Not so Nasty News


Item #1: Another dog story

See the Yorkshire terrier?

When all alone in a very large field of corn, a little girl and a little dog are hard to see. Night, when no one is nearby is not a time to bark.
Reminds me of this: from. . .

“The Adventure of Silver Blaze”, Sherlock Holmes

Gregory (Scotland Yard detective):
Is there any other point to which you
would wish to draw my attention

Holmes: “To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

Gregory: “The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

Holmes: “That was the curious incident.”

Item #2: Another curious incident

I went 15 crow-flies miles to the west of the Cascade Crest today.
With a dozen other folks, I helped move dirt and rocks around and cut some brush. The trail was much in need of repair.
There was the curious incident of no rain.
Well, it did rain some around the region, and on the drive home I passed under a storm. Big tall – impressive – clouds!

Item #3: Another animals that climb story

Several months ago there was the story of an Opossum that climbed to the roof of Cash Moore’s liquor store in Florida.
Now there is another story of an animal that climbs.
Just some photos, because I thought the building was built with ramps (or something). But not! It just had a rough exterior.Item #4: Good news Coffee drinkers

The Great State of California, land of fruits and nuts, makes companies put warning labels on just about everything. I bought a folding saw – with the label on it. Also, a pair of hiking boots. I guess the idea is if I got very hungery I might eat these things. And there is a chemical therein that should not be eaten.
Meanwhile, the good regulators seem to be conflicted about Coffee.
One of the chemicals is acrylamide, which is found in many things and, as a byproduct of coffee roasting and brewing, is present in every cup.
The most common use of coffee is to consume it – unlike boots and saws.
You can find the story here: coffee doesn’t present a significant cancer risk
Does anyone care what CA health officials do or say?

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

A hodgepodge

This week’s not so nasty news.

Item #1: Plastics

The Graduate, a 1967 movie, stared a 30 year old Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin, just graduating — aged 21 – from college. A character named Mr. Maguire whispered career advice to young Ben, and made famous a one word quote, namely “Plastics.”

watch 1 minute clip

Many took that advice and plastics proliferated.Mountains of plastic waste have recently become a resource. There is opportunity, think $$$ (okay, $), in converting mixed plastics into diesel, gasoline and industrial chemicals. Heating plastic in a no-air reactor can yield 16 million gallons of useful products from 100,000 tons of waste available cheaply or at no cost.

What’s not to like?

Item #2: Looks like plastic

Not nasty – – just odd.

Black Kookaburra, link

Locally, we see a Belted Kingfisher. He/she sits on wires over an irrigation canal about 4 miles south of our house. Pictures and information here Cornell Lab. Cute birds.

A related bird is known in Australia, commonly called a Laughing Koolaburra. Nice photo here: Photo, of the normal multi-colored bird. Larger than those found in Kittitas County.

A related, quite rare bird, is all black. Well, it is rare in Western Australia. Thus, this story: Link

So, what I found most interesting is that searching for Black Kookaburra yields as many hits for the black licorice as for birds. A candy of other colors may have the shape of traditional licorice candy but extract of the root therein, is rarer than the black bird with the Kookaburra name.
I find no special relationship between Licorice and Australia, or the rare black bird.
This reminds me of the non-existance between Lake Tahoe and the Tahoe area and the Pepperidge Farm ‘white chocolate macadamia’ cookie named Tahoe®.

Item #3: Looked like rainI went to the wet (west) side of the Cascade Crest today to work on the Denny Creek Trail. The trail is a favorite of folks with young children because, when the water is not real high, wet rocks make for a big playground. The photo of summertime is at the “slide” several hundred yards up-trail from where we worked.
An air mass was moving off the Pacific Ocean toward Washington. If the weather folks had the timing wrong we all would have gotten exceedingly muddy.
The system arrived after our work, and the drive home was lightly sprinkled. Now, 6 hours later, there is light rain across the region. Not a lot, and it will pass in another couple of hours. We’ll fall asleep with sounds of drops falling from the roof.
What’s not to like?

Item #4: Breaking Cat News
My favorite cartoon made me smile today:

Clinging to the force field

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

A few odd items

This week’s not so nasty news.

