Not so nasty news Sept. 15th

Curmudgeon – – A bad-tempered person, especially an old one.

I’m in a curmudgeon mood this morning.

Searching for “not so nasty news'” this week has been frustrating. I haven’t had much time — I’m sure there is good news to be found. A few things I found were duds. For example, a headline was of a “hungry bear cub roaming a mall” someplace in Canada. That could be good, I thought – ‘cub bear chows down on Tim Horton’s doughnuts’. It turned out to be a 13 second cell phone video of a small bear (actually a black smudge) about a block away on the street, and the first 6 seconds were of the side of a building, the sidewalk and concrete at the person’s feet. The person was trying to get the camera on his/her phone aimed toward the bear, and nearly failed. Watching a red Maple leaf blow across the street would have been more entertaining.

Florence the Hurricane was much in the news. It was good that the winds weakened before coming to land. People still died. But see below.
A funny story was of the weather reporter being shown trying to stand – with great difficulty – in the wind gusts. Meanwhile, two folks casually stroll across behind the reporter. This episode has been everywhere in the news, so is it really news 3 days later?

Okay, so a week ago – I, President Trump and thousands of others, suggested folks along the Atlantic coast get out of the low areas. Flooding was going to be a sure thing. Go. Go now. Vamoose. Get out. And so on.
My own comment was: “By Wednesday night be as far west as Knoxville, and by Thursday night be in Nashville. Enjoy music and related events for a couple of days until the coast is safe.”

Today we get stories from New Bern, NC, such as these two:

Tom Ballance, New Bern resident and business owner, told the Weather Channel that he watched water rise around him while sitting in his home, according to the Charlotte Observer.
“Nobody expected this,” Ballance said. “We were fools.”

Sadie Marie Holt, 67, was among those rescued. She tried to row out of her neighborhood Thursday night with a boat that was in her yard after her home began to flood, but had to retreat because of the poor conditions. Holt, who has diabetes and clogged arteries, said she stayed for doctor’s appointments that were canceled at the last minute.
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The community of New Bern is sited at the junction of the Trent and Neuse rivers, two tidal waterways.
Note the term tidal.

Here’s a photo of houses on a cul-de-sac {that’s French for ‘bottom of a bag’} {Americans might say – a dead end street}.Near the center of the dead-end pavement the height above sea level is 3 feet. The houses are a foot higher.

In the same general neighborhood, here is a photo from street level [3 feet]..
The curmudgeon part of me notes these two phrases from the reports:
#1: “Nobody expected this,”
#2: “canceled at the last minute”

The first of these is simply not true. The second is an indication the doctor’s were more interested in the cash flow, than the water flow.

Also, of interest was 67 year old Sadie with a row boat in her yard. Where did that come from? Is she a world class rower? No, she is an ill woman that should have been in Nashville.
Uff da! Yes – they were fools.

Out of curmudgeon mood.

I’ve mentioned before that doing trail work frequently starts on trails noted for the beautiful lakes and mountain scenery a few miles up hill. We do sometimes get about two miles in on a trail. I’ve worked 6 or 8 days on the Talapus Lake Trail. Never reached the lake, until yesterday. Our work was just 300 yards short of the lake and it was only a bit “up” – so we went there for lunch. I took a photo.I clipped off the bottom part because it is fill with strangers in colorful hiking clothes.
Below has more of the lake and 6 of our crew of 18. And that, for this week, is the not so nasty news.

Nancy and friends are playing music someplace today. I guess she will get the blog ready later. When?

Why the posting is late – again

We are traveling today to:

. . . a 2 p.m. chef extravaganza at White Heron Cellars winery at Trinidad. A guest chef will create dishes from local produce for a buffet and wine tasting.
This is a Sunday event, but part of
Quincy Farmer Consumer Awareness Day,
that is (was) Saturday.**

Nancy plans on taking photos and including the event in the coming blog on Monday or Tuesday. I guess that depends on how much wine I drink.

**I’m not sure I believe this:

The Farmer Consumer Awareness Day began in 1981 after a Quincy farmer, Dennis Highashiyama, was listening to the late radioman Paul Harvey who was talking with a female listener. She blamed farmers for the high cost of food and said farmers weren’t needed because people got their food from grocery stores.

