Not so Nasty News June 21st

Item #1: Image

Hood Canal, labeled “Bloom” in the image, is 125 miles west and a little north of us. From a NASA satellite (MODIS) the image shows Puget Sound and the lakes near Seattle as blue/black, indicating clear water.
A phytoplankton bloom stretching across Hood Canal, a narrow inlet in the Puget Sound in Washington, causes the Aqua color, as the millions of tiny shells reflect that wavelength of the Sun. There is a bit of explanation here: Coccolithophores

Item #2: Pancho Villa

Shown is a wind instrument from Argentina called an Erke. A good image of the horns that I wanted is hard to fit on the page, so click below.

Pancho Villa and other things with horns
Our Naneum Fan has a Longhorn Cattle Company, just 4 miles south of us. Could an instrument be made from one of Pancho’s horns? What about some of the other horns shown in that link?

Item #3: improper tire inflation

The photo is of part of a tire stuffed with bags of drugs. The idea was to ship them to “dealers” in Canada. There was a problem:

Meth sent to the wrong place

Ford Fusion sedans were involved. Do you have one?

Item #4: Do you remember these?

Maybe you are too young.
There were rows of wooden cabinets in libraries holding drawers such as these filled with paper cards [search: dewey decimal system card_files ] using Images and/or regular Wed search.
When elders needed to find information, you could go to a library and “look it up.” Time moves on and things change.
In an article titled “Search me by Helen Rumbelow of The Times of London we learn that “look it up” is so last century. From her article:
If you are researching something on the internet, and you are over 21, I bet you “look it up”. If you are under 21, you don’t. You say “I’ll search it up.” My children say “let’s search it up on Google”, which to me sounds like a non-native English mistake.
It’s not. It’s British young people doing their young thing, and changing stuff in a way that irritates their elders. They are all at it, searching it up all over the country. YouTube is full of videos of kids “searching up”.
I’ve read blogs from teachers, doing worried analyses of the phrase on Google trends, hoping it is dying out (quite the reverse). They have changed it for a reason. The old “look up” things, as if the computer is a dusty reference library, while the young more actively “search it up”: we merely observe the internet, they dig in.

What do you say you do?

Item #5: Animals and I-90

Elk are said to dislike going under highways. Thus, I was surprised to see these photos. Many are taken where recent construction spanned a wide swath (275 yards) where Gold Creek enters Keechelus Lake, just this side of Snoqualmie Pass. WTA just did 3 days of trail work about 3 miles north of the lake. I have seen geese under the highway, but nothing these trips. It only takes multiple seconds of driving time to pass this, on the north side.
safe passage

Location in Google Earth for most of these photos:
47.390947, -121.383106

I haven’t found a good source of photos for the overpass that was built. I may have to ask the biology folks.

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

Not so nasty news June 7

NANCY IS NOT FINISHED with her text and photos.
I’ve just returned from the 3rd day of trail work, and fixed a pizza for supper.
I’ll work on getting her next missive out before Noon Monday. ~ ~~ ~

Item #1: ImagesA WTA crew was working on a re-route of a trail, basically a new 2,000 foot section, across a Sage Brush/Steppe hillside. The above photo shows an early user. (location: Manastasch Ridge, southwest of Ellensburg.
I think this is a North American Racer [ Coluber constrictor ] .
Photo is by Beth Macinko, our Blue Hat crew leader.

Item #2: Some things I did not know.

News this week has been filled with stories and images of the planning for and actual invasion of Normandy as the Allied forces began the end of World War II. For planning purposes the actual day may not be known, and when known, keeping it a secret is desired. The “filler” in communications is “D-Day” and there is also “H-Hour.” When the decision on these times is known, all involved will be notified as needed.
For Normandy, D-Day and H-Hour were June 6th and 6:30 AM local time.
The timing is explained here: Moonlight and Tides
I’ve included part of one of the images from that story.
The things in the air above the ships are Barrage Balloons, meant as a barrier to low flying planes. A bit more here ( Blimps on D-Day – with photo.
If you want a general history, go < strong> Here.

