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Sat 14 Jan 2006

california dreamin'

or something along those lines. it's been said that dealing with very elderly people is like working with elementary school children. it's also been said that as you grow older, you often revert to the personality you had as a young person; so if you were a jealous youth, you'll be a jealous elder. if you were an angry youth, you'll be an angry elder. it's a fine line, and it's hard to walk.

so, all that said, we're trying to convince our elderly relatives that they need to have help one way or another. my aunt doesn't like any strangers to come in the house, so it's hard to have a nurse or cleaning person come in to help.... well, not hard, impossible rather. the independence we have in this society is great, but it's hard to give up some of that independence when you get older and accept the fact that you need a helping hand. i know i can't move near as fast as i could twenty years ago, but in another forty years it may be even harder to accept. but okay, enough about that. suffice it to say that my life may soon change drastically. i'll update the blog as needed.

and now on to a different topic: floods in california. we drove down the coast highway and were very glad that the mud slides north of the highway one junction were cleared before we left arcata in the morning yesterday. it was quite interesting driving down the coast and seeing all the beautiful redwoods and great geology again. it was also interesting to see where the rivers had been only a week and a half ago! the russian river rose to over 40 feet (well above flood stage). the link here is a collection of flood photos from a couple towns along the russian river.

the trees along the riverbanks are stripped and many of them are lying down because of the strength of the water. it looks like the river was flowing REALLY fast, and there were floods all throughout mendocino and sonoma counties (and probably in other areas, but those are the ones that i've seen). even at the solar living institute there were ten feet of water in the parking lot. we stopped there, and there is a lot of reconstruction going on, and the main river banks aren't even visible from the site! it was the worst flood since 1964 when the pacific coast was inundated.

don't fight with nature--you'll always lose. i'm always amazed at all the new houses built on flood plains, and i hope one day to live far enough from the flood-prone areas and on a gentle enough slope so as to be free from land slides. is that too much to ask?

i'm still looking for work, so feel free to check my english or spanish resume in microsoft word format. wish me luck!

posted by: mock turtle on 14 Jan, 06 | 23:36

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