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Picture(s) A Day – 30 May 2009

Today was not a day I sat idle in my apartment. I didn’t sequester myself while trying to hide or deal with the change of moving and of missing someone. I got out and took care of business 8)

Rent & Utilities: Paid – all $750 of it
Insurance: Paid – all $135 of it
Registration: Paid – all $285 of it
Address Change: Completed
New License Plates: Installed

With business out of the way, I decided to see if I could get rained on and feel some cool air that didn’t come from an air conditioner. Air cooled by Nature. Air with humidity!

I should probably add the fact that for some unknown reason, I have fallen into an “artsy” mood tonight. This means my writing might just differ a wee bit from what most people have seen in the past Possible causal factors include the three hours of sleep last night, the overdose of Diet Rock Star, the stress from the last week at work, or the release of the stress and worry about my ability to pay my bills – especially my car’s registration! Of course, the music selections for blogging tonight could have something to do with it, too:

Hilary Duff – Fly
Sting – Desert Rose Lyrics & Translation
Natasha Bedingfield – Pocketful Of Sunshine
Sniff’n The Tears – Driver’s Seat
Kenny Chesney – The Road and the Radio
Dwight Yoakam – A Thousand Miles From Nowhere
Various Selections by Nightwish

There’s probably more, but that’s a good start :wink:

With that out of the way, on to the pictures and stuff :D




30 May 2009 - DMV Patio

30 May 2009 - DMV Patio

I can’t fault the landscaping of the “patio” or whatever you want to call it. I find it classy and fitting for the location :wink:




30 May 2009 - My Lucky Number

30 May 2009 - My Lucky Number

I present you with the ticket which served as my place in line at the DMV. Note the number – G549. Note also the time at which this ticket was issued – 1:27 PM. A computerized voice announces your number when your time has come to finally do what you’ve come to do and your ticket number flashes on a board along with the desk number you’ve been assigned. As I entered the Hall of Eternal Waiting, I heard a number announced – G420. I might add that it took 20 minutes in line just to have G549 assigned.

Have you ever seen Beetlejuice? you know – the movie with Michael Keaton and the dead people? Remember that part where he has to wait in a small room with a witch doctor after the sand worm on Saturn ate him? Go here for the video and skip to 1:47 in the clip. That shows about how I felt right then. No, I didn’t steal someone else’s ticket, but the thought did cross my mind for a few milliseconds. Kind of like Data contemplating the Borg Queen’s offer in Star Trek First Contact. But I digress…

The computer finally summoned me to desk nine at about 1448 hours – an hour and twenty-one minutes later. Total time to this point: one hour and forty-one minutes. I exited the place of Demented Maniacal Villains (DMV) at about 1515 hours. Total time in that place: one hour and forty-eight minutes.

Sure, the agent who helped me demonstrated good cheer, a sense of humor, and real empathy, but after an hour and forty-eight minutes, I wouldn’t mind never having to return :evil:




30 May 2009 - Storm Clouds on the Mountain

30 May 2009 - Storm Clouds on the Mountain

Having left the Place of Suffering with my bank account holding considerably less money, I headed west on the 215 beltway. Looking into the distance, my plan of heading home suddenly changed – the storm on the mountain called to me, bade me to come up to the thin air and cool dampness.




30 May 2009 - 92 degrees on the desert floor

30 May 2009 - 92 degrees on the desert floor

Ninety-two degrees. I’ve somehow become accustomed to this. It has become normal. The memories of San Diego beach weather may have faded somewhat, but they still live on. I may have come to consider Las Vegas weather to be normal, but that still does not make it the greatest I’ve known.




30 May 2009 - Approaching the Storm

30 May 2009 - Approaching the Storm

I speed closer to the storm on the mountain. I worry that I might not make it in time to feel the rain.




30 May 2009 - Mountain Obscured by Clouds

30 May 2009 - Mountain Obscured by Clouds

I cannot see the mountain top, but that which obscures it holds the promise of salvation from the oppressive grip of the desert heat and desiccation.




30 May 2009 - Sky Painted with Clouds

30 May 2009 - Sky Painted with Clouds

Someone indeed painted the sky with clouds today. And what an artist! Puffy here, wispy there, never the same from place to place.




