Monday, February 13, 2017

FEB 13 2017

YESTERDAY I WAS TOTALLY LACKING IN INSPIRATION.. AND TODAY--  ON THE NEWS...THERE IS SOME BIG DAM IN CALIFORNIA IN TROUBLE.. WITH 200,000 PEOPLE BEING MOVED OUT OF THE WAY... 
YOU KNOW  MY FASCINATION WITH WATER FLOWING DOWN HILL..-- WHEN THEY SAY A WALL OF WATER 30 FEET HIGH WILL HAPPEN IF THE SPILLWAY GIVES OUT.... -- THAT IS GOING TO BE A HUGE PROBLEM UNTIL  THAT WATER GETS TO THE PACIFIC OCEAN...  OR WHEREVER  IT WANTS TO GO...
NEW ORLEANS CAN TELL YOU THAT.... ACTUALLY JIMMY CARTER (WHO WAS , I BELIEVE A PHYSISIST)
SAID TEH DAMS,LEVEY'S, AND BRIDGES IN THIS COUNTRY WERE IN  TERRIBLE NEED OF REPAIR.
THAT IS THAT INFRASTRUCTURE STUFF....

THERE ARE PARTS OF THE  CALIFORNIA STORY THAT  SHOCK ME.... LIKE THEY HAVE HELICOPTERS DROPPING ROCKS ON THE SPILLWAY TRYING TO RENFORCE IT.  THAT SOUNDS LIKE A PRETTY DESPARATE MEASURE..  I AM CERTAINLY NO EXPERT- BUT I WONDER ABOUT THE SIZE OF THE ROCK A HELICOPTER CAN PICK UP  VS TEH FORCE OF 30 FOOT WALL OF WATER-- I THINK IF YOU ARE IN THAT AREA.. STOP READING THIS AND CLIMB THE NEAREST HILL...     IF THE SPILLWAY IS RELIEVING THE PRESSURE  WITH THE STORM COMING--- IS  BUILDING UP TH E SPILLWAY NOT JUST DELAYING THE INEVITABLE?    BUT WHAT DO I KNOW... ?    I KNOW I WOULD BE RUNNING FOR THE HILLS....  
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 SEEING AS I WAS NOT BORN YET, I DON'T HAVE ANY FIRST HAND KNOWLLLLEDGE  BUT ---  I WAS TOLD...I LOST MY GREAT GRANDPARENTS IN THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD--   MY GRANDFATHER WAS TAKEN OUT OF A SECOND STORY WINDOW  AND RAISED BY ANOTHER FAMILY- WHEN HIS PARENTS WERE KILLED...HIS MOTHER IS LISTED IN THE BOOK  BY DAVID  MCCOLLOUGH  --AS NEVER FOUND-  THERE WERE STORIES ABOUT RAILROAD CARS PUSHED BY THE WATER  KNOCKING OUT BRIDGES.

TRY THIS CUT AND PASTE.... FROM HIS BOOK...

At the end of the nineteenth century, Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a booming coal-and-steel town filled with hardworking families striving for a piece of the nation’s burgeoning industrial prosperity. In the mountains above Johnstown, an old earth dam had been hastily rebuilt to create a lake for an exclusive summer resort patronized by the tycoons of that same industrial prosperity, among them Andrew Carnegie, Henry Clay Frick, and Andrew Mellon. Despite repeated warnings of possible danger, nothing was done about the dam. Then came May 31, 1889, when the dam burst, sending a wall of water thundering down the mountain, smashing through Johnstown, and killing more than 2,000 people. It was a tragedy that became a national scandal.

IT IS A GOOD BOOK.... WITH ALOT OF RESEARCH DETAILS...
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SO THAT IS MY FYI TODAY.....  HAVING A BUNCH OF WATER UPHILLFROM WHERE IT WANTS TO GO IS LIKE  A BATTERY-- IT IS STORED ENERGY- WHICH AS NO EQUAL..

AND IN THE FINE PRINT I HEARD THERE IS A BIG RAINSTORM PREDICTED FOR CALIFORNIA..

AFTER ALL THE  CALIFORNIA  DROUGHT AND FIRES - TOO MANY PEOPLE PRAYED FOR RAIN... NOW THEY'VE GOT IT.
I DON'T THINK WE GIVE WATER THE RESPECT IT DESERVES -- AND WILL DEMAND EVENTUALLLY. 

MAYBE THAT CAN BE MY NUTTY PROFESSOR FOR TUESDAY.. SOMETHING ABOUT SNOW  AND WATER...  I AM TOLD WE HAVE SNOW  OUT THERE...

TANNER HAS BEEN OUT PLOWING FOR AN NHOUR OR SO..  HE LOVES IT.

SPEAKING OF SNOW-- AND  THINGS  LIKE THAT... JANINE CAME IN LAST NIGHT-- WAY BEHING SCHEDULE TOGET THE HORSE TRAILER.. BECAUSE SHE WAS STUCK -- COULDN'T GET OUT OF SOMEONE'S DRIVEWAY IN  MAINE.. SHE-- ANBD FRIENDS HAD SPENT AN HOUR  PUSNIG AND RUSHING AND SPIINNING WHEELS-- SO THEY FINALLY CALLED "THE TOW GUY"  WHO CAME, GOT INT HE CAR AND SLOWLY INCH BY INCH DROVE THE CAR UP THE HILL BY NOT SPINNING THE WHEELS...
ONCE AGAIN -PROVING MIKE ROW'ES ARGUEMENT  ABOUT EDUCATION...  ( WHOOPS... I MUST NOT ASSUME THE TOW GUY DID NOT HAVE A PHD IN PHYSICS... MAYBE HE DID)

FOR A PARTING SHOT -- I HAVE HEARD FROM A GUY WHO WORKED  ON THE OFFSHORE DRILLING  RIGS   "WHATEVER MAN MAKES GOD WILL DESTROY..."  NOW APPLY THAT TO HAVING A  OIL PIPE CROSS THAT RIVER THAT FEEDS INTO THE MISSISSIPPI-
 AND REMEMBER 99 % OF YOUR CORN FLAKES ARE DEPENDENT ON THE WATER FROM THAT RIVER... AND YOU COULD PUT OIL IN IT???? 
I HAVE TO BE ON THE INDIAN'S SIDE...

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