Click below to read the not so nasty news from last week.

Not so nasty news

Item #1: the perfect canola crop photograph
What could be nicer than an expanse of pretty yellow flowers?
How about that picture with you standing in the field of bright yellow?
Seems growers are not happy with such actions. You can learn the reasons why here: trespass angers farmers

For a fee, I think I can solve this issue.
Growers, please call or write.

Item #2: Tree detective excited

Date Line Bundaberg
This fine community is about 600 miles north of Sydney, Australia.
A tree went missing – not a dog, or cat, or horse – but a thing with roots in the ground.
Further, this appears to be a fairly large specimen.
It has fruits the size of a large purple plum, and presumably flowers, although photos are not available. I could not even find the size or color of the flowers.
Seems to be a case of hiding in plain sight.
The plan is to have hundreds growing soon.
You can find the story at this LINK.

Item #3: Records are meant to be broken

The records of note are temperature, not phonograph. Moose Jaw was cold in 1896, and it just got colder.
I guess because it was cold, a picture of a Canada Goose signifies that fact.
The headline mentions a “chilly autumn” day. They are using the meteorological notion of autumn and not the one star gazers use.
Moose Jaw is about 640 miles north of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Item #4: unclaimed funds

Thunder Bay is a breeze of a canoe ride (28 miles) from Isle Royale of Lake Superior fame. The place has fewer than 110,000 folks.
It has had 2 canoe clubs, and there’s the problem.
The old club had some money. It disbanded. Like the Phoenix of Greek mythology, a new club rose from the ashes of the old.
The new club could use the money of its predecessor, but so far that isn’t happening. Are you richer than you think?
Apparently there is quite a pile of money being held for someone or some group from this relatively small place. Likely this situation exist across Canada, and the United States.
How much? Who Knows? Maybe you have some waiting for you.

Item #5: Look out !

Asteroid ‘2018 RC’, the size of a 17-story building, will pass between Earth and Moon (sort of) Saturday night.
It will come within 136,000 miles of Earth.
The Virtual Telescope Project will live stream the asteroid’s journey past Earth, beginning 6 p.m. EDT Saturday.
I’ll be sleeping

If it were to come close enough to make a big whooshing sound, I might stay up. It won’t. That’s the good news.
I can wait for the replay.

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

This Week’s Not So Nasty News

Item #1: Prince Edward Island – 15 Piping Plovers are big news
Charadrius melodus – – 2nd part = named for its melodic, plaintive whistle,
1st part = having the same idea as chat or chatter and also charade.

New Piping Plovers

More information from: All about birdsLocally we have Killdeer, a related bird.

Item #2: A dog story
This is a story about dogs, but first what’s a “pulse”?
A legume is a plant, or its fruit or seed. The dried seeds are called pulse. Well-known legumes include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, chickpeas, lentils, lupin bean, mesquite, carob, soybeans, and peanuts.

Such things can be fermented.
Here is the dog story: Beagles prefer fermented pluses in their chow

Item #3: An English Springer Spaniel story

Tia Vargas of Idaho Falls adopted Boomer into her family after rescuing and carrying the lost and injured dog down Table Rock Trail. Tia looks like she might weigh 120 pounds soaking wet. Okay, maybe 150 pounds. Boomer, described as a “pup” weighs 55 pounds.
We don’t know how high they were but there was snow.
We don’t learn how far she carried the mutt, but miles.
We don’t learn how much the vet bill was.
There is a Facebook page.
Story and photos at this link:
Tia, Boomer, Mountain

Item #4: CloudsI was headed home today and 4 miles south of home (we are between the trees and the hills on the right side of the canyon), I stopped to take a photo of these small lens-shaped clouds.
These are not as well formed as many of mountain peaks are. Mount Rainier is famous for them. These over flatter land are still interesting and form as air rises and sinks.
Lenticular Clouds

Item #5: A Birthday story
Nancy’s birth is Saturday, September 1st.

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

This Week’s Not So Nasty News

Item #1: Another police – animal rescue story

Not much to say about this.
It ends well.
Women on inflatable rainbow unicorn rescued from Minnesota lake.