Item #1: A non-tragic ending?

A man, in Warren Ohio, placed a loaded revolver in the broiler section of the oven to keep it safe.

My sister thought this was funny, the man lives, and so it is not so nasty news.
My questions, on the other hand, are:
Why loaded? Why a broiler? Why did he think that was a safe place? Could he not think of a place more stupid than this?
At least he failed to win a Darwin Award.

Item #2: The first

We picked a few ounces of garden strawberries today, Friday, June 1st. Now we are going to put them on a Key Lime pie.
The pie is purchased frozen and is now thawing. We should have lots of berries in 10 days.

Item #3: We are not big soup eaters
There is a web site with many images of restaurant signs, such as this one. Such sites make you click to see each sign, and each page has multiple ads, some animated and messy.
I looked at a bunch, and thought this “soup” one was cute, but not enough to make me enter the place and buy lunch – whiskey or otherwise.

Item #4: Time

I spent today on the Wonderland Trail in Mt. Rainier National Park.
This was WTA’s first day of the season, so I went, and will go back Sunday. The location is different this year and about 45 minutes farther for me. Thus, I’ll switch to closer places.
Several of the folks, especially on Sunday, came multiple times last year so this will be sort of a reunion.
The hopeful phrase “Until we meet again” comes to mind.
In this case, the phrase will be “See you on the trails.”

Item #5: A sea tale

An Orca was freed from fishing gear on Thursday by marine mammal rescue. Onlookers claim the whale took off and starting breaching and doing tail slaps.
Perhaps a bit of a salute to his rescuers?

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Memorial Daytw’nsnn

Item #1: Got your flag?

We bought a new flag at Costco and I need to get it up on Monday. Our old one is short a few stars.
Had it been up today, likely it would now be in Idaho. Wind gusted to 46 mph between 4 and 5 PM. At 10 PM it has dropped to 44 mph. Sustained wind is only 28 mph.
Getting it up is a project for Sunday.

Item #2: She can’t wait to eat pizza.

Amber Kornak met one of her favorite critters. It fractured her skull and caused severe wounds to her head, neck and back.
The good news is, it did not kill her.

from Montana – a bear story

Item #3: A beer story
While moving dirt on a trail this morning (Fri., 25th) I hit something that went “clink”. Buried in the brush and under several inches of dirt was a full bottle of Bud-Lite. Vintage 2008. The consensus of the crew was that this was not a cultural artifact worth calling authorities about. Nor did anyone want to sample it. The term “trash” seemed appropriate.

Item #4: Just a pretty pictureHawaii’s Kilauea volcano continues to cause trouble, but the good news it has not (yet) blown the island apart.
I found this pretty image while searching for news.
An old photo (9 years ago) of a Kilauea eruption.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.


I got skewered last week for posting about animals that will not be named this week.
Instead of spending hours searching for good news, I will just suggest you go to the link below and follow the 3 cats-comic, as they report the news:
Breaking cat news

Click the little circles below the panels to move forward or back.

I’m leaving at 5:30 AM to a Washington Trails learning event called Crew Leader College. My classes are
Sat. Cultural Artifacts (morning), and Power Tools (afternoon);
Sun. Emergency Response
One of the power tools – we call it a ‘toter’

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Rat Talestw’nsnn

Many years ago I was a participant in a writers group. I did not write the great American novel, but we had a lot of nice people and some did get material published.
In one sense, we all did. One of the group knew a publisher and that got us the task of writing tales involving rats. I did not have a good story to tell, so I converted a standard chicken casserole dish to a rat casserole recipe. Yum!

Item #1: Will, Ahu, Wai – dogs all

The three dogs listed helped rid South Georgia Island of rats.
Two of these can be seen in this LINK.

More story and photos here:
I’ve had to refresh that one to get the photos.

Here is a photo of one of the birds in the story:

South Georgia pipit

I recall reading about this project about 4 or 5 years ago.
Nothing since, until this week.

Item #2: They work for peanuts

A Belgian nonprofit has found African giant pouched rats are much better at detecting old buried landmines than people or dogs.

