Somehow Appropos/Road Conditions

Seems it never rains in southern California
Seems I’ve often heard that kind of talk before
It never rains in California, but girl don’t they warn ya
It pours, man it pours

(Albert Hammond)

First day in August
Last rain was in May
When the rainmaker come to Kansas
In the middle of a dusty day

Said the rainmaker to the people
“Tell me what you are prepared to pay”
Said the rainmaker to the people
“I’ll conjure up a rain today”

Ninety degrees ‘neath the trees where it’s shady. Hundred and ten in the hot sun.
Heat from the street burned the feet of the ladies. See how they run.

Called down the lightnin’, By a mystical name
And the rainmaker called on the thunder, And then suddenly it began to rain
Then the rainmaker passed his hat to the people, But the people all turned away
And the rainmaker’s eyes and the Kansas skies, Well they both became a darker grey

First day in August, Last rain was in May
When the rainmaker come to Kansas, In the middle of a dusty day
And the rainmaker smiled as he hitched up his wagon, And without a word he rode way
And the people of the town heard the sound of his laughter, And they knew the rain had come to stay

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.
Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day.
Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day
Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day

(Harry Nillsson/Bill Martin)

We just had a horrendous rain cell (if you look at the map, the red cell just passed over about 10 minutes ago). The county public works department shows we’ve gotten 1¼” to 3″ of rain in the last 24 hours. We’re getting the usual flooding. I know know there must be some cracks in the chimmney; we never had it checked after the earthquake in ’94, because we never use it. However, we’ve got a small leak at the edge, and I can see some water in the chimney, plus the bricks are wet. Guess we’ll have to get it checked this summer… gonna be a summer of home repairs (reroofing, chimney, redoing the sprinklers on the front lawn). Those of you thinking about buying a house: this is the side they don’t tell you about!

They say it is going to be raining until Tuesday. Somehow, I think I’m crazy taking S&F to the camp reunion in Malibu today. However, I think I’ll take a safer route: sticking with PCH and coming up from Santa Monica. However, the Caltrans Highway Conditions Page (enter Route 1) is showing the McClure tunnel as it is closed due to flooding. I don’t think that Kanan Dume road will be better, although the Traffic Incident Page shows it as clear. The LA Times Traffic Map is only showing problems on Las Virgenes Canyon (Malibu Canyon) and a little mudslide on US 101. Should be an interesting drive.

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