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Monthly Archives: October 2010
“FLOODED DURING RAINS.” This sign, that I ran across in Modjeska, CA. while on a fire assignment in So Cal, just about says it all about southern California hydrology on the wildland urban interface. Check out this video of a … Continue reading
Note: I wrote this in 2005 about a year before my dad passed away. My dad, retired civil engineer Art Brandow (82), loves to visit achievements in engineering. Natural scenic beauty is more my thing, but I really enjoy helping dad … Continue reading
“We maim to please!” proclaims the sign at Leona’s Tattoo & Body Piercing Parlor in Guerneville, California, a little backwater on the Russian River 35 feet above sea level in the summertime and sometimes 35 under water in the winter.
When I was growing up, my dad was notorious for squeezing the last mile out of a tank of gas. He ran out of gas at least twice on the Golden Gate Bridge. At a time when the bridge toll … Continue reading
The California state budget’s reliance on a five-billion dollar plus backfill from the federal government reminds me of a personal financial plan that depends on a large inheritance from an unknown relative not yet deceased.
The construction site in full-flower was something to behold — science fiction in a farm field. The site was dominated by a giant mold that we’d constructed for manufacturing the 14 one-piece fiberglass domes. The mold looked like a rustic, rotating, radio telescope pointing north. Continue reading