Saturday, June 22, 2013
The last few days have reinforced the power of Mother Nature in my mind. When she makes up her mind to piss on us there's not a darn thing we can do about it. The city along the river and all of downtown have been evacuated due to flooding and estimates are that about 100,000 people or more have been evacuated. That's about 10% of the total population of the city. It's going to be interesting to see how long it take them to clean up and repair all the damage after the waters go do. I've heard upwards of $400,000,000 dollars so far. The insurance companies are going to be busy. One of the things that really gets me is the number of people who had houses along the river, that are now underwater, bitching about why didn't the city do anything to prevent this. Since any land along the rivers around here is extremely expensive, I'm guessing the people that live in them are all fairly well off. I'm not sure what they expected the city to do. It seems to me that building your house next to a river that is known to flood occasionally is just inviting trouble when it does. Some people are never happy i guess. One thing about all the rain is that it really makes it hard to get out and do anything outside without coming back looking like a soggy tshirt. I'm not adverse to water but it would be nice to see the sun once in a while and have some dry land to play on. I have vacation coming up and I'm at a total loss as to what to do with it. I was thinking about going out to see my son but apparently he is going to be away at a ball tourney for a few days. I'm thinking a camping trip would be a good idea. A bit of rest and relaxation in the wilderness and the possibility of a fresh caught fish dinner sounds very appealing at this point in time. I haven't been out in ages and it would be nice to get away from the city for a while. I'll have to give that more thought and see how the weather shapes up in the next few days.