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Palm Springs Hurricane Wind Storm

March 30th, 2017

Palm Springs, California.

.          Wow! Palm Springs is in the midst of a major windstorm. The police department sent out a text alert advising motorists to stay off the road. Scheduled events have or are being cancelled. In my area of south Palm Springs the winds are the most severe I’ve seen since 2007 and 2008. The corner street name sign has blown off its pole. Lots of dust and flying debris in the air. The high winds started in the early afternoon and are expected to continue until 11 pm, according to the National Weather Service.

.          Recent rains made me aware of a roof leak and I decided last week that my roof needed to be water-proofed. That meant lifting the tile, removing and replacing the underlay with a two-step foam covering, and then resetting the tile pieces back in place. In order to accomplish the work it was also necessary to have my 23 solar energy panels disconnected and moved off the tile areas. The work started on Monday.

.          By midday today the roofing underlay work had been completed and the roofer, Valley Urethane Foam Roofing, was waiting on the second city inspection. The solar energy panels were stacked in two piles on my flat roof garage. The tile pieces were neatly stacked in various areas of the roof. The roofer was hopeful all work would be completed by Saturday and the solar panels once again mounted on their roof fastenings. The roofing crew was no longer on hand and instead had moved on to other projects.

.          Wind gusts, reportedly in excess of 55 mph, hit Palm Springs this afternoon and I’m certain those winds. Those winds are currently blowing at 55+ mph in my area. There’s debris everywhere including lots and losts of stuff from neighboring Palm Trees. One of my fruit trees has lost a trunk with branches – and the broken section is laying on the ground.  Just received a text from the local newspaper that states “High winds wreaking havoc across the Valley”. They can add my residence to that list.

.          Perhaps the greatest loss at this point is damage to the solar panels that were stacked on the roof. One was blown off and onto my pool patio. Two others were thrown around and appear no longer usable. They will have to be replaced.

.          The very good news is the concern and attention shown by my roofer and the solar panel service he recommended that I use. Both gentlemen immediately responded to my calls. The roofing manager arrived on the scene (his crew had already left) and he personally climbed the roof in the blowing wind to secure the remaining solar panels. The solar panel vendor, Mitch Tatro, phoned, apologized profusely, and assured me there would be no cost to me with respect to replacing my solar energy panels.

.          Looking forward to a calmer day tomorrow – though the prospect of cleaning all the debris from the two yards and patio grounds is not one I relish.

Solar panel laying on pool deck.

Broken tree trunk laying on ground.

View of tiles stacked on roof.

Bond Shands
March 30, 2017
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Stuffed Animals

March 28th, 2017

There’s been a report of an Imposter among the menagerie.

Contessa Le Rouge and Friends

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March 28, 2017
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Flaunting Humanoid Sighting

March 24th, 2017

          This morning’s pre-dawn walk with Tessa started out at a rather cold 53 degrees. We just returned and are still recovering from the unexpected visual event that marred our morning’s experience.

          While walking along the coldest portion of the path through Mesquite Country Club golf greens we encountered another dog accompanied by a somewhat elderly Neanderthalish Humanoid creature. It was partially clothed in Shorts plus T-shirt – and flaunting bare arms! Make that FLAUNTING bare arms! The view of naked flesh was one from which the eyes of women, children and small doggies should be hidden. This Neanderthalish Humanoid creature must be one that chews icicles for breakfast.

          Tessa was clothed in her winter sweater. I was wearing three clothing layers, including a hoodie plus down jacket, my leather shoes with toe warmers, gloves and a frozen smile on my face.

          We safely returned home where a pot of coffee was soon ready. It was really needed for the air temperature in the residence had plummeted to 70 degrees during our absence. Sadly, there was no firewood waiting to be chopped for the fireplace, so we’re taking a grin and bear it attitude, while waiting for the Sun to make its appearance.

          Flaunting naked flesh…….wow! Should it be reported to someone?

 
Bond Shands
March 24, 2017
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Vote for Tessa

March 17th, 2017

          My name is Contessa Le Rouge, though most call me Tessa. Everyone tells me that I’m lovable, adorable, gorgeous, beautiful and/or absolutely the best. When out taking a daily walk neighbors wave at me from their place on the street. Some cross the street to greet me and we show a bit of mutual affection. All, or at least most, eagerly seek and enjoy moist wet puppy kisses and I share them at every opportunity. Fortunately, none of the daily adoration rituals affect my character. I remain a simple little country girl doing my best to overcome a trait towards natural shyness, reticence and quiet. Others may finagle their appeal, charisma, beauty and intelligence into leadership roles leading to personal wealth, opportunities, TV and movie stardom, or elective office, but I’ve never taken that step…….yet!

          Did I say “elective office”? Why not? Vote for Tessa! I like the sound of that phrase. As an officeholder I’d probably be admired, believed, adored, honored, trusted and eventually canonized. Surely all I’d need would be a two-word platform – “Trust me”.

          Would you vote for me?

          Wow, what a great dream. Oh well, it’s time to wake up and check the wet grass in the yard.

Bond Shands
March 17, 2017
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City-Wide Bicycle Tour Report

March 11th, 2017

          Today’s GOPS City-Wide Bicycle Tour proved a delightful way to welcome early Spring weather. Scott Connelly and I led 17 Great Outdoors Palm Springs bicycling members on a wide-ranging excursion through many of the City’s neighborhoods, Downtown business district and Civic Center.

          Our 14 mile loop took us from Smoke Tree Village and Smoke Tree Commons shopping centers over the not-quite-raging-waters of Tahquitz Creek and then through the Civic Center area. Along the way we passed the Palm Springs Police department headquarters, Palm Springs International Airport, Palm Springs Fire department headquarters and City Hall.

          Continuing north on Avenida Caballeros for a couple of miles we then turned west a block south of Vista Chino before reversing our direction and heading towards Desert Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Entrance (which proved not needed, this time). We then crossed North Palm Canyon Drive heading west towards the highest point on our tour near Stevens Road and Rose Avenue. After a lengthy rest stop (more than 90 seconds) we turned south on Rose Avenue where we enjoyed more than a mile of relatively smooth downhill riding (some would say “coasting”).

          After pausing for a forced group photo opportunity, the ride continued past Temple Isaiah and then through downtown, passing Palm Springs Art Museum, Casa Cody and several other nearby bed and breakfast Inns. We heard a brief lecture about the annual Walk of the Inns evening that occurs each December while pausing for another of the not-quite-too-many water breaks.

          Continuing south we fearlessly pedaled the pedestrian bridge over still-not-quite-raging Tahquitz Creek to Camino Real on the other side. Our Royal Road route continued and we crossed East Palm Canyon near Koffi South. The day’s final push was the attractive ride through Indian Canyons to Murray Canyon Drive, followed by another long downhill stretch via Toledo Avenue. We reached the Smoke Tree Village end of our ride a few minutes into the noon hour.

          The two-hour ride turned out admittedly warmer than expected, however, all who undertook the excursion managed to survive most of the route. Saturday’s relatively light vehicle traffic contributed to the day’s enjoyment and, of course, the personal challenge each undertook in doing the ride merits applause. So, to RSVPers Daniel H, Vegbear Henry, Doug D, John T, Pat M, Steve B, Peter G, Scott C and seven others, Congratulations and welcome to bicycling Survivor Valhalla where each will surely “Live long and prosper”.

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March 11, 2017
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