Happy New Year, BANG!

Happy New Year!

The Pony turns 63 this year, and the new year finds him well.  I’ve been going out to Gene’s every couple of weeks here during the winter just to run him up and down the road a bit (the Pony, not Gene).  I can do about a 5-mile loop of Gene’s entire development and stay on quiet roads in the woods.  Gene told me that at a neighborhood holiday party the Pony and I were the subject of some conversation, thankfully positive.  Seems the loud, bright red Pony doesn’t fly easily under the neighborhood radar.  Thursday I was out driving around, and I noticed out of the corner of my eye a car following.  I was careful to signal my turn onto Gene’s street, and as I looped around the cul-de-sac the car pulled up opposite me.  The driver, a woman, rolled down the window, and I thought, uh oh, someone’s going to give me some hell, but she smiled and said, “That’s so cute!” and we passed a few pleasantries over the Pony’s tapockiting engine.  She then drove off, and with the Pony blushing (is that possible for a red tractor) we pulled on up into the garage.

I’m looking for a draw bar (what you’d attach a hitch to) for the back of the Pony, so he can tow stuff.  I thought since I really have no implements, at least I ought to rig him up so that he can do that.  I’ve made a lot of calls and sent out some emails.  So far I’ve only found one, but the guy that has it thinks its made of gold and wants $250 for it.  Even the Pony, who’s Canadian, but acts Scotch, thinks that’s too much.  So, we’ll keep looking, no rush.

I had an interesting dream about the Pony the other night, and this is not “made-up.”  In the dream I go into the garage, and after turning on the lights, am amazed to see that Gene has put side panels on the Pony.  As found in the woods, the Pony never had side panels.  On closer examination I see that Gene has actually fabricated the panels himself out of multiple pieces of steel and then put a truly professional looking Pony-red paint job on them.  That’s really all I remember about the dream, other than to say that my over-riding emotion was that I was kind of pissed-off that Gene had done such a great job on the paint, when I thought I was “hot-shot” painter.  Don’t let my little snit hold you back though, Gene.  Feel free to make that dream come true!

Enough about the Pony.  Sometimes I get the feeling I just can’t catch a break, and you know, I was really optimistic about the new year.  But so far, here’s how it’s going.  The Princess and I were out driving somewhere, and a stinking (literally) VW Rabbit diesel was in front of us.  It just absolutely galls me to have to drive in the trail of someone else’s stink.  As we drove, it seemed that every turn we wanted to take, this guy turned the same way.  I started belly-aching, and that naturally led to The Princess getting on me about the belly-aching, and then of course I got out of joint telling her that, well, I can say whatever I want, so you know, “shut up.”  Things were getting pretty testy.  So in the icy silence that followed we came up to an intersection, and I said that whichever way this guy went, I was going the other way.  Fine, he went straight, and I turned.  A few blocks further on, I was sitting at a tee intersection and now, to get where I want to go I have to turn right.  I’m waiting for the traffic to clear through and what’s the last car by?  Yup, that damn stinkin’ Rabbit.

That’s nothing.  The first week of the new year I backed the Camry into the garage door, that’s right, the garage door, not the garage:  BANG!  What the…?  I’m not sure how this happened, but I think perhaps I pushed the button on the clicker a second time even though the door was already open, so I caught the door as it was coming down.  Here’s a picture of the custom work I did on the Camry’s trunk lid.


Anyway, I’ve got no excuse, but it gets one thinking, what else is going to happen this year?  It’s barely started!  Another little downside to this; I suppose I’m going to lose my neat “I’D RATHER BE DRIVING MY TRACTOR” bumper sticker when the damage is fixed.

Our son, Andy, visited over the holidays, traveling for the first time with his new iPhone.  So, when we took a walk up the hill past Frosty, I said, “Hey, let’s get a selfie with Frosty.”  So I leave you with this cute photo, and my wish that your year goes better than mine has started.


Keep your eyes open for a Pony draw bar (not a gold one) and thanks for reading.

The Pony Speaks Out on Torture

Happy Holidays everyone from The Princess, the Pony and me.  Can you believe it, it’s been 5 Christmases now since Andy and I first spotted the Pony back in the woods.  To celebrate the holiday this year I decided to surprise the Pony by having his distributor rebuilt.  In fact, since day-one of my ownership, the distributor has never worked.  Gene and I just kept a battery charger handy and whenever I wanted to start the engine, I’d call Gene the night before and ask him to put the cables on the battery first thing in the morning.

