December 15th, 2013

krazy koati

Well, I stepped outta the tub, put my feet on the floor

Let me step away, from mice to fish. We've had nine adult fish and an uncertain number of baby fish in the pond because nobody told the adult fish that August is not breeding season. Our pond isn't really deep enough for fish to stay outside if it proves to be a very harsh winter. The solution is to set up a tub indoors and bring in as many as we could. This required a couple things, including setting a filter in the pond for a few weeks so it could soak up the bacterial environment the fish were accustomed to and getting a tub to hold them. bunny_hugger found a heavy-duty plastic tub capable of holding 150 gallons, enough for all our adult fish to survive the winter comfortably and small enough to fit in the basement, and the only challenge would be getting it home.

I was confident my Scion tC would be big enough for it, because when you fold down the back seats the hatchback has a lot of volume. bunny_hugger was skeptical. She was also right. The tub's a couple inches too tall to quite slide between the folded seats and the car frame. The only thing to do was tie the door down as far as possible, which the Tractor Supply folks were happy to do. This also required finding the points for tying stuff down in my car, which have hitherto been a matter getting little attention from me. I asked that they tie a diagonal, across the tub, for better security against the tub sliding out and they apparently misunderstood me; they tied from the door, down under the lip of the tub, and back up again. I felt like this would only get worse if I tried to explain what I really wanted and accepted this. Anyway, we drove home on the surface road, bypassing the Interstate, and causing me to realize I had grossly misunderstood the relative location of some points on the west side of Lansing, to my general unsettlement. The spot was much farther north than I imagined.

We got the tub downstairs, and ran the garden hose from the backyard downstairs so we could fill the tub, as well as bringing buckets of water straight from the pond into the tub, and had it filled and ready before too long. Then we had the challenge of catching fish, with just a couple nets and understandably skittish fish who wouldn't listen to us that this was for their own good. We were able to grab one of them, the slowest of the adults, but that was it that night. We set him downstairs and he hid at the base of the tub, and we hoped the next day we'd be able to get the remainder.

Trivia: The British government's 1898 The Report On The Use Of Phosphorus In The Manufacture of Lucifer Matches reported the United States' Diamond Match Company employed two thousand people and produced 85 percent of all matches used in North America. Source: The 13th Element: The Sordid Tale Of Murder, Fire, and Phosphorus, John Emsley.

Currently Reading: From Eudoxus to Einstein: A History Of Mathematical Astronomy, C M Linton.

PS: Reading the Comics, December 12, 2013, rounding up more mathematics stuff.