Big rats

Item #3: Just a photo
Place: Hawaii.
I hope you do not have relatives or friends living in the area where magma is flowing. These housing sites should never have been allowed where they are, and it is going to cost a lot of tax dollars before the residents are resettled. Nevertheless, I thought the photo with the gate was priceless!

Item #4: A captioned photo
The Russians have been in the news quite a bit. If you are aware of them being blamed for many things – and now you are – you will get a chuckle:
And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.


I had a problem with Word Press tonight. So, copy and paste as necessary.

Item #1: A Dolphin with no name

Check. Mate!

Item #2: A bicycle with a name

Most people have never seen a bicycle called a “Penny Farthing” and fewer still have ridden one. The farthing was a British coin, one quarter of a penny. “Farthing” comes from an Old English word for a fourth part. This machine had a big wheel that one peddled directly, and a smaller one following behind. When a bike with a roller-chain mounted on 2 different sized sprockets was invented, the Penny Farthing became nearly extinct.

This story explains that this strange bike is still with us, and apparently fun to ride.
Along the Murray River – Australia

Item #3: Nest boxes south of the Murray

This story is about habitat loss in a part of the Murray River drainage.
About 100 miles north of Melbourne, Victoria, two rivers meet near Shepparton. The Broken River Flows from the east, into the Goulburn, and together the water flows north to the Murray River. This was a mining area when folks cared more for gold than they did for animals and trees.

Right side: Brush tailed phascogale

Because of the loss of big old trees – think food, shelter, and nesting sites – animals have been in need of a friend.
Cue Janice Mentiplay-Smith and the Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority.

Copy and paste the following into your address box

Toward the end of the text is this:
A young girl in grade five making a nest box was saying, ‘I don’t think that I can do this because I’ve never used a drill before.’

When WTA crews do trail work, we often encounter people, some not so young, that have never used tools. We do on occasion use an old style brace & bit, or, when not in Wilderness, a gasoline powered drill. We have demonstrations and safety rules, but we do try to get anyone that has no experience to give things a try.
So cheers! – – to the young power-drill queen.

Item #4: An animal familiar

But they get one thing wrong.

The outside cats will follow me when I go to feed the horses, go up the driveway for the mail, and do other chores. Woody, so named because she is well camouflaged, seems to care most about where I am. Sometimes I don’t realize she is with me until she moves, or I make a point of looking for her. We often joke that she is my familiar.

In this story from Canada, a Ruffed Grouse seems to have become a “familiar” to a fellow from Red Rock, Ontario – a small place just north of Lake Superior.

Copy and paste the following into your address box

The article claims “the males thump on their chests with their wings …
Geeze! That would knock all the feathers off. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology, HERE, provides an explanation and a video.
Scroll down to: OTHER SOUNDS

Item #5: An incomplete story

A Navy chopper crew rescued a pilot from a snow field after the plane crashed in the Olympic Mountains:

Officials reported that a search and rescue team from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island hoisted the pilot of a Cessna 172 N from the side of Klahhane Ridge in the Olympic Mountains. This ridge runs east/west and faces north toward the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
A death was not reported, so I’m going with a good rescue.
I can’t find any more information. After the initial report, there is a blank where news ought to be. Go figure.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

This week’s not so nasty news April 27th

Item #1: A horse named Alfred
My father was named Alfred, was called Al, and used A. F. in his signature.
Many years ago, after mom died, father Alfred escaped Pennsylvania to a nondescript place SW of West Palm Beach. Official name was Greenacres. This isn’t far from Lake Okeechobee and the towns of Pahokee (considered Mel Tillis’ hometown – we drove there for a look at the Lake) and Clewiston. No one cared about Clewiston until the pony got loose.

A local police officer, named Buffie McLeod, {Buffie? } and partner Jennifer Diaz got the call. A tiny horse was on the run. All of maybe 3 feet tall, the brown miniature pony, its hairy mane flopping around, was spotted running on historic highway #27.

Run Alfred, run!