The Unicorn needs rescued

Item #2: Bacon education


We learned to cook from our mom.
We were expected to learn reading, writing, and arithmetic at school.

Item #3: A first

I saw one of these crossing the road on Thursday. I was in my car 100 miles from home. They are found locally, but I’ve never seen one.

Item #4: Here he is! Climbing out the tree.

Man meets tree, tree met Hurricane

Trees don’t have a choice. They are where they are. Most would have enough sense to get out of a gale – if they could.
Not so for reporters. Think about that.
His name was James Cook. I’m related to a whole bunch of Cooks.
Hurricane was named Lane. We had a friend named Lane but lost track of her. We have lots of trees.
The tree gets no respect. Neither kind nor name is given.Item #5: stories behind popular pigments
This is just interesting. Well to me.

When I was teaching, we did a segment on rocks. One type is called Porphyry. A version is quite purple and hard to come by.
Ancients of the eastern Mediterranean made slabs of it and built rooms in which the queen would give birth. (This article mentions another very expensive purple, a dye.)
A male child born in a room built or lined with Porphyry was said “To be born in the purple.” LINK

More about the dye: Tyrian Purple

If you like ancient history, you can find lots to read about where the rock came from, how it was mined and transported, and its importance.

Item #6: Wild strawberries

When I was young, I would stay at my similar aged cousins for a week or so each summer. I remember us picking (very small) wild strawberries on the hill behind the farm house. They were very tasty but in a town not too far away, the grocery sold soda-pop. Holy cow!
We would pick berries, and Uncle Ed would carry them to town and sell them to the grocery. I don’t remember the rest, although I do remember riding to town on bicycles. Perhaps, to buy a soda with some of the money. Or just because.
Anyway, we picked berries, ate some, sold some, and drank pop.
That’s why I liked this story from Prince Edward Island.
a tradition: the strawberry social

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

This week’s Not so nasty news

Item #1: Maybe I read the story wrong

EVERETT, Wash. — An 83-year-old woman survived a fiery crash into a tree in Everett after being pulled from her flaming car by a witness, fire officials said.
If she hadn’t have already crashed, why pull her from her car?
She lived

Interestingly, the link to the web page has the wording correct.

Item #2: Goats on my mind
A goat named Fred

I was hoping Fred would lead the group to our place to clean up the brush. However, being in New Jersey means that didn’t happen. Down the road ½ mile there are goats in a field. I’ll have to investigate.

Item #3: A deer story

The State of Washington has many unfamiliar names, for example Skamokawa, or Washtucna. We’ve gotten used to most of them. To find others is not hard. Consider Punnichy in the south-center of Saskatchewan, that is in the area of Kawacatoose First Nation. The story continues in Salthaven.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police found the place anyhow.

Item #4: New air
Washington had an in-flow of air from off the coast. This pushed much of the smoky air (fires) to the east. Seattle has been smoky but today mostly cleared as did the air up to the crest of the Cascades. Our area (less smoke than Seattle) was partly cleared but is expected to get more smoke from the fires in WA and up in B.C.
The good news is that air quality is better than it was, and beginning early next week temperatures are expected to drop. Air quality will improve on Wednesday.

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

This week’s not so nasty news


Item #1: A cat story

July 8 in Ashland, Ore.,
Why you shouldn’t build your rooms around huge plants and real tree branches . . .

Pussycat takes a nap behind the sofa

. . ., or leave your doors open.
Now, this is the part that makes me go “Hmmmm?”
. . . said she “again connected in a loving gaze and communicated trust through blinking”.

Item #2: Ohio is a strange place
Consider Judge Michael Cicconetti – Painesville, Ohio
You don’t have to consider the judge, but sister Peggy thinks we should. She writes: “He made kids clean crap out of animal pens at the fair because they tipped over a porta-potty among other things. He does all kinds of creative sentencing.

This seems like “nasty news” to me. Anyway, here is a link to a report done a few years ago (several minutes long):
Judge Michael

Item #3: If you have $50. . . would you buy a used violin
Cheap at half the price
A Massachusetts pawn shop took in a violin, and gave the seller $50. Then the police came calling. Turns out the item was stolen and worth about $250,000. A “30 day holding” period did its job, as did the police. Good news.

