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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Heavy Rain


It's been raining here, intermittently, for over a week. There are two trees fallen across the trail down the mountain. The electricity is on and off. When it's on, you can watch the lamp glow brightly, then dim, then glow again. Consequently I have everything electronic that's not on a battery back  up shut down. I'm using my Kindle for this post since I don't want my computer on while the power is so unsettled.  Later I'll turn on the generator for an hour and run the house off that power. Doesn't hurt to use the system once in awhile.

The forest is primeval. With all this rain, and the heat, mist is rising up out of the forest floor. Tonight there will be sprites.  Decaying plant matter creates methane pockets. The water forces the gas up out of the pockets, and in the dark it has a fluorescent greenish yellow glow. The Cherokee thought these twisting tendrils of light in the darkness were spirits. The Scots Irish thought they were lost souls, and even today there are plenty of people in the mountains who think that.  Even when you know the rational explanation for what you are seeing it's an eerie experience.

The humidity is astronomical and l am going to have an impressive power bill this month. Without climate control equipment mold and mildew would make living here nearly untenable in summer. One of the primary reasons I have a large generator is to insure I can run this equipment in a long outage during the summer. The longest I've ever had to live completely on generator power was two weeks, after the remnants of a gulf hurricane came through and flattened the county. Other than the noise and the stink it wasn't too bad.

Nothing planned for tonight.  I'll read for awhile, listen to shortwave, and go on to bed. Sleeping is easy with the rain rattling on the shake roof.

30 comments:

  1. Harry,

    I've been reading your blog for years.

    You are still on top of your game.

    Be well.

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    1. I appreciate that. You're talking to a fellow who paid his phone bill twice this month without realizing it. I feel the aged hand of dotage clutching at me!
      ;-)

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  2. I hope your power gets back to normal soon. That can be aggravating.

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    1. The power here has always been unreliable. The power company uses their fees to build opulent office buildings that make the Hilton Hotel look shabby. They use hundreds of thousands of dollars to make loans to the members of the board of directors, but our power grid would make an African blanch with embarrassment.

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  3. Harry,

    I think our heat wave is now over out here, we are now getting rainstorms today (badly needed with the drought conditions). The good news is the corn is coming up fast, and the squash/pumpkins even quicker.

    I have never seen sprites, but would love to see some before I kick the bucket. Interesting phenomena sounds like. I wonder if it spooks your dogs?--T

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    1. I hope the heat has settled down for you. It's not as bad as it was here, either.

      I'm not sure the dogs even see the sprites. I don't know if dogs see that kind of light. My son and I were driving home once, at night and in heavy rain. We saw so many of these things along a tree line that it looked like the woods were smoking with greenish light. We pulled the truck over to watch.

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    2. sort of like an earthbound aurora borealis!

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    3. That would be so interesting, and eerie!!!

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    4. Deb,

      It's more like a little tornado looking thing, up to about six feet high, that just quivers instead of spinning. You only see them at night, after a heavy rain, when there's no wind. Only where the forest floor hasn't been disturbed, or where the plowing has been very shallow.

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    5. It's very eerie. Even when you know what you are seeing, the fact that you see it only when the forest is dripping, at night, in dense foliage is a bit discomforting.

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  4. Harry - both jam and i are as scientific-minded as you are but we are both aware of the sprites of the forest and the call of the sirens! it doesn't matter the rational explanation because the rational explanation makes no more sense than the mythical!

    the night before last we were out in the hottub and saw several thousand fireflies. we have never seen that many before. but on the night that the moon and venus lined up it was cloudy and we didn't see a thing. just because we don't see it, hear it (if a tree falls in the forest), or know it...doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

    kind of like - if you are paranoid, it doesn't mean that they aren't watching you.

    sending much love to a very dear friend. oh and i have a ton of questions about raising/training dogs. expect many emails. your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, it's a beautiful phenomena, and the fact that it's rare makes it all the more enjoyable. The weather is perfect for the sprites tonight.
      I'll be glad to help all I can with the pup. I'm really glad you got a dog. The life you lead up there just cries out for a dog in the family.

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    2. kymber,
      i think it is 'five acres and a dream' blog where there are dog training articles.

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    3. thanks so much deb - i read 5 acres all of the time and have marked some of their posts. i have marked theirs and a few others but i just know that Harry has some secret inside tips too - teehee!

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  5. Think I will be hearing the rain tonight as well.. Radar shows a line of thunderstorms headed my way. But I don't have to contend with the results of a storm like you do. Sometimes we lose power during a storm, but generally it is only out for a few hours at most.

