Eccentric adventurer in Ensenada, Mexico seeks extraordinary fun in ordinary life and people.
By: bajadock , 8:36 PM GMT on February 27, 2014
The Baja California/SoCal storm predicted for this weekend will be remembered as “Carnavalgeddon”. Ensenada Carnaval celebrations are this week, with the biggest fiestas planned for the weekend. Here are Bajadock’s top 10 storm warnings for this weekend:
1. It’s going to be rough going for the scantily clad dancers, queens and paper mache “floats” of Carnavalgeddon in Ensenada. Some of Carnaval’s parade routes will be better equipped for boats vs. land craft. Rain is also not so good for restaurants and shops that have increased inventories in anticipation of big crowds. The great news is that restaurants can finally wash dishes after months of using paper and plastic tableware due to water restrictions ;)
2. With the high winds and rains, there is a 50/50 chance of electrical power outage on the Punta Banda peninsula. I’ll add a 50/50 chance for that outage lasting 24 hours or more. There is only one main power line out here with no redundancy.
3. The road widening of Carretera La Bufadora, now reaching the hillside of Punta Banda, is beginning to remove a big portion of the hill. I’ll put the odds at 1 in 3 that Carretera La Buf’ is shut down for 24 hours due to a major mudslide.
4. The last big storm to hit here was in 2010. We were without power for 3 days. The small bridge was out, making the road out to La Bufadora impassible. This week I have a 20 pound turkey and a few pounds of precious Basque chorizo in the freezer. I’ll say that there is only a 10% chance of those thawing. If they do melt, guess who is hosting the dinner party in candlelight?
5. With no storm sewers, street flooding is an adventure in Ensenada and Tijuana whenever we get a half inch or more of rain. By “street flooding”, water levels that will drown your Subaru.
6. Guessing that the grocery stores will be packed with shoppers today, clearing the shelves in preparation for Carnavalgeddon. Like snow shovels in Chicago this winter, Ensenada umbrella sales should also be brisk.
7. Scored two new books from my neighbor(thanks R). Reading by candlelight is a great way to test your ability to be quiet by yourself. Most can’t handle that state of peace. Imagine life without a smart phone, computer, tv, stereo, trash compacter or…EGADZ…NO FACEBOOK…no foreign curse words with friends??? WE ARE DOOMED!
8. We are needing rain in a bad way with this year’s drought. Many in Ensenada are on restricted water availability, such as 10PM -10AM only or daily outages. Have read reports of muddy water being piped into homes.
9. My car needs a bath. And the new skin on my house needs another leak test. Many of my neighbors will have pots and buckets deployed. I’m lucky to have such a good contractor, who figgered out and cured my small leaks in 2012.
10. Despite a few challenges here, anyone in the Midwest USA would gladly trade their polar vortex for our sprinkles. How goes that March lamb and lion saying?
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