Item #3: Taylor Swift
This one starts with the death of a police officer and ends with a nice action by the entertainer Taylor Swift.
She donated “a significant number of tickets” to the town for her shows this weekend — there were enough to send “every police officer, firefighter and extended family to the concert, and then some.” The extras were passed on to other nearby police departments.
She can afford it. In recent years she has been in the top earners of the entertainment business, bringing home more each day than many folks make in a lifetime. Whether you listen to her music, or not, respect the ability as both performer and business pro. Not yet 30 years old.
Oh, she was born in my home state of Pennsylvania.

Item #4: Spot the difference
One of these is the official flag of Australia and the other of New Zealand.
NZ’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, is on maternity leave.
The temporary replacement, Winston Peters, apparently couldn’t think of anything useful to do, so he is making an issue of flags.
The NZ flag (left) was adopted in 1902, with the OZ flag becoming official in 1954.

Item #5: Winter in Australia

One of the driest winters in the land of OZ has brought bright colors to the harsh landscape.
Needed: a tuber root system that grows deep

This area is about the same distance south of the Equator as Los Angeles is north.
Use this, [ orchids “great southern region” australia ], as a search string with images tab, to see a colorful selection.

Item #6: And finally Both good and bad news about Mars the planet, not the candy.
Folks on Earth will get a “close” look at Mars this weekend. The bad news is the dust that covers that planet.
Every once in awhile (years) something stirs on the Red Planet and dust lifts above its surface. One might read of a raging dust storm or something to suggest a big storm – like Earth’s hurricanes – but that is false. There is a very minor wind across most of the surface.
Regardless, with the dust in the Martian atmosphere, seeing the surface clearly is not possible even though Earth and Mars will be about as close as they ever get.
Thus, good news and bad news. . More here

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

Not So Nasty News: More animals

Item #1: Not a dog story

I found this page and decided to show a link:
The Coalinga Iron Zoo

I cannot recall seeing a painted pump jack. Most of the ones I saw were well away from busy roads, so had one looked like a turtle or a giraffe, who would have noticed?

Item #2: A little deer and a fire
A fire fighter found a tiny deer near the edge of a fire and carried it out.
The print at the bottom of the image says: “West Mims Fire, Georgia” – a fire in the very south of Georgia in spring of 2017.
West Mims

Item #3: Another fire story

I was able to get home yesterday from eastern Washington despite a grass fire along I-90 along my route, and the gas station where I stopped could not process credit cards. Cash was needed. A planned 3.5 hour trip took 4 ¾ hours. Had a low sun nearly blinding me for ½ an hour. I got home just before dark. All is well.

Item #4: Your guess is as good as anyone’s guess.

record gulls

I find it interesting when wild things confound experts.
There is a quote from a notable scientist
“Science is the belief in the ignorance of the experts” – Richard Feynman
So this is a story from Australia where gulls have increased in number and why is the question.

Item #5: A memory

Another wild thing story, about Lady Bugs (beetles). There is a connection to Australia with this, too, but only if you are a classic rock & roll fan will it resonate.

Turns out the AC/DC song “Rock and Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” is wrong.
Ladybirds are not fans

beetles, bugs, birds?

When we were living in Idaho, we went one spring to a place that had snow and dead trees. Sun on the dark wood had warmed things so the trunks and nearby ground were snow free. Lady Bird Beetles were covering the warm spaces. We have 35 mm color slides – somewhere. I cropped a part (~20%) of an image on the web, but it indicates what we saw.The original photo is from the “worth a look” site:
Mostly birds by Tom Lawler

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

An odd assortment

This week’s not so nasty news.

Item #1: Don’t mess with mom

111 miles north of us, a person [unnamed, so far] doing some research, ventured into the home territory of one of the resident Washington Wolf packs, the Loup Loup group. The members objected.
They impressed her enough that she climbed a tree. Therefrom she was able to make a phone call (?). As a “U. S. Forest Service salmon researcher” she may have had a Forest Service radio, and she knew or should have known of the wolves.
A WA Department of Natural Resources wildfire helicopter flew to the site, the wolves went home, and all is well that ends well.

Full story here.

Item #2: They’ve got ice.

