Friday, 28 September 2012
**The funnies are below the update. Please feel free to bypass 'GO' and land directly on 'Boardwalk' if you so desire. I will completely understand...
It's been a bit of an odd week. I've been enjoying the some what cooler temps and thinking Fall had finally arrived, when this alert appeared in my weather browser...
...HOT WEATHER FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY...
A HIGH PRESSURE RIDGE ALOFT AND OFFSHORE FLOW WILL BRING VERY HOT AND DRY WEATHER TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUNDAY THROUGH WEDNESDAY. MONDAY AND TUESDAY WILL BE THE HOTTEST AND DRIEST DAYS...ALTHOUGH SUNDAY AND WEDNESDAY WILL STILL BE RATHER HOT. VERY SLIGHT COOLING AND HIGHER HUMIDITIES WILL BEGIN ON WEDNESDAY...WITH GREATER COOLING AND MOISTENING FOR THURSDAY THROUGH THE REST OF NEXT WEEK AS HIGH PRESSURE ALOFT WEAKENS AND ONSHORE FLOW RETURNS.
EXPECTED HIGH TEMPERATURES MONDAY (10/1) AND TUESDAY (10/2):
BEACHES......................80S. A FEW MILES FROM THE COAST...85 TO 95. SAN DIEGO COUNTY VALLEYS AND INLAND ORANGE COUNTY.........MID 90S TO MID 100S. INLAND EMPIRE................100 TO 110 (this is my area). MOUNTAINS BELOW 6000 FEET....80S TO MID 90S. HIGH DESERTS.................LOW 90S TO LOW 100S. LOW DESERTS..................100 TO 110 (also my area).
PERSONS PLANNING TO BE OUTSIDE IN THE HEAT DURING THE LATE MORNING AND AFTERNOON HOURS SHOULD STAY HYDRATED. DRINK PLENTY OF NON-ALCOHOLIC FLUIDS AND AVOID STRENUOUS OUTDOOR ACTIVITY IF POSSIBLE...
Goodbye dreams of Fall and hello Summer once again. Believe me, this is not an Indian Summer, it's just more of the unbearably hot weather we've had for what feels like forever.
Yep... you can tell I'm a beach weather type gal. Temps are almost always 20+ degrees cooler and that includes any breezes that may be blowing at the time.
For the record... the 'cooling trend' they are forecasting will be low 80's to mid 90's. *sigh...
Monday & Tuesday were both quiet days since I'm since dealing with all that stuff that I have no wish to talk about and so we will continue on with the week. *grin...
Wednesday - I had been locked up long enough and headed out for a Wally World run and Silver Streak (car) wouldn't start. Seems the battery FINALLY decided to give up the ghost after my putting 182,250 miles on it.
Yes... it was the original battery and I suspect it hung in there that long because most of my driving was long distance. I averaged 4 hours a day getting to and from work in Irvine, Orange County and then Laguna Hills while working for Magic Software. Now that I'm driving less than 100 miles a month I believe it was more than due to simply die a quiet death and that it did.
Since it was mid-afternoon, I decided to wait until Thursday to do anything about it knowing Wally World and the Martians (hmmm - a new rock band maybe?) would still be in the same place and promptly walked over to K-Mart just for the exercise. Didn't purchase a thing, but the walk took care of the frustration levels (sort of) as well as killed my left hip.
This is Silver Streak...
Thursday - I was up bright eyed and bushy tailed, even with only a couple hours of sleep. Promptly called Triple A to get a jump and then called Inland Chevy to let them know I was headed their way for a new battery and general service.
Triple A arrived in record time. Great driver, no need to provide any ID since he had all my information. He quickly tested the battery, said it was basically a 'goner' and a new one would be wise.
Then it was off to the Chevy dealership and in less than 2 hours I had a new battery, the tires has been rotated, maintenance was done, car was washed (2nd time in less than a week) and I was good to go.
The kid that did the maintenance work said the 'car was a beaut and in great shape.' The gentleman that set up the appointment confirmed the car was indeed a limited edition Rally Sports Coupe and that if I ever decided to sell it I could probably get a pretty good penny for it, especially considering the condition it's in. All in all, very positive news.
Wally World was next and a totally non-eventful trip except that I think I've become addicted to their White Cake Square with a thick decadent layer of buttercreme icing. Every time I stop at the store I leave with one of those damned things! Keep this up and I will have more curves than I already do, but it is so hard to pass up!!
Then, as if everything else hadn't happened, Thursday went totally south when Michael called and told me he had been hit by a truck while he was jogging (broad daylight & at a cross walk!!) and it was only by sheer will power, on his part, the guy didn't completely run him down as he went around the corner.
This happened last Sunday and apparently the guy left the scene of the accident. Michael was able to get the license plate number, made it home on his own & called the paramedics and sheriff's department.
Not going to go into major details, but he has been off work since he was hit, has seen his doctor, had a series of x-rays of his left leg, hip, shoulder and is now waiting for an MRI of the shoulder to determine what kind of internal damage was done. Seems the driver has gotten off scott free at the moment and that makes no sense what so ever. All I can do is try to remain calm and see what happens next. Not an easy thing to do...
No plans for Friday or the weekend, so perhaps simply vegging is the best thing to do. All the stress and frazzled nerves are creating havoc in the way of ongoing headaches (yes... Fibro related) and since car repairs took precedent over the medical herb re-certification, I think I'm going to get cozy with some bubbly, a bottle or two of wine and a couple of good novels. Now... if I only had some PURPLE HAZE I'd be in 7th heaven...
A Friday laugh...
Very clever indeed!!
Thought for the Day