More about Alfred

Item #2: A beaver named Justin
In this case the missing was a beaver named Justin, a beloved taxidermied one. I would call it “stuffed” but am told that word is for pork chops and Chicken Cordon Bleu {and how did that get started?}.
So Justin Beaver went missing, and now is back.
All’s well

This reminds me of a story about a train derailment
See: Off again, on again …

Item #3: A devil named Tasmanian
I know you have been as worried as I have been about the Tasmanian Devil, the carnivorous marsupial of the land down under.
Here using a cute photo, but they are noted for their ferocity when feeding. One doesn’t want to get between one and its next meal.

The Wikipedia entry explains: devil facial tumour disease (DFTD)

So along comes a study that says somewhat like Mark Twain, “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
Healthy Tasmanian devils found

Interestingly, the photo of the region in this link was supplied by the Toledo Zoo, but whether Spain or Ohio is not mentioned. Geographers want to know.

Item #4: Truckers unite!
I’m going to call this a good outcome. In the long run, the man involved needs help. Hope he gets it.
However, from the photo, there seems to be space between the trailers. So, I guess, there is not enough information.
There are photos, but I haven’t included one.
semis help prevent suicide

Item #5: Odd twist to a bacon eating contest
They know him as Zack.
Zack rode into town, ate bacon faster than the locals, and left.

This reminds me of a western (novel & ) movie with Alan Ladd playing Shane.
Shane, the film

Organizers of the Air Capitol Bacon & Beer Festival put out a call in the hopes of identifying this bacon champion of the midwest.
So far, Zack, remains the mysterious stranger. Like Shane.
Legend in his own time

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

sound of music

Sunday, Apr 15

We published last week’s blog at 12:25 p.m. I spent hours on inside house chores and John on outside chores, normal feeding ones, but mostly his were in the garden. He got his strawberries planted in their new raised beds with a mixture of soil, sand, silt, and sun-bleached horse processed dead grass.

Monday, Apr 16

John doesn’t have to leave for pruning; it’s done for this year. Some bottling efforts are yet to come (and sooner than expected, this Wednesday, then Thursday, next week).

I went to my SAIL exercise class and by several other stops for errands.

I dropped off a bag of clothes by Joanie’s and picked up another. I’m quite grateful to her for her super seamstress talents, as she is taking up my larger clothes to make them fit me now (at least the ones that can easily be darted or seamed).

Over the weekend, I found the original box that housed my wrist blood pressure cuff that has been defective for several months, but I couldn’t return until I found the box with the purchase details and paperwork. I took it to Bi-Mart today, and they replaced it. It is now reset to the current time, has its new batteries, and is working well. I like their replacement policy. It is as good as Costco’s and local.

I checked my tracking number for IRS, and it was delivered to Fresno, CA early a.m. 4-15-18; continued working on chores needing completed, especially music and sorting receipts.

Tuesday, Apr 17

Called Stephanie in Medical records but found she was the incorrect hospital contact to send them to my PCP Norman Wood and to my Cardiologist, Antony Kim, at the Yakima Heart Center. Instead, they need to be requested through Health Record Management (Kimberly was my kind helper) to be Faxed down there. I got on the computer and found the phone number and the Fax # there, but she wanted the phone to check with them, because Fax numbers can be different within the same “complex,” and she also helped me realize that my “missing” paperwork could be accessed by the staff getting on their computer system from Cle Elum because they are in the KVH network.

My Thyroid lab results from Dr. Lisa Stone (Wenatchee) arrived with a welcomed note:
“OK, recheck annually.”

I started my events day at 2:00 p.m. in the swing dancing class, mostly as an observer. I had a short dance with Carol Cummings, but I spent the rest of the class filming the participants.

Here are 2 choices of the total of 11 movies I took to share with the entire class as a refresher for steps, basically lessons, and also to display the couples’ form while dancing. Thus far, all the participants have appreciated my effort and sharing.

(5) Swing Dancing 4-17-18 (1-1/2 minutes) with Music

(11) Swing Dancing 4-17-18 (1-1/4 min)

From there I drove to the Volunteer Appreciation Ice Cream and Pie Social at the Armory (Fairgrounds). This was the original invitation:I arrived an hour after it started because of the conflict of time with the Swing Dancing at the senior center, where I needed to be with several others who were in the dancing class.

