Teh Squeaky Wheel
Good morning, GN.
Winter storms began again overnight -- about .75″ of rain. Strong wind gusts this morning. This will be the storm that will likely cause some damage in SoCal. So it goes.
Happy “Missed it by That Much” Monday, Gerbil Nation!
Good morning, Sven!
Harper -- thank you for your submission to the M.O., it was beautiful and what I needed to hear this morning.
Sven -- I hope you and your neighborhood stay safe during this latest round of storms.
well… we’re headed for a pretty ordinary 40 something evening. Low 40s. This is my short day, so I don’t really have to go anywhere, except maybe gassing up a van and doing some recycling outside.
My local Bashas Market is paying $19 per hour, and I know the manager personally, so I think it’s probably time to ask for a raise and or take the plunge and work there, or somewhere else.
I know I could probably get a job working for the IT department of the City of Sedona, but I’m pretty nervous about working for a government, no matter how small it may be. It sounds miserable.
But of course… The pay and the benefits, are the best you could want. So…. maybe it’s worth it.
Better pay and benefits could free you from some of your current worries, so it’s worth thinking about. If you absolutely can’t stand it, you can always apply at the market.
Hi, Paddy -- good and valid points. I agree that you ought to seriously consider it.
Good morning, Dv8 -- what better place to be than in the belly of the beast?
I miss Fatwa’s daily updates.
Me, too. They were always a welcome first read over coffee.
More of our hillside across the street came down, but they came by and plowed the debris away. Got drenched outside putting up makeshift flow barriers and such. That’ll teach me to do a better job and to take this more seriously before the next storm hits on the weekend. Unfortunately, the heaviest part of this one isn’t coming for a few more hours.
Do you have sandbags? Or is that something on your list before the weekend? Prayers that any mud/debris flows are light enough to be handled by your flow barriers.
Sandbags wouldn’t do much good. Luckily, we are on the top of the hill so the heavy flow isn’t much of a problem. What we are lacking is rain gutters to move the roof runoff away from the structure. In hindsight, these nice flower beds with heavy wood borders end right before the roof runoff. I did some work to redirect the roof water and that will have to do for now.
Two more large borders fell out of the hillside right across the street blocking about a third of the road. I manged to move one a few feet, but the other one ain’t going anywhere.
We are used to fire danger, but not this much rain. The flash flood warnings in effect now go until midnight. I’m not worried about flooding, but if the hillside across the street loses much more, their oak trees are maybe coming down. That will take out the power lines and their natural gas line is in the same location. Not to mention that they’ll end up in our front yard, altho maybe won’t hit the house directly.
I’m a tad nervous.
One thing I don’t have and should, is some outdoor-waterproof hazard lights. There’s one solar powered tiki style torch light that’s still functioning -- shoved it in the ground next to the boulder. Hopefully that will alert any drivers. It’s dark here anyhow and harder to see in this rain. I should add rain gear to my list.
I get it now. I thought the flow barriers were for rain/mud/debris coming from the hillside across the street, not flow from your roof. Prayers that the hillside and oaks stay where they are. Be safe.
Thanks -- we’ll take all the prayers we can get.
Prayers are continuing, my friends.
I just read that the Consumer Product Safety Commission wants to ban gas stoves because they produce oxides of nitrogen, carbon monoxide, and fine particulates. Obviously all the really dangerous consumer products have been eliminated.
Yeah, out of my cold dead hands…
Yes, I know how to cook on an electric range. No, I don’t want to and I see no reason why I should have to.
Oh, and Hai!