Item #3: And another thingPresident Trump mentioned Queen Elizabeth’s WWII service as a truck mechanic. The black & white image shows Princess Elizabeth over an engine. Note the number – 36086. The tinted image shows her in front of that truck. And you thought she was just another silly Royal.
Much of this interesting story is here: Wartime Mechanic

Item #4: Mt. RainierThe red dot is about where the climbers got caught in a storm.

Climbers were plucked off Mt. Rainier this week. The climbers were prepared, but ‘bad luck’ won out, expert says. Link

I’m not an expert, but they are all still alive and not too damaged. Four state and federal agencies, 20+ people, EMT vehicles, and one or more helicopters were used in getting the 4 off the 13,500 level. These are the experts – and they had very good luck.

Item #5: I was headed west
This morning I headed down the on-ramp west of EBRG. I had a brief view such as shown here of a truck roll-over.

Had such an accident happened in the west bound lanes I would not have made it to the trail where I worked with a WTA crew.
Also, the driver was not hurt. All good news.
However, rain fell while we worked at about 2,800 feet, with rare breaks and sunshine. Meanwhile, when we could see it, the ridge to our east (and up another 1,500 feet) had newly fallen snow.
The rain made a mess in the digging we were doing, and the cold did not help. Harder rain and possible lightning were forecast for afternoon. We left about 1:30, an hour earlier than usual, and that’s the good news.
Home stayed dry and sunny, all day.

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

Not so nasty news May 31

Item #1: ImagesHasani, and mother Olivia

Item #2: Progress

The word for “handsome” in Swahili is Hasani. However, when born, the giraffe had less than handsome back legs. Horses sometimes have the same problem, so an equine veterinarian was consulted. Where from, you might ask. Kentucky, of course. Orange line, right, shows length of taping. This is seen in the video in the link below.
Hansani, of Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, is now shoe-free.

Item #3: Beer or Snacks

We were returning from Cle Elum with a slow moving delivery van in front of us. Nancy was driving and friend Kristin was on the right; me in the back. Eventually I commented that the truck looked like a snacks delivery vehicle. Kristin thought it was a beer company. She was correct.
I don’t drink a lot of beer and this was a Mexican import. I was thinking of a company split off from Kraft Foods, called Mondelēz. Some of the brands are shown below, right side.Although not the small van we followed, the truck on the left side shows what the brand looks like.
When I looked up Modelo, I learned about Mexico’s second wealthiest woman {1st I don’t know); here’s the link, with photo:

Item #4: First filling station

Following the theme of women of industry, here is a somewhat older story.

4 minute video: Bertha Benz
There is a version that has sub-titles. I can’t figure out a proper link to it.

The fuel she used

Ligroin was used to refuel the world’s first production automobile, the Benz Patent-Motorwagen, on a long distance journey between Mannheim and Pforzheim. Bertha Benz added ligroin to the vehicle at a pharmacy in Wiesloch, making it the first filling station in history.
The video shows her needing fuel, searching for the pharmacist, and with a village girl’s quick eyes and a nod, finds him having lunch.
Bertha died at age 95; 4 months after I enter the world.

Item #5: Change in weather

Back east, after 2 weeks of nasty weather, it appears things are settling down. However, where the sky becomes clear and winds diminish at night, parts of the normally cold spots from northern Pennsylvania, where I have relatives, may seem a bit cold. For Bradford, PA the National Weather Services thinks “Monday Night Patchy frost, with a low around 37.

That won’t kill the garden plants.

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

Not so nasty news May 24

Item #1: ImagesRelates to Item #4.

