Sunday, June 12, 2011

This & that

It has been a pleasant weekend of staying inside and enjoying the air conditioning and doing little else. Today I did some research on a song that has interested me for a while and which I knew had been covered by multiple artists. So I went to the trouble of audio-ripping all the YouTube videos I could find so I could compare the different versions. I'm going to eventually do a blog post on it, but I'm thinking of trying an audio blog post rather than a written one. So it will take a little more production work, since I'll have to write it first and then create the audio version, which will involve recording my own voice and editing everything into an audio file. Still, I think it will be fun and something new to do.

I just found out today that Netflix now has the old Incredible Hulk TV series with Bill Bixby, which brightened my day. I've also been using Netflix to watch the series of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I never watched a single one of those when it was extant. So I've been enjoying that.

I'm off almost all this coming week--except for Monday. I took it off so I could take my son to a Cub Scout day camp in Floresville Tuesday through Friday. I won't be staying there all day, just dropping him off and picking him up. He went last year also, so I know he'll be okay without me. The camp is good for getting some of their more difficult belt loops/pins that require more organization, such as swimming, BB gun shooting and archery. day of work and I'm on vacation for several days. Nice.

I haven't squealed on anyone yet for violating water restrictions, but I'm getting close. I'm getting especially annoyed by people who keep washing their driveways and stupid stuff like that. The water company is going to pull water from one of their reserves to try and stave stage 3 off as long as possible, but it's coming, folks. If you want to know what's coming up in stage 3 just click here. There is also a stage 4, but it's going to have to get pretty bad for that to happen.

If you want to see some current and historic aquifer stats click here. The aquifer is still about 30 feet above the record low from 1956. I'm glad my water comes from a different aquifer.

Also, it's hurricane season again, and if you're interested (like me) in tracking hurricanes, I found a good website for it. Just go to Stormpulse. Unfortunately, it looks like we're going to need a few bad storms to climb out of this drought.

1 comment:

  1. It's pretty bad up here along the upper Texas Gulf Coast too. Several wildfires all around, even one along the coast that closed to old beach road (Tx Hwy 87, from Sabine Pass toward High Island; not "to" High Island, tho, as the road's still washed out from several storms in the '80s). I heard Gov Goodhair renewed his emergency declaration for all of Texas' counties, due to this drought.

    Certainly, it pisses me off to see businesses with their auto-sprinklers running, just to keep their grass green; I'm of the attitude that if I water the yard, I'll just have to mow it more! (I mowed ours just the other day, after not needing to do it for most of a month-- normally this time of year I'm mowing every week, if I'm lucky I'd be able to mow between thunderstorms, but rain has become a rare occurrence this year.)