Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Rain, rain, go away....

I figured I should check in and let my family know that I am doing okay. My mom called me Sunday while I was at LACMA but the reception was poor and I couldn't talk. Silly me, I forgot to call her back yesterday. The above pictures are from Sunday when I was driving home. It was about 4:30 in the afternoon. This is pretty much how it has been for a week now. I'm sick of it.

I am grateful though because I live in a relatively safe location. I don't live close enough to any hillsides so I don't think my apartment is in any kind of danger. I just have to be careful when and where I drive. Getting to and from work this week will be a challenge since the Santa Monica mountains separate me from my destination.

I know people who don't live out here can't really relate and think we're a bunch of whiny mambie pambies but it really is pretty intense. We are currently at the 5th highest rain level since records began being kept in the late 1800s. If this keeps up much longer, we will by-pass the record. There's a pretty good chance we will too because the weather people are predicting a couple more days of this crap. Rain here also means snow in the surrounding mountains. They had blizzard conditions to the point of white outs over the weekend. Staying close to home, for the most part, is paying off though. I've been doing a lot of cleaning and organizing.

24 comments:

barebytes said...

I was born in Calif. and grew up for awhile there and I only remembered it raining maybe once a year. It would be a good rain but then it was gone. I know it rained mostly at night back then but nothing like you guys are getting it now. Be safe and hugs, Lanny

hope5555 said...

I'm originally from Ca too and I remember rarely getting rain, but when we did there would often be flooding, the streets looking like rivers, etc.  There just wasn't anywhere for the rain to go. Plus people weren't used to driving in the rain so there would be lots of accidents. Hope you dry out soon.

sunflowerkat321 said...

I've had a couple of scary experiences with rain.  You don't really realize how dangerous flooding can be until you've dealt with it.  Stay safe and dry...and I hope the sun come out soon.

mlraminiak said...

As bad as the rain is for you, the dry is for us.  California has received  virtually all of the moisture that usually falls in the Pacific Northwest this winter.  As I write, another clear, sunny day is dawning.  Most unusual, and we WILL be in a serious drought this summer.  Be careful down there, Robbie!  And see if you can't set your mind to pushing your weather northward. Lisa  :-]

sistercdr said...

I'm so used to rainy weather this time of the year, and I'm used to flash flooding and bad driving conditions.  Thunderstorms are challenging even when you're used to them.  I can't even begin to imagine what a mudslide really looks like, or the lack of safety you must feel when you're not sure the land will hold when you're driving.  Be careful out there.

thesheatons said...

I don't think you folks are wimps, you're getting the weather we usually get and your landscape and plants just aren't used to it. Good luck and here's hoping for an early spring.

babyshark28 said...

I think you know that my parents are down in California right now, so I have been keeping an eye on the weather down there.  It's crazy!  while up in Washington, were almost as dry as a bone.  And lots of sunny days too, though still freezing, it's beautiful.  Were going to pay for it in the summer though, since our mountains are holding very little snow. drought. ugh.

It seems, we have switched climates, Washington and California.  Stay as dry and safe as you can down there. xo

andreakingme said...

Robbie, you namby-pamby! Whatsamatter?! Can't take the rain, mudslides, road detours ADN frizzy hair? Huh? Huh?!

(God, if I eat another Triscuit, I'm going to barf.)

I envy you your cleanli-organize-ishness. But you GO, girl! The Zen might be all wonky outside, but you can get him whipped into shape on the inside!

(There must be something in the Triscuits.)

ryanagi said...

"Rain Rain Go Away..." Well, you know the rest. ;-)

onestrangecat said...

your not a wimp!  i am glad that you live in a safe place.

kathy

alphawoman1 said...

I can relate...I should have posted the flood pictures in January.  It is scary when Mother Nature goes wacko.  It is overcast and rains/snows/sleets/ice storms here all winter.  

readmereadyou said...

I've seen some of the landslides on TV. Very scary. Stay safe. I lived in CA in the '60s and I've always loved the area. I feel very bad for all you guys are going through now.
Angela

snkwarren said...

Stay Safe!  Kristi

lisbnjvi said...

I had no clue any of this was going on in CA!  I don't watch the news, read the papers or even peek at the AOL news.  I am happy to hear that you are safe though.  Hang in there!
Hugs and love, Lisa

freeepeace said...

Good idea to check in.  I mean, rain is good but *this* is hazardous.  Roads flood within seconds.  Mudslides are unpredictable.  Leaks and mold are almost unbearable. [oy]  Rattlesnakes are washing up on the beaches from landslides.  All kinds of debris are floating in the ocean.  It's insane.

Anyway, even though I'm sick of seeing rain, those are great pictures.  I love your presentation.  So creative you are.

Take extra caution when driving, please.  Yes, I will too.

Sun!  I'm ready for sun!  Yes?

oceanmrc said...

That's impressive rain.  Stay safe.

ksgal3133 said...

That rain that you all are having is just insane...I do hope it goes away very soon for you. I have relatives that live in the L.A. area but luckily none that are close to the moutains. Becareful!

Gretchen
http://livinginsavannah.blogspot.com/

stephweiss said...

I wish you would keep the rain instead of sending it over to my house after you wring out some tiny portion of it. I believe yesterday's Phoenix 'snowstorm' (http://journals.aol.com/stephweiss/SmallAdventures/entries/1259) is just more leftovers from southern California.

robertasbro said...

Hey Little Sister!   If you need me to throw my coat down on a puddle or carry you across a rain swollen street, just holler - Appalachia is only a short plane ride and a security pat-down away!  Still waiting for you to post the picture of you snozzing on the couch at Mom's with the fly catcher wide open.   "Peter Brady" and the "Kotter" picture of Feb 2004 can still be redeemed if you do!  Stay dry and be safe!

judithheartsong said...

I am thinking of all of you out there. judi

plieck30 said...

Thinking of you. Be safe! Paula

bosoxblue6993w said...

Geez!  I'm glad I don't live in the Laguna Hills, or Signal Hill!  As for the snow in the mountains ... the San Gabriels look beautiful this morning ... from a distance.

I drove over the LA River this morning near Long Beach.  It looks swollen and turbulent ... like the white water on the Colorado River!

deabvt said...

Take care of yourself!
{{{ Hugs }}}
V

somenuttychic said...

Geez, Louise! Just *looking* at those photos makes me depressed. Stay dry. And safe.