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.
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.
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.
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. …
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?
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.
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?
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.