Monday, January 22, 2018

Love and Mercy

that's what you need tonight

it'll be a cold, then warm day in January before I get into Santa Barbara again, so Monday I went into Santa Barbara after Highway 101 opened on Sunday..a day ahead of schedule...




talked to a  CALTRANS guy on Santa Claus Lane..they have a compound there....jokingly, I told him to wash his truck..he laughed and told me how many hours and days he's worked and was worried that the public wouldn't appreciate the effort....I said don't worry, they love you

I traveled thru Montecito where mud 8 ft high was deposited on 101 under the Olive Mill bridge after the storms..CALTRANS did an incredible job...101 is clean...



north Jamison

over on the frontage road, North Jameson, you can see big boulders and abandoned cars..so there's still loads of work to be done by the creeks but the progress is amazing


Shark's beach

the gorgeous Olive Mill neighborhood which hadn't changed much since we lived here (close by on Pepper Hill) in the 1960s, was a scene of death and destruction...bodies strewn about buried in mud, houses damaged or lost.....kids, young beautiful women, professional men and women, retired folks...twenty-one dead and two still missing....it's something I can't even imagine yet


Olive Mill overpass

once in the 1980s I was riding my bike in the foothills by Hot Springs and East Valley on a warm summer's day  and there was a triathlon going on..they  were in the bike-race phase and all of a sudden hundreds of bikers came rushing by me..I had a black Bianchi road bike that I loved and on a whim just joined the race...from Hot Springs thru Olive Mill to Coast Village Road....a downhill run


I never had the bike going that fast and it was exhilarating....that was a good day


Love and Mercy to Montecito

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Pinball Wizard

that deaf dumb and blind kid, sure plays a mean pinball


when I'm watching the news conferences and updates, I seem to have developed a crush on the chick who does sign language for the deaf...


she's got all these gestures and makes all these weird faces...

she's fascinating...and sexy


Monday, January 15, 2018

Moody River

(Moody river, moody river)
Moody river more deadly than the vainest knife
Moody river your muddy water took my baby's life




now I've watched over the years as non-profits attempted to "restore" Carpinteria creeks to a native state..none of the creeks really needed this but they got the money and restored the creeks anyway..then the Thomas Fire came along and burned down the watershed and after that the 200-year storm and 2 hr heavy rain event caused mudslides that wiped out the creeks




The Upper Carpinteria Creek fish passage restoration project along Carpinteria Creek, removed the last major barrier in the Carpinteria Creek Watershed. The project replaced an undersized bridge with a wider and taller bridge. It will also removed 100 feet of concreted stream channel and banks. The stream channel was regraded and the creek banks were restored with native riparian vegetation. Steelhead trout now have access to high quality upstream habitat.
The Community Environmental Council would undertake the work plan for each project in
cooperation with the landowner. CEC is a nonprofit organization established under section
501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and has operated successful environmental programs in
Santa Barbara County for more than 30 years. Its watershed restoration program manages a
number of stream restoration planning and implementation projects, including several funded by
Conservancy grants: the South Coast Urban Streams Program (00-078), the Mission
Creek/Museum Area Restoration Project (02-083), the Cate School Restoration Planning Project
(02-088), and the Gobernador Creek Fish Passage Design Project (04-078).
PROJECT FINANCING:
 Coastal Conservancy $510,000
 NRCS 250,000
Landowner contributions 120,000
In-lieu mitigation funds1 100,000
Total Project Cost $980,000 



Carp Creek scoured by storm

so all that native restoration was for naught....


as I told them many times, Nature decides what survives, not some sweaty-palmed little conservation biologists

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Bad Moon Rising

don't go out tonight, it's bound to take your life


it seems that the CEO of Direct Relief International is living high on the hog in Montecito while provding medicine and supplies to Trump's shithole countries:
Direct Relief International, which provides medicine and supplies to poor people and those hurt by disasters, increased the base salary of Thomas Tighe, its chief executive, by 40 percent over two years.


Mr. Tighe made $341,347 in 2011, up from $247,600 in 2009.
wow what a HuGE salary for a non-profit..


but the guy was complaining on the news about his Montecito house and neighborhood being hit by a mudslide...he thinks a warning from the county could have prevented some deaths...he was under a voluntary evacuation



now look..the Thomas Fire stripped the hills and mountains of vegetation above Montecito...we were warned for days about a heavy rain event that could cause deadly mudslides...the responsibility to evacuate lies with the home owners or residents, not with the officials...


if you take the risk to stay in such a disaster, the buck stops with you


or dies with you

Friday, January 12, 2018

Landslide

I took my love, I took it down
Climbed a mountain and I turned around


















And I saw my reflection in the snow covered hills


Till the landslide brought me down

Friday, January 5, 2018

Stairway To Heaven

and she's buying a Stairway to Heaven



now I was intrigued by  the story of three local (SB to Solvang) people busted for stealing surfboards...when I looked at the mugshots I saw two morons and a pretty girl...her name is Carly Jo Orrison and she's got a facebook page, she's very cute and lots of friends..and yet she's hanging out with these two idiots! 




look Carly Jo..you got your whole life ahead of you..not too late to take a few classes, get a job and change the road you're on...
you have no future hanging out with guys that have no recordable IQs....drugs, stealing things from other people..not cool Carly...not cool at all


instead of hanging with dudes that steal surfboards, you could learn how to surf..




there's a great big beautiful ocean out there just waiting for you!!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Deep State

I just noticed that one of the plovers had leg bands! ankle bracelets of sorts



"each plover receives an individually numbered metal USGS band on one of their upper legs, a light blue flag on the opposite upper leg, and a unique combination of 4 color bands on their lower legs."  then what, stick an American flag up its ass??


goddammit! 


I wish these environmentals would leave the plovers ALONE!!!