30 May 2009 - Down to 86 degrees and feeling cool

30 May 2009 - Down to 86 degrees and feeling cool

I can recall a time long ago, many years ago, when eighty six degrees marked the high temperature on a warm day in Poway, California. I find the fact that this now feels cool somewhat dispiriting. I continued on…




30 May 2009 - Thirsty For Rain

30 May 2009 - Thirsty For Rain

Indeed, the joshua trees and shrubs thirst for rain as do the arid soil and the animals. They guard their moisture well for they know not when to expect more.




30 May 2009 - Shadow on the Joshua Trees

30 May 2009 - Shadow on the Joshua Trees

Only the hearty survivors carve out a niche in this climate and few of those can thrive and grow like those joshua trees. Their size belies the difficulty of their existence and the time they take to become so large.




30 May 2009 - Shade in the Heat

30 May 2009 - Shade in the Heat

The flora and fauna of this region may have adapted to the desert climate, but I suspect they welcome the temporary cooling shade of the clouds as I do.




30 May 2009 - Gaining Altitude

30 May 2009 - Gaining Altitude

Climbing higher with the road, I feel my ears begin to pop as I pass five thousand feet elevation above sea level. Trevor continues to carry me on with not a hint of protest.




30 May 2009 - Moisture Falling on the Peaks

30 May 2009 - Moisture Falling on the Peaks

Nearing the mountain, I can clearly see the precipitation meeting the topology. I only hope I arrive in time to experience that myself.




30 May 2009 - 63 Degrees and COLD

30 May 2009 - 63 Degrees and COLD

Sixty-three degrees. A common temperature in San Diego, especially near the coast, I considered this normal and perfect for shorts and flip-flops. Amazing what four years in the desert can change.




30 May 2009 - Still Sprinkling

30 May 2009 - Still Sprinkling

I made it! The heavy rain has passed, but the sprinkles remain. I hold my hand outstretched through the open driver’s window to enjoy the feeling of water meeting skin.

The rain has also released the scent from the pine and fir tree forest. A hint of vanilla from the ponderosas mingles with the fresh scent from the fir trees which remind me of the smell a Christmas tree brings into a home. Somewhere someone has started a fire in their home’s fireplace – I smell the telltale smoke lingering on the breeze.




30 May 2009 - Fresh Snow but Almost June

30 May 2009 - Fresh Snow but Almost June

And just look at what I see up on the higher elevations – new snow! May has nearly passed and June arrives on Monday, but on this Saturday I’m treated to the sight of new snow so near to Las Vegas!




30 May 2009 - Three of My Favorite Things

30 May 2009 - Three of My Favorite Things

These are just three of my favorite things – Mountain air, rain, and Trevor.




30 May 2009 - 45 Degrees and Deliciously Frigid!

30 May 2009 - 45 Degrees and Deliciously Frigid!

What a difference fifty-three minutes can make! Only fifty-three minutes elapsed between the time the photograph above showing ninety-two degrees was captured and when this picture was made. Fifty-three minutes to drop forty-seven degrees. And that included stopping for soda and snacks! Such an incredible change. I sweat on the desert floor to keep cool whereas I shiver up here to keep warm. The dusty calefaction below sucks the moisture from my body without delay, but the saturated chill up here causes my breath to condense.

Fifty-three minutes!!!




30 May 2009 - Reflection

30 May 2009 - Reflection

Such a rare sight where I live now and where I have lived before, the rain water on the ground reflects an image of what lies above it.




30 May 2009 - Heaven in the Desert Summer

30 May 2009 - Heaven in the Desert Summer

I do my best to appreciate the sensations around me at any given moment, especially when they reach extremes. I can savor the seething, melting heat of summer and truly enjoy it at times. We all only get one shot at life and while we will encounter extremes, I feel few ever take the chance to soak them up. I kept my hand outside the driver’s window up on top of the mountain to feel the numbing bite of the cold soaking into my skin.

Moderation still rules when partaking of extremes. Heat exhaustion, heat stroke, hypothermia, and in extreme cases frostbite can result from ignoring moderation. You don’t always get the benefit of moderation around here when it comes to outside temperature, so you must use some common sense. Consider it similar to alcohol – a glass of wine won’t hurt anything, but drinking a whole bottle of whiskey will likely land you in the emergency room.

The Mojave has no thermostat accessible to we mere mortals, thus we broil for months on end. Yes, we have air conditioning to cool our homes and businesses, but it just doesn’t feel the same. It feels artificial. Manufactured. Harsh. Forced. It smells of nothing. It looks no different.

