October 6th, 2006

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The Plot Thickens

Let the girls out late today as it's raining, raining, raining and cold. There were already 5 eggs and I'm out of egg boxes again. Put most of their feed in the coop to encourage them to stay out of the rain today. Not that this will work. By this afternoon, I will have hungry wet chickens.

The whatever-it-is is strong enough to knock a brick off of the trash can. Interesting pattern in the crumbles again. Definitely looks like paws as opposed to a scooping bowl. That lid is more convex so I switched it with the other and put the bricks back on. We'll see what happens next. The problem is that if it's a racoon, they're omnivores and will eat eggs and chickens both if we don't keep feeding it crumbles. He or she will eat their way through the wood and wire to the coop. I think a prowl of the barn on a rotating schedule is called for.

The whatever-it-is is clever and strong. And I'm strictly gun-control. And pacifist. And the dog is so old he can't see much of anything. (cue creepy music) Hey, Jasper, if this turns out to be a half-man, I'm calling you to come and get rid of it.

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Noon Update

Wet chickens. Bricks still in place. Feed level in coop is lower so they must be walking in out of rain to eat. 11 show up to see me in the coop. One is apparently too stupid to come in out of the rain. No sign of whatever-it-is. I turned on all the barn lights, just to be safe. 9 eggs now, still no egg boxes. iPod has been reformatted. Oh my.

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3PM Update

Between noon and 3pm, it stopped raining. 1.67 inches total, sort of. There were a few stray drops that didn't get counted properly. No more eggs. Wet chickens who have mostly figured out where their food is today.

Meanwhile (cue creepy music) the whatever-it-is has done whatever-it-does. The lid is off and the brick is on the ground. To the crumbles. So this time I placed two bricks on the lid. Lights didn't phase whatever-it-is, but apparently rain did. So it's not currently living IN the barn. Just nearby. I should pay much more attention to times when the birds, esp. the crows, go nuts as an indication that whatever-it-is is out and about. They were silent this morning, but I did hear some activity in the past 3 hours after the rain stopped.

Will whatever-it-is be stronger than 2 bricks? Brighter than 2 bricks and some humans? Tune in tomorrow and find out.

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6PM Update

iPod has croaked. Rain came back. So did whatever-it-is. Chickens are wet and still stupid. 3 more eggs, making one dozen total for the day. Still no egg cartons to put them in. Built first fire of the season an hour ago.

Here is what we know. Whatever-it-is was not stopped by either 1 or 2 bricks on the lid. Whatever-it-is ignored the can of scratch which did not have any bricks on it since both were on the crumbles lid. Whatever-it-is is hypothesized to be stubborn or stupid or both. Or whatever-it-is is on the Atkins Diet and can't eat scratch. Whatever-it-is was not stopped by a closed and locked set of barn doors. Accordingly, whatever-it-is either lives in the barn, contrary to my prior posting, or can fit through the various gaps in the boards that RT and PD might not fit through. Whatever-it-is may be incorporeal. Or it may be some sort of termite thing that can become a larger being such as was seen in Men In Black. We certainly have plenty of termites in there.

I will send J to investigate the underside of the coop as there may be a large excavation near the steps. I never noticed it before, but my attention to detail is currently in a heightened state. I stepped quite swiftly in and out of the coop just in case a pair of sharp, rabid teeth were nearby. Because whatever-it-is doesn't give a damn about the lights being on and my trips to the barn every 3 hours.

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