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Septic System Update

Posted by Carol on May 21, 2009

I warned you, these posts would be riveting. What’s better than news about a new septic system being installed?

American Idol?

Ho Hum.

Dancing With the Stars?


Ah, but septic systems – where else can a girl get her fill of dirt, heavy equipment, men working hard, and grossness all in one location.

That’s right – here at I Throw Like a Girl. My devotion to you knows no bounds.

So let’s get right to it. The last time we visited the Promised Land, it looked like this:

More septic system pics 017The next day after the guys drove in and out of our yard all day long with their big trucks, the Promised Land looked like this:

More Septic Pics 002Now, don’t be fooled. That may look like everyday ordinary sand. But let me tell you – it’s not. It is very special sand from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

If you are not familiar with NJ geography, here’s a quick lesson. NJ’s entire eastern side bumps right up against the Atlantic Ocean. Also, NJ is a very narrow state, that runs north to south, or south to north depending on how you want to look at it.

We live pretty much smack dab in the middle of the state of NJ. If we head due east, we will hit the Atlantic Ocean. The beach we would probably run into first would be Belmar, or maybe Point Pleasant.  It would take us just a little over an hour to get there.

You know what beach we would not run into by driving one hour straight east?

Atlantic City beach.

The Atlantic City beach is approximately 3 hours southeast of us.  Then, one might ask, why do we have to pay for truckload after truckload of Atlantic City beach sand, when we have several choices of perfectly good NJ beach sand a little over an hour from us?  No one seems able to tell us the answer to that question.

Assuming part of the cost of this septic system is for the transportation of all the materials to us, I would be very happy with Belmar sand or Point Pleasant sand.

I think only Tony Soprano knows the reason why they get the sand from where they do.

Anyway, after a full day of delivering Atlantic City sand to our back yard, the next day was spent topping it off with this…

More Septic Pics 005 I have no idea where this gravel came from and frankly, I don’t want to know.

But that’s not all they got done in the last few days.  They also installed yet another tank closer to the house.

More Septic Pics 003

I have asked our Real Estate agent to make sure that our buyers don’t come anywhere near our house until all this septic system stuff is done. They were very nervous when they made the offer on our house about what the septic system installation would do to the yard.

I thought they were being silly to worry so much. But little did I know that our yard would go from this:

septic system 014To this:

More Septic Pics 006

in under one week.

Yeah. I think we need to keep the buyers away until all the big toys go home.


2 Responses to “Septic System Update”

  1. Kim said

    Actually Carol, I DO find the septic saga riveting! Your commentary plus photos are a hoot! We may have to replace the septic at the family home in Sta. Rosa so I want to know what we might have to look forward to — or not. 🙂

  2. Diana said

    If they find your blog, they might get even more nervous.

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