The only thing separating the passersby from falling into a four foot deep hole just beyond that pile of dirt and concrete was a flimsy line of caution tape. Reminded me of people taping off big swathes of territory on the sidewalks at Mardi Gras time, with the added peril of a moat involved. Throw me a new sidewalk mister!
Stage 2 came the following Tuesday afternoon:
Caught the tail end of two fellows from Entergy filling in the hole and carefully separating out the concrete from the dirt as you can see here. The fellow finishing it off with the shovel told me it would be repaved by the end of the week. I should've gotten his name so that I could wield it like a talisman when the end of the week passes and no fresh concrete is there. I'm not very optimistic.
Stage 3 allows us to have street parking back but pedestrians can still go jump:
Things could always be worse, of course. It could be the Sewerage and Water Board opening up this hole and leaving it 'til Mardi Gras time.
Aside from all that, it has been a good Hannukah with the little guy's birthday right smack in the middle of it. Cannot believe he's eight years old. Did I really bring him this far through life on this planet without his losing a limb or something? Apparently, both Dan and I have. Amazing.
Update, 12/17: Stage 4:
and...slight drum roll please....Stage 5, done yesterday:
WE HAVE PAVEMENT...with a small debris pile beside it.