A soggy so-long to spring

13 Responses to “A soggy so-long to spring”

  1. Sharon Says:

    I wish we had some rain here in Texas. I don’t even remember the last time it rained. Severe drought. I love it here so much, but wish we could have some water in the streams and rivers to kayak every now and then. Did a short 25-mile ride the past two evenings. Felt like I was on a treadmill in the oven – over 105 degrees.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Same here, Sharon. We’re way behind on precip’, and I can’t even remember the last time we had a good, soaking rain like the one we got last night and this morning.

      Alas, shortly thereafter the wind came up, 30-45-mph worth, so the moisture is probably evaporating as we speak.

  2. Libby Says:

    Nice video! Like the musical choice. What is it? How do the trees fare with the gravel around them? Is that new? -ish?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Libby, the intro is “Watercolor Short” and the outro “Curtain Call Short.” Both are from iMovie 9′s Jingles collection, which is surprisingly extensive.

      The trees seem to be doing just fine, though I worry about them in this drought. The house dates to 1939; no idea how old the maple by the Toyota pickup is. But it must have a fairly broad root network, and while it’s surrounded by gravel there’s grass just across the sidewalk and a dirt alley to collect and retain water. I also periodically water its base, which is not optimal but (I assume) better than nothing.

      I should really check with the city forester about that tree. We ever lose it, this place is gonna get hotter than Hades. That big rascal keeps the sunshine from frying us like tortillas.

  3. md anderson Says:

    Color me jealous. As Khal mentioned in yesterday’s blog comments New Mexico is burning down around us. The Pacheco Canyon Fire (which it turns out didn’t actually start in Pacheco Canyon) blew up from 900 to 3,100 acres in the heat and SW winds yesterday afternoon. Today is cooler and more humid so it’s laying down pretty well and hand crews are able to get in closer.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      MD, this is the nastiest start to a summer that I can recall in years, maybe since the Hayman fire. The winds sure as hell aren’t helping. A gentle 40-mph zephyr, some standing-dead beetle-killed trees and a dipshit who doesn’t know how to douse a campfire and shazam! We’re off to the races.

      I saw some poor sod trying to ride a bike in this wind this afternoon. He looked like a mime pretending to ride a bike. Talk about going nowhere fast. …

      • khal spencer Says:

        Hey, O’G, why does your site hold posts with links for approval? Its not fuckin’ porn links or anything I put in there….or does it assume its spamming?

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Hey, K … news to me. Maybe it’s part of the latest WordPress “upgrade.” I notice that a lot of things have changed lately on the backend, and I haven’t tracked all of them down yet. I’ll take a squint around the joint here directly and see what’s what. Which post ate your comment?

      • md anderson Says:

        Doesn’t even take a campfire. It’s looking like the Raton area fire was started by an ATV spark. Guess it does take a dipshit however.

      • Khal Spencer Says:

        Offroad vehicles are supposed to be equipped with spark arrestors and heat shields around hot equipment such as catalytic converters and exhaust systems. Sometimes they are not, and your average dipshit may not know or care.

        When we replaced the muffler on our old Ford Exploder, the local shop, even though asked otherwise, replaced it with a cheap model without a heat shield. I never wanted to take that bit of Detroit Iron offroad again after that, at least in the dry season. Others may not even have noticed a difference until the place goes up in smoke.

  4. Khal Spencer Says:

    I don’t know what it is, but it seems the Jet Stream musta set up over us. We still seem to be in a La Nina cycle, and that means more dust and smoke coming out of the sky rather than rain.

    http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/zse/briefer_jetstream.php

    http://www.srh.noaa.gov/srh/jetstream/tropics/enso_impacts.htm

  5. Libby Says:

    Patrick, you mention a WordPress “upgrade” above. Does that include the Google ads that sometimes appear on your site and then disappear? I thought my the software on my phone was malfunctioning but maybe it is WordPress?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Libby, one of the downsides of a free WordPress site (as opposed to the self-hosted version) is that they occasionally whip some unwanted ads on you. Ain’t none of ‘em approved by Your Humble Narrator, that’s for sure. So if you see any ads for wiener pills, Mel Gibson movies or the Republican National Committee, you can be certain I had nothing to do with ‘em.

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