The city

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The ditch doesn’t look like this…Photo by Inge Wallumrød on

Just had a guy from the city stop by.

I called a month ago to see if I could get someone to come out and take a look at the ditch that runs in front of the house. Of course, the lockdown thing was keeping them from being able to come out and take a look so I figured I would disappear to someone’s “Yeah, we may or may not get to it” file.

The ditch out front of the house is a pain in the rear. Ultimately, since it is in the city’s right of way, I would like to have them put a pipe in it and then make it disappear so the front of the yard doesn’t have that stupid thing. The last guy that lived here tried to fill it himself and the city made him dig it back up because he didn’t do it correctly. As such, it has needed maintenance ever since.

So, the guy comes out. Asks some questions. Wants to know what I would like to have happen. He becomes non-committal about the options they have and then suggests maybe I could clean it out. I politely informed him that I am not going to do the work of the city if it is in their right of way. He said he would talk to some people and get back to me.

So, now I suppose I am officially in the “Yeah, we may or may not get to it” file.

What’s irritating is that they suggested, the first time I called the city, that I do it myself and pay for the supplies and the engineering company, with permits, of course, to fill in the ditch with pipe. Yeah, not gonna happen. What might happen is that I do pay for the supplies and just do it myself in the middle of the night…but then, of course, someone would find out and then I probably would end up either having to dig it out or pay the fees (because governments are always quick to make sure they get their fees) for them to dig it out and do it correctly…not gonna happen.

So, it will just sit there and be useless and unsightly.

Man, I hate that ditch.


  1. The Hinoeuma · May 20, 2020

    Ain’t gubment grand?


    • backuphill · May 21, 2020

      Nope. What is dumbfounding is that a rather large segment of the population actually wants MORE government. Makes no sense to me…


      • The Hinoeuma · May 21, 2020

        Those are the ones that have had their personal responsibility trained out of them. Gubment-school trained parents raise gubment-school children, perpetuating the madness. You have to get ’em started young. And, considering global governance, it’s damn difficult to live without it. There is no free land on which to dwell, anymore, like indigenous peoples roamed.


      • backuphill · May 21, 2020

        There ain’t no place you can go without some sort of social contract to live in a society, now or in the past. If, somehow, you could remove yourself from society, like a castaway on a tropical island, then you would truly be free.

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