Monday, August 28, 2017
We have been watching the activities in the affected zone with interest, as we have friends who live there. So far, they are safe, if not totally dry. It could be much worse for them.
Much has been made of the conflicting advice in the media, from Gov. Abbott, and the Mayor of Houston. Abbott advocated "get outta Dodge if you can", and the Mayor advocated "shelter in place". Initially, I would side with Abbott, if you can evacuate safely and early enough, do it. Pack your $h/7 and get moving. But the Mayor also pointed out the last time they tried to evac Houston all at once, it didn't go very well! H. Rita, again, anyone? Yeah, that evac killed 100+ people, just through the evac process. Folks stranded for hours and days on the flooding roads...and this event with Harvey is worse. Much worse on flooding. I suspect far more than the 5 thus recorded fatalities, would have occurred during evacuation. I can see wisdom in both approaches.
I would like to thank, though, all the first responders, the Cajun Navy, the tree cutters, linemen, telco guys, the ham radio folks, the various formal disaster services, Texas Guards (National and State), the neighbors helping neighbors, the internet folks trying to coordinate aid and assistance, the weather folks for getting it real damned accurate this time (Steve McCauley!) Red Cross, Salvation Army and anyone else who is helping those in need whom I have failed to mention in specific. Thank you! This is what makes America great.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
Yesterday I got word, on short notice, that a place on the Rescue Wagon had been secured for Sarge, and he would be going to a shelter (no-kill) in Cheyenne WY. Apparently they have a nice community program, and a much larger adoption pool for Sarge to find his Forever Home from.
It would've been very easy to foster-fail him. He fit into our pack and routine so easily. He's very gentle and loving, and not a big barker either. We had a good handle on his separation anxiety. But...if we had kept him, we would have to opt out of fostering any other dogs. We are maxed out at 4 dogs (3 Ridgebacks and 1 foster). As is, with DH's probable hip surgery coming up, having one less dog in the house should make it easier for him to navigate whilst recovering. We are planning on helping walk dogs that have been pulled for rescue groups, that are housed offsite. It's a way we can help out, without bringing another dog home after DH's surgery. Once all that is cleared up, we may well do short term fosters. That makes space and pens available, for intake, and helps reduce the euthanasia risk.
Sarge, I will miss you! I wish you all the best, in finding your forever family. It was hard to let you go, but I have to trust the process. I hope you love the change in climate, and discover snow!
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Sunday, August 20, 2017
Psalm 64. (NIV)
For the director of music. A psalm of David.
1 Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint;
protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
2 Hide me from the conspiracy of the wicked,
from the plots of evildoers.
3 They sharpen their tongues like swords
and aim cruel words like deadly arrows.
4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent;
they shoot suddenly, without fear.
5 They encourage each other in evil plans,
they talk about hiding their snares;
they say, “Who will see it?”
6 They plot injustice and say,
“We have devised a perfect plan!”
Surely the human mind and heart are cunning.
7 But God will shoot them with his arrows;
they will suddenly be struck down.
8 He will turn their own tongues against them
and bring them to ruin;
all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
9 All people will fear;
they will proclaim the works of God
and ponder what he has done.
10 The righteous will rejoice in the Lord
and take refuge in him;
all the upright in heart will glory in him!
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
- Airworthy (source Wikipedia)
- 123088 - owned by Airstation Inc. in Arlington, Washington.
- 126792 - owned by Aero-Trans Corp. in Ocala, Florida.
- On display
- 123100 - National Naval Aviation Museum at NAS Pensacola in Pensacola, Florida. It was the seventh AF-2S produced. The aircraft was operated as a firefighter until 1978. It was acquired by the museum in 1980. It is displayed in the colors of its first Navy assignment, though still carries the number "30" on the cowling, which for many years was the aircraft's call-sign as a firefighting aircraft;
- 129233 - Pima Air Museum, Tucson, Arizona. This aircraft is displayed as it appeared while serving as an aerial firefighter with Aero Union in California. During this period the distinctive empennage with twin vertical stabilizers on each horizontal tail were removed to make a more conventional appearance.
- 126731 - Static display at the Commemorative Air Force's Mesa facility in Mesa, Arizona as a memorial to VAdm James B. Stockdale, who flew this aircraft early in his Navy career.
Per a wise gentleman on the web, who linked me some information on this plane, I know this is #126792 previously based in Ocala FL. Also known as N9995Z, and based on the newest registry of record, it now makes sense why she is in Toco. Mystery solved!
Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Monday, August 7, 2017
All that rain meant we had to set the sump pump out, to drain the water from the back side of the house, lest it flood Monkeyboy's room. DH was getting dressed to go out, and I decided to get out there quickly, as the water was rising.
So I lifted the sump cover and dropped the pump into the hole. Then I went to lay out the discharge hose. As I was coming back to the pump to attach the hose, I misjudged where the sump hole was (being full fo muddy water made it hard to see) and I stuck my left leg smack in the hole. I sort of fell over. Nothing broke, or got sprained, at least in the hip-to-foot region. My low back however, is distinctly unhappy about it.
We eventually opted to install our other pump, one with a float switch. That meant we didn't have to manually plug in the power to the original pump any more.
I spent most of yesterday taking it easy, napping and laying on the heating pad. This morning, it felt pretty good. Though it is a bit tired and achy late this afternoon. And after the morning rains of yesterday, we got yet another 3/4" last night, and this afternoon yet more rain,this time being just over 1/2" in about 20 minutes! It's a good thing I backwashed the pool today, as it probably would've overflowed otherwise.