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    1. Nobody"important" lives in my part of the county so we don't get our power restored until everyone else has, and even then the EMC is not overly concerned. The worst part of storms for me is cleaning up the mess afterwards.

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  6. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    The weather here is just hot and humid as usual.

    I did not do too much today.

    I did talk with a good friend of mine about old diesels. I found a First Gen, Dodge Diesel in restored condition on Craigslist with only 14,000 miles on it. I think the truck sat for most of its life and someone who knew what they are doing re-worked the truck, repainted and basically restored the truck to almost showroom condition.

    they are asking the princely some of $23.000 for that Dodge Diesel.

    One day I will get an old diesel. Probably an old Ford 7.3 from the early 1990's.

    For the price of a new diesel. I can by a house which would be the better investment.

    I have two friends that lost their jobs recently due to different reasons., Both have mortgages, two car payments on new cars and kids and the whole Yuppie lifestyle.

    One took a anther job temporary job with a 30% paycut (Electrical Engineer) and the other just got his (Masters Degree in Accounting) and he lost his job as an accounting firm. Now the Accountant is mowing lawns and does yard and laborer work until he finds another job (The accountant also did a tour in Iraq years ago and has an Honorable Discharge, U.S. Army)

    He was trimming palm trees yesterday for cash......

    Welcome to the new economy and welcome to debt and the possibility of losing everything.

    I know the engineer has to compete against foreign workers coming in. The Accountant will find work soon enough and is in a better position. However they both are trying to live the Yuppie lifestyle. The Engineer tells me him, his wife and kids were eating out three times a week at a cost of upwards of $160 sometimes (including eating out at lunches)

    as fast as they both made money. They spent money.

    I'm mentioning this is because the Greek economy is imploding and could take the EU with it.
    I think It could to start to effect us in October (October has always been a bad month for stocks)

    Sooner or later, the party will be over for the Bull's in the Global Economy. Its setting up for a massive failure.

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    1. I'm sorry for your friends. Losing a job is one thing when it's just you, but if you have a wife and kids it's entirely different. Then it verges on the traumatic.

      Getting a job as an accountant isn't that easy these days. A lot of young people got degrees in accounting in the nineties and early in this century, there was a "bulge" in graduations. Technology has made accounting less and less a people thing and more and more a program thing. Maybe the guy will find a job if he interviews with a veteran. I know I always did everything I could to help veterans get hired with my company. The big boss, who was a real pig, had been an airman something or other and did his whole 3 year stint at the pentagon working in a computer room, but he did cut some slack for veterans. The only people he would give preference to over veterans were women with big boobs and a nice behind. Those he hired, whether they could use a calculator or not.

      Looks to me like things are just preceding down the path predicted by the so called "Doomsday" financial analysts. I'm not surprised.

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  7. Wow - two weeks on genny power - that's hectic. Must've cost a fortune too?!

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    1. It wasn't too bad, Dani. Diesel fuel was pretty cheap then, and I have two above ground 500 gallon tanks so that wasn't the hard part. The tough thing was power management, since my generator wouldn't run air, freezers, refrigerators, washing machines, dryer, etc all at once. You had to think about what you were doing and that gets old after awhile.

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  8. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I saw something scary on drudgereport. Hillary will attend and make a speech at a La Raza convention in Kansas City, Missouri.

    Hillary will be addressing a Mexican separatist group that wants to take four western states as their own Mexican country and legitimizing ethnic cleansing (of white people) in those states shows her radicalism.

    I can see California and New Mexico being taken. I also can see half of Arizona being taken by La Raza. The other half will be heavily armed, pissed off Arizona residents and ranchers forming militia's and fighting back.

    Texas, well that's another animal. I can see El Paso being taken by La Raza and maybe some border communities sometime in the future (but La Raza wont get too far into Texas) once the Ranchers, white Texans and a great many Texan's of Mexican decent start fighting back.
    It will be ugly, a repeat of Texas war for Independence over a hundred and fifty years ago. What will be lost and what will be gained will be anybody's guess. I suspect the Eagle Ford oil play will be fought over for the oil and natural gas. Knowing the history of a Mexican armies and how they operate (a lot like the current Iraq army) I think Texas will remain largely intact and stay in the hands of Texans.

    I don't know how exactly to say this, but being around Mexicans and Mexican americans most of my life. They make great bandits, insurgents and guerilla fighters, but trying to have an actual well equipped and well trained professional fighting force, it just does not and will never exist in the Mexican culture. The reason why is everyone is ultimately centered on themselves, from the private to the general. The whats in it for me, mentality (like I said, something like the Iraq army)
    On the army of La Raza, most of them will flee when faced with a dedicated resistance.
    If La Raza invaded Texas. Local Posse's and Militia's, I believe will be formed and knowing the Texas Redneck's (being propped up by oil money to keep the oil field from falling into La Raza's hands) The Texan's will most likely mount a hell of a resistance and offensive that could spill over into Mexico. I also can see the Permian Basin oil field in South Eastern New Mexico being taken by Texas.