Item #2: Tides and Time, again

About 70 miles northwest of Portland, OR.
Coast Guard rescues two trapped by high tide at Ecola State Park.
Story and video here:

Your tax dollars at work
My guess (above) as to where this happened.
Of course on the Park’s website one can find the tide tables.
Sunday the high tide was to be at 2:53 pm
The aircrew conducted the first hoist of the female who was being hit by waves at 12:43 p.m. The next hoist occurred at 1:03 p.m.
There is a saying: Timing is everything!

Item #3: Hopscotch

Would you send a letter to the kids to ‘cease & desist’?

The game pictured here?

The grumpy Speirs Gumley

The solution: Hopscotch chalk ban overturned after outcry from parents.

Item #4: nostalgia
Right: Old Meadville Station

Ride the train

The link is to a railway museum in Canada where folks take little kids to ride an old steam train. I found this link and that reminded me of a train ride I took, I think in the summer of 1963. That’s 56 years ago.
My folks took me to Meadville, about 50 miles northwest of Clarion, where I boarded the Erie Lackawanna train {“The Friendly Service Route”} on its milk-run to Chicago. The train made frequent stops to pick up goods, and being at night, about once an hour there would be bumps and sounds enough to spoil sleep.
In Chicago, I changed to the San Francisco Chief of the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe Railroad. That long ride deposited passengers in Richmond, and a bus took us to Frisco.
Here is a link for a story and the photo at the top: Link

Item #5: A Green Sea Turtle

This story makes a reference to the Game of Thrones, a story that has a turtle named Arya Stark. I admit I’m clueless – well that is a clue, I guess, but I know nothing more.
This Arya was found floating in the ocean northwest of Australia with a large shell wound in June 2018, after being either hit by a boat or attacked by a shark. She was nursed back to health and recently released.
Arya needed blood

Despite knowing nothing about the Game of Thrones, this is still a nice story.

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

Not so nasty news May 10

Item #1: ImagesWe have a few sweet cherry trees and one tart variety. Supposedly the trees produce better when there is a “pollinator” of a different sort. This one starts blooming as the others finish. That would seem to be a flaw in the plan. Still the one small tree gets hundreds of cherries – that mostly go to waste. Birds won’t eat them but eventually wasps damage the soft ones.
It is pretty both when flowering and when sporting bright red fruit.

Item #2: Woodford Treehuggers

45 miles north of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia is the site of the Woodford Folk Festival. The Festival outgrew a previous site and moved to a larger space that had been severely damaged/degraded.
A group formed to reclaim the site. More than 110,000 trees and 600 species have been planted on the festival site since it was purchased in 1994. This is an article about this volunteer effort, with nice photos.

Revegetation of Woodfordia

At the festival they do have fun. Fire Event photo

Item #3: Finished?

The Acquavella case:
In 1977, under the threat of drought, Washington’s Department of Ecology filed a petition for an adjudication to determine the legality of all claims for use of surface water in the Yakima River Basin.


James Acquavella was the first person listed in Ecology’s petition for adjudication. James sought assurances he would have water to irrigate five acres.
We arrived on the Naneum Fan in 1989 and became involved. Neighbors and us had our lands considered about 12 years ago. Still, every month we have gotten an information form (about 3 8×11 pages), along with about 26,000 other stakeholders.
This 42-year-long battle over Yakima water rights concludes this month.

Item #4: Problem solved

I use Windows 10 and the Edge browser. This week the opening screen has been of a glacier.
Glaciers being ice and mostly white allowed me to see dirty spots on my monitor. I tried to ignore these, but today I got a soft cloth and proceeded to clean the screen. When I was done, the spots were still there. Hmm?
So glacial ice can have a lot of dirt and rock. Okay, got it.

Item #5: Snow in May


I guess it is too soon to plant tomatoes.

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

Not so nasty news May 3rd

Item #1: ImagesThis is an interstate crossover for hikers, dog walkers, parents pushing strollers, and folks riding bikes. Approaches are curved, narrow, go up a grade, and not part of the road system.

Item #2: Got hiking boots?

