Monday, March 27, 2006

Gone to the dogs

There are two big plastic storage bins sitting in the middle of my living room filled with dog food. One hundred pounds of dog food to be precise. The problem is, I don't have a dog.

So, what the hell am I supposed to do with 100 pounds of dog food?

So, just why do I have so much kibble and no pooch? Good question.

There is an answer that seemed like a good reason at the time. A few months ago I was in Portland when it started snowing and sleeting. The weather was causing problems for vehicles of all types and when I found myself sliding sideways, and then backwards, up a small hill that normally I gave little thought to, I knew my pickup and I were in trouble.

Pickup trucks can be very convenient vehicles to own, especially if you ever have to haul any big, bulky items around, but if you have nothing to haul when the roads get slick, the light ass end can slide leaving you out of control and headed for disaster. So I knew I needed to pack that ass in a hurry.

So, a crept over to a department store and started roaming the aisles looking for something big, heavy and inexpensive. I got a couple of the biggest and cheapest bags of dog food I could find, and a couple of storage containers to put the big bags into, so the moisture wouldn't turn the kibble into mush, and loaded them into the bed of the truck.

With some weight in the back of the truck and creeping along at a snail's pace, I was able to get out of Portland and eventually hit ice- and snow-free roads south of the city, making it back home to Salem. I left my improvised winter weights in the back of the truck ever since.

But this weekend, I thought I might need to haul some stuff, so I needed to get rid over the bulky containers in the bed of the truck. So, I moved the storage bins into my apartment, where they still sit. I'm hoping now that winter is officially over, we won't have to deal with any freak unexpected snow or ice, but I'm not ready to bet my first born on it.

So, if I don't need to lug that junk around anymore, I need to figure out what I'm going to do with it. I am sure I can find a use for the storage bins, but first I need to get rid of the kibble.

There's never a pack of hungry dogs around when you need one.

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OK, so I know I haven't been around for a while. I wonder if anyone noticed?

I took a little unplanned blog-free vacation there for a little over a week. I have lots of excuses but no real good reason. And I'll spare you all the excuses (for now anyway).



3 comments:

GRT said...

...?...??...???...snowing...sleeting...sliding rear ends*...????

What?


*OK. Maybe.

~ruthie said...

try posting the kibble for sale on craigslist, or better yet, donate it to the local ASPCA. It could be considered tax deductible, and would help them to feed the strays.

MJ said...

Unfortunately, the ASPCA probably wouldn't take it (potential for contamination, poisoning etc..) but it's worth a call!

Know anyone who has a dog?

And yes, you were missed.

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