A hurricane, with the same name as an invisible rabbit hit Texas recently. And we were doing ok, even with the current president coming to visit and making it all about him “what a turnout, good luck Texas”.
Sunday night, I heard something on the news about the gas refineries on the Texas coast shutting down for a week or so driving gas prices up so I told my hubby he might need to go top my tank off before prices started going up, and he did. This was at $2.19 a gallon.
Next couple of days, status quo. I drive by a small gas station on my way to work, they usually keep an average price and don’t bounce around matching prices to the penny. Monday, still $2.19 a gallon. Driving to work Wednesday, I notice it’s $2.43 a gallon. Going home for lunch, it’s $2.59 a gallon. And after work…same price as at lunch but all the pumps have plastic bags on them saying gas is out, all gone.
I’ve heard stories, seen posts on Facebook about long gas lines that go around the block and people actually fighting over getting gas. In the city I live in. And we are a four hour drive from Houston.
The gas is still there, people. There is over a year of supply in the reserve. The only reason gas is running out is because people are acting the fool and acting like it’s all running out NOW.
And now that all the gas stations are out of gas, it’s going to take much longer than usual to get them all filled up again because there are only so many trucks that can only supply so many gallons to them so prices will only continue to climb.
And I’m sitting smug on a full tank that will keep me going for two weeks if I use it like normal and longer if I ration it.
The elements, Earth, Air, Fire, Water, are on display in Yellowstone National Park. But not quite in the obvious way.
The fire is the huge magma chamber underneath the caldera which superheats the water into highly pressured steam which erupts with great violence in the geysers. The breeze blows with the smell of sulfur and pushes the steam around until it dissipates.
I give you Old Faithful.
And Grande Geyser
For a while, I used Photoshop regularly to manipulate my images with. I collected interesting textures to use while doing this. Here’s three of my more interesting ones. I think the peeling paint on the corrugated tin is my favorite.
I love cooking on the grill and get great satisfaction in creating a good meal. The mahogany color of the pork ribs and good grate marks on salmon are very satisfying. Not to mention, they taste fabulous!
I ran across this picture today, I took it back sometime in the 80s. I remember where I lived and that it was summer I think, but I don’t know what year it was.
You know how all those spots of light under the trees are always round? Notice that these aren’t? The roundness you normally see is the shape of the sun. The spaces between the leaves act as a camera obscura and project the shape of the sun. When it is being eclipsed, the shape changes, like all these crescents.
You can do this yourself, with two pieces of cardboard. Make a round hole in the center of one and let the sun shine through it onto the other.
Or you can just go outside under a tree and watch the shapes of the light under it.
Remember, even when it seems dark enough to look directly at the sun, you can still suffer eye damage by looking at it except during the moment of complete totality of the eclipse.