(flickr photo by eselmann)

So, you’re digging holes in your back yard to erect posts for a new deck … or to plant some new trees … or to bury gold bullion?

You might consider making a phone call first.

This Sunday, Aug. 11, is 811 Day.


Atmos Energy is encouraging everyone across the country to call 811 before digging in their yards.

An Atmos representative will come out free of charge to make sure you’re not about to sink a shovel blade into a gas line or some other underground utility line.

There …  Blotch just saved your life, or at least prevented you from sitting at home in the dark in a house with no lights or air for a day or two.

You’re welcome.

By the way, Aug. 11 is also the day that the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar began in 3114 B.C.

But you don’t need to remember that.