About 4 pm this afternoon it happened. My wife standing outside the window pointing a finger up at the sky. I got out of my chair and asked: what? Are you going for a helicopter ride, or is there one rabbit in the garden? Look at the sun she said. And after twisting my neck trying to get a glimpse from the living room window I went outside … and what I saw was a tiny red circle in the sky. No fear of 'don't look directly at the sun. Dark red. I went for my afternoon swim and through the windows I could see the sky … clouds with swirls of yellow, ochre, pink, brown even. And the light was yellow. So yellow we only realized when we turned the inside light on in the shower and saw the contrast. By now it's 6 pm. 2 and ¾ hours until the sun is due to set, and it's dark in the house. The light outside is an eery orange.
I read yesterday in the paper that according to the former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot, it's all lies by 'the climate cult' conspirators.
Well it just got here. It looks a bit like the apocalypse might be happening some time tonight – fortunately there's about 2000 km separating us from where it's actually happening. The entire sky (medium cloudy) has now turned a dark orange.
Who needs to watch post apocalyptic movies, when all you need to do is look out of the window? It's horrible. Terrifying, and pitiful when thinking about the people at 'ground zero'.
P.S. I surely hope the parts of Victoria where Bazza and Enna live is being spared ....
We're safe at this point thanks petrushka . Closest one to us is about 70K away, and a wind change is blowing it further away rather than closer. Our main risk is flying embers. We believe we are well equipped to deal with that, so all we can do is wait - keep alert - and donate to the Bushfire relief charities.
Of concern is that usually our peak fire season is February .... and it's only early January.
The devastation may well be as bad as it is portrayed or it may be that there is considerable media hype as they embellish headlines in order to sell their periodicals. If it's as bad as portrayed I wonder why the PM there isn't appealing to the world for help in the form of fire fighting equipment, such as aircraft and tankers. Bulldozers to plow and clear dry timber might go a long ways toward controlling the direction and spread of the fires. The US has just sent additional equipment. Maybe it isn't being reported by the media but I haven't heard the PM there appealing to nearby nations for help.
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worksforme2: Since our esteemed governor has declared a state of emergency here in NC (a total of 12 cases so far) the hording of toilet paper has begun. Is diarrhea a part of covid 19? I see Lowes and Home Depot have quick install toilet retro fit bidets.
Mar 13, 2020 10:34:57 GMT -5
petrushka: I've no idea what it is with the toilet paper hoarding. I walked out of a supermarket yesterday and saw a woman with the jumbo sized trolley and some 4x 18 roll packs of toilet paper. Nuts. Completely nuts. Incidentally, a bidet is definitely the way to go
Mar 14, 2020 6:18:43 GMT -5
petrushka: Even her little 5 or 6 year old was questioning her purchase!
Mar 14, 2020 6:25:44 GMT -5
petrushka: One of my favourite quotes for the last 30 years: "don't ever look a sheep in the eyes, the intellectual vacuum may suck your brains out". Well, let's all drink to the sheeple! (besides, alcohol is a good disinfectant).
Mar 14, 2020 6:31:26 GMT -5
frednsa: so...............i'd like to tell her when she "attempts to placate me": have you ever been invited to a party where you knew for certain that you WEREN'T wanted ?
Mar 19, 2020 15:57:05 GMT -5
worksforme2: Former Miss Hawaii tests positive. Being the gallant lad that I am I have offered her the use of my guest bedroom to "shelter in place"..
Mar 23, 2020 20:34:21 GMT -5
worksforme2: Hey tamara68, there is a covid19 positive cat in Belgium, watch out for it.
Mar 30, 2020 14:05:56 GMT -5
tamara68: @worksforme I think I have to be more careful for all infected people. Most likely I already have Covid19
Apr 1, 2020 3:29:42 GMT -5
worksforme2: tamara68.....it's been a couple weeks since you posted you may have the covid19 virus. hopefully you are feeling better and are on your way to renewed health
Apr 11, 2020 5:31:38 GMT -5
tamara68: @worksforme thanks, yes I am feeling better. How is it in the USA?
Apr 14, 2020 1:57:26 GMT -5
worksforme2: some better and some worse,..virus seems to be slowing down, but people are beginning to refuse to stay inside,...worst thing I see is Biden leading in the election poles,...but that could be fake news
Apr 20, 2020 16:56:22 GMT -5
mirrororchid: Politics? Is that what we want to happen here?
Apr 21, 2020 6:21:24 GMT -5
petrushka: Certainly not American style politics. Toxic echo chambers.
Apr 23, 2020 16:21:52 GMT -5
petrushka: However, I feel that sexual politics, including political moves that impact the relationships between gender (misogynist, misandrist, etc) definitely deserve room in this context.
Apr 23, 2020 16:22:59 GMT -5
fred: just calculated that i've spent somewhere near 19,000 days (& nights) as a "rejectee".AND that allows for 2,000+ days (& nights) on business travel apart from her. i've chosen to "stay" .....would never do that again, and can't as you see doing the math
May 15, 2020 18:01:15 GMT -5
worksforme2: 19000 days and nights,....damn dude, that's 52 yrs.
Jun 17, 2020 9:19:10 GMT -5
fred: you're a little short works - was thinking this AM, there has NEVER been a day when she indicated desire for me physically (other than for heavy lifting or finance)........LOL...........earlier, i had enough libido for both of us, now i'm left with guilt
Jun 20, 2020 13:11:12 GMT -5
fred: over imposing myself on her rather than simply leaving .....DAMN LOVE ANYWAY !
Jun 20, 2020 13:12:12 GMT -5
mesulina: update everyone, still has not happened. I have now come to accept that I will live with out. It is just different now.
Jun 29, 2020 19:32:31 GMT -5
worksforme2: Sorry mesulina,... but on the positive side you did stock up on toys a short time back,..now might be the time to go for the gusto
Jun 30, 2020 17:42:54 GMT -5