|Photo by "Radar"|
Funny thing about us native Marteezians, we don't do very well at the "Shelter in Place" orders, especially when you can look up in the sky and see the prevailing winds taking the smoke to Concord - a direction pretty much opposite from us. I was mowing my lawn and weed eating the corners as the siren went off down the street. My neighbors looked out from their front porch to the plume in the sky. Kind of like when we lived in Michigan and there were ribbons warning of tornadoes and immediate shelter on the TV. None of the houses in our hood were equipped with cellars so we went next door in a big rush to find out what to do. The neighbors said the church up the street had a cellar but mostly they just went outside to watch the funnel cruise across the landscape.
The problem started with a power outage. The back up power at the plant was out as well, so the only thing to do was dump the product in the lines and burn it off. Ergo, all flares were lit and burning full power. This is how the darn thing is designed. It worked great! Much better than leaving it in the lines and blowing the entire place. In my own simple way I think of it like a cold re-boot on your computer. The hard part is starting it back up. Evidently it takes about 5 days to do all the stuff that they need to do so it will come alive without too much damage. Kind of like when you start your computer after a blue screen and it does that interminable forever diagnostic to find out if anything was trashed. Then, when it actually starts, you cross your fingers and hope nothing was lost, stolen, or damaged beyond repair. That happens tomorrow at the refinery.
In the meantime, no outside contractors were allowed to pull work permits so, long story long, I had 4 days off! Oh yeah..... not good on the wallet, but it was a great four days!
|Theater of Dreams, imagine.... photo by me...|
So... I pruned, weeded, computed, photographed, post-produced the pictures, played, played biker, and slept till I woke up without an alarm clock. Tomorrow morning is going to suck. The guy that invented alarm clocks should be tarred and feathered! BUT.... Thanksgiving weekend is coming and more time to do the stuff I like! Thanks, Heather for the pumpkin cake recipe. I have all the stuff to make it for our dessert on Turkey Day!
Hope you all have a great week and the weekend comes soon. I am ready for another one already! Happy Trails, people.