Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Strong quake shakes Southern California

LOS ANGELES (AP) By ROBERT JABLON — A strong earthquake shook Southern California on Tuesday, causing buildings to sway and triggering some precautionary evacuations. No immediate damage was reported.

The jolt was felt from Los Angeles to San Diego, and slightly in Las Vegas.

Preliminary information from the U.S. Geological Survey estimated the quake at magnitude 5.8, centered 29 miles east-southeast of downtown Los Angeles near Chino Hills in San Bernardino County.

Click here for the whole article.

Added Later
Minor damage...shows California has learned it's lessons

Bracing Your Home for the Next Earthquake

Friday, July 25, 2008

Rochester Recent Storms - Flooding, Hail, Crops Hit

Photo from 13WHAM.com of Springwater/Dansville N.Y.

It was just last month when the Rochester, NY area was hit by crop damaging storms. Well it happened again on Wednesday, but this time was a bit different. The storms and damage were hit and miss, however, we had flash flooding added. Some streets were closed, homes flooded, and hail up to golf-ball size.

"The recent severe weather in the Rochester area is hitting local farmers particularly hard. Rain and flooding has washed out some fields and crops, but isolated hail storms have caused the worst damage."

We were told on TV recently that soon we will see fruit, and vegetables in stores that have bruises, but are edible. The bruising is from the hail. Bloomfield farms got hit hard. with "golf-ball size hail, and strong winds leaving some bruises crops and broken vines in pumpkin patches. Farmer, Mr. White said, "This is as bad as it gets.""

"It is like a machine gun, just sort of riddling the field with little pellets and the stems just burst right open," Jim Ochterski of Cornell Cooperative Extension said.

Beside the crops being hit we had flash floods. The flooding hit around rush hour as three inches of rain fell turning Rochester expressways from roads to rivers in a matter of minutes.

"Employees at Rochester Colonial found themselves on an island. Those who dared to leave got soaked and stuck.

Parts of Mount Read Boulevard and Lyell Avenue were nearly impassable. There were white caps in the passing lane of I-490 East and portions were shut down for time; I-390 South in Greece was backed up all the way to the airport.

The parking lot at the Mall at Greece Ridge flooded in a matter of minutes as water climbed as high as the tires. Inside the mall, some ceilings began to leak."

Severe Flooding from Thursday's storms hit Livingston County, Springwater/Dansville, NY, (pictured above), leaving some residents homeless.

In Greece, N.Y. some resident and emergency crews were kept busy trying to rid basements of water.

"Greece's Ridge Road Fire Department fielded upwards of 100 calls in a matter of hours. "We had areas of the district with flooding that I haven't seen flooded in the 20 years I’ve worked here,” said Alan Bubel of the Greece Ridge Fire Department. "We tried to get our engine company to a job and we actually got stuck in some water…We had to get people out of the water--one woman in a wheelchair, another woman stuck in her mini-van, so it was crazy for awhile."

It's to early to know if any part of the Rochester area will be considered a disaster area. On a personal note, I am fine. There was no major flooding where I live, just a bad T-storm. Once again I'm disappointed I missed out on seeing hail! A few miles from me they had hail.

Information & excerpts from 13WHAM most links offer slide shows.

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Seen at - Spiritual Brush Strokes

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Slashed Car Tires At My Apartment Complex

My apartment complex use to be nice, but things have changed. Someone is slashing car tires, usually 2 - 4 tires per car. To date I know of 6 cars that had their ties slashed, but it's probably more. The last incident happened recently, and it involved two cars that were parked near mine. I'm getting nervous. I look out the window now and then, but missed it.

Since I'm often on the computer when I'm home. It occurred to me that I might be able to watch my car on my computer on a satellite map. I have looked at a few, and they were either to far away, or not in real time. Does anyone know of a good map where I can view my car clearly and in real time? Please let me know. I would appreciate it.

I Have Won 3 Awards!

I want to thank Tracy of Spiritual Brush Stokes AND LadyBanana for giving me this award. That's right, I have received 2 of this same award. I'm glad because it is a beauty.


LadyBanana also gave me another award. This is a cute one. Thanks LB!



I will keep 2 of the awards to give out later. At this time I would like to pass along one of my cool looking "Brillante Weblog" awards to everyone who is on my blogroll!

The catch is that you have to see this post. ;o)

Since both LadyBanana, and Spiritual Brush Strokes are on my blogroll this means that you have been double awarded! Yes, I'm being very tricky today. ;o)

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Rochester's soccer star Abby Wambach breaks leg

Pittsford native and U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach is scheduled to have surgery at 2 p.m. today to repair two fractures in her left leg, suffered Wednesday night during a game in San Diego, according to her brother, Matt Wambach.

Abby’s mother, Judy, flew out from Rochester early this morning to be with her daughter, who now will miss next month’s Olympic Games in China. Doctors expect to insert a titanium rod into her leg during today's surgery...

Click here for full story.

Ms. Wambach is a good roll model. I hope that she recovers quickly. My thoughts are with her.

Abby Wambach's Official Website

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - JibJab

JibJab - Time for Some Campaignin'
(It's very funny, only about 2 minutes long.)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

It's all about ME!

Ladybanana tagged me with this meme - It's all about ME! I'm going to have a bit of fun with it.

