Saturday, 26 August 2017

09:10 – It was 59.1F (15C) when I took Colin out at 0620, partly cloudy. Barbara is working in the garden this morning, after which we’ll do more science kit stuff.

We stopped at the Southern States hardware and farm supply store yesterday to pick up a couple items. Jerry Francis, the former owner of our house works there. We asked him what he could tell us about our well. Not much, as it turns out. The well was there when he and Ethel bought the property and built the house, as was the well pump. He had no idea when the well was drilled or how old the pump is.

He mentioned that it’s a 110V pump, which we already knew from looking at the breaker panel, and that he was pretty sure the water table was pretty high, maybe 50 or 60 feet below the surface. That would account for the 120VAC pump rather than a far more common 240VAC pump. If the water table is in fact that high, we could probably even get away with installing a 36VDC Solar Jack Sun Pump replacement pump.

My thoughts this morning are with my many readers in coastal Texas. I hope you all get through this hurricane with your families and homes unscathed.

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76 Responses to Saturday, 26 August 2017

  1. nick flandrey says:

    Just got up. Not much activity overnight here. Left the yard lights on to get it on video if anything dramatic happened. I’ll take a look later.

    Station says we had just under an inch of rain all day yesterday and we’re at 2.16 since midnight. Steady rain now, no wind.

    Time to start the day and feed the mouths…

    n

  2. H. Combs says:

    Pop Tarts !
    I work with a number of former Walmart IT types. They told me yesterday that when expecting a disaster like hurricanes, Walmart will preposition trucks with pop tarts ready to swoop in at the first opportunity. Their studies show that the biggest demands after a disaster is for Pop Tarts. Go figure.

  3. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    Hey, it makes sense. I’ve never eaten a Pop Tart, but they do provide balanced, complete nutrition and they keep a long time. IIRC, they’ve found Pop Tarts in 4,000 year old Egyptian pyramids and they were still edible.

  4. SteveF says:

    balanced, complete nutrition

    I’m not sure that’s quite true.

    edible

    Nor that.

    But I will say that 4000-year-old PopTarts are probably as edible as those fresh off the line.

  5. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I mentioned good nutrition because I understand that the Wallyhogs you guys keep talking about (I’ve never seen one myself) consume mostly Pop Tarts and Doritos. If they’re good enough to support a 600-pound Wallyhog, they should be fine for us Normals.

  6. H. Combs says:

    Carbs and sugar … Just what you need when dealing with a disaster 😉

  7. Dave Hardy says:

    Another sunny day at Lake Woebegone; the lawn mowers are out in force again and I gotta do ours this weekend at some point; hoping the neighbor kid makes an appearance, though.

    Otherwise it’s back to mundane cleanup ops and organizing stuff. Mrs. OFD is with the kids and grandkids out in the East Bay and then has three days, I guess, with a gig in Sacramento. She also has a first-class ticket back across the country and should be arriving in Vermont early Thursday morning and home for two weeks.

    As I’ll likely be starting skool again this next week, we’re gonna have to get her Saab fixed, as there will be days and evenings when I’ll be gone to class or labs 35 miles away for hours.

    I also need to get back on the tax situation, which I’ve been putting off and finding ways to avoid.

  8. nick flandrey says:

    Well, pictures are starting to come in. There were areas with some damage. Some tornadoes too.

    Brazos river is rising.

    all the standard stuff.

    Some parts of the region got a lot of rain, some didn’t. The whole watershed got a bunch and the creek rise lags the rain by a bit. There will probably be some flooding when they overtop their banks.

    Just got a system restart from my client’s NVR, so either they just got power restored, or they just noticed they were down. They are in the NW counties and got a lot of rain.

    n

  9. nick flandrey says:

    They have overcast skies, but nothing looks flooded on their property. The creeks in the area are all flooding soon though.

    n

  10. SteveF says:

    I also need to get back on the tax situation, which I’ve been putting off and finding ways to avoid.