While working on hiking trails, when people approach, the crew picks up the tools and backs off, allowing the hikers to pass by. We often see folks ill prepared for what they are doing (hiking) and where they are (not in their own backyard).
We see people in bare feet, minimalist footwear (photo nearby), shower sandals, and hiking boots we would dearly love to have. We see lots of potential problems, but this an anecdote regarding footwear..

From the Coconino National Forest in Arizona:
Link: stylish, delicate, ankle-wrap sandals

A group of eight people ventured five miles down the Fossil Creek Trail. About 200 people have to be “rescued” (helped) from this area each year. I wonder if this rescue counts as ‘1’, or ‘8’.
There are signs. One is shown in the story.

Item #3: Got Garbage?

Our county sends garbage to the next county east for burial. Material that can be recycled is sent over to Spokane to a region-wide facility for sorting. Works like this for many small places in eastern Washington. Others haven’t figured out what to do with their waste.

In 2013 and 2014, a Canadian company shipped about 103 containers wrongly labeled as plastics for recycling to a port near the capital of the Philippines, Manila. So Canada had garbage.
Then Manila had garbage. [The number of containers of plastic versus garbage seems to be in flux.]
If I were Canada, I would say “Please bury the garbage and we will pay the going rate, plus 25% for the trouble. But, I am not in charge. Six years later this issue has not been settled.
Canada says “. . . we’ve certainly been working hard on this for a long time . . .
Not hard enough!
From Manila, President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to “declare war” on Canada if it didn’t take back its trash.
Foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin is going after the Filipino importers who brought the trash into the country but dismissed suggestions they should be sent to Canada with the garbage.
But the garbage is headed north, so says the President: “I will advise Canada that your garbage is on the way. Prepare a grand reception. Eat it if you want to … your garbage is coming home.
Coming home

For those of a certain age
This song was on the radio when I was six.

Item #4: Trail work
I’ve been doing trail work with WTA for 17 years. For the first time, several regular ‘day trips’ will be close to home – 12 miles across the valley, 16 road miles and about 20 minutes drive time.
The Google Earth view, below, shows the north-facing Manastash Ridge. The star on the lower left is the starting point. The star at the top is where several trails end up. We’ll be somewhere on that hillside. There is history here: Rocks & books
I carried a couple of rocks (from Idaho) up to the top.

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

Not so nasty news April 26

Item #1: ImagesPink and white Phlox with a few yellow flowers for contrast.

Who knew the use of this thing on the trunk?

One of the new tulips for this year.

Item #2: Time and Tide

From the southeast of Great Britain, southeast across the Bristol Channel from Cardiff, Wales – – comes this interesting story. The Channel is open to the North Atlantic Ocean and, therefore, tides.
Bristol Channel has a tide of 43 feet (13 m), second only to the Bay of Fundy.
We have not seen either of the above, but we have watched the “Bore Tide” south of Anchorage, on the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet.
You can have a look: Bore Tide There is a video there.
So, folks go to Brean Cove (see image #4, above) and drive a van onto the sand. The green line shows the width of the hard sand in the image, a parked vehicle, and a fence (F). So far so good.
The story says a man parked and walked away. Next the tide – the 2nd highest in the world – rushes up the channel as the sun sets.
#1 makes a good photo. #2 shows the incoming saltwater about half way up the van. #3 shows only the antenna above water.
‘Time and tide wait for no man’

The time and tide phrase is ancient; pre-dates modern English. The earliest known record is from St. Marher, 1225:
“And te tide and te time þat tu iboren were, schal beon iblescet.”
A version in modern English – “the tide abides for, tarrieth for no man, stays no man, tide nor time tarrieth no man” evolved into the present day version.

Item #3: Got cards?

