Not having a lot else to say at the moment, I'll post comments on the weather here in Paradise, just west of Baltimore.* So far so good, though the worst (3-5 inches of rain and 50 mph winds) is supposed come after midnight, peaking around 4:00 or 5:00 AM. The morning was cloudy, quite windy, and pleasantly cool, but dry, and I finished moving most of my stuff into my new apartment. (No school today!) Around 1:00 or so a light but steady rain started, and it has continued since without any apparent increase in intensity. The wind seems, if anything, less than it was before the rain started. In other words, no big deal, but the day is not yet over. This is my first apartment with a garage -- located under the house facing a treeless alley -- so my car is quite safe. If I can find the cable that downloads pictures from my digital camera, I'll post a picture of my front yard, showing why I did not park out front: a thick-rooted and apparently healthy but rather slanted and very large tree looming over one of my neighbors' subcompact. Now all I need is to find which of 100+ boxes contains my flashlight, in case the power goes out.
Riddle: Speaking of flashlights, which prominent left-wing blogger just bought not one, not two, not three, but "four or five" of them for his family? That seems a bit excessive. They're in very short supply in the hurricane area, so it looks as if three or four other families will have to go without any flashlight at all because their patriarchs were too short-sighted or short-funded to buy them before Anonymous got there. When lefties allege that the reason some must do without is because others have too much, they're usually full of baloney, but in this case it seems to be literally true.
Hint: This particular blogger has been known to argue that Communism was really not so bad, and right-wingers shouldn't go on about its horrors. I wonder whether he includes shooting 'hoarders' of food and other necessities among the not-so-serious crimes of Communism.
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*Some of the more literal-minded classical scholars have tried to pin down Odysseus' adventures on a map of the real world. My favorite argued that Aeolus' island is Madeira and Circe's Iceland: since Circe's seems to be quite warm and well-furnished with vegetation, she must have lived near one of Iceland's volcanic hot springs. Best of all, the scholar places the entrance to the Underworld on the west coast of Scotland, near modern Glasgow.Posted by Dr. Weevil at September 18, 2003 04:32 PM