TURKEY AND STUFFING
If you’re reading this during or after the big Thanksgiving meal, you’re probably reading it in a slight state of tryptophan shock. That is, the way you feel when you’ve got a lot of turkey inside of you, and you’ve been sitting on the couch watching television and quite possibly your team won – or is winning. You’re feeling a bit like dozing off, but maybe you can rally in time to go back into the kitchen and get that second (third) piece of pumpkin or pecan pie – and don’t forget the whipped cream!
Turkey and stuffing is what we always think of around this time of year. It’s what the holiday seems to revolve around, no matter who you are or where you are. But let’s take a different tack on the subject!
Stuffing is what’s in the turkey, but in our business at Texas811, it’s also how you can think of what’s underground. Stuffing, and a lot of it – but the stuffing we’re concerned about is pipes, cables, lines and the like.
Texas’ underground is literally stuffed with – well, stuffing. Hundreds of thousands of miles of buried cable and pipeline are beneath our feet, some of it stuffed right on top of each other. While you may get a taste of indigestion from too much stuffing at the table that requires you to take something to settle your stomach, getting a taste of indigestion from the underground stuffing is a lot worse.
Grandma’s oyster stuffing may not kill you (well, maybe it will, we don’t know how long the oysters stayed out on the countertop before they were put into the mix) but taking a bite of gas pipeline certainly could end your holiday rather quickly.
So, we have the stuffing under the ground. Now what do you have to be thankful for? Here in Texas, it’s Texas811, the non-profit call before you dig entity. One easy call starts the wheels turning to get those underground lines and cables marked prior to excavation. And what else do you have to be thankful for? Those great men and women whose job it is to locate those lines and flag them for you.
And finally, there’s this to be thankful for: the 811 service doesn’t cost you a cent. Zero. Zip. Nada.
So this holiday season, don’t be a turkey when it comes to that underground stuffing. Call Texas811 first, and while you wait for those lines to be marked, enjoy another piece of pie!
Until next time, safe digging!
by Scott Finley