Monday, October 3, 2011

Random Musings of a Ramblin' Fool XXXV

Last month saw Eclectic Arcania's most viewed month in its history. Not coincidentally this same period saw the highest quality of content yet in the history of this space as I continue to evolve as a blogger. In keeping with that trend I hope to create a higher standard for my Random Musings column. Also worth noting: check the margin at right for two additional volcano webcams for Mt Etna in Italy and Mt. Hiero in the Canary Islands. Additionally, check the margin at left for my new globe app which I think is rather cool. You might also notice I have ads back on my blog page. Whenever anybody clicks on an ad I get paid.... just sayin'.

Why El Hierro You Ask?

The El Hierro volcano is located on the island of El Hierro in the Canary Islands off the coast of North Africa in the East Central Atlantic Ocean is experiencing the sort of volcano swarms indicative of an impending eruption and it is a rather large volcano so who wouldn't want to watch an impending eruption on my blog?

The Car is Caput!

My Oldsmobile Intrigue needs a transmission other than the one that currently reside within it that does not work  Following much research of all my options and fully exploiting all my connections I have been blessed with an offer of a 1995 Volvo which I hope to purchase this coming week for a grand. Anybody interested in purchasing my Olds for any reasonable price?

... And So Is My Leg, Sorta

I rather significantly injured my right leg two Thursday's ago while splitting firewood for my friend Steve. I  had the splitter in the upright position while working a large, dry, behemoth and it exploded a large segment into my leg which was adjacent to it steadying it in the mouth of the splitter. I immediately experienced a large hematoma as well as a rather significant bloody abrasion. It was followed by bruising and pain and stiffness to the front right of the lower leg. It is very slowly healing given how much walking I have had to do on it and most nights I experience edema in my right foot and sleep with the leg raised up. I have no health insurance and no money to go to the doctor so I am doing things the way folks have successfully managed to do them for thousands of years in the case of such injuries: suck it up and deal with it and let the body heal itself. Given I can walk on it I am being told by everybody around me that it is not broken so I assume I bruised the bone along with all the soft tissue damage.

School is Rocking

I continue to thrive in my studies at Cuesta College and am quite hopeful at this point of extending my 4.0 GPA through the Fall 2011 semester. Thus far I have done well on all my tests and quizzes in each of my three classes. Well, except for one quiz in American History that I don't wish to talk about that won't matter by semester's end.

The Harvest is Past, The Summer Is Ended

Well, the last part of that is true but the first part is now in full swing in respect to the grape harvest. As one who suffers from mild S.A.D. I am not too keen on what is now happening with the noticeably shorter days and diminished ambient warmth and lower-angle sunlight. What warmth there is has a distinctly different feel than that of Summer and the winds we are experiencing here carry the unmistakable fragrance of the change of seasons. This past week saw some mid-90's here in the North County of San Luis Obispo County. I'm willing to bet anybody $100 that is the last of the temperatures in the 90's that we will experience until April or May of next year. It just started raining outside my window while composing this message. The weather over the next few days will bring the first Winter-like storm of the season to much of California. The viticulturalists on the Central Coast are scrambling to get their grape harvests in before the rain for those grapes that are even ready to harvest in the first place. Some grapes might be lost that are not ready to harvest and get damaged by this rain. This problem is all the more grievous up north in Napa and Sonoma Counties and adjacent areas which stand to get even more rain than down here.

2011 Big Sur Jade Festival

This coming Friday through Sunday will be the 20th Annul Big Sur Jade Festival at the Pacific Valley School on the Big Sur Coast of Monterey County. As of this writing I will be in attendance in the Rocks & Relics booth helping my friend Dave. At this point the weather forecast looks clear for the show itself. However, and quite unfortunately the weather forecast is looking very wet for the four days immediately preceding the show. If the weather follows the forecast this will make a muddy morass out of the show grounds in the playground of the school to which this show is a fundraiser. If it is bad enough the show will be canceled to avoid damaging the school grounds.

10th Annual Cayucos Gem & Mineral Show

Coming up in a couple of weekends will be the Autumn 2011 Cayucos Gem & Mineral Show hosted by the San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral Club. I will be there helping my friend Dave in his Rocks & Relics booth as I did last year and I will be there in my capacity as a SLOGMC member and show co-organizer. I hope to see as many of you there as possible.

Santa Lucia Rockhounds and San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral Club Websites Updated!

I have updated the websites for the Santa Lucia Rockhounds and San Luis Obispo Gem & Mineral Club. You are invited to check them out and any input or questions are welcome. You are also welcome to come visit either or both of these clubs where any and all good people are welcome.


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