    What I’d like to see would be rock-solid law saying that we serfs are not held to a higher standard than the assholes who think to rule us.

    Taking the IRS as a non-random example, if you’re questioned by IRS agents, you can lie, deny, obfuscate, destroy records, and delay indefinitely.

    Perhaps then there’d be a serious investigation and prosecution of Lerner’s crimes and Koskinen’s coverup of those crimes. Just for an example.

  11. Dave Hardy says:

    I not only agree with Mr. SteveF’s recent post WRT to the tax situation in this country;

    I APPROVE!!!

    A million percent.

    But the only way such a law could be enacted would be if we conduct a full system reformat and reboot; it ain’t gonna happen under the current criminal terrorist regime of crooks, energy pirates, banksters, shysters, politicians, bureaucrats, jingo-psycho military officers and assorted grievance whores and pimps and various shitbags. But I repeat myself. We’re ruled by criminal scum, period.

    We can’t fix our status as serfs/victims until we destroy them and their works and begin anew, preferably having learned from our mistakes, but again, judging by history, that is a mostly forlorn hope.

    I distinctly remember that Geithner character being involved in his confirmation hearings for a very high gummint post and being caught out on not filing his taxes or filing the wrong chit or whatever, and it was as if he’d momentarily forgotten to put milk in the cat’s bowl that morning, no big deal. And if it hadn’t got brought up (and not having done anything about it prior to his hearing I guess he figured it wouldn’t come up or that it wouldn’t matter) then nobody would have ever known.

    When we did that, we had our accounts frozen, checks paid out for bills bounced, credit ruined, and threatened with additional property seizures and prison. And when it was their mistake, we still got that, and zero apology for it. Which was a great lesson for all of us and the reason I put it out here originally; this is how they think of us. As livestock to be raised for production and possible slaughter.

    Our little hassle is ongoing, and will be for years, unless we win the lottery.

    Let’s see what young Timothy is up to these days…

    ….“Geithner left the Obama administration on January 25, 2013,[99][100] and joined the Council on Foreign Relations as a distinguished fellow.[24] In March 2014, he became the president and managing director of Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm.[101] In February 2016, it was announced that JPMorgan Chase would provide a line of credit to help Warburg Pincus executives invest in a new multibillion-dollar fund at the firm…”

    A charmed life from start to present.

    An extra tidbit:

    ” During the early 1980s, Geithner’s father oversaw the Ford Foundation’s microfinance programs in Indonesia being developed by Ann Dunham Soetoro, Barack Obama’s mother, and they met at least once.”

    Gotta laff, doncha?

  12. nick flandrey says:

    “it’s a big club, and you ain’t in it…”

    n

  13. Dave Hardy says:

    What we chiefly need here is a big club to bash the people who ARE in it.

  14. Dave Hardy says:

    “If you keep kicking a dog for being a dog, eventually it does what dogs do and bites you. Cultural Marxists would do well to remember that when whites get mad enough to bite, the bite is often fatal.”

    https://www.traditionalright.com/the-white-right-rises/

    Yet here they are, still kicking us.

    One may wonder at the audacity and arrogance, however, of those whites who set themselves up as our judges, juries and executioners. How do they think they will somehow end up on top? Once the world’s oppressed and all the victims receive “justice,” that is?

  15. pcb_duffer says:

    [snip] if you’re questioned by IRS agents, you can lie, deny, obfuscate, destroy records, and delay indefinitely. [snip]

    When being questioned by agents of the state, no matter which particular agency or which level of government, it’s crucial to remember these three axioms:
    1 Be quiet
    2 Don’t say anything
    3 SHUT THE FUCK UP!!!

  16. lynn says:

    Station says we had just under an inch of rain all day yesterday and we’re at 2.16 since midnight. Steady rain now, no wind.

    We’ve had 8 inches of rain at the house so far, yesterday and today.

  17. dkreck says:

    @PCB
    yeah Martha Stewart is the poster child for that. While your advice is good, learn to say one thing, “I’ll be glad to respond as advised while I have a legal advisor with me”.