A few photos of people there late in the day: Greeters Roberta & my friends Linda; Rita, Evelyn; Connie; me; One table of pie, various cookie types, and for two different ice creams, toppings (chocolate mints, Oreos, strawberries, sliced almonds, and chocolate & caramel sauces.

Door prizes were raffled off, and I won the paper flowers at my table. One of the “hosts” came over and demoed (at my request) how they were made. Her name is Lise McGowan; I have known her for several years.Lise explaining (in video) the construction of the paper flower centerpieces from coffee filters.

Lise McGowan about Large Paper Flowers

I left and drove the northern route home, going by the CWU campus.

Here are some still shots to introduce the videos below:Left from Google Earth is the complex for the old chimpanzee building that is being demolished for new student housing. The chimps were moved from there in 2013, after being on campus since 1980. The right is a shot of the eastern end of the roof of the building where people entered the building for Chimposiums to view and share the teaching and living facilities. The chimps communicated by sign language. The program was the Chimpanzee and Human Communications Institute. It still exists, using the Chimpanzee facility in Cle Elum with 7 chimps living there.
The last two housed here in at CWU were transferred to a nice facility in Quebec Canada.

My trip home offered these somewhat sad sights: (if you only watch one, then watch #2)

(1) Demolition Chimp Facility CWU – 55 seconds

(2) Demolition Chimp Facility CWU – 45 seconds

However, if you check out the following newspaper article, you will see a benefit to chimpanzees coming from this demolition, who now reside at Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest in Cle Elum. 

Demolished CWU building to help chimps in Pacific Northwest

Once home, I spent a little over an hour sending out 11 notes to the jobs list I monitor/moderate (on Google Groups: NW Geography Jobs). Hopefully, someone will be happy and perhaps find a job they’re looking for.

Wednesday, Apr 18

John left early for bottling Malbec at White Heron. I slept in, after being totally spent from yesterday’s demands and lack of sleep from the early a.m. telemarketer call (6:55 a.m. is too early!!!). The bottlers finished early and shared lunch. He didn’t get home until an hour later than usual, but I was long gone.

I made a little progress (not enough) on things before leaving. I had a late call yesterday afternoon about my doctor’s office having no record of a blood draw I had had on March 15. I gathered information that I knew at the time, and found the actual medical records paperwork I had picked up Monday from the hospital and called to report my findings. They are in the network and I have no clue why they couldn’t access the data. I also had notes on my calendar from a call from the office with my results, so I know they were originally informed and called me the day after. I know they have changed to a new computer system, but the accompanying glitches might be endangering the health of patients if this happens often.

I went to the Food Bank Soup Kitchen for playing music, with my salad for lunch afterwards. We are invited to have lunch there, but I don’t want the pasta main dishes served on Wednesdays, and their mixed green salads are always too filled with dark green lettuce or spinach leaves I cannot have on my low Vitamin K food intake requirements for being on a blood thinner.

Afterwards, I went on to afternoon SAIL exercise class and on home to wash dishes and to get out the “final” call for count for chairs for tomorrow’s music.

Thursday, Apr 19

I called in the count to Pacifica; we’ll probably be using almost all of their arm-less chairs.

After dropping off some Honeycrisp apples by friends (brought for them by John over in Quincy on his trip home yesterday), I went by the Hospital for a standing order for my monthly blood draw. The results came in fine on Friday. I’m good for another month.

I was on my way to Pacifica for music and we had a fairly good turnout presenting to an appreciative audience. We were thrilled to have our harmonica player back from his close brush with death just last week! He was having pain, so took himself to the ER, and they sent him on to Yakima (in an ambulance). There he became the surprised owner of 3 stents. He’s a new person, and was happy to be back with the report that no damage occurred to his heart.

Friday, Apr 20

We didn’t have any early morning commitments or too early telemarketer calls, so we could sleep in until 8:00 a.m.

I stayed home today to take care of many unfinished tasks. John did the normal morning chores and also unloaded the riding mower so that he can mow the backyard’s high grass. I stayed in making phone calls to several different places and working on computer chores.

