So. We bought the cinder blocks, we called the rain gutter guy to come back and shorten the down spout so that it stopped over the barrel. We set the birthday barrel (made from a recycled olive barrel) up on the blocks. Nothing happened. I look in it every day, but something is not right. So I went back and and read the fine print on the how-to manual. It says, 'just' add rain.
Oh.I think I want my money back, cause we don't have that stuff here.