Just before Thanksgiving I took the generator out to Alamance Starter and Alternator, a shop in Burlington, NC (you may recall the town, also the home of Paul’s Donuts…how convenient!).  A couple of weeks later they called and I picked-up a virtually new generator, mostly new guts, then sand-blasted and repainted, truly a Doc Fullofit job.  Here are some photos.

The shot of the gauges was taken while the engine was running.  The interesting thing is that now, not only does amp-meter show that the battery is charging, but for the first time the oil pressure gauge is working, and wonder of wonders, it reads that the Pony is NORMAL!  When has the Pony EVER been normal?  Added to the C-O-M as a result of the rebuild:  $117, I thought not so bad, especially considering the side benefits of two trips to that donut shop and two fill-ups of the Camry’s tank at cheaper Burlington gas prices.

Before I gave the Pony his Christmas generator, he had been in quite a “lather” over the recent revelations concerning the U.S. use of torture.  First, he wanted it made clear that he speaks from the unique position having endured torture.  Twenty years of solitary confinement (in the woods) followed by over four years of abuse by an amateur mechanic certainly qualifies as cruel and unusual punishment and qualifies him to speak with authority on the subject.

Second, he wanted me to help him get a new Nobel Prize category started for Best Euphemism of the Year.  He feels hands down the award should go to the phrase “enhanced interrogation technique” and that I should receive it, because I performed it so effectively on him.

Third, he said the CIA doesn’t know beans about torture.  He claimed that if you really want results all you need to do is put the subject in line at Trader Joe’s for say 12 hours, all the while playing Burl Ives “Holly Jolly Christmas” over the PA system.  You’ll get the poor devil to spill everything from his devious little brain in return for stopping this torture…I mean, enhanced interrogation.  I have to agree with the Pony on that one.  A week ago I had the misfortune of hearing that tune before leaving on “the morning 40,” and I absolutely could not get it out of my brain for the entire 3-hour ride.  Even if I consciously tried to substitute other songs, it would creep right back.  I know, you’ll say that “Little Drummer Boy” is a far worse Christmas song, and the Pony and I agree, but for some reason it doesn’t have the ability to drive you nuts for hours like old Burl’s tune does.

Today, after the morning 40 and on a gorgeous 60 degree day, The Princess and I took a walk up the hill for our 2014 Christmas pictures.


IMG_0815aAnd in keeping with the theme of this post, I’ll leave you with this musical treat:  click here.  You can click out of the ad that pops up first.

Have a wonderful holiday season, and thanks for reading.







November, 2014

Sorry for the long lapse between posts, but then you’re probably getting used to that by now.  Seems after doing this for over 4 years, there’s less to say, and more things to distract…like the Annual Tractor and Train Show down in Carthage, NC.  Holy Cow!  We made the hour-long drive down there last weekend at the insistence of George, a good friend who does tractor “pulling.”  The show is this funky, surprising mixture of old tractors, relics and country activities into which one is “dumped” with very little explanation or direction, a kind of Wizard of OZ experience.  It’s what happens when a guy just starts collecting what he loves and gets carried away.  There are entire buildings crammed to their ceilings with everything imaginable:  children’s pedal toys, steel-wheeled tractors, rubber-wheeled tractors, steam farm tractors, antique trucks, antique cars, one-lungers (hit and miss single cylinder engines).  Rooms full of toy trains, old Christmas stuff, dolls, etc.

Once a year for a three day weekend, the acreage that contains all these buildings is opened to the public.  This event gets little or no promotion, and maddeningly there are few signs helping one find the place.  But the “pull” of the place is akin to the phrase from the movie Field of Dreams…”If you build it, they will come.”  Added to the stuff I’ve already mentioned there’s a scale model steam train constantly circling, belching smoke, its whistle blasting and giving rides.  There’s a Stanley Steamer automobile you can get a ride in.  There are multiple steam farm tractors tapockita pocking around.  My dad would have been thrilled with the steam tractor-powered sawmill sawing up pine logs.  Oh man, the smell of the pine was wonderful.  I could have just stood there smelling that all afternoon.

Then off in the “back 40″ they’re doing tractor pulling.  This is hard to describe in few sentences, but I’ll try.  First, all the tractors are pre-1960 and separated for competition purposes by weight class.  There’s a long, dirt track over which each tractor then attempts to see how far it can pull a motorized vehicle that gradually shifts more and more weight over the sled (a big plate that rides directly on the track surface) as the tractor moves down the track.  The tractor that gets the furthest down the track wins.  On this day my friend George took second place, one of his best placings of the year.

