I've heard rumors that one post about my sprained ankle wasn't enough so here's more pictures to satisfy a public hungry for swollen flesh...
This was taken the morning after I sprained the ankle. There's starting to be a black and blue mark from the blood vessels leaking
At this point the swelling is still very localized to the lateral side of the left ankle and presumably that's the tendon that was affected (very likely since I really screwed it up 15 years ago and it's got extra play in it)
In this picture, taken on Sunday evening about 25 hours after the injury, you can see the edema, or swelling, has spread out over the top and entire lateral side of the foot. There's also more evidence of hematoma at the skin above the metatarsals. At the same time, there's still significant swelling at the original site to the point that it totally eclipses the left ankle.
Here's a lateral view taken at the same time as the photo above to show the hematoma better…
Now the pipeline is looking a lot more like a pipeline because there's a few miles of pipe laying about.
The next step is when they weld all the pipes together. One of the workers told me that they do this above ground so that the welds can be inspected by x-rays before they lay the pipeline into the ground.
I guess you would want to be damn sure about how well the pipes are connected once you start pushing natural gas through them. Big booms are expensive and, given that the pipeline runs right behind my house, unhealthy.
Because of all the safety aspects of this phase of the work, it's going to take them 2 months before they're ready to lower the pipes into the ground. Until then, lots of dust and from time to time, mud too.
The other day I was looking up the phrase "bread and water" plus "punishment" on Google. I seemed to recall once reading that the reason the British Royal Navy used that particular sentence was not simply depriving their sailors of food, rather that diet caused horrible constipation. The bowel disorder was the real punishment.
In any case, while searching for that I came across a funny page, Dark Roasted Blend, that made fun of people's preoccupation with environmental dangers. The following is their take on bread:
1. More than 98 percent of convicted felons are bread users.
2. Fully HALF of all children who grow up in bread-consuming households score below average on standardized tests.
3. In the 18th century, when virtually all bread was baked in the home, the average life expectancy was less than 50 years; infant mortality rates were unacceptably high; many women died in childbirth; and diseases such as typhoid, yellow fever, and influenza ravaged whole nations.