Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Lopez Island Lollygagging

Too many words, too many pictures and too much work to catch up on to do our vacation to Lopez Island in the San Juans justice.  But this was the highlight.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Rain, Rain Go Away....

Every now and then the Pac. NW lives up to it's super-diluvian reputation.  Since April 1 it's rained 52 out of 67 days.  It's been the wettest combined May/April on record. Today we're surpassing the all-time wettest June ever recorded and it's ONLY THE 9TH of the freaking month!
They're forecasting 80's for the weekend, just in time for our much-anticipated vacation to Lopez Island in the San Juans.  Dear Weather Gods...  Please Please Please Please give us a little sunshine????

In the meantime I'm busy tearing out my hair trying to get caught up (or ahead...) at work and plan what to pack and how to get ready.   Because I'm like a obsessive-compulsive Girl Scout that way and must. be. PREPARED.   I think I'd better chill out a little bit before I end up bald for vacation.  In which case I'll need more sunblock, and a hat, and...  

See?  I'm incurable.

Friday, June 04, 2010

Amelia Earhart found?

Maybe so, says an article on Discovery News.  Latest theory - she and her navigator perished as castaways on the remote South Pacific island of Nikumaroro after an emergency crash landing.  Possibly having been eaten by giant coconut crabs which are the scariest bugs on the planet

(OK, probably not technically a "bug" but still the largest land animals with exoskeletons up to 3 feet, capable of cracking coconut shells with their giant pincers.  Or you know, human bones). 

One hopes they were dead before the crabs got to them.  

I'm going to have nightmares now.

Love Glove for the Deep Horizon? Really sounds like a bad skinflick now!

Seems like everybody's got a better idea than BP on how to contain the spill.

My personal fave so far: The giant floating condom (or SQUID).  OK technically it's the "Super Quick Underwater Incident Device" (tm) but I like my nickname better.

Actor Kevin Costner's even got a machine he'd be happy to sell the government.
So far, BP's suggestion box website has received more than 20,000 ideas. They've carefully narrowed down that list to 100 good ideas they are reviewing for consideration. I'm relieved, aren't you?

Which just goes to show it certainly wasn't lack of imagination that caused this disaster. Had BP put even the slightest effort into contingency planning R&D *before* they started drilling they might have avoided this entire fiasco. Now, it may be solved by a simple solution any drunken frat boys could have told them. I wonder if the BP execs are a product of abstinence-based sex education?