IMG_0707 - Version 2He looks pretty happy doesn’t he.  How about this photo of a Massey Harris pedal tractor.

IMG_0692 - Version 2And here’s just a brief video of the steam sawmill in operation (video).

Moving on, just a bit of Pony news.  I finished rebuilding the steering box.  So far anyway, no leaks.  There’s still a lot of “slop” in the steering, but I’m afraid without replacing major internal parts, that’s just not going to get any better.  I added $10 to the C-O-M to cover the cost of a new oil seal.  In order to test the steering, I took the Pony out for a spin, and this is a photo taken on that nice fall day in Gene’s drive.


Road Trip Report
In between the last post and this’n, The Princess and I also made an “art trip” to NYC and Philly.  Of course, it was lots of fun, and we enjoyed several days with Andy.  My apologies to anyone reading this in the Philly area for not warning you of our visit.  We just had so little time, and had so much to cover after not visiting in eight years, that we hogged all the time for ourselves.  Next time I promise some forewarning.  Highlights included Halloween in NYC, visits to MOMA, the Met and the New Museum of contemporary art.  In Philly we visited the new Barnes Museum and The Philadelphia Museum of Art.  In Philly we found some things had changed, but others mercifully had not (including some of our favorite restaurants), so in this case anyway, I’d say “you can go back.”  Here is a little batch of snapshots that capture some favorite moments from the trip.

There’s much to appreciate this Thanksgiving, so I leave you with this.

For family and friends
For life and health
For all the fun
And a Pony that runs
I agree with the old Clark bar commercial,
“What more could a little boy want!”

The Princess and I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Bed Time Story

Jumping right into Pony news, here is a little montage of photos showing the Pony’s new bed from start to finish.

To make the bed I glued up some nice thick, oak stair treads, sanded and then finished it with three coats of glossy spar urethane.  I’m telling you, the finish on that little bed is as good as it looks.  As a matter of fact, it’s so good that I’m going to have to put something on it that’s non-slip, so that when I climb up into the seat I don’t slip.  That big, red cross-piece under the bed is the piece I had sand-blasted, and which fell out of the tree when I was priming it.  It came out all right after all.

Speaking of painting, ages ago I believe I showed you a photo of the Pony’s headlights and crowed about the fact that after 25 years in the woods, one of them actually worked.  Well, I started digging into the issue of why the other one didn’t work just this week.  Gene found that current was getting to the bulb, but that it wasn’t grounded.  I had painted everything up so well that the headlight couldn’t find ground through all that paint.  Apparently you can do a job too well!  On Sunday I sanded off paint on all the contact surfaces between the headlight and the Pony’s chassis, and “voila,” the Pony is back to 20-20 vision.  Here are a couple of photos taken Sunday afternoon.

Pretty spooky, eh?

The Pony and I had visitors last weekend.  Fellow Pony owners and loyal readers of the blog, Jackie and John, came out to Gene’s to take a look at the Pony.  They live about 20 miles from Gene’s and amazingly, they own the same year Pony as mine, a 1952.  We had fun talking about the traumas we’ve suffered while restoring our Pony’s.  It made both of us feel good when John noted that his Pony leaks in all the same places mine does.  Kind of funny isn’t it that either one of us looking at our own Pony’s leaks, well that’s bad.  But as soon as we found out that both Pony’s took a leak the same way, why that was comforting to us.  Here’s a picture of John and me, taken by Jackie.

IMG_20141004_122055Do you notice that kind of bitter-sweet smile John has.  That comes from having gone through all the trials of a Pony restoration and yet coming out a winner.  Here’s a photo Jackie sent me of John’s restoration job.

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I gave him some ribbing about forgetting the yellow paint, but he really has done a beautiful job.

Some miscellany.  You know the old “The dog ate my homework” excuse?  Well, there is now a similar one if you’ve been slacking-off on your Fitbit steps.  Recently The Princess noted that son Andy wasn’t getting in his steps.  On her page that tracks how friends are doing it said something like, “This person if off the grid.”  When she asked Andy what was up he said yeah, “The cat hid my Fitbit.”  He claims that he left it on his desk and it disappeared for about a week until he found it on the floor underneath something (where it had been dragged by Junior, one of his two cats.  Right!  But then again that Junior is something else.  Take a look at this YouTube video of Junior playing piano.

