One of the programs in the Infrastructure Bill is the "National Culvert Removal, Replacement, & Restoration Grant". We were excited to see that at first given that improving the stormwater system in our area requires the removal of existing culverts and replacing them with either bigger culverts or a bridge. Then I read this:
Establish an annual competitive grant program to award grants to eligible entities for projects for the replacement, removal, and repair of culverts or weirs that—‘‘(1) would meaningfully improve or restore fish passage for anadromous fish..."
Yeah, that's going to make it hard for our projects to qualify. 😕
@ibrad The sign on the door is turned to "closed" (open facing in). I think the kid walked in, was calling out to see if anybody was there, and then got jumped.
"Joey" conjures a mental image of a ruddy-faced chubby rapscallion... or something like that. It's a funny name for an innocent little kid victim - which I think is the biggest sign it's not the bird's name. Gary likes to paint a picture with these things.
@davesaddiction On another note of "functional art" and making things that... well, can be made in the first place, check out my post in tysmagic's thread on "cars with sheet metal that probably made the sheet metal die design guy scream and run for the hills". The art of the possible determines what is possible in functional art.
@roadkilled Well, given that one could just as easily get into a fight over elk vs. elk vs. moose, or panda "not-a-bear" I'd say that common parlance wins over strict taxonomical naming every time.
Why taxonomists can't say "american elk" while whispering not-an-elk under their breath or not freak out when someone says "panda bear" is beyond me - and that goes also for not being able to say "american buffalo".
If I remember correctly, Gary got as far as the two birds, and an idea of the two birds saying something about the baby, before he suddenly threw out what he had as the new punchline wrote itself.
@mastermario In fairness to the concept, I have seen cans like this with a lock hasp.
...and also, in this area, I've seen some very beefy structures indeed for bear-resistance. Even built one myself, which was fine until the local garbage co insisted on can conformity.
Uh: bears. Bears walking through yard regularly. Bears that eat people's chickens, and will definitely not be challenged by your plastic cans. 🙄