John came in and fixed a brunch and now about 1:30, the UPS truck just pulled in to deliver 3 climbing rose bushes – all the way from Denver. He mentions this in the not so nasty post that precedes this one. Yesterday, he dug the holes for them so they can be planted very soon after their arrival. We now have a large bag full of packing peanuts to give away. (I actually found a recipient by offering them on The Free Box site, totally surprising John). They will be used by a beekeeper and shared with other such folks in our valley, to put into watering buckets for the bees to light on to drink water. I’m dropping them off Monday near the hospital, where the owner works.

I did all the background work on our scholarship award we fund each year for two students in the graduate Cultural & Environmental Resource Management program, and in the undergraduate Geography program. I also talked with a member of the CWU Foundation about my account and when in the fall they would transfer the $ out of my account, so I had to be sure the balance was sufficient. I have until mid-September. The award certificates will be given at the end-of-year party for the CWU Geography Department. It’s a cookout / potluck on the lawn east of Dean Hall (where Geography and Anthropology are housed), May 22 at 4:30.

I also managed to talk to my PCP’s office in Cle Elum, and get information on my lab work completed yesterday, learned about another bit of information regarding my standing order at the local hospital lab, and managed to get a message sent to my PCP to write a new prescription for a controlled substance that has to be sent hard copy through the USPS to be filled. It’s for 10mg + 325mg Acetaminophen, for when I’m going to be dancing for an hour or fiddling for over an hour to protect me from pain in my left shoulder. That actually won’t happen until Monday, when my PCP returns to the office.

I ignored two telemarketers today. Thank goodness for caller ID. It’s worth the price, but I still wish I could block calls.

I watched John mowing the backyard and videotaped two swipes for your enjoyment:
John 1st swipe mowing – 4-20-18

John 2nd swipe mowing – 4-20-18

He didn’t do much because the mower ran out of gasoline. He should have taken the trip to town for the mower as an opportunity to get the gas. The unit takes gasoline without ethanol, of which we have none. Tomorrow he will take a 5-gallon container in to the Coop. He dumped the remainder of what we had into the old pickup.

Saturday, Apr 21

John did a bunch of things on the home front, fixed a brunch, and set up his truck to go to town for the special non-ethanol gasoline for the lawnmower engine. It was pretty expensive at $4.00/gal.

I took care of last minute music preparations, and took off for town. We were scheduled to be at Briarwood Retirement Commons today, where they feed us. Today was special because they fixed up a special cake for Haley who will be having her 5th birthday on the 26th of April. Everyone there loves her because she’s been coming and dancing, drawing pictures, singing, and visiting residents since she was 3 yrs. old. Today she danced to Irish Washerwoman, sang Cockles and Mussels, and drew pictures for people, plus showed them her dinosaur statues. Haley looking at the stickers on her birthday card, while Connie lights the candle; she grabs a big breath and blows out the candle; then smiles for me with her card & dinosaurs looking on.

As usual, they fed us well. We were given a wonderful homemade bean soup, lemonade, several, salads, and a great choice of desserts.

Sunday, Apr 22 HAPPY EARTH DAY 2018 !

Link to field trip notes and this one today is the first on the current list – Yakima Landslides – April 2018, John is going on.

This link is from Nick Zentner’s new domain, with all the field trips of the Ellensburg Chapter of the Ice Age Floods Institute.

Field Trips of the Local IAF Chapter

We were here in 1998 and knew of this landslide in the Yakima Canyon south of Ellensburg, WA.Landslide over Hwy 821, with the Yakima River on the left. Bottom right shows rocks from another, and in the distance there is a third. Train tracks on the west side of the river were also impacted. Not shown.

I succeeded in a few chores, and the foremost one was finishing this week’s blog draft, which is not quite there yet but I have a little bit of time left before John will have time to edit and put into WordPress.

I did accomplish several other things today in his absence. Washed a load of dishes. Did the paperwork to renew my license tabs for my Forester. I worked on my lab reports for blood draws and various associated items, requested some information from a number of different people about things I needed to know, or they did, and updated videos I took last week for the Swing Dancing class. I need to get those in the mail (email) to the participants.

