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Early Tuesday morning, a medium-sized dump truck backed up our driveway and delivered a cord of mixed hardwood. We don’t typically heat with wood—though if we have another verdammt middle-of-the-winter power outage we may change our minds about that—but we do have a spanking new fire-cum-barbecue pit in the back yard, which we intend to use as a replacement for our venerable “two army-issue broiler pans filled with charcoal sitting on cinderblocks” arrangement at our various and sundry holiday grillvaganzas.

Fire Pit

It took me about five hours to move and stack the wood along the east side of the house, setting a leisurely pace so as not to cause my spine to explode, sending me shrieking across the sky on a contrail of suddenly-liberated synovial fluid. Later on, I thought to look at the stills from our driveway surveillance camera, and what I saw there gave me a hum-dinger of an idea.

So here, for your amusement, is a time-lapse of my log-haulin’ Tuesday, set to the musical stylings of Yello’s Tied Up! It’s a toe-tapper, and safe for work, so turn those multimedia speakers up! 🙂

[flv width=”640″ height=”480″]http://www.uncle-andrew.net/blog/movies/woodpiler.flv[/flv]

4 Responses to “Ready….Aim….”

  1. Mike Says:

    That was a good three hours or so eh? 😀

    No wheelbarrow?

  2. Uncle Andrew Says:

    No wheelbarrow?

    I thought about that, but the place where I was stashing the wood was just around the corner from the pile, and I figured it would take more time/effort to load up the barrow, hump it up the small rise to the stack and unload it then just walking smaller bundles of wood by hand. And frankly, our wheelbarrow is the only thing around our house that’s more rickety than me, so I didn’t quite trust it to throw a tie rod or something in the middle of a load. ❗

  3. Shawn Says:

    Next time call me, I don’t want you throwing your back out old timer.

  4. Uncle Andrew Says:

    As if I’d let you on my lawn, you punk! 😡

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