I’ll leave you with this.

If your old red tractor has a leak or two,
That makes you uneasy, or a little blue,
Just look at another
and you’ll soon discover.
That they’re all like that, so it’s cool!

The Princess, the Pony and I wish you all a happy and spooky Halloween.  Thanks for reading.

On The Road Again

With most of the painting done, I thought it time to see if the Pony still ran.  So, about a week ago we put a fresh charge on the battery, I pulled out the choke and hit the starter button.  What a gooood Pony; he started right up.  After letting him warm-up a bit, I took him out for a short spin and for a photo session.  The photo below is courtesy of Lynne.  You know, check that, maybe this would be a good time for “before and after shots,” so the first two images you’ll see are from four years ago, and the second one is Lynne’s.

"Before" snow scene

Promo Pic


I’m now working on a small “bed” for the area under and behind the seat.  I’ve got that built, out of one-inch glued up oak planks, and I’m now putting red paint on the hefty piece of steel that supports its back edge.  How hefty?  Well, I’ll tell a little story on myself.  Actually, just to back up for a sec, first I had to get the piece sand-blasted.  So, I chucked the thing in the trunk and told The Princess that I was going to see a man about a mule.  If you didn’t read the much earlier post about going to get the Pony’s hood and grill sand-blasted, then this is new to you, but the guy who does the sand blasting also raises mules.  He lives 25 mi from here near the little crossroads town of Silk Hope.  Oral history has it that the town was once the center of a 19th century attempt at starting a local silk industry, but no physical evidence of that effort remains.

The drop off in Silk Hope went fine, and I even drove an extra 5 mi over to Siler City to have some welding done.  Boy, only in Siler City can you stop for directions at the corner of Second St. and Second Ave.  Then too, only in that little burg will the business at that corner be Clapp Brothers Tractor and the place you’re looking for just down the street, Cockman Welding, earthy!  Of course, the directions I had initially did not even mention the street, because I was simply told (over the phone) “go ‘under’ the traffic signal past Clapp’s and turn left, go down a ways, cross the railroad tracks and you’ll see the old Dinette World.  Go behind Dinette World, and that’s where it is.”  Oy!

After carefully driving around a couple “making out” in a pick-up truck, there it was, hand painted on the old brick wall, Cockman Welding.  I’m thinking you’ve got to be a real man to live up to that name, and naturally, be able to weld too.  Sure enough after about 15 minutes and $10 he’d welded up my Pony starter crank that I’d put together with plumbing pipe bought at the Home Despot.  Here’s a photo of the Cockman at work on my starter crank.

Cocksman, version 2

I’ll get you a photo of the crank, but first, it was intimated to me strongly by The Princess, that in her opinion, the Pony would be disappointed if the crank wasn’t all painted up nice and pretty.  Sheesh, now even the Pony has an advocate.

I guess that’s the end of the digression, so back to how I learned how heavy that metal support piece was.  I took the piece down to my al fresco paint booth (the woods) and with my hangers made of, well, hangers I hooked the piece to a tree limb.  I’d been spraying for maybe a minute when the whole damn limb, including my partially painted piece broke loose from the tree and landed in the crap on the ground.  Argh, and don’t worry, I did not even swear…much!

I’d been wanting to get in and out of the woods fast, because this is the spot where in the past, those pesky chiggers have gotten at me, so this setback was doubly annoying.  I picked the piece up, rehung it from a new limb, brushed off all the yuck with a stiff brush from the garage, and in not too long managed to finish the job.  I was thinking though, as I marched back to the garage, that this little incident was absolutely “par for the course,” as respects just about every thing I’ve had to do for the Pony’s restoration.  On the plus side, it’s been a week or so now since this incident, and I think I’m safe in saying that some how the chiggers missed their shot at me this time.

One of the little towns I stop in one my “morning 40’s” is Hillsborough.  It’s about 15 miles straight north of here, but when I ride the bike there I do a loop and role in there a bit after the mid-point of my 40 mi. ride.  The reason I mention this is that last weekend the Wall Street Journal did an article about the town, specifically how it is “the most literary town in America.”  I was skeptical, but they ticked-off a pretty lengthy list of well known authors that live in and around the town.  I love the town for the co-op where I can buy the best cinnamon role and sticky buns on the planet, and refuel for the second half of the ride.  Also, for a small town it has marvelous restaurants, even a shop with homemade chocolate, gelato and espresso.  Also, even though Amtrak doesn’t stop here, it blows by at 60 mph, and its fun to climb up the hill, watch and feel the blast as it roars by.  But as respects the towns literary status it occurred to me that of course, on those days when I am there, the author of now (with this post) exactly 200 posts of That Idiotic Tractor, it probably does cinch it that Hillsborough is the most literary town anywhere!