A Washington State senator, Maureen Walsh, made a statement last week that has garnered a passel of playing card decks. Our politicos were debating legislation that would “mandate uninterrupted lunch breaks and rest periods for hospital nurses.”
Hard working Maureen said “I would submit to you those nurses probably do get breaks…they probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.
Nurses and friends of nurses did not think this was nice.
She was invited to a hospital for a day, and will go to a hospital and shadow a 12 hour shift. Likely, she has never worked a 12 shift, so they had best have a doctor shadow her for when she collapses.
But wait; there’s more.
Someone posted an image and address and suggested she be sent cards. The USPS has kept a tally. 667 packs of cards have been delivered, as of Tuesday the 23rd. She has been getting about 300 packs per day. No word on how she will use them.
She did have an important point to make but no one can remember what it was.

Washington’s governor is running for president to save the world from CO2, Democrats want to get rid of the current POTUS in any way possible, sports has Tiger to write about, English (like a cat sitting at an open door) can’t decide whether to stay or leave the EU, and the rest of the world is in turmoil. None of this registers in the Great State of Washington.
Here the big unresolved question is: Do nurses need a break during a 12 hour shift?

Item #4: Got water?
People in the USA are dealing with floods. That’s unfortunate, but it happens so often (build in a flood plain, expect a flood) lots of folks no longer pay attention. Note the WA State story above.

Meanwhile, in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia (a sunburnt country) is having a rare rainy period.
Look on a satellite image of Australia for Lake Eyre. No lake. You will see a large inland area of light browns and white. It is the lowest natural point in OZ. Wikipedia has an entry: Kati Thanda–Lake Eyre, with maps and photos. The section on ‘birds’ is informative.

The current story: “Lake Eyre could get to its fullest since 1974” is here: Link.

Another – older – story, with better photos, Here.

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

Not so nasty news April 19

Item #1: ImagesI took the top 2 photos today. The bottom 3 are from the web.
People have too much time to squander.
A friend was visiting Banyan Bay in Belize and sent a photo of a “weather station” similar to the middle one, with the Coconut. I found this one where the Coconut is much more visible. Regarding the one proclaiming to be mine, I’ve no idea where it is from.
The can of Dehydrated Water is an old novelty item by a real company of Evanston, ILL.
If you want to waste more time you can read about the
Dihydrogen Monoxide parody.

Item #2: Got eggs?

The “in thing” appears to be adult Easter Egg Hunts. The picture here shows some of the 4,000 plastic things being stuffed with a small prize or a gift ticket. This hunt has 300-plus tickets at $25 per entrant. No children.
Some of the “eggs” have cash ($20) in them, others have raffle tickets, and the top prize is a 50-inch smart television set.
The evening event includes a visit by the Easter Bunny and a lineup of games and challenges such as sack and spoon races.
Can you believe sometimes the attendees elbow and knock each other out of the way?
I’m shocked; shocked – I tell you.
Casablanca gambling?

Item #3: Take me to Portland
This is a bit odd. Not a good photo because it is from a WA DOT traffic camera.
With only the driver there, a man stepped into a bus and told the driver he had a gun and he wanted to go to Portland, OR (from Vancouver, WA), about 9 miles. The report does not say how authorities learned of this (on bus microphone and camera ?), but they did.
A few hundred yards before crossing the Columbia River, police laid a spike strip, took the man off, and that’s the end.
Because the destination is only 9 miles away, the person could have walked, and saved himself and others all the hassle.
And the final point is, why does anyone want to go to Portland?

Item #4: “Run Freddy Run.”

A brief escape of a Bison from a Winnipeg interpretive centre pointed me to the Freddy story. This is a bison that makes a habit of escaping its pen on a farm off Highway 405 between Lorette and Ile des Chênes, Manitoba. Also near Winnipeg. This is a year old story.

The community’s custom apparel company has made a dark blue shirt.
Of course, locals are also making sure everyone knows not to approach Freddy for a “selfie.”

Freddy is not a pet

Item #5: You might like
. . . . . . the dumb crooks site.

