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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Glub. Glub. Glub. Iím writing this from the lost continent of Atlantis. I look out the window and expect to see Nemo swimming by. (Actually, that would be kind of cool.) Iím pretty sure Ariel got her voice back.

Somehow the year 2006 got stuck in neutral in January, and we canít seem to move on. Rain, rain, and then a little more rain. Thatís what itís been like all winter and spring. Every so often weíll see a ray of sunlight creeping through the clouds, but then they close back down and open back up with more rain.

Iíve had about as much of this as I can stand without wanting to hibernate like a bear or a ground squirrel. I didnít bother going to the post office today, mostly because I didnít want to go out in the rain (but also because I knew I would find (a) no checks coming in today, and (2) more bills that I couldnít pay).

Halfway across California, a large area of the kennel is under water, which is severely cutting into our revenue. Two counties down Highway 101 from here, the Giantsí game against the Astros was rained out tonight. And outside my front door, the puddles are so deep that I have a choice of putting on my boots every time I go out or wading through standing water to get to my car.

Itís hard to block it out. Even at night I hear the trickling of the drops off the eaves, alternating with sheets of rain pounding against the windows. The sounds might be more tolerable if they didnít remind me that sooner or later Iím going to have to go out into it. The more that wind howls through the trees, the less appealing I find that prospect.

5 April 2006

Cloudy in the west (pre-storm).

A year ago at this time, I was keeping the high grass in my yard well under control. I had a new mower and a new weed trimmer, and I was able to use them. There was still an occasional shower, but nothing remotely like the endless, dreary days weíre having this year. I did not sign up for this. Iím a Californian, and Iíll keep complaining about the weather until somebody does something about it. (Arnold, make yourself useful for once.)

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Despite the fact that the Giants lost one of their starting pitchers to injury, the rainout tonight doesnít help them. They will now play a double header Thursday, forcing them to use an emergency starter some time over the weekend against the Dodgers. Without the change in schedule, they wouldnít have needed an extra pitcher for at least a week and a half (and by that time they would be playing in Denver, where all pitchers are more or less equal).

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One year ago: Not So Bad
"Donít mess with California, because we can buy and sell at least 47 other states."

Two years ago: New World
"Tammy thinks Aiden will be born in May, although the due date is in June."

Three years ago: Level Ground
"Somebody phoned during the Giants game tonight, but I wasn't paying attention so I'm not sure who it was. I heard him mention money and told him I didn't have any."

Four years ago: Touching the Bases
"These were elderly people with canes, so obviously no 'profiling' was involved. Everyone is treated with the same level of disrespect these days."

Five years ago: Molehills
"Can't wait to try out the new kneepads."

Six years ago: Twilight Zone
"They can't be worth as much to anyone else as they were to me when I was eleven."

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