  18. Greg Norton says:

    From the “We Shall Reap What We Sew” Department:

    Tampa forced the drywall plant to close, and the end result was contaminated homes from Chinese Drywall.

    I wonder what the consequences of importing Chinese flour will be once the mucky mucks get the Con Agra flour mill management to give up.

    http://sptimes.com/news/business/realestate/tampa-files-eminent-domain-suit-over-parcel-needed-for-vinik-cascade/2335210

  19. nick flandrey says:

    Yep, don’t say “No” then you are “obstructing”.

    The advice for aftermath management is “just STOP TALKING.”

    Our rainfall is up to 2.43 since midnight, with 1″ yesterday. Currently 80F and 97%RH with a slight breeze. A bit surreal actually.

    Watching the reporting and seeing pics of damage and flooding, it is way underwhelming. Very isolated areas of damage. ‘Course, could just be normally bad reporting.

    n

  20. nick flandrey says:

    So far china has been reasonably careful with their food for export. they are much less careful with food for internal consumption. When someone is caught eventually for any cheating, they usually end up dead.

    I’d prefer not to eat anything processed or sourced in china, but that’s not practical.

    n

  21. Greg Norton says:

    McCain is upset? Yet another reason that pardoning Sheriff Joe was the right thing to do.

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/latest-arpaio-tells-ap-appreciates-trumps-pardon-49428022

  22. Greg Norton says:

    Watching the reporting and seeing pics of damage and flooding, it is way underwhelming. Very isolated areas of damage. ‘Course, could just be normally bad reporting.

    Sam’s Club in North Austin was restocked overnight, but when we left an hour ago, it was normal Saturday buying. Water, milk, eggs, Coke products, and even Pop Tarts were readily available.

    Another upside of the storm — I have a good idea of where the painters trashed our gutter system earlier this summer. Whatever I can’t handle will need to have professional attention before Winter and the next May rains.

  23. Ray Thompson says:

    So far china has been reasonably careful with their food for export. they are much less careful with food for internal consumption.

    Yeh, I guess cat flavored pop-tarts would not be a big seller in the US.

  24. Dave Hardy says:

    Somebody or other with an unknown ax to grind just got released from whatever deep archives the radio broadcast McNutter made for the commies during his POW time at the Hanoi Hilton. It is evidently only now just coming out and it’s pretty bad. Cui bono?

    https://www.oathkeepers.org/breaking-news-john-mccains-1969-tokyo-rose-propaganda-recording-released/

    This may or may not sink him, finally; I have no idea.

  25. Ray Thompson says:

    CNN is reporting the first “storm related fatality”. Seems someone died in a house fire. How that is storm related is beyond my comprehension. They would have died in the fire regardless of the storm. Storm rains probably kept the fire from spreading. But the media has to do something to establish their panic reporting and justify the idiocy.

  26. nick flandrey says:

    It’s like including the murder bomber’s death in the death count from an attack- it increases the reported number.

    n

    If it bleeds it leads.

  27. paul says:

    Maybe the electricity was off and they spilled gas on a hot generator. Because with the rain one would of course have the generator in the garage. But, CNN, so….

    Another guy was shot in the head as he was breaking into a house by the homeowner. Because, yeah! Loot!! He was taken to the hospital alive.

    People are nuts.

  28. OFD says:

    “People are nuts.”

    Yes.

    I dunno what anyone would be thinking breaking into a house in TX during a major storm. And out in the sticks up here, we’ve had drunk-ass neighbors pounding on someone’s door in the middle of the night catch a shotgun blast right through that door. And I wouldn’t rate those two guys’ chances who escaped from Dallamora a couple of years ago if they’d made it across the lake to this AO. Peeps were tooled up.

    The MSM really sucks rocks nowadays; I’d like to put the top decision-makers in leaky rowboats out on the Gulf tonight. Or put them to work rounding up the wandering alligators.

  29. paul says:

    It’s a dreary day. Not Winter dreary and in the 30’s. It’s about 74 depending on the thermometer. I have a couple of windows open for the breeze and to hear the rain.