Most of it is under the water

Got ice?

Go get some. 870 east of Boston and 370 miles north is a place called Upper Amherst Cove on Newfoundland’s Bonavista Peninsula.

Item #3: Flying flowers

Our Milkweeds are blooming this week. A few other plants have blooms, also. And the weather has warmed.
I’ve been seeing the yellow and black Swallowtails and some smaller butterflies. We see very few of the Monarchs (orange & black).
Ours are the Oregon Swallowtail (Papilio oregonius)

Breaking Cat News cartoon.

Link 1 to Swallowtails.

Link 2: Friend Caitlin has this post: with great photos, and uses the name Papilio machaon oregonius.
Caitlin writes that Oregon Swallowtails {larvae} are exclusively found on wild tarragon (Artemesia dracunculus).
I’ll have to have a look about our “native’s-land” and see if we have this or if the butterflies are just visiting.

Item #4: Things that go boom!

I include this next link . . .
Melbourne’s Jack’s Magazine, where “magazine” means a storage facility for gunpowder.

. . . only because in the part of the USA where we have relatives [McKean County in north-central Pennsylvania], there was a British and American munitions plant for WWII. A cousin told me the buildings have 3 sides of cinder/cement blocks and one side of wood. Anticipating explosions, the wood side was expected to fail while the rest of the building would remain. Thus, rebuilding would be quick and the plant could continue operations. The Melbourne building is much nicer.
See this page: Eldred, PA.

Item #5: What?

I’ve watched this video a few times, trying to figure out what the big deal is, or was. The text claims: “Stranded driver rescued from floodwaters in Atlanta.”

Help! I’m going to drown

It looks as though a massive fire truck and several highly paid members of the fire-crew manage to keep someone from stepping in water about 5 inches deep.
Maybe he could have taken his shoes and socks off and waded the few feet to the safety of the sidewalk?
There must be something about this dramatic rescue I’m missing.

Item #6: A not dramatic story

Meanwhile, in River City (actually, Clarion PA) nothing happens.This photo is from Clarion’s Computer sales and service store. They relocated from the city’s core (between 5th and 6th avenues) to this spot (near 1st Ave) where Hwy 322 (aka, the 28th Division Highway) turns north and goes down to the River. Thus, we called it the River Hill. We lived one block forward and one block to the right.

Clarion might have been famous but Colonel Drake chose to drill the first oil well 32 miles away. Bummer.

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

This week’s not so nasty news

Item #1: from Breaking Cat News

My favorite cartoon, this week:
What are little girls made of?

Item #2: Winds

Sister said I should include a link to outhouses (aka potties) being blown about by wind. That sounds Nasty, so here is a different one:

Whirlwind moves along a beach

The Germain Shorthaired Pointer appears to be a fan.

Item #3: Twins
Twin red somethings, not Pandas


Item #4: Good for something

Stranded fox rescued from iceberg
William’s Harbour is real close to The middle of nowhere.

Item #5: First Dodge story

Dodge goes away
The United Way benefits as have others via this auction company: Barrett-Jackson
Mohegan Sun (entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping) is owned by the Mohegan Tribe. It is situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in southeastern Connecticut.

Item #6: Odd car story
Honda Odometer

Seems to me the headline needs a comma
The Best Odometer Picture Ever Took Real Planning And Math

Item #7: WA’s National Parks

Four people, 2 men & 2 women, get rides in a bright yellow helicopter.
3 dramatic rescues from North Cascades NP, Mt. Rainier NP, and Olympic National Park.

“A National Park Service helicopter team carried out three dramatic rescue missions in a single day over the weekend – one rescue in each of Washington state’s three large national parks.”

Item #8: Car colors

In February 2017 we acquired a 2016 Subaru Crosstrek, now named Jessica. I had intended to buy a red car but saw the blue color and liked it better. I was tired of white, off-white, and similar hues.
This is a story about car colors from the very early years to now. LINK

Item #9: A 20 year old mystery
From far out in Australia, we have Marree Man.

This one is about the 2016 restoration.

Item #10: Second Dodge story

Finally, and not a moment too soon:
A 16-year-old discovers Dodge Chargers are not designed to fly.
Not at 135 mph

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