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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Handsomest Gophers Ever

Meet Ernesto and H.D., from Perry C. Thomas Construction in Monrovia. Their company was contracted by the City of Pasadena to do some electrical improvements, and yesterday they were digging up the corner of Hudson and Claremont.

If folks are going to dig in your neighborhood you want them to be nice about it, as these guys were. I was proud of myself, too. I'm usually nervous to ask people for pictures, but I marched right up and asked, and they said yes. (Thanks, guys.) They had a cohort who opted out, though. Probably didn't want to be referred to as a ground-burrowing critter, handsome or no.

I didn't stay long enough to watch what they did. I don't know if they only made these smallish holes or if they had to crawl around in deep, underground tunnels. I only know that when I got home, everything was working and I didn't have to worry about it. That's what you hire the experts for.

18 comments:

Virginia said...

What a great post. I'd have asked these nice guys too. Love the title.
V

Shell Sherree said...

Oh. I was hoping to see a photo of the furry variety. Never mind - these guys look so cheerful and have such nice smiles, they are an acceptable substitute. Nice story, too, Petrea!

Petrea said...

Virginia, you've been brave about portraits and have done excellent stuff. You're one of the people I need to learn from.

Thanks, Shell.

Susan C said...

Gee, I might be tempted to turn the tables and whistle at these guys.

marley said...

Just brilliant! Lol!

Trish said...

I was walking the children of some friends once and came across something similar. The kids wondered if the "gophers" lived underground and just popped up to get stuff from the trucks that "happened" to be where they worked.

And Susan, I think I'd want to see the rest of them to decide if I'd whistle! ;-)

Petrea said...

I have to say, it's not my finest moment as a budding photographer. But as a person getting up my nerve, it was kind of a big deal. And the fact that they were so nice--to them it was no big deal at all--well, they made it easy.

I saw two adorable old ladies sitting in the shade downtown the other day. I wanted to take their photo and was afraid to ask them. Next time I'll ask.

Christie said...

We had a guy in our college class who was doing this and being on the yearbook committee, I took his picture. TThe caption was funny--"I'm going to find that rat if it's the last thing I do!" So, every time I see someone doing this, it makes me think of that picture!

Margaret said...

Like Shell, I was expecting literal gophers! But these guys can dig a pretty deep hole.

J+P said...

Okay, so, my first thought was,"Yall wouldn't chatter so, nor bat yo' eyes if they were standing in graves."

But now I realize that's a weird thing to say—creepy, even—but at least I'm adult enough to admit it. (Not adult enough to post something more appropriate to Petrea's post, but hey, the web's a big place; you never know who you're gonna meet in here … inside the parentheses …)

I just think it's odd that how attractive somebody may appear, in a casual glance back—as you walk down the sidewalk, wondering where your Chihuahua got to, and did he poo on Mrs. Goldblatt's begonias again—depends to no small degree on what kind of hole he's standing in, and what he's gonna put in there when you're gone.

'knaw'mean?

Petrea said...

So how attractive a person is depends on the type of hole he's digging? (Is my chihuaha in there, by the way?)

Ms M said...

You probably made their day! Now they're famous on your blog :>)

altadenahiker said...

God, I'm so busy. Planting, planting.

Does everyone remember it's May Day tomorrow? For Petrea, I've planted sweet marjoram -- oregano. To the ancient greeks, and they knew a thing or two, oregano symbolizes eternal happiness and love.

Ok, back to work.

Shell Sherree said...

{Petrea, is it as laugh-a-minute in your real home as it is inside here?}

Dina said...

Mazal tov on your budding chutspah, Petrea.
The gopher guys are cute, even if one IS wearing pink. (My digging colleagues would laugh.)

Petrea said...

Oh dear, Dina. I think it's faded red. I'm sure he's too manly to wear pink.

Shell, it's funny over here a lot of the time. That can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it, but we tilt our heads.

Leif Hagen said...

The Minnesota Gophers look different here than you "gophers." Cute picture. Fun to visit your blog. I'm new to DCP; I started EAGAN daily photo. Greetings from the Twin Cities

Petrea said...

Hi Leif, welcome to the City Daily Photo family. We have the regular kind of gophers here, too, but they're harder to catch.