Ok, here's my latest news. Although there won't be any sun today around here, the steady, drenching rain of the past few days has subsided, and so I have stopped building my ark. This is a scene I pass each day heading to work. That's some tall, wet grass right there. Tall grass provides lots of adventure. One August, the City of Portland forgot, I guess, to mow our baseball fields down back, and we needed to play ball. The grass got to be almost knee high, so we took it upon ourselves to get the job done. Eddie, Leo and I got our family lawnmowers in action and the infield and outfield were taken care of quickly. While mowing the outfield near the swamp, Eddie almost ran over a huge snapping turtle. It's shell was about 2 1/2 feet in diameter, as I remember. The sight of it brought the whole neighborhood out to take a look. We tried to lift it and get it back to the nearby water, but it was too heavy and pretty angry. So we left it there, and in the morning, it was gone. Years after, we were still talking about that 'find' in the tall grass.