Mike Mulligan’s Annie, Dunbar students take a train trip for bees

Mike Mulligan’s Annie

While there have been plenty of local complaints about the mountain of dirt and boulders arising from the roundabout at Agua Caliente Road, I found the scene laughable last week as I drove by.

Perched like a King of the Hill was an old beater backhoe tractor bearing the clever hand-scribbled sign, “Mike Mulligan’s Annie?” Of course, any kid who loved books remembers the hero of Virginia Lee Burton’s 1939 tale of Mike Mulligan and his hard working partner, Annie, an old fashioned steam shovel. I wonder how many folks passing by knew the reference. As for me and my sweetie, we were pleased.

On the other hand, the creation that is developing on that site remains a mystery and has not been so favorably accepted by all.

Complaints have ranged from “it blocks a safe view,” to “that looks like earthquake trouble ready to tumble.” As for us, we’ll form an opinion when we see what evolves.

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