Talko Tuesday: October 26th, 2021

Seriously, be careful of what you wish for. So, all of us in CA, especially, Northern California, have been wishing for rain….well, we got it and we got it hard.

In a 24 hour period, my city received over 5″ inches of rain beating a record set on April 20, 1880, and close to what the “whopping” total amount we received last year. We received almost 8″ of rain last year and our yearly average is about 20″, pretty bad and very drought.

I really get into weather stat temps, both low and high, rainfall, snow (which is way odd in my neck of the woods) that my city received dating back from 1850 until 1993 because my father compiled them. He worked for the National Weather Service and was a stats freak…sports, politics, weather, etc…he turned me onto Nate Silver…years ago and loved Steve Kornacki and his big board because…stats. He loved and was obsessed with stats. I understand them but cannot compile them because I suck at math and really don’t like Excel either but I love stats. I even understand bigly concepts like per capita, which certain MAGAts cannot even pronounce, let alone comprehend.

But, it was a wet one. What I took away from the storm of a generation? My plants (nursery) survived; we didn’t have to get sandbags, my trees still stand, and it’s so nice outside right now. It’s beautiful and thankful.

In my lifetime, I’ve seen three, 100 year flood events; seen a weather event that dumped historical amounts of rain; and thus far, survived a once in a generation pandemic. All of which are pretty damn significant.

Lessons learned? Don’t take it all for granted. Live each day like it’s the last day of your life. Learn something from each day and reflect on what you learned and gain something from it. Also, don’t be a ‘stumbling block.’ Do your part to make this world a better place.

Enough of my rant. Be safe; go the extra mild and mask up, especially when interfacing with a MAGAt. Don’t be a ‘stumbling block’ to progress, safety, good stewardship, NOTHING; do your part. We’re all in this together and it should not be us vs. them. UGH!

Happy Tuesday, at least it isn’t Monday.

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