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By: clearlakemike, 9:17 PM GMT on September 20, 2005
These brave guys and gals deserve a big THANK YOU for risking their lives and well being for the rest of us.
Although, I totally disagree with the government's current war policy in Irag and think a better more peaceful solution could have been found, albeit in a much more slower and perhaps less dramatic process, these military personnel definately deserve our support.
They are there and putting THEIR lives on the line and when they get back they should not have their benefits cut, etc. Contrary, they should be given rewards for their sacrifice, much like the WWII era soldiers received after that conflict.
By: clearlakemike, 8:56 PM GMT on September 20, 2005
We are getting one of those very rare thunderstorms now here in San Francisco and coastal Northern California. The Monsoonal air that generally stays well south and to the east in the deserts of Southern California has drifted all the way up this far north and west.
All the dogs in the neighborhood are barking and upset. They usually spend the day out in their backyards as we hardly ever get real weather this time of year. My dogs are shaking and trying to squeeze into a corner or get underneath my legs.
Even the patter of rain is disturbing them. I am enjoying the sound of it falling on the skylight in my studio. Very relaxing sound. Haven't heard that sound in almost four months.
Haven't seen any lightning yet. Maybe I will get a lightning shot if it persists into the evening. Wouldn't know how to shoot one though. Have to see if I saved Sadie's lightning advice page, lol.
The weather has been unusual this year. Too much rain in the winter, too long a rainy season into the late, late Spring and now this. Hopefully, it won't rain very much and spoil the grape harvest or worse yet, spark some wildfires.
By: clearlakemike, 7:46 PM GMT on September 17, 2005
I can’t believe that summer is almost over. I know it is a cliché, but it just seems like it was Memorial Day weekend to me.
Summer in California is always such a fun and great time of year. The many microclimates offer just about everyone a comfort level and variety to choose from. Not too hot or humid, it is a beautiful season in the Golden State. Virtually no rain (except in the deserts and Sierras) and endless days of inland sun (and fog along the coast.) I love the golden hills and the green California Live Oaks. The fog makes the beach mysterious and moody. Personally, I prefer the beach during the other times of year when the sun is out, a nice consolation, I guess, for having to say goodbye to my favorite time of year.
I guess you know summer is really over when Costco starts putting out the Christmas decorations as they did this week and all the camping and summer sports items are high up on the stacks. Had to kill some time in one yesterday as I got new tires put on my SUV. The weather forecasters are predicting possible first season rain as early as late September this year. My balding tires would not have been fun on the slick freeways after the first rain. Always, a treacherous time to be out driving as the accumulated oil from the rainless summer mixed with water turns the roads and highways into skating rinks and demolition derbies, until a really hard rain washes the oil off.
The trees are starting to get full and loud with migrating birds as they start making their way south. The days are getting noticeably shorter, always something I need to adjust to as I start to miss the long hours of daylight. Again, the consolation, is seeing the beautiful sunsets out on the Pacific Ocean again in the early evening.
Soon it will be time to enjoy the trees turning color in the foothills and Halloween in San Francisco is always a big event. As the winter rains and darkness descend around Thanksgiving I can take out all my indoor projects and resume where I left off last Spring. And perhaps plan a escape trip back to the sun in Southern California’s desert and winter retreat.
Updated: 7:49 PM GMT on September 17, 2005
By: clearlakemike, 10:10 AM GMT on September 09, 2005
If you have the means and can do both, please help the animals affected by Katrina too...
By: clearlakemike, 9:29 PM GMT on September 07, 2005
Wishing the Bayou Land (and water) a speedy recovery!
Updated: 9:30 PM GMT on September 07, 2005
By: clearlakemike, 8:27 AM GMT on September 04, 2005
Del norte al sur, primera señora Maria Shriver (Schwarznegger) de California da la bienvenida a los estudiantes desplazados del desastre de Katrina del huracán a la universidad de los campus de California (y al estado de California renunciará fuera de honorario de la cuota del estado.)
From the north to the south, California First Lady Maria Shriver (Schwarznegger) welcomes students displaced from the Hurricane Katrina Disaster to the University of California's campuses (and the State of California will waive the out of state tuition fee.)
Also, The UC System is inviting displaced faculty to visiting faculty positions for a year in the fantastic, world renowned University of California System of Universities.
Displaced K-12 students (and their families)are welcome in the California Public schools. The state is working on setting up housing, currently in San Diego and San Jose.
Displaced Medical students are welcome to attend California's Medical Schools as well.
Updated: 10:19 AM GMT on September 04, 2005