Status check


So. CA CoGogers, are you all right? The fires down there look pretty bad.



I’m a good 3 hours away from the closest one. None going this far south just yet knock on wood . Which is good. I’d rather not have a repeat of 2003 and 2007.


Back from two week tour of some high points of the East Coast. Started in Colonial Williamsburg, then hit museums, parks, landmarks through Norfolk, Myrtle Beach, spent T-Day in Wilmington so we weren’t driving on that day, then Charleston, Savannah, Atlanta, and back home via Corbing KY and Cumberland Falls.
(Hoped to see a moonbow but it didn’t materialize that night.)

Started first day with new company, same job yesterday. Whee!


Still going on well here.

Had some good rains, everything was flooded. Dam and three 1000l tanks are full and is overflowing.

Good stuff.


My sister/cousins and I put our heads together this morning, and AZ cos got the straw to hop on the nearest plane to Mom. Skirball was getting just close enough to Santa Monica to make us nervous about leaving Mom to her own devices. Kid Bro is there, but he’s…well, Kid Bro.

Good to know your toes aren’t getting toasted, F10. Yep, gimme a hurricane over this any day. At least the survival odds are better if you run out of evacuation options. 8-/


Bloom County is now officially located in California, since Berkeley’s Facebook page says things are on hold for the moment.


Hey, it’s @Datababe!

I just drove through your neighborhood! We vacationed down the eastern coast. Colonial Williamsburg, then museums and zoos and stuff in Norfolk, Wilmington, Charleston, Savannah, Atlanta.


It’s a DB sighting!

We’ve got a big fire now in north San Diego County but it’s still 45 minutes to an hour from here.


You should try driving through our neighborhood right about now, LOL. Provided you’re on a snowmobile. Hubby beat the storm by one day while I stayed for a bit longer in CA.

Second year in a row I missed playing in a blizzard. And YES, I am ticked at Mother Nature and her timing!

Gimme a heads up if you’re in the area again come spring. I may be organizing a bear hunt…


Seemed like as good a place as any to put this…

Ars republished the story about Harvey from one year ago…

I love this passage, so very true… (emphasis mine)

Nationally, Houston has a lousy reputation. It’s too hot, too humid, and too, well, too sprawly. It is all of those things. And don’t tell the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau I said this, but it’s not a great city to visit. There isn’t much to do here that’s touristy, especially during our sultry summers. But here’s a little secret: Houston is a great place to live. It’s the opposite of, “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.” Rather, Houston may not be a nice place to visit, but you would want to live there. I do.

EDIT: One part of the story says that there are around 5 million people in the Houston area. I know there are many ways to calculate that, but it seems low. In the past month, I read that Houston has over 4 million in the city limits, and around 7 million in the greater metro area, but that seems high.
From the Houston Wiki:
I dunno. Hard to tell if the Metro number was 2010, or a more recent estimate. It’s a big dang city, though.


Okay, this isn’t about any of our fellow CoGers, but my relatives are in the path of typhoon Jebi. I sent a text this morning asking if everyone was okay, but I haven’t heard anything back yet.

I hope everyone is okay! :pray:


I have a friend honey-mooning in japan and im not super sure of the area she was last in but i haven’t heard from her in about 2~3 days. I really hope everything is okay for people.
Update 25 minutes after posting she texted me that she got back last night.