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Gee, that's nice. I'm so glad that the Bush administration chooses this clean technology to decide to try out environmentalism. And they accuse the left of using it as an obstructionist tactic.
Take a look at how environmentally damaging that oil can be. You have to have a huge plot of land with pits full of toxic water and mud. You drill a hole a mile or two into the ground and bring up radioactive materials and toxic byproducts. Then you have to have a pipeline. You have to bury these things, and they sometimes leak. You have to have truck traffic to haul saltwater, which has to then be injected back into the earth.
If anything should require careful study, it's an oil drilling project.
But here, we have a relatively inert technology. You have solar panels or you have mirrors and a boiler. And then you have to string power lines. That's the biggest part.
Look, I'm all for studying environmental impact. And I don't believe that corporations are "entitled" to use public lands. But in light of the fact that Michael Chertoff suspended dozens of federal laws, including environmental laws to build that damned fence, this just doesn't smell right.
At the very least, the government needs to expedite the studies.
Sunday afternoon, I took the boys fishing. It was so damned hot, and we weren't catching much. MamaSk8z was hot and the boys got bored, so we decided to go home and come back later when the sun came down.
But once we got home and parked our happy asses, we thought better of going back out.
Only one problem. That package of night crawlers was left in the back of the van. Monday morning, I drove the car to work, and the poor spineless worms baked to death silently in the back of my van, parked in front of my house.
This morning, (Tuesday) I decided to drive the van to work, since MamaSk8z needed the Prius. I guess I was vaguely and unconsciously aware that the worms were still out there, but I really didn't expect the level of stench I got when I opened the door to get in.
Luckily, it was still fairly cool outside, so I rolled down the windows on my way to work and could almost imagine that there wasn't a pile of rotting corpses somewhere back there covered in manure and cheese.
When I pulled in to work, windows still down, I had my mind on a dozen little tasks I needed to do. One of them was to come back after my morning emails and haul the bodies out to the dumpster.
But life happened, and once again, I forgot - something I've done a lot of lately. So at 3:30, when I left for my doctor's appointment, I opened the van door to hop in, and was bowled over by the now exponentially worse and twice-baked putrid stench of Sunday's bait.
As late as I am running, I grab the offending worm container with the tips of my fingers, and shuffle to the dumpster, door still ajar on the van. I drop the container. Thank God it stays closed. I pick it up again and toss it in the dumpster, saying a little prayer that no human being goes out there to put something in before the truck comes.
It is however, too late to get the smell out of my van. So, in the worst heat of the afternoon, I was driving with corpses covered in vomit, garbage juice, road-kill, and milk farts. Tears came to my eye s as I came to realize the full shittyness of my situation.
You see, my van has this problem with overheating on hot days. There are some relays that drive the electric cooling fan, and the computer that drives them has been haywire. I've spent hundreds and hundred on it, and it's just one of those damned things. I've learned to mostly live with it. I watch the temperature gauge. If it gets too hot, I have to get out of traffic or turn off the AC.
In the worst cases of overheating, I have to actually turn on the heater full blast to let some of the engine heat out. This is not fun in Texas 100 degree weather.
So here I am, driving this thing in the heat of the day with the poor AC trying just as hard as it can to keep me from breaking out into a drenching sweat. I would wonder why the paint doesn't peel off, but my mind is busy processing normal driving tasks while balancing heat versus stench. Periodically I roll down the windows for clouds of putrescent worm spirit to escape. I realize now that my back windows are not opening up on command, so the foul vapors must come forward to get out.
As I stop at yet another traffic light on what I spontaneously decide is the worst timed system on the planet, I notice the temperature needle rise again with my blood pressure following it. The AC is blowing just cool, not cold.
I did finally arrive without overheating. And though my laptop computer was in the van, I threw caution to the wind (pun intended) and left the windows partially rolled down, thankful no other cars were parked near me.
As I sat waiting in the doctors office, I hoped that the stench hadn't followed me in. But I'm more confident now that if I did have to haul a dead body, I'd probably be able to handle it. Just give me some notice so I can reserve the Prius with its cold AC, and a jar of Vicks Vapo-rub.
Wonder what kind of bad karma I got from letting those worms die in the heat. Do you think it's as bad as feeding them to fish?
Fire destroyed part of the Texas Governor's Mansion. This happened Sunday morning on the same weekend as the Texas Democratic Party convention was in Austin. So it took - oh, about 2 seconds for the nutzoid conspiracy theorists to start blaming Democrats for the fire. Can't tell you how badly I'd like to kick the perpetrator in the ribs.
Hopefully soon, we'll have a post from one of our local folks who attended the state convention and actually did something other than drink and walk around. I posted a few pics. You can see them on the left or in the photos section.
Thought I'd just write a few thoughts down that I've been meaning to blog for several days:
Karaoke I've been singing karaoke each Wednesday night, and having a blast at it. This past Wednesday, I entered a contest and actually won the popular vote, I'm told. But I lost because of "superdelegates". Basically, they pass out tickets when everyone is done singing, and you vote for whoever you like. But the vote counts for 60%, and the owner and karaoke host each get 20% votes.
The woman who won was really, really good. I stayed out too late and made the mistake of leaving my cell phone at home with the ringer turned on. One of my buddies thought it would be funny to try and call me at 1:15 am from across the bar. My wife answered it and gave me all kinds of hell when I got home.
Bloggers Caucus Party Thursday morning, I felt like hell and probably deserved it. I didn't have any work to do, and it was the kids' last day of school. We decided to go ahead and drive down to Austin for the bloggers' caucus party.
I was amazed at the turnout for the party. And it was great to finally put some faces with names for folks I've been reading.