Do I owe someone that? Do they owe me that?
My brain is swimming in an unnatural and toxic stew of accounting numbers. And this is just the prep for the audits. The real thing doesn’t start until next week.
Bose QuietComfort 35 II. Not cheap. Worth. Every. Freakin’. Penny!
They’re light. I’ve been wearing them for three or four hours and except for the amazing sounds filling my head, I can barely tell they’re on. And given that they’re sitting on top of my head and completely covering my ears, they’re not constantly slipping out and changing the sound and having to be pushed back in like most of the earbuds that I’ve tried.
I can see wearing these while I run, as long as it’s not raining. I don’t think they’re built for that.
They’re supposed to last for over 20 hours on a full charge and recharge in under two hours, so that’s not going to be an issue.
They have the Google Assistant built in and a mike so I can take phone calls if I wish on them. Or I can push the button and ask for weather, news, make appointments, set reminders, and so on.
All of that’s nice. But the sound…
I’ve been at concerts where I was literally in the first dozen rows. Except for those experiences, this is the best I’ve ever heard.
I knew from trying out my son’s pair that I was going to like it. So I’ve hit the “Greatest Hits” list hard.
Hamilton. Brad Paisley. Jethro Tull. Dvorak’s New World Symphony 4th movement. Jean Michel Jarre!
It’s all of the “PLAY IT LOUD!!!” stuff. Jarre’s “Oxygene 11” or “Chronologie 2” or Supertramp’s “Child of Vision” or Paisley’s “Whiskey Lullabye” or Hamilton’s “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story.” With these headphones they’ll bring on tears of joy.
As I said, not cheap. (And they’re my first noise cancelling headphones, so it’s still a little odd to not hear the keyboard as I’m typing.) But if you want to listen to music while you work and you need to be wandering around, or you need some really good workout or running headphones (assuming that sweating hard doesn’t kill them – have to watch out for that), these are SPECTACULAR!
Highly recommended. Finest kind.
Back in November, our area of California (among others) burned. The fires came within a half mile of our house.
Now the next part of the cycle comes, with the winter rains and a possible El Nino year dumping higher than normal amounts of rain on California, causing mud slides, flooding, rock slides, and other problems in the burn areas as they’re no longer protected by vegetation.
But it’s amazing how quickly the hills can turn from black to green again.
The contrast can be stark and vivid. Parts of the hillsides can still be black as night, burnt, and charred, while patches or even whole mountainsides are an almost iridescent green.
These pictures, taken along the 101 Freeway between Camarillo and Woodland Hills (my son was driving, so I got to take pictures yesterday) show other damage such as this, where rock slides have caused temporary barriers to be put up and lanes closed.
I don’t know what causes this phenomenon where the new growth is in a mottled or spider-web like pattern across the blackened hillside. You can see the burnt bushes and trees everywhere, but the green undergrowth along the ground has started to be re-established.
Just a few hundred yards way, the entire hillside is iridescent green, with the black stumps of the bushes sticking up through it.
This is how the cycle continues. As green as it is now, this brush will grow up and over the summer will spend nine months turning brown and highly flammable.
This might go on for ten years or more, the brush and weeds growing thicker during the winter months, green for a few weeks, and then drying up and turning brown in April and May, finally baking itself into tinder by July.
It’s the same with all of these trees – most of them will grow back and become lush again, just waiting for the next brush fired to come through, when they’ll turning into flaming torches, their leaves and branches burning, breaking, and being blown for miles in the high winds, starting new spot fires ahead of the main fire, spreading it faster than a person can run.
That’s the cycle – burn, regrow, dry out, burn again.
Welcome to California. We don’t know what will try to kill you this year – the earthquakes, the fires, the floods, or the mudslides.
Down here in the lower elevations, it’s unlikely to be a blizzard or hurricane.
But wait for it. That could be coming soon as the climate changes unpredictably.
No matter what you think this might be, it’s not. I’m pretty sure of that.
Tomorrow is Groundhog Day. While that’s one of my all-time favorite films, I don’t think there are any days in the last couple of weeks that I would want to live over and over and over. While we’ve come out the other end in pretty good shape, the journey to get here has sort of sucked.
But February’s going to be better!