    Plenty of breeze. The trees rock ‘n’ roll and then nothing, still as death. The oaks wave around and the cedar trees look like they want to become tumbleweeds. The rain is light but almost constant. My gauge said 1/2 inch a couple of hours ago. Nice, slow, soaking rain. The grass is already greening.

    So what to do? Too wet to haul gravel with the tractor. The gravel I hauled for the van’s parking place in the boat shed is smoothed and compacted with the Jeep. I can fine tune that project when the van comes home from Amarillo.

    Hey, let’s make a pot of chili !!! I _start_ with the recipe on the bottle of Gebhart’s Chili Powder. I double or so the recipe, add a bit more cumin and use stew meat, not ground. Eh, I’ll spare you the exact recipe. I gave it a taste after an hour of simmering and remembered my secret ingredients.

    I’m using 4 tablespoons of chili powder, 5 of cumin, a half teaspoon or so of cayenne. On top of the salt and pepper used while browning the meat. A 28 oz can of diced tomatoes and a can of water. A can of tomato paste. Oh, and a tablespoon each of dried onion and garlic powder. Mix it together, let it meld, maybe add some salt. Then a 28 oz can of whole tomatoes.
    The diced tomatoes cook away. With the whole, well, I like a few chunks of tomato in my chili.
    Gave it a sample and hey! I forgot a teaspoon of sugar (buffers the tomato acid) and a tablespoon of cocoa.

    It’s going to be really good in another hour or so.

  30. SteveF says:

    He was taken to the hospital alive.

    Does that sentence disgust anyone other than me?

  31. Ray Thompson says:

    He was taken to the hospital alive.

    Does that sentence disgust anyone other than me?

    Sure to be treated on the public’s dime, better treatment than I would receive with my insurance.

  32. paul says:

    I dunno what anyone would be thinking breaking into a house in TX during a major storm.

    The story was thin. It could have been someone from down the street hoping to score a new stereo and big screen TV. That’s what I think. Because if I were stupidly caught out and it was raining to beat a hurricane, I would knock on the door. I wouldn’t be breaking in.

    I might get shot for falling asleep on someone’s front porch trying to get out of the rain.

  33. OFD says:

    Haters.

  34. paul says:

    The article I read did not say what the perp was shot with.

  35. paul says:

    Haters.

    And you JUST noticed? 🙂

  36. Ray Thompson says:

    Haters.

    Thanks for the complement Mr. OFD. You can now go to bed knowing you have done your good deed for the day.

  37. SteveF says:

    The chili I make has been bland the past couple years. My daughter likes it, but only if it’s not too spicy (ie, at all spicy) and she doesn’t like tomatoes. I don’t make it often because if you can’t make it right there’s no point in doing it at all.

    She also likes home-made pork and beans, done in the crockpot as a normal recipe (though very heavy on the meat) rather than my preferred way (cook a pork shoulder in the crock, remove the bones, stir into basically pulled pork, add a pint of vinegary Eastern Carolinas barbecue sauce, throw in the dried beans, add water and spice, and cook for 12 more hours).

  38. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “Eastern Carolinas barbecue sauce”

    Hawk, spit. Western Carolina (Lexington) barbecue sauce is far better than that vinegary crap they use in Eastern Carolina. I like the KC variation.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbecue_sauce#United_States

  39. paul says:

    The mustard based stuff from the Columbia, SC area is not bad. It’s different and it’s for pork, not beef.

    I like the Texas sauce. Duh.

    If I ever get back to Alabama, I want to try the mayo based sauce.

    The Australian’s have kept it simple. Ketchup with added Worcestershire sauce.

  40. nick flandrey says:

    Why ruin good meat with sauce?

    n

  41. paul says:

    As a dip. Like catsup and french fries.

    edit= I like my Chicken Fried Steak with the gravy on the side.

