Well, the good news is that it stopped raining last night. The bad news
is that there is now about 2 ft of snow on the ground with more coming.
A couple more years of this and we can declare the drought over. The
power was out but it came on just BEFORE I went out to get the generator
running and plugged in. Ah, simple pleasures are the best. The LA
Times fairy didn't come this morning (not surprisingly) but he called
and apologized for only having been able to make it as far as the
general store. Wow. I'll walk over to the post office later and pick
up my paper and some milk at the store. The satellite dish is a lump on
the edge of the roof but I have some basic cable channels (comes with
the computer hookup) so I can catch the local news and whatever really
stupid stuff I care to watch.
Usually the snow plow is here by now. I noticed that the local grader
and the skip loader had been brought out and chained up yesterday. Ever
heard of that kind of stuff happening? Oh well, we hit the market last
Monday and so are well provisioned for a week or two. Got the heater on
in the shop. All is well.
Vista was really great for a long, long while. It was 15 minutes to
the beach, an hour to the desert (Anza Borrego), an hour to water
ski in one of half a dozen lakes, an hour to the mountains (Palomar,
w/ telescope), 2 hours to several snowski areas (San Bernardino mts.),
and an hour and a half to a whole different country (Mexico or
HelL.A., take your pick)
But I don't miss it from my little Rogue Valley.
(Where are you, jo4hn? Sounds UP THERE.)
"Excess regulation and government spending destroy jobs and increase
unemployment. Every regulator we fire results in the creation of over
>the snow but never have to actually go there.
Having just returned from a week in Northern Ohio where the sun did not
shine for 8 straight days, it rained or misted every day, had ground level
fog with less than a quarter mile visibility the day I left, and temps that
seemed frozen in the high 40's during the day, the low 30's at night that
resulted in a killing frost, reminded me again why I came to SoCal.
That and the fact that when the Browns beat the Bengals and the local TV
jocks spent at least 10 hours dissecting the game.
But what the hell, nothing much else to do in Northern Ohio this time of
year, especially with 7-10 ft waves on Lake Erie during much of that time.
The airline even screwed up forcing an overnight stay at there expense, in
the interconnect city, but that is another issue.
That fact that I can stand at my front door, look up at the mountains and
see the snow on them, knowing that snow will never touch the ground I walk
on is worth all the nonsense you endure to live here in SoCal.
Another benefit this year is that since California will vote democratic, we
are not bothered with any of the political bull shit from either Bush or
The only time either one shows up is when they need money.
Up with grits.
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