I’m gonna be honest with you, I know pretty much nothing about trucks. Maybe I know more than I give myself credit for, but if I agreed with that statement it would create a paradox. People are always surprised to hear that I don’t know everything about cars, because my dad is such a car nut and he’s always helping people troubleshoot and fix their car problems. I know how to drive and I know the rules of the road and everything, I’m just talking about the mechanics of vehicles themselves. I may not know anything about auto window tinting, but these guys do.
There are probably some people that I know more than, but who knows. There’s no point in me guessing all the time, I should really stop. The first specific truck that I have memories with was a black truck with a camper in the back. I don’t know the make or model so if you happen to comment, please don’t ask me. I’ll tell you that it had an engine that make vroom vroom noises and it was black. I remember going to a parking lot that I thought was part of a casino, but maybe it was just nearby the casino. It was the same area in downtown Reno where they do the X-Games event. We traded in our minivan for the truck, which disappointed me a ton. I had no idea we were even trading in the minivan, even though I had no say in the decision-making process anyways.
The only real reason I enjoyed that minivan was because there was a small TV in the back seat that had a built-in VCR. So we traded it in and ended up purchasing a truck that day, which we kept for 4-5 years if I can remember correctly. It was instantly recognizable from the sound of its engine, and you could hear the truck coming down the street. I associated that sound with fear, because I was usually in trouble whenever my parents came home. The past is the past, but I still always think about the truck whenever I hear a similar sound, and my heart rate spikes enough to give an elephant high blood pressure.
Well, here we go again. I bought this POS Jetta Diesel that I thought was going to be a sweet deal and a cheap car to drive. The story was – one owner before me and she blew the engine and this mechanic that I met lent up with the car and rebuilt the engine as good as new. Yeah, right.
So I paid slightly over bluebook and took possession of this rolling money hole. First, it blows oil all over the frickin place. Time to have it towed. $100 for the tow, $400 for the repair.
I have it back 3 weeks, then it’s blowing coolant on the ground. $100 for the tow, $400 for the repair.
Okay – 2 months in a row, I’d dropped $500 or more into this damn car. If the people at Reno Towing Company hadn’t been so nice – I’d of thought they were in on it.
So I dumped the car and bought a BMW. What the hell. If I was going to drop $500 a month on a vehicle, it might as well be a BMW. By the way, I added full warranty and free towing (just in case). Sorry Reno Towing – I won’t be needing you again.
There are 3 pretty straight forward methods of getting rid of a gopher. Not a golfer, that you’ll get locked up for. I’m talking about those hairy, little bastards; gophers.
1. Non Lethal
Pet droppings. That’s right. Get your pet droppings and scatter them all around the gopher holes. Keep your cat litter, save your dog droppings, and throw that stuff right down the gopher hole. You won’t need very much, but the more the merrier, those little bastards deserve the worst. Cats and dogs are natural gopher predators so the smell of their number 2s is a natural deterrent to pesky gophers. When they smell the poop, they will assume a predator is nearby and high-tail it right out of your golf course.
2. Use smells that gophers don’t like
Gophers have sensitive noses, so if they smell something they don’t like, they will probably leave. Here are some ideas of smelly things gophers are going to hate.
- Fish. Save your fish guts next time you’re out on the open waters. Gophers hate fish, little known fact about the animal kingdom. It’s like cats and dogs, but the kinds that don’t like each other.
- Castor oil. I don’t even know what it is, but I know gophers hate it. Put it in a spray bottle and apply heavily around the gopher holes.
- Coffee grounds. Don’t throw our your coffee grounds! Well, I mean obviously don’t throw out perfectly good coffee grounds, make some coffee with them, but then don’t throw out what’s leftover. Gophers are very sensitive to coffee grounds because they can’t handle the caffeine. Silly gophers, coffee is delicious. Boy, are they missing out.
- Dryer sheets. Get your laundry soft, but don’t throw out the used sheet. Gophers are rugged animals and don’t like to be soft because then it makes them look like sissies to other gophers.
- Tabasco. Gophers are sensitive to spicy foods, especially tabasco. Such a shame. I love a little tabasco. Once I exploded tabasco all over the kitchen at the golf course and had to get everything cleaned. The only saving grace was this kitchen hood cleaning Sacramento.
That’s right. Good old fashioned dynamite. This is my personal favorite. I really like blowing things up and gophers are no exception to the rule. As a groundskeeper you have to know when enough is enough and when you need to bring out the big guns. Sometimes you really just have to lay down two, three, four, five, six, twenty sticks of dynamite in your gopher holes and just blow those little suckers sky high. Now you’ll have some damages to the grounds, sure, but any gopher within 200 miles of that blast will know for sure not to wander into your golf course.
4. Some Stupid Gopher Plant
This isn’t as fun as the dynamite and requires you to plant some stuff, which isn’t so bad, I guess, but it’s not like blowing anything up. There is a plant called Gopher Spurge. This is supposed to drive away gophers, but I don’t know if it works at all. Personally I think you are crazy if you read past dynamite.