  42. SteveF says:

    Eastern Carolinas Barbecue Sauce is nothing like the bbq sauce you buy in a bottle. It’s vinegar, salt, peppers, and brown sugar. It’s used, as paul says, as a dip or for dribbling onto a pork sandwich. Or, as I do it, for converting a cooked pork shoulder into a pot of pulled pork. It’s great with pork and ok with white meat from a chicken. Never tried it with beef, but I don’t think it would taste good.

    Generally, I agree with nick about using sauces: I don’t want to cover up the flavor of the meat. If I have a good slice of roast beef or pork loin on a fresh, home-made roll, why on earth would I want to mask that?

  43. SteveF says:

    Hawk, spit. Western Carolina (Lexington) barbecue sauce is far better than that vinegary crap they use in Eastern Carolina.

    Food fight!

  44. Ray Thompson says:

    I like my Chicken Fried Steak with the gravy on the side

    Chicken Fried Chicken at Cracker Barrel is really good. Got me away from Chicken Fried Steak.

  45. paul says:

    I bought a couple of bottles of Maurices (?) mustard based sauce about 20 years ago in Columbia. The stuff tastes good.

    Sucks on beef. Ok on grilled chicken. Kind of odd/not good on emu. It’s a sauce for pork.

    And a good slice of roast beef? You are going to put that on bread? I’m going to be dipping in the au jus pan drippings and just eating the stuff. Just as fast as I can slice it.

    When I was a kid, my mom would buy a thing called a rolled roast. It was a chunk of brisket? I have no idea, and rolled up and wrapped with a cotton twine net. She would stab it all over and shove in garlic cloves. Salt and pepper the thing so much it had a crust.

    Weighed 3 or 4 pounds. Oh, so, so good. Being a weird kid, I wanted the mesh to chew on. 🙂

  46. paul says:

    Chicken Fried Chicken is good stuff.

    My batch o’ chili shoulda been in the pressure cooker. For half an hour. At least. The meat is still tough after 4 hours simmering. The flavor is great. It needs a pinch of something. I’ll figure it out. It will be better tomorrow, chili does that.

    And now I know why emu are harvested at 2 years and not 3 pushing 4 years.

  47. OFD says:

    OFD likes a nice roast beef with gravy and mashed potatoes. Peas and onions on the side, maybe some carrots. Parker House rolls with unsalted buttah. Leftover sliced beef on Kaiser rolls with horseradish sauce.

    We make chili pretty regularly here and usually, and I know this is heresy to some, we dump pinto or kidney beans in it, too. We’ll do beef chili but we also both like turkey chili. Varying amounts of tomatoes, tomato sauce, Worcestershire, salt, and the chili powders she gets from her gigs in New Mexico and Texas. By the pounds. And they go fast. She puts hot sauce on ice cream and everything else, too. I’ll sometimes put a couple of tablespoons of cornmeal in it, and chopped onions. Also a few TB’s of garlic. Used to also dump a can or bottle of beer in it.

    60 degrees here and dropping. Highest it got today was 68, but another beeyooteeful day on the bay w/blue skies and grrls going by dressed in their summah clothes.

  48. Ray Thompson says:

    One thing my aunt could do was cook. She could throw stuff together and make it taste outstanding. In spite of my aunt and uncle’s faults I did eat well, much better than I would have eaten in CA with parents. Who often left me to fend on my own for 24 hours.

    My aunt made this stuff we called “Slop and Biscuits”. Good stuff. A mix of a lot of things with her homemade biscuits that were so light you had to weigh them down to keep from blowing away.

  49. MrAtoz says:

    We make chili pretty regularly here and usually, and I know this is heresy to some, we dump pinto or kidney beans in it, too.

    The chili I was raised on had a boat load of kidney beans in it. Yummy!

  50. SteveF says:

    A mix of a lot of things

    Ha. I make something I call a pot pie for lack of a better term: a pie crust lining the bottom of the turkey roaster, a cream sauce, empty out the fridge for the filling, then biscuits on top. Depending on the meats in the mix I’ll usually season with a lot of herbs. Varying amount of salt and spices, again depending on what went into it. It’s never the same twice, but it’s (almost) always good.

