Stormy Monday Blues

The weather has been so depressing here today, even for the Northwest, that the best I can do for today is to let you know that I posted a new article yesterday at Open Source Politics, and urge you to continue to read the article and other fine articles there.

They've issued local stream flood warnings here, but unless sea level rises by nearly 1,200 feet I'm not in any real danger. Still, it was raining so hard that even after putting on my rain hat and rain jacket I wasn't willing to dash the 100 yards to the mailbox out of fear that the letters would disintegrate before I could get them in the mailbox.

In fact, the weather was so awful today that I spent the morning entering VISA charges, cash withdrawals, and generally balancing my checkbook rather than going for my usual morning walk. I had trouble merely getting the dog to go outside and relieve himself. Skye turned back, lowered his head sadly, and looked at me like I was crazy every time I tried to get him to go outside.

Since I was already depressed, I figured that I might spend some time online looking up information on Superfund sites, which, inevitably, led me to look up information on the Superfund site here in Ruston, a toxic brew of arsenic and lead that keeps my daughter from growing vegetables in her yard, and makes me wonder if I should attempt to grow my own garden here without more facts.

It's good reading when you're depressed because it seems people are more interested in affixing blame than attempting to clean up the mess. Needless to say, there's more than enough blame to go around, and not nearly enough money to remedy pollution that has already been identified.

UPDATE: No wonder I was down today. Today set the record for the most rain EVER in Seattle, and it rains a lot in Seattle. As of 6:30 p.m. there was 3.7 inches of rain today in Seattle, and Gig Harbor, right across the Tacoma Narrows, got over 6.6 inches. I figure we had to be somewhere in between the two, though apparently there's no official measurement taken in this particular area. Let me just say that there was TOO MUCH rain.

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