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This is the Walker River, a few miles east of Sonora Pass on Highway 120. The river eventually empties into Walker Lake in Nevada. Like Mono Lake, Walker Lake has no outlet except evaporation or absorption.
There's another someone who wanders around out in the hills where the dogs and I often take our morning constitutional. Her shoes leave a shallow, boat-shoe-like impression, quite dainty next to my manly, off-road boot prints. We've not crossed paths, but the evidence of her passing is apparent in the soft sand and I feel a certain irrational kinship. There is evidence of others, too, off-roaders and shooters. The evidence of their passing is not so subtle and I feel no kinship to them, just disappointment. Certainly, we're all trespassers. After all, if you don't own the land, then you're trespassing. But I'm pretty sure that there are degrees of offense. A hierarchy, I suppose. Some of us leave mere footprints as evidence of our passing. That's got to count for something in the Book of Judgements.
I had no idea that cattails changed colors.
The Wine CommonSanta
Tip of the glass to Carolyn for coining the term: Wine CommonSanta
Hollywood Boulevard, looking east toward the most recognizable intersection in the world, Hollywood & Vine, circa 1948. The Art DecoKress building on the right was the international headquarters of legendary Frederick's of Hollywood from 1949 until 2008. The Kress was a chic night club for a short time. The building is currently vacant and for sale. In the distant right, as large as a hotel, is the Hollywood Broadway department store.
Image scanned from a Kodachrome slide and appears courtesy of Vintage Los Angeles & Arnold Hylen Archives. Mr Hylen documented much of pre-freeway LA on film.
30) NO. It replaces money in the general fund that Moonbeam moved elsewhere. There is NO NEW MONEY FOR SCHOOLS in this proposal.
31) I Don't Care if the state budget is a two year or one year budget, those boneheads will screw it up.
2) YES. Public employee unions have pretty much destroyed this state. Get them out of politics.
33) YES Allows good driver discounts to apply when you change car insurance providers.
34) YES Gets rid of the death penalty. We spend billions of dollars on unending appeals and never execute anyone. Waste of money. Let's stop the charade.
35) NO. Human trafficking is awful. It is also already illegal. This is a basket of worms and won't help.
36) YES. Modifies Three Strikes to apply to violent felonies not shoplifting.
37) NO. Another basket of worms. Pragmatically, the GMO labeling will end up having the same effect as these Prop 65 signs do:
38) NO. We spend over $300,000.00 per classroom each year on education, yet teachers and parents are buying crayons and copy paper at Staples so the kids can have classroom supplies. Half the money spent on education goes to administrative costs. The schools don't need more money, they need to stop flushing money down the toilet.
SIDEBAR: Munger's ballot measure (38) would raise more money than Moonbeam's Prop 30 and put it ALL in the classroom. Ask yourselves why the teacher unions support Prop 30. Hint: It ain't about the kids.
39. NO. Always vote no on tax increases. If enacted, the higher taxes will be used to fund new, Solyndra type alternative energy projects and NOT to reduce the deficit or to cover regular state spending.
40. YES. Not that redistricting will help much. But maybe.
The traffic was jacked up on El Cerrito after I dumped the House Blond at school, so I zipped up the onramp and ended up behind a tractor trailer rig hauling decomposing bodies. The unbearable stench set up a roiling in my nether regions that took hard work to keep down. No place to go, neither, I was hemmed in and mine was the next exit anyway. Worse, there was body fluids leaking from the ass end of the trailer that threw a fine mist onto the front end of Mrs TWC's freshly laundered Hamster Car.
Dude, I was half way up the hill, with all four windows down, before I could breath normally again. I'm tellin' you what.....it was a ghastly, cookie-tossing, rotting corpse kind of smell. Anyone who has ever caught a whiff of a dead body after three days in the desert heat knows exactly what I mean. I guess you figured out by now that the car got the second bath of the week this morning.
In Other News:
The heat wave evaporated and the temps dropped twenty degrees since I hiked out to this ridge with the dogs early Wednesday morning.
Those familiar with So Cal might recognize the back (east) side of Saddleback. At an elevation cloes to 5,700 feet, it is the highest peak in Orange County. The civilization at the base of the mountains is, from right to left, Eagle Glen, Dos Lagos, Trilogy, and Sycamore Creek.
Daisy was baked when we got back and she simply clumb* right into the 100 gallon water trough I keep the animals. That dog loves her some water.
The 4X6 is for the cats to stand on when they get a drink.
Even though our serial arsonist is on death row at San Quentin, it still seems that we can't have three decent days in row without wildfire. And it ain't even hot yet. Been breezy and cool. I suppose it's a function of population density and dry chaparral.
Fire across Lake Mathews burning near Tin Mine Road taken from my bedroom deck. The smoke is about four miles away.
The old tin mines in this area provided a significant amount of tin production in the US for decades. I'm thinking arson or off-roaders.
The pilots amaze me. Awesome is an overused term but they do an awesome job under incredible stress. Yes, those are high tension electric lines. I believe this is a Huey Twin 212. Maybe one of you plane guys can verify or correct that.
These things can suck up 300 gallons of water in about a minute.
This plane drops plumes of pink fire retardent that looks similar to pink slime. It appears to be a Lockheed P-2 Neptune. Again, I ain't a plane guy, so corrections are welcomed.
As of 9:00 PDT the fire appears out, though I can see a few flashing lights with binoculars.
Happened to glance out the window Monday morning and thought the light was kind of interesting. You are looking at the Lake Mathews Estelle Mountain nature reserve, which encompasses most of the open area and then arcs around to the left. several miles further out, at the base of hills, lies Corona, California.
Box Spring Mountain is at the east end of March Air Force Base near the intersection of I-215 and I-60 in Moreno Valley. The mountain is only red in the setting sun for a few minutes on certain clear evenings. It is about fifteen miles southeast of Casa de las Rocas Grandes, humble abode of TWC.
The Disney Wonder (Dude, that's a stupid name for a ship) is 964 feet long with 11 decks. It takes 950 crew members to keep 2,700 passengers happy.
The Diz is cruising out to open sea from the Port of Los Angeles. We happened to be in the bar at the Ports O'Call restaurant with my old buddy Chuck and his better half, waiting for El Jeronimo de Crow to take the plunge. Again. And, there it was. An impressive sight.
Decks crowded. Music playing. When the escort boats called out their well wishes, a deafening cheer went up. Apparently it isn't really 1933. Either that, or these guys plan to just keep dancing.