Last night we got 6 more inches of snow. Of course, the big wind has creatively piled it up here and there. The huge piles of snow that were created when the plows finally widened the snow covered roads are now smoothed over with a fresh coat. There is a two foot drift around the Tahoe that was not there late last night. And while the wind is picking up NOW at 7 PM local, the sun has exploded above. So it is BLINDING and BLOWING, perfect conditions for taking pictures. I still try, and open the storm door. It almost blows away as I try to grab from the other side. Not that THAT has ever been a problem. I could use some new photos. Today I somehow deleted a lot more photos than what I wanted. Maybe a couple hundred. I save a lot after I put them in my movies. But today something happened that I did not want.
I was off today as much as possible. That means staying at home, but on the phone a lot.
Spent time watching a fox on the side of Haystack Hill. He was meandering the steep hillside looking for food, I assume. He spent hours snarfing in the snow with his nose, digging deep for whatever. Finally he would pull his head out and look around, his face covered in snow. I could see it easily from my window, but used binoculars for some good details.
I watched OFFICE SPACE, pretty funny. TPS Reports. Staplers. Flair. Now I watch FROZEN PLANET of Discovery. Good stuff, especially the scenes of hundreds of white Beluga whales using rocks in shallow water to rub against to shed old skin. Been there, done that...
I have a couple of plant pots on my desk where I throw random seeds in and pray something grows. There are a bunch of green things growing, but I have no idea what it is. Until now. Less than 5 inches tall, I have some red and green peppers coming in. Maybe1.5 inches in diameter. Bite size.
BANGUN PERKASA, the RAT BOAT is still here unclaimed. After a worldwide search, authorities have been unable to find an owner of that vessel. They were caught fishing illegally, using a drift net over three miles long. This WALL OF DEATH catches anything and everything as it passes by. It scrapes the water bare.
Nobody knows what to do with the boat. Federal law allows scuttling the vessel far offshore in deep water. It could be a target for Coast Guard gunners in training. But the wording in that law makes it impossible to use. Too many qualifications which cannot be met. Politicians are squabbling.
OH YEAH, the rat issue? Again it was overblown, maybe the government over-reacted. YES, there were rats. 20 of them. Maybe a couple more. Following procedure, the boat was kept offshore and teams were sent out via tugboats daily to eradicate the rat menace. It cost $200,000 for those 20 rats. Do the math. I want to be an exterminator. Add to that fact Dutch Harbor has rats. Plenty of them. It is not like we are protecting virgin territory.
All the details can be seen in my link regarding local news in Dutch...
I did not know BANGUN PERKASA was still here. It is only 140 feet long, not huge. I will get some long overdue pictures tomorrow.
Finally, BIG BLUE is poised to pounce. Sorry Kansas, not talking about you. Louisville played a great game dressed in their Cardinal Orange. But the better team won. Kansas surprised Ohio State at the very end, the most important time for surprises.
Kentucky will win the battle between two of the biggest names in college basketball. KY by 10.
DAVE!! Watch the game.