Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Tired of Bad Weather? Move Here.

August 13, 2014

For all my friends and family in the East and the Midwest:

The following was an actual conversation at work, none of which I am making up.

J: Looks like we may get some rain.
B: We got a few sprinkles yesterday, but it didn’t amount to much.
J: Yeah, we got a few drops. Everything helps, I guess.
R (walking in): Hey, look, it’s raining!
M (coming in a few minutes later): Look, it’s really coming down!
J (a few minutes later): Well, that sure didn’t last long.
D (walking in from his office): Looks like I missed the rain.

Such is life in the semi-desert. Rain is really an event.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What You See Is...Never Mind

August 12, 2014

The first thing I saw when I got onto the internet today was a picture of a blonde falling out of the top of her swimsuit. The headline, purportedly about how well she’s kept in shape, said that all eyes were on Jessica Simpson’s “toned body.”

No doubt.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Who Let the Goats Out?

July 30, 2014

Some local color for you:

Cheatgrass is an invasive grass that is taking over our foothills. Not only does it push out the native plants, but it turns brown very early in the summer and is a huge fire hazard. One way to get rid of an invasive plant species is to have goats graze it, which I think is ingenious.

Well, Boise had some goats grazing the foothills to get rid of cheatgrass, but someone took exception to part of a hiking trail being blocked, and opened the gate and let the goats out. Now the company that supplies the goats is also supplying a goatherd to keep an eye on things. 

Everyone join me in a rousing chorus of “High on a hill was a lonely goatherd...”

(Or “Who let the goats out? Who? Who?”)