Archive for September, 2010

Places that I want to hang out that are also metalworking tools

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29th, 2010 by Carnivorous Kale – Comments Off on Places that I want to hang out that are also metalworking tools

Deep-grooving, boring bars.

My Next Band Name

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27th, 2010 by Carnivorous Kale – Comments Off on My Next Band Name

Smile as you hook up the electrodes.

Lily the Pink, Motherfucker.

Posted in Uncategorized on September 21st, 2010 by Carnivorous Kale – Comments Off on Lily the Pink, Motherfucker.

Now drink.

That would be fantastic.

Today I Lost a Sheep

Posted in Uncategorized on September 17th, 2010 by Carnivorous Kale – Comments Off on Today I Lost a Sheep

As in, he died. Entirely my fault and I should have prevented it.

I hauled him to my small animal vet to have the body incinerated (there are some very rare sheep pathogens that persist through composting so that’s contraindicated). This tears me up inside, I raise animals myself precisely because I care about their welfare and how they’re treated.

However, I was filling out the paperwork and, as I mentioned, this is the vet I see for our dogs. While blindly filling out the paperwork (not being at my best), I told them I was an existing customer. The whole thing went back and forth between techs, vets, and reception and I ended up signing a form not for the paperwork on disposing of dead livestock but instead authorizing the euthanization and cremation of my beloved, trusted and healthy canine companion of eleven years. Disconcerting at best. Once that misunderstanding was cleared up, the sympathetic attitude of the staff became much more understandable and the strange looks I got about my comments (“Well, normally I compost* them but…”) made much more sense.

The high point** of the exchange after clearing up the confusion:

“Is there a name we should put on the paperwork?”

“No, we deliberately don’t name the livestock.”

“So, list him as ‘no-name sheep’?”

“Well, we did refer to him as Buttspot.”

“…”

“What? He had a spot on his butt, didn’t he?”

* Yeah, I compost “animal byproducts” and “mortalities.” I respect the animals and want to utilize them nose-to-tail. If I can’t eat it directly, I can turn them into vegetables and eat them next season. Also, I’m an active composter. I know my ratios and I monitor my temperatures so, yeah, I can compost hot enough to keep the chickens, scavengers, and bad microbes out.

** for small values of high.

Took an order today…

Posted in Uncategorized on September 11th, 2010 by Carnivorous Kale – Comments Off on Took an order today…

As I was filling out the paperwork, I asked my customer if she knew the date. She said, “It’s September eleventh.”

“Oh,” I said, “I guess I forgot.”