I fixed my brunch, based on the sausage John cooked very early to make a sandwich to take along with his lunch. With mine, I had two eggs over easy, toast of rosemary/olive bread, and orange slices (and found he had left a bag of the rest of the orange he meant to take along with him in his lunch).

At 4:30, John called from south of Yakima at the Wapato irrigation diversion. They are there to look across the Yakima River at the Rattlesnake Ridge slide. Videos from the air give a better idea of what is going on than the photos from today. Here is a link to a short one taken in mid-January:
Earth’s cracking. We’re doomed.
One of the comments asks “What’s in the rail cars?” – and the answer is concrete. The hope is that they can protect the river with enough mass to stop falling rocks or a full slide. Seen in video at 2:04.

The field-trippers have been spending about ½-hour at every stop, so he may not be home until 6:30. He’ll call from Ellensburg. I guess he got a ride in the van, so that is good. He just called a couple minutes after 6 and was in the car in the parking lot heading home. We talked until he got turned on Look road, and then I let Annie out front to wait for him. She’s been expecting him for a couple hours.

Hope your week was fine.

Nancy and John
Still on the Naneum Fan

This Week’s Not So Nasty News
. . . . from John, awaiting Nancy’s draft of her week’s news.

Item #1: A fun science site

The video linked to here is not new, but having just watched it, it is new to me.
Physics Girl is a channel created byDianna Cowern about physics, astronomy and science-related topics. The show features fun DIY demos, unusual and cutting-edge research, space, and expert interviews!

In the video here the topic begins with 2 black spots on the bottom of a swimming pool.

Crazy Pool Vortex

More here

If you want to know about Dianna and science education, go HERE.

Item #2: I don’t quite understand

This is a good story but the dog (a Blue Heeler), Max is 17 years old, deaf and partially blind, and except for this bit – “She found the dog first. Max led her to Aurora,” – ‘She’ seems to be the grandmother and Aurora the 3 year old lost girl.
The searchers had already “heard the little girl faintly.”
The thought is, I think, that Max stayed with the girl rather than returning home on his own. We don’t learn how else Max contributed to this happy outcome, but maybe that’s just because the writers are not very good at their craft.
Oh well. from Queensland’s Southern Downs
[The season ‘down under’ is mid-autumn.]

Item #3: Lost in Newcastle

About 10 years ago I was headed for a trailhead near Newcastle, WA. This is a community 10 miles SE of Seattle.
I left the directions at home.
A “ lady ” about to go on a morning run helped me out. She got into my car and directed me up unbelievably winding and steep roads through a very fancy neighborhood of expensive homes. This was part of her exercise route on some days.
She got me there just as our WTA crew was about to go through a gate. Three minutes later and I would have had to go home.
The lady then began her morning jog.

This is a story from Newcastle. It’s about a mother duck and lost ducklings.
The photos are by Rebecca Duffy. Backgrounds in the images show some of the houses. It has been 10 years, but that all looks familiar.
Could Rebecca be the “the lady ?”
Ten years ago Newcastle had fewer than 10,000 people but just 3,000 or so women of the sort that I might have encountered.
You scoff. Stranger things have happened.

Item #4: A personal first

I’ve wanted to have climbing roses. Ten or so years ago, a horse-riding friend offered me some red/yellow ones. 20 miles over, dug about 10 plants, and back, none lived.
A neighbor had a pretty red one and offered it to me about 3 years ago. She didn’t get much of the root. It started to grow, came back in year two with a sprig, and then died.

A week ago I searched the web for hardy climbers. Seven miles NW of Denver is Arvada, and High Country Roses.
I ordered 3, and they ship small potted plants early in the week so the delivery is on Friday (in our case, shipped from Denver). A person with a regular job then would have Sat/Sun to plant.
I prepared and had holes started. I mixed soil, organic matter, and a bit of fertilizer.
The plants arrived today, and all were tucked into their new homes before supper. Same day planting – that’s a first.
The picture above is of one called “William Baffin.”
Another is “Mr. Nash” – – it is apricot yellow.
The third one is yellow outside and red-copper inside and called “Austrian Copper.” It sometimes produces all yellow flowers. They don’t say why.
Wish them good health, please.

And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.