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By: joealaska , 11:11 PM GMT on October 06, 2013
Saturday there were so many different sports on TV it was OK that it was pouring rain outside.
At 7:30 AM it all started with golf and THE PRESIDENTS CUP in Dublin, Ohio. This event happens every other year, during the years The RYDER CUP does NOT happen. The Ryder Cup is The USA vs The UK. The Presidents Cup is The USA vs The World (except the UK). They had heavy rain move through Dublin several times with rain delays. It was already going to be a LONG day with 2 full rounds scheduled for everyone. They played until dark, then had to quit and finish Sunday morning. It is a rare TEAM event in golf, with different formats each day. Saturday had twosomes playing each other. Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar played together and were very good. When they took off their hats to shake opponents hands at the end, I thought of a nickname for them.
At noon college football started, with games lasting late into the night. Louisville remains undefeated beating Temple by “only” 30-7. Kentucky kept it surprisingly close with South Carolina. Finally, a couple of baseball playoff games in the evening in case you wanted to watch a little sports TV.
It got very dark around 10 AM, then the rain moved in. Steady and heavy. Occasional thunder. I almost always have the patio door wide open when I am home. Every so often I look outside and see what’s happening. Soon I saw the creek in the trees was rising. Nothing new, it always rises from the TRICKLE it normally is. But this time was special. The creek rose by about three feet. It flowed over its banks and came out of the trees. Dutchie’s trees. Then it was lapping at the bank below my patio. It is a big bank, and it was enough for Saturdays storm. But it was entertaining if nothing else.
Fluff and Dutchie each sat in their own director chair on the patio and watched the rain from 3 feet away.
There was a decent current moving by, and all sorts of stuff floating by. Lotsa foliage and flora. Branches and bushes. And hedge apples by the hundreds. The area is normally a dog walk area for the apartment tenants. God only knows what else was floating by. But after a while it was just a heavy flow of water, everything had been washed away. But the rain stopped. I tracked how the water kept rising, crested, and eventually receded. The creek in the trees was roaring, but the water did go back within its banks. The cats even went out and checked out the saturated ground, walking in super slow motion in the wet high grass. Make a sharp noise at the right moment and they jump straight up 6 feet.
Just before dark I heard thunder in the distance, and now we had lightening. It started raining again, harder than ever. One time I looked out the window and there was no problem. 15 minutes later I checked again and the flood was back. Yeah, it was all pretty dark out there, but it is pretty close to the patio. The intensity was now higher. Before, the water flowed over the banks. Now it was RUSHING out. There was white water where it rushed through the trees and came out into the grass.
I never really felt threatened. It was cool to watch. Not too easy to see late at night, so I went to bed while it was still going on. The rain had slowed down. Dutchie wanted to stay out, so I let her. She had a roof and a chair. See you in the morning.
It rained off and on all night. When I got up it was stopped at the time. Dutchie was waiting on the patio. She was pretty wet and hungry. There was standing water still in the grass, but no flow. All the plants and bushes Dutchie hides in, near the trees, were flattened by the water flow. Then I saw a picnic table where it oughtn’t be. Normally it sits a couple hundred feet to my left. It is a community picnic table, mostly iron. Heavy, and not easily moved by water I would assume. There are only narrow legs, not a lot of surface area for the water to push. Yet the table now sits a hundred feet to my right. Stuffed in a clump of trees. Perhaps only Dutchie knows how it got there.
It has rained off and on all day, even though the weather “experts” say the big stuff is now passed. I heard numbers from 5.91 inches of rain to 7 inches. Today I heard about local flooding in Jeffersontown on the national news. That is just a few miles from here.
Of course, while it is flooding, it is nowhere near what FLOODING has happened elsewhere lately. Colorado, Arkansas and Missouri, and more.
Next weekend all six members of my family, including CYBER-IN-A-WHEELCHAIR, will be celebrating the folks 60th anniversary. Technically it will be a few days early. We are going to go to French Lick, Indiana, a little over an hour northwest of Louisville. Home of Larry Bird, an awesome new golf course, and an old resort built around mineral springs. It is a quaint town and area that has many interesting things to see and do. And take pictures of.
Taking a train trip through the countryside.
Looking forward to it.
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