Saturday, February 23, 2019

I am writing a book...

… about my front yard - it is entitled "A River Runs Through It". Because it's true:


One wag said that we have only gotten rain twice this year - once for 22 days, once for 25. Fortunately I live in a place that won't go underwater, it just gets swampy here. Below the fall line, however, is another story - stuff is gettin' real over there. Could be some major flooding by the time all of this water drains out of the watershed.

However, in deference to and out of respect for my northern friends and neighbors I will once again state, even though we are getting way too much rain here, at least I don't have to shovel it.

12 comments:

chickelit said...

That looks more like a freshet than a river.

Out here, the fear mongers are talking about 900 year floods and the possible upstaging of earthquakes. Of course the heavy rain is all manmade and curable through the Green New Deal. It has been unseasonably cold and we've had our share of rain but nothing like you guys. All the mountains out here are snowcapped, including the lower ones just over 5,000 ft.

Sixty Grit said...

I remember seeing Mt. Hamilton covered with snow on more than one occasion and I remember one day in 1976 when it snowed in Sunnyvale. It is a well known fact that CA drivers can't handle driving in the rain and I am here to tell you that they don't do well in snow, either. Everyone took their car out and crashed it.

Okay, that last is a bit of an exaggeration, but there were an inordinate number of wrecks that morning.

And yeah, that is just my drainage ditch filling up, but normally it rains, some water backs up, it drains away, that's that. That thing has been flowing like that for days. I really should stock it with trout.

chickelit said...

20 years ago, we got trapped by a snowstorm east of San Diego. We had planned to go hiking in the desert (Anza Boreggo) where it’s usually nice in the winter. But we had to go over some mountains to get there. We were also driving a ‘63 T-Bird which had plenty of muscle upfront (390 big block) but really no traction. We had our son (then 6 months) and so a change of plans and a lucky vacancy at a hotel in Julian, CA, let us ride out a snowstorm. When did come time to leave, the Bird could barely make it up a paved 20% grade. People used to carry sandbags in the trunk in cars like that back in WI.

Another time when both my kids were little, they wanted to experience snow and so I drove them up to Mt. Palomar in a ‘03 VW Golf with no chains. Of course we got stuck and had get strangers to help pull us out but the kids never forgot the snow.

Sixty Grit said...

On my first drive from CO to CA we hit a blizzard on 80 as we climbed into the Sierras. We spent hours there, fortunately I had chains and put them on my '65 Rambler Classic 550 (three on the tree, 387 V-8) and after the wreckers cleared the jackknifed semis and the plows cleared the snow we made it through the mountains and down into the lush Central Valley. It was nice to leave winter behind.

I'm Full of Soup said...

Sixty - where do you live?

I have a little stream like that along my driveway here in the Philly burbs. And it has never been there before in 20 years.

ndspinelli said...

The Donner pass is a mofo. I've tried to drive through it and was turned away by snow.

Sixty Grit said...

You are correct, nd, and I never attempted another winter crossing of the Sierras. On other trips I took 120 through Yosemite. On time I got on I-10 in Florida and took that to L.A. No snow on that trip, just sayin'.

I am a bit south of you, AJ, but it looks as though we have been getting the same weather blowing up from the Gulf. As of right this minute it has stopped raining here and we may have as many as 4 days before it starts up again. That would be fine other than the predicted high winds we are supposed to get - the ground is saturated and trees might just get blown over, root ball and all.

windbag said...

Landslides left and right here. I-40, Balsam Mountain, are just two bigger ones. I see a tree came down during the night. Sun is out, but rain is still pooled up everywhere. Someone's house had a tree fall on it, pulling the power lines with it, and they were still in it. The professionals are on the scene. Wind was brisk this morning, but has tapered off. Supposed to pick back up ferociously later on. We went through Asheville twice this week and the number of trees blown down was remarkable. I expect lots more after a few days of high winds.

The best news in all this is that I commented to my wife that I expect to be mowing within two weeks!! Yipee.

Sixty Grit said...

I was talking over the backyard fence with my neighbor and to cheer him up I said pretty much the same thing - time to break out the lawnmowers and begin our annual slog of mowing and swattin' skeeters. Ifn it ain't one thing it's another.

Don't let any trees fall on you, windbag - I am okay here but my shop is in peril due to one guy's white pine trees - those things are a menace.

windbag said...

I think I've said this before, but I knew a guy who used to say that if he could see a white pine from his house, it was too close and needed to be cut down. I've got a bunch of tree work that needs to be done this spring. I'll handle some of it, but I want someone else to get the tricky ones. The wind is just now picking up. At least it'll dry out what it doesn't blow down.

Dad Bones said...

three on the tree

There was a time when most people with a license had to know how to grind gears on the column. I'll bet you could lay a little rubber, if you were so inclined, with that 387 but it usually took awhile getting those shifters into second gear.

Sixty Grit said...

We had that song on a 45. And you are correct - that car would accelerate and it was too fast for the bias belt tires on it.

I sold a Saab 96 and rolled the proceeds from that sale into the Classic. The Saab had a four speed transmission with a column shift - that was unique in my car owning experience. A V-4 engine made by Ford in Germany, mounted in front of the front axle, driving the front wheels, with a free wheeling feature and too many mechanical deficits to list. The shift pattern was not the most peculiar aspect of that vehicle.