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Watermen have been oystering from the Callis jetty in Town Creek since 1957. Earlier this year the jetty sold. The idea was, the new owner might could provide the watermen a place to work from, continuing a 60+ year tradition. Hasn’t happened yet. Watermen have been told, at least for now, to move on.

barges and dumpster
The watercraft currently tied up at Callis’ jetty are largely utilitarian. Barges. Can you distinguish them from their land cousin, the dumpster?

Missing the watermen.


The LanCoVa Supervisors voted unanimously to grant a special exception for an industrial use (marine construction) in the middle of a residential neighborhood. I am dumbstruck, in search of a land use guru who can explain how this action was anything other than arbitrary and capricious given the existing Lancaster County zoning code.

Laparotomy, Enterotomy

Lateral abdominal xray
With Labradors the mouth is faster than the eye.

Tilly 4 hours postop
My grandfather had a sign that said “even a fish wouldn’t get in trouble if he kept his mouth shut”. What are the consequences of operating one’s mouth in a unmindful way? This is Tilly 4 hours post-op, walking out of Georgetown Vet.

Mao, Liberty and unknown
Tilly swallowed that third button to the right of Mao and Walking Liberty. And the consequences… When did it go down? How did it go down. It resided in her stomach (how long? long enough for the button message to be digested), got ejected through her pyloric valve, raked through the duodenum and hung up in the jejunum 20” from her stomach. The surgeon did a midline incision, a laparotomy, pulled her guts out. A linear track of inflammation was visible along the anti mesenteric surface of the bowel. The surgeon made a longitudinal incision about 1.2” through the bowel lumen and removed Tilly’s prize.
Where did she find it? Probably on the side of the road in Charlottesville

rocking the E collar
She feels much better. Resting. Sleeping a lot, on several meds and delicious food. Wearing an Elizabethan collar…