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A Cowboy’s Faith: Resolution for construction completion

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Where oh where oh where should that new line be?”

While it wasn’t a million-dollar question, there certainly was bewilderment where to put in a new waterline. Ranch yard is truly helter-skelter after very old trees were bulldozed out and hauled off by highway contractors.

Driveway has always been narrow, but with highly eroded ground on both sides of the culvert it’s worsened. Impossible to see at night with road construction so more than once the trailer has dropped off the edge. Width of the reconstructed ranch yard entranceway isn’t known but very significant when putting more stuff underground.

Sewer line has been redone before due to improper original construction and moving it again was said to be necessary. However, another highway engineer now says the wastepipe can stay although very close to being in the way. Still exact location must be known in order to keep from puncturing it with more pipeline work.

Five weeks since the telephone landline was ripped out by tree dozers. Emails indicating it would be and was fixed are complete misnomers. A dozen follow-up attempts to contact corporate expressing need have been ignored completely.

Uncountable cell phone calls from two personal numbers have been made to the company’s dozen different numbers to no avail. Each one required no less than 30 minutes with difficult to understand answerers frequently saying: “Wait a moment.”

Each time the “moment” has been minutes but the last one promised: “A serviceman will be there in five days.” While that ought to create optimism, it’s the same promise given 30 days earlier with nobody ever showing up.

Whether the home phone will ever be repaired is questionable, alertness must be given to exactly where the line is.

Anyway, the yard well has served this ranch a half century and the farmstead much longer. With the major nearby construction, decision was made to hook up with the rural water district.

Of course, that could have been done decades earlier but seemed too costly then although much higher now. New line won’t be put into use until essential but had to fit into the jigsaw puzzle yard layout.

New Year’s Resolution: “Quit complaining while praying construction will someday be finished.”

Reminded of Philippians 2:4: “Look not only to personal interests, but also to the interests of others.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


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