We found that one side of the big oak tree at the apex of our front yard was rotten at its base. It was overhanging both the retaining wall and where I park my RV so we couldn’t take a chance of it falling and decided to have it removed. We hired Colt Langstaff, a certified arborist to take it down. Turned out to be quite an event with all the neighbors stopping by to watch him surgically remove it so as not to drop it onto the retaining wall or damage the sprinkler heads on the lawn. Beer flowed in the audience all day long. Since we couldn’t use the wood I gave it to my friend Alan and it amounted to several cords worth. Alan, Taylor and I split, sawed, chipped and hauled it away. The RV parking spot is now all clean and safe.
This video is absolutely amazing, bizarre and seems like something from the future. You have to watch it. Beginning is slow but have patience.
Here are some charts showing the distribution if there were only 100 people in the world. Some things to note:
- I wonder why French isn’t listed?
- What small minority we are in the USA 5%
- What a minority us older people over 65 are
- Only 7 would have a college education, surprising
- Almost evenly split between urban and rural dwellers
- A big majority, 78, have electricity
- 75 have cell phones!
- Almost half (48) live on <$2 USD/day
- 33 christians and 22 muslims, surprising, what about jews?
We went to the Mardi Gras parade in Nevada City Sunday. It had a huge turnout and was terrific as always. This has been going on for all the 17 years I have been in this area. It used to be called the Joe Cain parade, in honor of a fellow who got the Mardi gras celebration restarted after the civil war. The whole town celebrates with street fair booths, zydeco music and lots of colorful costumes, beads, feathers etc. Here are some pics I took with my phone, not great but you get the idea.