    I’ve tried making more like a shepherd’s pie, with mashed potato on top. It’s never worked. No matter how dry I make the potatoes or how long I cook the stew part before putting the potatoes on top, the potatoes always liquify and run down into the broth of the stew. Meh, no biggie; the biscuits are plenty popular.

  51. nick flandrey says:

    NOW we’re getting some weather! Thunder, lightning, and the rainfall has picked up.

    Ichecked the station and until now we’d received 2.65 in which IIRC I mis-read as 2.85.

    From the look in the street, I’m guessing at 1″/hr rate. We’ll soon see.

    Got the antennas disconnected….

    n

  52. H. Combs says:

    Chicken Fried steak …. One of the things we really missed living overseas. Or in California. They just don’t seem to understand the concept.

  53. Greg Norton says:

    The Australian’s have kept it simple. Ketchup with added Worcestershire sauce.

    Are you referring to brown sauce?

    I like small dots of Daddies Favourite on IKEA meatballs.

    I saw the stuff on an episode of Lenny Henry’s “Chef” and started buying an occasional bottle at Publix in FL. I think HEB carries it here, but our HEB is a converted Albertsons that is a bit on the small side.

    (Don’t confuse Lenny Henry’s “Chef” for John Favreau’s movie of the same name. Both are entertaining food porn comedies but on opposite sides of the Atlantic with different cuisines.)

  54. Greg Norton says:

    Chicken Fried steak …. One of the things we really missed living overseas. Or in California. They just don’t seem to understand the concept.

    We did find decent Cuban food in California. On the Orange Circle no less. Felix Continental is like a good place in Tampa or Miami. We were stunned. We still haven’t found a place in Texas, half a continent closer to Florida.

  55. SteveF says:

    IKEA sells meatballs? What are they made of, sawdust and water-soluble glue?

  56. paul says:

    I have no idea about IKEA meatballs. I hear they are good. I’ve been to IKEA in Round Rock twice and at 2 pm they were sold out in the cafe. I could buy frozen meat balls, but with about 70 miles to home, no.

    And forget all the noise about BBQ sauce. Vegemite RULES.

  57. nick flandrey says:

    Well. my station stopped updating. LOTS of rain in the last hour. Power blinked too.

    Gonna go to bed early. This time for sure.

    And yes, Ikea has good meat balls and sauce. Their cafe is really good. In Norway, I ate there many times for lunch and it was universally good. Lamb especially.

    No idea what their made of but they are good tasting and cheap, so on par with the rest of IKEA 🙂

    n

  58. lynn says:

    “IT’S ON: Christian Group Sues SPLC, Amazon, and Guidestar for Defamation Because of ‘Hate Group’ Designation”
    https://pjmedia.com/faith/2017/08/23/d-james-kennedy-ministries-sues-splc-guidestar-and-amazon-for-defamation/

    SPLC is getting ready to find out that words mean things.

    Hat tip to:
    http://drudgereport.com/

  59. OFD says:

    Thanks, Mr. Lynn; it does seem indeed that rightist, i.e. Normal, elements are starting to push back finally, on many levels. The dog, having been kicked one too many times, is growling now and looks ready to bite.

    Mrs. OFD from the Kalifornia East Bay also sends best wishes and hope and prayers for all y’all down there in the great Lone Star State. She has been there many times by now, including during 9/11, and I was there a few times myself about 40 years ago. Stay well, folks.

  60. nick flandrey says:

    Started reporting again. 4.78 in since midnight. It’s coming down pretty good. The street is starting to back up. We’re over our curbs, and the downhill part of the cul de sac is flooded at least a foot, maybe more. Probably 6″ deep in the middle (high point) of my street in front of my house. Radar shows were still in the long intense band with more to come.
    n

  61. OFD says:

    That must be really eerie/weird, Mr. nick, watching that water rise. I sure hope y’all are gonna be alright.

