Here’s daughter Annalise e-mail: “Went for a walk in the freezing rain and saw this. Reminded me of you so I snapped a picture. Seems very out of place in New York City. Was stuck to the bottom of a lamp post.”
When I lived in Canada I had two Beetles – a white and a red one. The white did 200,000 plus miles before it died of acute rust. The second, red one, did 120,000 miles before I traded it in. Canada is COLD in the winter and very snowy. No prob said Mrs Beetle. I am not mechanically minded (ask any club member) so what went on under the back grill was a complete mystery. Click on the “pic” and you can see the engine “start up.”
Amazing isn’t it
Much as I would I have liked my Beetles were never “tricked out” like this one.
When I was young I was very sick. I rarely made school for more than two weeks at a time. This meant a lot of time at home in the days of steam radio and no TV or record players. I spent much of my illness at the home of Grandma Phillips. Grandma, bless her soul, quickly figured out that reading would keep me occupied. We couldn’t afford to buy books so Grandma would board the No. 6 bus in Portslade (Sussex, England), pay her tuppenny fare, and get off in Hove opposite the Hove Public Library. Portslade was too small to have its own library. I never saw Grandma with a book – she read the Daily Express newspaper at elevenses and the Evening Argus in the evening. Grandma would select six books for me at a time. She would pick a shelf and take six books. I knew this because the authors surnames all had the same letter! The result of her selection process was that I read a VERY diverse selection of books. Occasionally I would complain about one of the books – usually a soppy romance – which would elicit her standard comment – “You can’t tell a book by its cover.”
Which brings me to this book:
I saw the book on EBay. The front cover was of California Western Railroad’s #45. So I bid and I was the lucky(????) winner.
The book was written in 1981. The text and photos are in a washed out brown colour making reading the book possible only with strong reading glasses. I gave up trying to read it after about six pages. Which brings me back to Grandma Phillips – “You can’t tell a book by its cover.”
Actor Gorden Kaye, who was best known for his role in the long-running BBC sitcom ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died aged 75. Kaye played cafe owner Rene Artois on the hit show, which centred on the fictional exploits of resistance fighters in World War Two in German-occupied France. He appeared in all 84 episodes of the sitcom, as well as a stage version.
Very, very sad. ‘Allo, ‘Allo was one of my favorite TV comedy’s. If you have 24 mins and 33 secs to spare try this episode:
I have just finished this book: “The Math Book: From Pythagoras to the 57th Dimension, 250 Milestones in the History of Mathematics” by Clifford A. Pickover.
I am a sucker for books like this. This one, my latest, begins millions of years ago with ancient “ant odometers” and moves through time to our modern-day quest for new dimensions. The author covers 250 milestones in mathematical history. It took me 22 months to read. Don’t think I’m boasting of my mathematical prowess. I have never had a higher mathematics lesson in my life. Which brings me to the real subject of this blog …..
I got these four images from club member Kyle Stockman’s Facebook page.
I haven’t a clue who figured these “tables” out I’m just glad they did and I got to look at them.
The newspaper I read keeps saying that despite all the rain that we have had this year California is still in a drought. Because we live on the coast in Northern California the news is very much canted to where we live and it’s not that easy to get a picture of the state of all California.
Thanks to a heads up from my wife Sarah I can tap in to a site which gives an instant visualization of the levels of the reservoirs across California. The visualization is on the Department of Water Resources California Data Exchange Center website. Below is where to look at major reservoir levels across the State. You’ll have to paste the pdf URL below.