I am: that I am. (Talking about Him.)
I think: Therefore I am
I know: Less then I had hope to know at this point in my life.
I have: A good car, it runs.
I wish: I were financially comfortable, not rich, but extremely comfortable.
I hate: No one. I hate killing. I hate war.
I miss: The old days. Vacation with all my family on our waterfront property when I was a kid.
I fear: To often
I hear: TV - About how Japanese are peace loving, but changing. Peace for 60 years!? Don't change!
I smell: Pancakes & sausage
I crave: More pancakes & sausage
I search: For a job that I really enjoy with very good pay.
I wonder: How people can look at the beauty of nature and not believe in God.
I regret: Much, and don't understand those who say, "I have no regrets."
I love: More then I say.
I ache: When I hear of those who are wounded, and died in the Iraq war.
I am not: Bad, but I know someone who is. ;o) (inside joke.)
I believe: That God will help me.
I dance: Sometimes when I watch the Ellen Show. (Shh, don't tell!)
I sing: In the shower - Figaro, Figaro, Figaro, Figaro.
I cry: About once a month. If you know what I mean.
I fight: I'm a lover, not a fighter.
I win: Not to often.
I lose: To often
I never: Never say never. ;o)
I always: Try my best at work....or almost always.
I confuse: Myself sometimes
I listen: To the oldies on the radio.
I can usually be found: At Home
I am scared: Of silly things sometimes.
I need: Others more then I realize.
I am happy about: Having Air conditioning. It was 90 today!
I imagine: A world at peace. Where we love on another without ridicule, follow the Golden rule, and otherwise let people be. Ah, my dream.

I would like to tag...

dcr Blogs

Momma Mia, Mea Culpa

Spiritual Brush Stokes

Hahn at Home

Anyone reading this! (if you want)

Friday, July 11, 2008

déjà vu - My Awards Return

Sparkling Award 01

Sparkling Award 02

The two wonderful Sparkling Awards that I received from Lady Banana, (thanks again LB), and gave away to others has come back to me! The sneaky dcr Blogs gave the awards back to me. Yes, I've been double awarded! He passed the awards to "early commentators" and I was one of them. Thanks dcr Blogs! I will put these two pretty awards up on my mantel for now to enjoy, but plan on awarding them to others in the future.

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wordless Wednesday - Bush Countdown Clock

This might not show up in your reader.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

To the Uncomplimentary Blogger

To my readers. Since this post is to the Uncomplimentary Blogger you will not fully understand what is going on because I will be skipping some important details that the Uncomplimentary Blogger already knows. If your a regular reader you will understand that this is something that has gone on for quite sometime.

Dear Uncomplimentary Blogger,

On Wednesday I heard from both you, and that other person from my past with whom we are both acquainted. Both of you on the same day! It was like a one-two punch to my gut. She sent me an e-mail, and I dealt with her directly. You viewed my blog, and made sure that I knew it. It was like you jumped up, and down in the room. I won't go into specifics, you know what I'm talking about. You're starting to revert to your passive aggressive ways. You chose to make yourself known, but you don't want the same treatment. That's a double standard. Your like the kid who puts a finger one inch from someones face and taunts - "I'm not touching you! I'm not touching you! I'm not touching you!" Then you go into hiding. Then the cycle is repeated again, and again, and again. Frankly, I would rather you deal with me directly like the other person did, but you can't seem to.

Your actions have been extremely inconsistent. You like me, then hate me. Like me/hate me. Like me/hate me. You push me away, then try to get my attention and pull me towards you. Push/pull, push/pull, push/pull. In fact that's how you were in our two real time relationships years ago. I noticed from reading your blogs in past months that you're like that in everything. You're crazy for a certain TV star one month, the next you're not. You like a list of TV show one month, the next you don't like any of them. I didn't know what was wrong with you, but I knew that it wasn't normal. You admitted in an e-mail to me many months ago that you had severe mental problems, but didn't elaborate. Fortunately Dr. Deb wrote about it in her blog. (Thank you Dr. Deb.) I learned that it's called emotional ambivalence.

I believe that it is difficult for you to make up your mind about me because of this neurotic conflict. Therefore, I need to intervene, so I have done the following...

1) I have taken all your blogs in my reader and put them in one folder, and tucked that folder away at the bottom of my reader. Plus I'm primarily using another reader, (bloglines), which does not have any of your blogs. In other words I will not be reading your blogs, but will keep them just in case.

2) I have removed the various trackers from my blog. So if you decide to visit my blog I will not know unless you leave a comment, and I highly doubt that you will.

I'm not going to delete my blog because of your games. I don't need to.

I don't want you to think that I have rejected you. I have not! However, I have just made it very difficult for you to play these games. I need some consistency. I also need you to contact me directly, or not at all. No more games! You know my full name, and that I live in the Rochester area. I'm in the phone book. You can call me if/when you are ready for a consistent relationship, or you can e-mail me. I realize that you might have emotional ambivalence for the rest of your life, but if you get it reasonably under control I will be open to contact, but not before. This is not easy for me because I care about you. In fact I am praying that you will get better, but I can't take this any longer. I have been rejected too, and the anxiety that I have stems from rejection. I’m dealing with issues of rejection from my past and just can’t handle these on/off, love/hate, push/pull games. I am trying to heal now. I don't need more rejection, more wounds.

So you can talk to me, (or about me), as much as you want on your blog. Send me all those signals, jump up and down trying to get my attention, but ... I WILL NOT NOTICE.


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Anna Nalick - Breathe (2AM) - Could it be that...

It's not a good day physically (not feeling well), but mentally & emotionally I feel strong. Could it be that we are as strong, (mentally & emotionally), as we believe we are? Could it be that we can accomplish more if we just believe? Could it be that our perceptions of our self's and the world around us matter more then we think? Could it be that having a positive attitude, and trying, and showing up, is the majority of it?

If this post doesn't make sense I will blame it on not feeling well, and lack of sleep, and medication. ;o) But right now I think that I'm on to something. It seems so simple. Could it be that we are the ones who is making life so complicated? Breathe, just breathe...