  62. lynn says:

    Well. my station stopped updating. LOTS of rain in the last hour. Power blinked too.

    We got that blessing from 630pm to 800pm. Around 4 or 5 more inches of rain. I left HEB at 715pm, a mistake. I went by the office property first to make sure that everything was ok, which it was. Except for my neighbors stupid pit bull who insisted on running in front of my truck like a total idiot. My neighbor cannot keep that stupid dog confined.

    We live in Greatwood, a neighborhood of around 4,000 homes. The developer spent $30 million 20 years ago to build a levee and water collection bayou system. We spent $10 million 8 years ago raising our levee another four ft higher after FEMA raised the flood areas in Fort Bend County. We also have four 5,000 gpm pumps to remove the water from our bayou system and throw it into the Brazos river. Which, they ran this afternoon and lowered our 30 ft deep bayous back to 1 ft of water. I love responsible levee operators !

  63. lynn says:

    BTW, can I throw some hate in the direction of the US postal service ? The post office for our office, 77469, Richmond, Texas, is just about incompetent. We have not gotten any mail at the office since last Tuesday. Two of my employees had boxes delivered according to their sellers, that did not happen. My office administrator called the postmaster who refuses to answer the phone. After 30 minutes, someone answered and took the phone to him. He claimed that we have been getting our mail all week and that he would make sure we got our mail Friday. No mail today, Saturday.

    I know what happened. We are on a RFD route. The USPS has privatized all of the RFD routes across the USA to cut employee head count. Our regular guy, Laurance, is great. But, he has been sick a lot this year and had at least two surgeries. His fill-in is usually the most incompetent guy on the staff. Laurance leaves the guy his cell number but the guy refuses to call him.

    Argh ! ! !

  64. SteveF says:

    Lynn, your solution is obvious: shoot, shovel, shut up.

    After the most incompetent person on staff disappears, the new most incompetent will be assigned to your route. After a few loops through this cycle, you should have a competent person delivering your mail.

  65. OFD says:

    And once again Mr. SteveF has a solution! Outstanding!

    Actually, if you can get this operation underway during the storm or its immediate aftermath, you won’t need the shovel; just dump ’em in the Brazos. Between flood-churning debris and gators your disposal problem is gone.

    By comparison, our blizzards and ice storms at their worst are simply boring; we’re buried in the stuff for a while and maybe the power goes out and we’re tucked inside our houses waiting it out. Nice to have the woodstove and couple or three cords out back, I can attest. And a full larder. Plus radios with batteries, and a charcoal grill. Candles, some lanterns, FLASHLIGHTS, and Bob’s yer uncle!

    Wait–no pixels??? The Horror.

  66. nick flandrey says:

    Well, that was interesting. The band swung out to the east, leaving us with a nice lull. Took the opportunity to empty the physical drain gauge, and take a rake to the storm sewer inlets. Unfortunately they were not blocked, which means the system is backed up all the way to here.

    my station finally caught up, and says 6.21 inches. That tallies with the neighbors. nothing into houses on our street yet, and it’s starting to go down. Closest to the neighbors was 10 ft. from the front door, and about a foot vertically. We’re down a couple of inches already so it is draining, just very slowly.

    n

  67. ech says:

    Or in California. They just don’t seem to understand the concept.

    A cow-orker got CFS in Chicago and it came with brown gravy!

    Don’t confuse Lenny Henry’s “Chef” for John Favreau’s movie of the same name.
    My brother was set decorator for the Austin leg of Favreau’s “Chef”. Had to whip up some fake beer and soda signs to cover up the ones in Franklin BBQ that they didn’t get clearance for. For shoots with more time to prepare, he has a contact at a company in California that can supply complete bar setups with fake bottles that look like famous brands but aren’t. You can also get the bottles in stage glass in case you need to have a fight in the bar. Last time they used them, the owner sent him a gimme cap and t-shirt with the logo of one of the fake beers.

    We still haven’t found a place in Texas, half a continent closer to Florida.

