All Tapped Out
Sap House Bill pulled his 20 taps over the weekend. It seems that 2008 is going to go down in legend as one of the best maple syrup seasons that anyone living can remember. This comes on the heels of the worst season anyone can remember. The rule of thumb seems to be a quart of finished syrup per tap. Bill ended up with 10 gallons from his 20 taps. And the season isn't officially over yet. I thought he should ride the wave as far as it would take him so when he's a crotchety old man he could thrill his grandchildren, and everyone else who makes eye contact with him, with an even more impressive syrup total in the miraculous year of ought-eight. But he has burned every scrap of wood that wasn't well nailed down, and has people scouring the countryside for old shipping pallets, so maybe it is time to quit.