I hope that everyone had a Christmas Day that was as calm or exciting as they wanted or needed, with as much or as little drama as requested, and that everyone had been good (enough) this year so that Santa brought them what they wanted.
If you didn’t get everything you want, it’s never to early to start planning for next year.
Here’s a short video of our lights turning on:
And a picture of what it looks like after dark:
Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, y’all!
Don’t blink, you’ll miss it.
Sort of like today in general. And last week. And November. And 2019…
But I finally tracked down the infamous “Red Nose Actually,” the 15-minute “sequel” to “Love Actually” with most of the original cast. Yeah, it’s an ad for the Red Nose charity, which is a good thing, and it’s a little hokey in spots. It’s also spectacular.
Jamie & Aurelia… Mark & Juliet… David & Natalie… And then Sam & Joanna…
Now what I wouldn’t give to find a clean, high-def copy that’s not got YouTube’s commercials interjected every two minutes!
Not the GOAT…
…but just a goat.
What? Doesn’t everyone have goats at their Christmas party?
It was a lovely day and we had the doors and windows open this evening. Outside I could hear a couple of the local crows making one of their signature “cackling” calls back and forth.
Remember the crows when we first moved in here last May? They’ve come and they’ve gone from time to time, but they’re back now and quite vocal. The sound is a lot like the percussion section of the orchestra yesterday playing on the gourds or wood blocks.
I’m also here to report that I’m surprised how good the sound pickup is on the iPhone. I knew that **I** could hear the crow just fine, but I’m surprised that the video picked it up.
Filed under Critters, Video
Rain. Thunder. Lightning. In May. In Los Angeles.
Yeah, I get it. You live in Tornado Alley and weather like this just means that it’s a day that ends in “Y” and you think I (and everyone else in LA going ape over a little bit of convective activity) am a real goober.
Fine, wait until you come out here and run into Anne Hathaway or Keanu Reeves in Starbucks and you can’t remember your own name for five minutes…
I wasn’t sure we would actually get any rain at our location, but then the first drops hit the window.
The the lightning started and with it the downpours.
It was great to watch at lunch from the dry safety of my office.
(Image from NOAA Hi-Def Weather Radar Pro app)
Yeah – that’s a lot of yellow, orange and red!
(Image from Weather Underground app)
After the fact I noticed this on Weather Undergound – look at that temperature drop! 14°F in about an hour.
With a front moving through last night and making a mess of rush hour in LA I was hoping to see some convective activity (clouds building up into thunderstorms) when the sun came out.
It looked hopeful for an hour or so, but then fizzled as the winds came up. Instead of thunderstorms I came out to a car covered with pine needles, pollen, and debris.
Not a decent trade.
Filed under Video, Weather