    In the end run, if La Raza starts up and takes territory. I see them as a relatively poor and mismanaged third world state.

    This is just a long term hypothesis on what could happen if America falls and balkanizes sometime in the future.

    Now I would 'Not" call myself a 'Republic of Texas" person or anything like that. I am a student of history. I would go as far as calling myself a futurist that 'reads the tea leaves of the future' based on the past.

    What determines a countries destiny is their cultural roots in past. The social fabric of the people, their view of their own history, and what path they choose to be in the future.
    (That's one reason I am not worried about the Deep South and the Confederate flag) The attitudes of the embedded residents of the deep south go all the way back to Scotland and Ireland over 200 years ago.

    Those attitudes formed the genesis of the culture in Texas and that's why I see Texas in some form surviving the turmoil of the future despite La Raza and their influence.

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    1. I know La Raza. They were making a pain in the ass of themselves in New Mexico when I was going to school at UNM in the early seventies. They tend to go in for long winded speeches on Cinco De Mayo, then everybody gets drunk and that's that. I gather some of the younger one's now are throwing chests and making noise about "despues de los gringos," But I don't see them being much of a threat in terms of running us out of anywhere. Why bother. Their birth rate is astronomical, it's nothing for a 28 year old woman to have ten kids. Their immigration rate is the highest of all the spum thrown up by the immigration wave. They already run The Peoples Democratic Republic of Kalifornia, and they are taking over in New Mexico and Arizona. They are doing these things without breaking a sweat.

      I don't know about Texas. The common people there still have values but the politicians are the same pusillanimous Quisling pansy crowd as anywhere else. The state government decided to stop issuing Sons of Confederate Veterans license plates here not long ago. It went to the Supreme Court, and of course that merry band of political appointees and demenia sufferers upheld Texas.

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  9. Harry,

    The rain stopped just for one day here, and keeps coming. Yesterday we picked up 3 inches. We picked up several surge protectors for our computer and TV to prevent destroying them when the power flickers. Power flickering happens often here in OK when we have storms. The surge protectors have really made a difference. Several years back when we didn't have the surge protectors our computer ended up totally destroyed.

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    1. Sandy, I use the battery backup/ line conditioners type of suppressor. They do cost a little more but they will protect you against anything short of an overhead blast or a direct strike on your place. It's not possible here to forgo some type of surge suppression because the power grid here is so bad.

      It hasn't rained here today, but it did last night for quite awhile. Looks like more rain tonight.

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  10. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    I saw a pic of Hillary (Clinton) from the early 1970's with a Confederate flag in her bookcase in the background on this blog/ website http://knuckledraggin.com/
    You will have to scroll down a ways to find it, and I have to warn you. The blog is rather crude for some folks (P-13) but I saved the pic.

    Hillary with a Confederate flag. You may want to check this one out.

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    1. Hillary is a whore in more than one sense of the word. She doesn't have any values other than the expedient kind.

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  11. Heavy rain here too, 7 inches in a matter of hours late last week. The road flooded and took out driveways, not only the gravel but there are gaping holes over the drainage ditches. They can't get their car out unless they go cross country to the neighbor's drive. The vegetation was flattened at least 100 yards on the other side of the road from the current. This was just water coming off the hills and overspill from the lake. Further up the creek came out and you can normally walk across it. We have rain all this week too, The total for June was 13.4 inches, the wettest back to 1874. Be careful up there.

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    1. Makes you wonder, doesn't it Kathy? The weather has been absolutely berserk the last three years. I don't know if it's just some kind of temporary thing, or if it's really changing. I know it's been a lot harder to live up here in the mountains, especially in winter. I didn't build my place to handle sub zero weather, in the 1980's that was unheard of. Now it's become common. These torrential storms are new too. They seem to come and just stay, where as in years past you would have a thunderstorm of short duration each evening, and that would be it. I hope you get through all that out there without problems. Sounds like your neighbor is having plenty to deal with.

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    2. Yeah, they have a plank so they can walk across. I saw some guys there yesterday that looked like they were going to reconstruct it. We're under more flood warnings today, the flash type.

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    3. I need to listen to our weather report. I would bet even odds that we are in for thunderstorms and rain tonight. It has that "feel" outside.

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