A Root? No. It’s a 8.5 foot mammoth tusk.*
And so the construction work on a 118-unit apt complex
stops dead while AMLI Residential recognizes and does the right thing:
calls in the scientists,
since the benefits “outweigh the costs.”**
Unlike the dad one of my 1968 3rd graders show & told all about:
Daddy’s backhoe dug up a bone as big as this room & he said,
“God damn-it; bury it! Quick!”
(And pretend it was a root?)
* Christian Sidor, Seattle’s Burke Museum paleontologist, says, “Generally tusks like this are the last thing left” once time passes and animals have removed what’s, well, what’s removable, I guess. I’m thinking this means that probably the construction company will resume work after this brief halt to accommodate the scientists, since further findings are unlikely? Stay tuned.
** Scott Koppelman of AMLI Residential
“Woolly U B My Valentine” is from the hand-made sign put up at a near-by-to-the-tusk-scene day care center. Cute.