Finally, if you visit the website’s homepage, you’ll note that the Cost-O-Meter has its first bump in quite a few months.  The increase is $65 ($40 for the oak, $15 sandblasting and $10 welding).

Well, there’s more painting to do, and more chiggers and ticks to tempt, so I’d better get back to work.  Thanks for reading.

Nude Photos Surface

Oooh boy, did Gene and I get an earful from the Pony on Saturday.  By the way, it took us four hours to bash out the Pony’s old pivot pin (with a sledge-hammer) and replace it with that new one I showed you a couple of months back.  OK, so this is embarrassing.  After typing out above that I showed you that picture a couple of months ago, I went back and did a search on the word pivot.  Turns out it was November of last year.  Since it was that long ago, here’s another look at the pin.

Pivot Pin

See, eventually everything gets dealt with.  Now the Pony will be able to do all that side-hill plowing that one runs into here in the piedmont.  But getting back to the Pony’s tirade, he was just all over Apple about the fact that those nude pictures of famous celebs somehow got stolen from the iCloud and posted on a website for all to see.  No reason, just asking, but can anyone get me that site address?

And just to digress a little further, don’t you think it’s interesting that the only thing these celebrities (including the Pony) are saying is how outraged they are that their naked photos have been stolen?  I haven’t heard any of them say how embarrassed they are that those photos were out there in the first place…just waiting to be stolen.

So yeah, like the others, the Pony was outraged that apparently the naked pictures of his girlfriend that he’d posted in the cloud got out there on the internet for all to see.  In case you missed them while you were looking at the pictures of Jennifer Lawrence, here’s one photo I chose that I thought showed everything.

pink tractorShe is kind of babe, isn’t she?

Hey, when I get something wrong, I admit it.  I had some fun in the last post describing how the female hummingbirds were acting around our back deck.  I even invited you folks to make your own conclusions about whether their crazy behavior might suggest how an all-female congress might operate.  Well, it turns out that all the craziness was due not to female hummingbirds, but immature, male hummingbirds.  I figured this out yesterday when I noticed that the ruby throat that distinguishes the males, was just starting to come in on some of the hummers.  So, pardon me, but these immature males, call them teenagers, would naturally be charging around, showing off, trying to out do one another, all the while seemingly getting nothing done.  Yes, that is a good description of how our congress acts, but I would never compare its members to teenagers.

Looking for proof that there is a god?  I’d suggest to you that the proof is in corn on the cob.  Oh man, have I been into that lately!  Think about how perfect it is.  It’s sweet without being sugary.  When just ripe, its texture is a cross between tender and crunchy.  And look at its design.  You can hold the ends in your hands while your mouth zips back and forth nibbling off the kernels like a typewriter laying down print.  Now I guess Darwinians could argue that such perfection could also have occurred through natural selection over millions of years, but that wouldn’t explain the existence of Trader Joe’s, which is where the best corn comes from.  I’m pretty sure God made Trader Joe’s.  Hell, Trader Joe may even be God, the corn is that good!

Wherever that sweet corn comes from, get some,
and start your week off with a smile.
Thanks for reading.

Where Are You, Sarge?

I reached a kind of milestone with the Pony last week.  I put the last of five coats of yellow paint on the rear left wheel, and with that the entire Pony has  been painted.  From here on out there should just be occasional touch-up work.  Later this week I’ll start wet sanding and using rubbing compound on that wheel, and it’ll then be ready to remount.  There are a number of mechanical issues that still need to be dealt with yet, but hey, the end is, well,  would you believe, just around the corner.

I’ve written in the past about chiggers, ticks, bees and even bed bugs, but I was thinking recently that I don’t often get bitten by mosquitoes.  I wondered about that, you know, why don’t they like me.  One reason I don’t get bitten when I’m out with The Princess is that mosquitoes do love her.  We can sit outside eating breakfast at a restaurant and she’ll come home with three or four bites around her ankles, but I’ll have none.

