I got a double whammy of bad news on my last visit to Roundrock. First I stopped in the local hardware store, hoping to get some bags of dirt (to fill in what I think is a burrow in the top of the dam). They didn’t have any, but I noticed that they didn’t have the usual stacks of blocks I’ve been buying to continue my wall in front of the cabin. I asked about this, and they told me they had sold out the last of their supply and that anyone who wanted the blocks needed to special order them. Also, they weren’t going to supply the pinkish ones (called Rose Stone) any longer. The colors they would supply were not nearly as vibrant as the Rose Stone.
So here I have a half-finished wall, and in order to finish it (over the years) I’ll have to use different colored blocks. I’m not too happy about that.
The second bit of bad news I got was when I stopped in the local feed store to grab some more Bentonite (again, for filling that burrow in the top of the dam). The man there told me that they didn’t carry it any longer. I had always understood that it was used as a feed supplement, and Roundrock is in the middle of cattle country. But the man at the feed store said that no one bought it for that. It was only people who wanted to plug leaks in their ponds that bought the Bentonite (me).
So now I can’t get my Bentonite as easily either. There is a supply of it in a town about thirty miles up the highway (at least there was the last time I checked, which was probably more than a year ago). I don’t even know where to find it in Kansas City, but if I did, I wouldn’t be happy about hauling all of that weight a hundred miles before I could use it.
So no more Rose Stone and no more Bentonite. The gods hate me.