Archive for April, 2008

Dust

April 22, 2008

Today (April 17) I left my trailer expecting the usual roasting sun and temps – we had a steady climb into the 90s last week. Instead, I found this:

The temperature must have fallen 20 or 25 degrees overnight. It is quite pleasant.

The dust has an odor that’s not completely an odor: it’s like walking into a woodworking shop where someone is using a very fine grit power sander. In the late afternoon, the air takes on a golden color that deepens until the sun sets. You have to see it to believe it. At night, the dust in the lights oddly reminds me of a hard snowstorm on a very cold night, with fine flakes.

Rain

April 13, 2008

We had some unseasonal rain this afternoon (Friday). Even a quick cloudburst knocks the dust down and cools the air. The leafy trees and even the palms show themselves surprisingly lush. The rain unlocks the strong odor of clay. A few trees are flowering, and the flocks of tiny chirping birds are back.

This picture is from an earlier storm, a few weeks ago.

But Weather Underground says 95 degrees by Tuesday.

Switzerland

April 8, 2008

Just back from leave, I was going to write this post, but John Fund beat me to it in The American.

[T]he Swiss have produced a remarkable success story that goes far beyond the signature tourist products they are known for: chocolates, watches, and knives. They have one of the world’s most stable economies, a skilled workforce, internationally recognized export companies, a sound currency, and renowned banking and financial services. All this is combined with remarkable social harmony, given that Switzerland has four national languages and great religious diversity.

Read the whole thing.