Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Of all the gin joints in the all the towns in all the world... 

To me, this is hilarious.

My daughter's leg was stuck in the playground equipment at school today. According to her teacher, Emily is not the first child to have her leg caught in the equipment. The staff had to apply lotion to her leg to get it out. According to Emily, it did not hurt until Ms. Eva tried to pull her leg out. According to Ms. Wyn, Emily's leg came out much easier than the other child.

I called to tell them that I would inspect and correct the equipment. It was hard not to laugh during the phone call.

Of all the kids to have their leg stuck in the playground equipment, it would have to be the child whose father owns a playground construction company.

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Monday, October 08, 2007

Is that broken? 

I gave a presentation on playground design, construction, and maintenance twice last week at the Mississippi Early Childhood Association annual conference. Attendance was better on Friday. The presentation is mostly photographs with narration. Based on the audience, I would say that this is the most stunning example of a necessary repair. The men of this church built the playground. They cut a corner by using a deck board for support under the slide rather than a 2x6 as required. They probably thought little of the decision at the time. What you are seeing is the jagged end of the board that is broken.

I could not believe for a moment what I was looking at when taking the photograph.



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