# What do you do with…

…a rock this big?

They dug up this giant chunk of (probably) limestone while excavating the basement on our new house this past week. The photo doesn’t really give you an idea of the scale; it’s about 5 feet wide and 3 feet tall! Technically this is our giant chunk of limestone, so we’ve considered: (1) digging a pond in the backyard and turning the rock into a water feature; (2) cutting it up and making urban-modern countertops out of it; (3) putting it at the front of the driveway and carving our last name and street address into it; (4) selling it on eBay (but can you imagine the shipping?). Any other creative ideas?

By the way, my wife is blogging now and is a lot more consistent about adoption- and house-related stuff than I am.

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### 5 responses to “What do you do with…”

1. Eric

Do what the IU football team did with a big piece of limestone left over from the stadium construction: put it on a pedestal, give it a name (“the rock”), and make it a focal point for your pregame (or workday) routine (http://iuhoosiers.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/101105aac.html?pic=22).

I can see it now…you mount it on a pedestal at the end of your driveway. The words “the kernel” are chiseled into the pedestal base. You walk out your front door with your coffee and laptop in hand, walk purposefully towards “the kernel”, and give it a good slap. You then let out a loud “whooop” and make a mad dash for your classroom.

Of course, if we keep the connection to IU football, you will arrive at your classroom full of optimism and excitement that this time things will be different. You believe that you will finally convince students that (x+y)^2 does not expand to x^2 + y^2, and that the process of solving a problem is often times more important than getting an answer. Of course, 5 minutes into class, everything will fall apart, and 3 students will spend 30 minutes arguing with you about why they should get some partial credit for expanding (x+y)^2 as x^2 + y^2…and the year will be just as frustrating and disappointing as every other year.

2. We live on a mountain ridge. Three inches below the surface is nothing but solid limestone.

3. Eric – Ha! “The kernel”. I like it.

4. #3. That’s what I did with mine. I’ll put a photo up soon.