AND IT WAS STILL STANDING. SO I TRIED PUSHING IT DOWN WITH THE BLADE OF A NIEIGHBORS TRACTOR. NO GOOD. I WAS REDUCED TO PRYING IT APART WITH A CROW BAR AND A SLEDGE HAMMER . IT TOOK THREE WEEKS TO DISPOSE OF THIS "DANGEROUSLY RICKETY BUILDING" SO MY SYMPATHY IS WITH YOU AND YOUR PROBABLE SORE MUSCLES. OH WELL "FIRE IS THE TEST OF GOLD; ADVERSITY,OF STRONG MEN"