    Good Cuban food at El Meson in the Rice Village in Houston. As an astronomy major, I approve of the name, ’cause I am a boson kind of guy.

  68. lynn says:

    “Why we’re worried about the rest of tonight in Houston”
    https://spacecityweather.com/why-were-worried-about-the-rest-of-tonight-in-houston/

    “A major rain band has slammed Houston this evening beginning on the west and southwest side, progressing through central Houston, and now it is approaching a line from The Woodlands to Baytown to League City. It has produced tropical-storm-esque rainfall rates of 4 inches per hour (and higher), which has backed up bayous. The National Weather Service issued a rare flash flood emergency, indicative of the dire state of affairs.”

    Four inches per hour of rain is not for the faint at heart. This is why I no longer live close to Brays Bayou. My brother lives six blocks away from Braes Bayou, maybe ten ft higher. That is why he put his house up on a 5 ft tall pier and beam foundation.

    My Dad sent me two videos of Rockport and Port Lavaca. Both cities are trashed. Power lines down all over the place. They are telling the inhabitants don’t come back until the electricity gets back on. One of the videos had a trailer park in Rockport, several single wides and RVs were laying on their sides. Somebody had a bright idea to have a six ??? story boat storage in Rockport, that place got pancaked.

  69. nick flandrey says:

    Talked to a ham in the inner loop, oak forest who has 6 in in his house. Lots of ruined gear.

    Our street continued to drain, but a little band jumped up and were getting rain again.

    not hard, but steady.

    Harris County flood control district website is up and down. several bayous and streams around us and south of us are near their tops. Addicks res is up 15 feet.

    n

  70. nick flandrey says:

    Anyone want to see details

    https://www.harriscountyfws.org/

    you can see rainfall or channel status by selecting the radio button on the left pane…

    All the channels are turning red on the south side, that means ‘over the top of the banks’.

    For rain gauges, make sure you select All Gauges to see everything.

    n

  71. nick flandrey says:

    With more than 7 1/2 inches yesterday and already .72 in the last 15 minutes, we’re getting pretty heavy rain. Street flooding is back up over the curbs into the yard. Radar looks like we’re about to get a break, while the southeast of houston continues getting pounded. Friendswood is showing over 16 inches in the last 24 hrs.

    I’m going to bed.

    n

  72. lynn says:

    I just heard on channel 13 that when the eye wall went over Rockport, the sustained wind speed was 147 mph.

    Some areas of Houston, mostly south, have gotten 20 inches of rain in the last 4 hours. They are now calling this a 500 year rainfall with up to five inches over that. Many areas are having worse flooding than tropical Storm Alison.

    There is a possibility of 100,000 homes flooding in the Houston area. This is only day number 2 of the probable 5 days of constant rain.

    The rain prediction for my house is 8 inches on Sunday, 4 inches on Monday, 3 inches on Tuesday, and just an inch on Wednesday.
    https://www.wunderground.com/forecast/us/tx/sugar-land-municipal-hull

  73. ech says:

    Got water in the Garage. Another 2 inches and it will be in the house. Got critical files backed up to the cloud and stuff onto counters. Last to go will be our computers. Have a bag with meds and passports and a change of underwear ready.

  74. DadCooks says:

    WRT IKEA Meatballs:
    IIRC they are made from a base of reindeer meat, or at least they were at one time. If not currently it is probably because of political correctness.

  75. lynn says:

    Got water in the Garage. Another 2 inches and it will be in the house. Got critical files backed up to the cloud and stuff onto counters. Last to go will be our computers. Have a bag with meds and passports and a change of underwear ready.

    Dude, sorry to hear that. Can you get out ?

    We got an inch of water in our house in Carrollton (NW of Dallas) back in 1989. It was only for an hour or two though. We pulled all of the carpets that day and saved the walls. We lived on bare concrete for six months until we could afford new carpet. We did get water in both our car (vw rabbit) and truck (Chevy S10). We just dried them out by leaving the windows open for a couple of weeks.

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