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15 February 2017 @ 01:35 pm
As I hammer another nail into the ark...  
We had some 5 1/2 days without rain, but now another week of storms lies ahead. We aren't in the danger range below the Oroville Dam, which got very hairy for a lot of people a couple of days ago. Never have I thought about a dam in the same way as a would-be jumper on a ledge: "Don't give up now! Keep fighting, you can do it!" People have been allowed to return to their homes, and the hope is that enough water was let out of the dam to at least get through the upcoming storm without risk of the dam breaching. *fingers crossed*

In my area, the twist was hitting a sunny stretch and looking forward to getting out on the bike path again, only to discover that the majority of it is underwater because more water was released from Folsom Dam in preparatory panic. People who live above the dam say the water level is still so low that they can see extended dirt patches revealed over the five-year drought. And that it's ugly and they would like more lake again. ;) Downriver, I worry the bike path will be damaged by being under water for so long (possibly washing out in areas), plus that river (the American) will back up already when it rains because it's a tributary to the Sacramento River, and that will rise quite a bit. In the meantime... it is hard to get miles in on surface streets near my house, with so many lights and stop signs. Who would have thought it would be my office-route cycling that would save me?

Also, I have entered Season 5 of Chuck in garage-biking viewing. I started S1 sometime in November of this year. \o?

Surprises: About 2-3 weeks ago, I spotted three teenage boys on the soccer field at our neighborhood park. One of them was a dwarf with a wave board, and he and another kid were in swimsuits. It was probably 52o at best. Were they maybe taking pictures? In the dead of winter? It was one of those, "Wait, am I really seeing this?" moments, with such an unexpected combination of unusual people and things.

Not a surprise: While warming down in my neighborhood after a bike ride, I came across two people in banana suits driving around in a white SUV. They waved and I waved, but if they hoped to give me a jolt, well, Hah! I live with the original banana boy! I did briefly think our son should organize a banana-suit flash-mob event, but I have no idea how he would go about that...

Listening to: Still kind of ensnared by Bob Moses' Tearing Me Up, even though it's more pop than I usually like, But the longing! The inability to walk away! I don't recommend the official video—the actors are way too young for the mood of the song—and I haven't found anything else by that group that I like, but that song? Yes. Then I was hooked all last week on Rag 'n' Bone Man because of Human, which has one of the single most annoying openings ever, and after 60 seconds settles down into, "This man should sing the blues forEVER. Damn." He doesn't look what you'd expect, and he's British, but he has the voice for that genre and he knows how to use it. Wow.

Work awaits, though I'm sure I had more weirdness I meant to share. Maybe it'll come to me later? \o?

ETA: My crack-inspired Idol entry, in case you missed it...

 
 
 
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on February 16th, 2017 06:26 pm (UTC)
*Crosses fingers* Hope everything turns out okay.

Chuck season 5 is awesome. The ending tho.

Ah, life's little wonders.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on February 16th, 2017 06:41 pm (UTC)
I didn't make it very far into S5 of Chuck when it was on, and the turn of events at the beginning was really getting my back up before I remembered that it wasn't supposed to be a long-term thing. Morgan is one of my least favorite characters, and all the decisions to pull him deeper into the fold kind of irked me!

Now, what am I going to watch after this? It'll be a rewatch, but should I go with Six Feet Under again? I could watch Supernatural, but I'm afraid the show killed me love for it. I fear that, and maybe it's better not to know?

OR... maybe it's time for Buffy. That HAS been a while!
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on February 16th, 2017 07:23 pm (UTC)
I've never seen six feet under, I keep meaning to watch it. I love supernatural, but I kind of agree it went downhill and just kept going. I think it's on season 14 now, it needs to stop. Oooh Buffy rewatch is always a great idea!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 16th, 2017 08:43 pm (UTC)
Six Feet Under is a really well-written drama with hints of humor, and it is never dull. I also watched seasons 2-5 the last time we had one of these years where it rained heavily forEVER all winter long (and clear through the beginning of June).

So, it seems more recent than Buffy. I haven't seen repeats of that since the kids were little, so it has probably been long enough!
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatrebleodswean on February 16th, 2017 10:23 pm (UTC)
What is Chuck????

This winter, huh??? An ark is a good idea, methinks.

I really think you should post your fic over at A03.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Chuck/Caseyhalfshellvenus on February 16th, 2017 10:44 pm (UTC)
"Chuck" is a very sweet 1-hour TV show that aired on NBC years ago. A kindhearted nerdy guy accidentally becomes highly valuable to the US government, and becomes a fish-out-of-water in during spy-outings. He is also smitten with his beautiful, empathetic handler... I think you would like it. :)

Argh, this winter. I am so ready to be done with the rain, but that is pretty darn unlikely. :(