But even without The Princess shield, I get very few bites.  I’m not sure when it popped into my head, but a possible answer occurred to me last week.   Maybe it was my comments on Chikungunya (chikungunya! chikungunya!) that jogged my memory.  Back in the mid-1950’s the town of Waukesha, WI where we lived had a mosquito control program.  On calm, summer evenings the town would send trucks through the neighborhoods equipped with big spray machines.  Giant, white clouds of DDT would emanate from the sprayers and gradually waft from the streets throughout the neighborhoods.  As kids we thought it was great fun to hop on our bikes and ride in the clouds behind the trucks.  My theory is that I still maintain traces of the mega-doses of DDT I got back then, so that when mosquitoes check me out they think, “Yuck, he tastes of DDT; let’s go find The Princess.”

Downsides of the DDT.  Hmmmm, well, why did my hair start falling out in college while to this day my brothers still have heads covered with the stuff.  And The Princess says that I have what she calls “stink head.”  She claims that just laying my head on the pillow for a night leaves some kind of residual nastiness on the pillow cover.  Maybe it’s the DDT, but I think she’s nuts.  I don’t smell anything.

Since you’re not sitting here with me, I can’t turn to you and say, “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.”  That’s why it’s great to have a “search function” as part of my blogging app.  For example, recently when I was about to make a reference to toilets I thought I’d check to see in how many previous posts the word “toilet” popped up.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you probably won’t be surprised to find out that 10 of the posts I’ve done have had something to do with toilets.  So, just to be sure I hadn’t mentioned my “stink head” before, I put that phrase into the search function.  Lo and behold, I had discussed stink head before, but of a totally different kind.  If you’d like to click on the following link to a post I did in October, 2012, I think you’ll enjoy the other stink head story:  October 12,2012.

This will slay you.  The Princess was reading the paper last week, and there was an article discussing interesting things about the area we live in and things to visit in the surrounding counties.  She said, “Hey, it says here that before the invention of toilet paper the folks over in Alamance County wiped themselves with corn husks.  What do you think of that?”  I said good grief, first of all that’s hardly something that would make me want to go visit Burlington, but more seriously, I wished I’d never even heard about it.  How can I ever eat an ear of sweet corn again without thinking of that.  Thanks a lot!

Last subject.  I was at the gym last week talking to a guy I know.  We’ve discussed politics before, a subject that is “verboten” in this post, and he had an interesting idea.  He suggested that our congress would get a lot more done if only women were allowed to hold office.  I guess my thought was, well, things can’t get much worse, so couldn’t hurt.  But a recent event unfolded on our deck that has caused me to reconsider.  I know, you are wondering what’s his deck got to do with women being in charge.  Well, I’ll tell you. 

This summer as usual we put our hummingbird feeder out.  Hummingbirds for their size can be extremely feisty and territorial.  It unfolded this summer that one alpha male hummer took control of the feeder.  He’d sit in a nearby tree, or even on the feeder hanger and give chase to any other hummer, male or female that tried to drink from his own personal “watering hole.”  We named him “Sarge,” and even though we found his behavior selfish and nasty, we forgave him somewhat, you know, the “law of the wild,” “survival of the fittest,” and all that.

But I had an idea to even the playing field a bit.  I hung another feeder on the lower level thinking that Sarge couldn’t possibly defend them both.  Well, the scheme partially worked.  Although he tried to defend them both, other hummers were getting in for short drinks before he’d chase them off.  While all of this was taking place, I’d noticed a number of times too that there was one rather fierce female that would fly right up in Sarge’s face.  He’d send her packing eventually, but she was “getting in her licks” (literally).  Then, about a week ago, Sarge disappeared.  We’re not sure what happened, but I feel a little guilty about perhaps stretching him a little thin with the two feeders to defend.  On top of that, there was that aggressive female.

This is where we circle back to the “all female Congress idea.”  Just as soon as Sarge disappeared, a dominant female began following all of Sarge’s old tactics.  She sits in the tree shooting out at both feeders trying to control things, but things seem way worse.  The other hummers, almost all females, are flying frantically around and fighting with “Spawn of Sarge” (credit to The Princess for that name) and among themselves.  They all seem to think they should be in charge.  It’s an absolute circus; none of them seem to be getting anything, what a mess.  Folks, I’m sure after reading these unbiased and scientific observations you can draw your own conclusions about how effective an all female Congress might be.  As for me, I worry about what happened to our dear, little tyrant, Sarge.  Rest in peace, boy.

Thanks for reading.