Here’s a story with a Washington State connection.
There aren’t many Honda Accords with Washington State plates reported stolen in Hillsborough County, Florida. Nevertheless, a Tampa man, already on probation for auto theft, reported to his probation officer driving the Honda. The ignition column had been punched out and a screwdriver was needed to start the car.

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

Not so nasty news April 12

Item #1: Images

Item #2: Need a computer coder . . .

Call Katie.

Many will have seen the orange and black photo of the Black Hole. The linked-to ‘call Katie’ story is one of the best explanations of how this came about. The orange color has been chosen for humans to see, but the actual data is at a wave length we do not see. And it was a lot of data. Look at #3 in the article.
Many people worked to produce this photo. The key person, the one with the new bright idea, is pictured above, Katie Bouman of West Lafayette, Indiana. She developed an algorithm known as Continuous High-resolution Image Reconstruction using Patch priors {CHIRP}.Got that? Me neither.
Seems now that she was of less importance than first given credit for, although still part of the team. I’ll leave it at that, and let her and others decide.

So I think it is sort of like making a common pencil. A single person is not able to do that, but with the “bright idea” a thousand people can get it done.
Like the image of the Lemon (above) for which I take credit, others had the ideas that (now) allow me to do this. In the Black Hole story, it is just a photo. The real story is her training, skill, and imagination.

About how to make a pencil

Item #3: A stamp to be liked
If you are a stamp collector you will want to get a whole plate of these. They do not need to be licked, and they are a little less expensive (10 for $9) than the real thing.
Named after the city on the east coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia.
Other places claim a similar concoction with different names.
This one appears in a 1953 cook book.

Item #4: Need a new front door?
In fact, we do. I wonder if these folks could come to the west coast and help out. Old doors on a church had begun to fall apart.
Our first house, in North Liberty IA, had a front door with a leak (somehow) into the wood panel. Relatively new, too. I had to replace a section.

Doors on the church were past the “best by” date.

Where and what: St. Dunstan’s Basilica in Charlottetown

First part of story

Second part of story

Item #5: Weather

Snow is so pretty – At Christmas time.

Summary of the April 10-12, 2019 Blizzard and Heavy Snow
Aberdeen, SD, Nat. Weather Service

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

Not so nasty news April 5

Item #1: Images

Item #2: Onions
Weather and opportunity came together this week and I got most (nearly all) of my onions planted. We only pruned vines on Monday & Tuesday, and W/Th/F there was enough time between rain and other activities to get them in the ground.
Wednesday and Thursday’s sets got rained on last evening, and I finished today with the last bundle, “Ringmaster” {photo}.
Nancy had been down-slope and came in the drive just as sprinkles started. I ran and helped her, then ran back and pushed soil and tamped the last 40 plants into the bed. I ran for the house as a real rain started. Whew!
Pictured is a white Spanish style that keeps a long time, has a mild flavor, and is great for onion rings.

Item #3: Innovation disrupts
I pass orchards on the way to where I prune. There are many folks working.
Some are leveling fields and installing irrigation lines, posts, and trees. Others are pruning trees and vines.
Blackberries and Blue Berries are harvested with machines. That is going to come, also, to hanging tree fruit, such as apples.
The photo is from the following link. It shows a tube extending out toward a “sighted” apple. The tube has a strong vacuum, enough to break the tissue between the stem and the spur.
Future harvest

Tree shape, size, training, and other issues are being tuned via the research. In the not too distant future much fruit will be picked this way. Lower paying jobs will be replaced with higher paying jobs because someone has to build, maintain, and repair these technical things.
If you think the demise of pickers is bad news, try picking for a day or two in September sun.

Item #4: The business of bees

Another thing I learned (but not why) this week is that apple blossoms produce little a bee can use to make honey.

More than you need to know about the economics if bees.
It does get interesting. “The numbers are astonishing: 85% of the two million commercial hives in the US are moved, containing tens of billions of bees.”

I also learned about skeps, the old type of classic woven bee hives that look like a tapering stack of straw.

Modern bee keeping is better for the bees

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