By contrast, the chilled air of the high mountains in the shade of storm clouds feels organic. Natural. Soft if still somewhat biting. Free. It carries wonderful scents which stimulate the mind and memories. It looks completely different from the rocky wasteland of the desert.

I revel in the embrace of the wintry breeze, the aroma of sodden forest, the delectable sting of small rain drops meeting my face, the sight of the rock faces as they stand freshly dusted with a light blanket of snow.




30 May 2009 - Water, So Precious, In Abundance

30 May 2009 - Water, So Precious, In Abundance

Puddles and saturated ground stretch out in every direction. Frowned upon by concerned citizens in the desert when caused by carelessness due to the scarcity of this essential resource, Nature has distributed water liberally today on the mountain.




30 May 2009 - Any Way The Wind Blows

30 May 2009 - Any Way The Wind Blows

The weather vane and anemometer atop this weather station gather sterile scientific data about the dynamic environment in Kyle Canyon.




30 May 2009 - There to Tell Us What We Miss

30 May 2009 - There to Tell Us What We Miss

From its perch on the mountain, this automated, solar powered weather station transmits its collected observations to the National Weather Service. Fools such as myself can find this data on their web page. We use this information to tell ourselves what the weather up on Mt. Charleston does at any given time. We usually compare this information with our local observations and express envy during the warm season for anyone who might have the luck or intelligence to escape our situation and head up there instead of staying here.




30 May 2009 - Sweat?

30 May 2009 - Sweat?

At first glance, the raindrops on Trevor’s hood almost appear to resemble beads of sweat. Of course Trevor doesn’t sweat, but I still laughed to myself.




30 May 2009 - The Trusty Steed of Steel

30 May 2009 - The Trusty Steed of Steel

I just have to show her off in this picture. Cardinal Red Metallic paint contrasts so well against the green of the foliage and the brown of the earth, yet it still seems to fit in. And of course, she just looks darn good. Classic even.




30 May 2009 - Another Island of Rain Across the Desert Floor

30 May 2009 - Another Island of Rain Across the Desert Floor

Back down on the desert floor, we can see another island of rain on a distant mountain. Sights such as this still stir something in me as they look so unnatural and yet so natural at the same time. Random blessings of life sustaining water deposited in small spots and trails across vast expanses, bringing relief. Yet at the same time most of the area goes without.




30 May 2009 - Back Home

30 May 2009 - Back Home

Finally back home, I set the parking brake and prepare to leave Trevor under the cover of the awning. I take one last look at the outside temperature. Ninety-five degrees. Only one hour and twenty-two minutes since the picture of Trevor and the trees. Only eighty-two minutes since I felt the caress of a cool mountain breeze, I step out of my car and back into the embrace of the summer warmth.




30 May 2009 - All On the Same Planet?

30 May 2009 - All On the Same Planet?

You might recognize this picture from above – the picture with the caption about the shadow on the joshua trees. I adjusted a few things to make a somewhat mundane and very terrestrial scene appear alien. I think it expresses the contrasts so commonly found in this region. A short trip can seem to take you to a different world 8)

I hope you have enjoyed this post and the slightly different feel I sought to bring to it.

Have a wonderful day :mrgreen:

I’m off to bed, finally :wink:

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4 comments to Picture(s) A Day – 30 May 2009

  • Kath

    (Had a whole comment typed and the cyber space dog ate it.)

    The DMV — open all day on a Saturday? No way. Not here. And patio and landscaping? No way. Not here.

    To be so close to mountains and snow and rain and gorgeous clouds and blue sky and then heat and the desert — Vegas is not San Diego, but sure has a lot to offer! Can’t believe those temp. changes so fast. That’s pretty neat.

    And that last picture is definitely Star Trek. You take that one and the “weather station” picture — hmmmm, where were you really???

    • Kath,

      Yep, the DMV is open from 0800 to 1600 on Saturdays which is the only way I could ever get there. It’s open 0800 to 1700 Monday through Friday which is my work schedule. If you like the patio, wait until I go back there in a week or two to get my new personalized plates and I’ll get a picture of the building inside and out :wink:

      No, San Diego it ain’t, but Vegas does have a lot more to offer than most people are aware of. Most people don’t know that in San Diego you can go from desert to mountain to beach in about 90 to 120 minutes. It’s really a trip to be at 105 degrees in Borrego Springs or Ocotillo Wells and then be at the beach where it’s 65 degrees a short time later. If I didn’t have friends there, I’d wish for California to fall into the ocean right at the Nevada state line…

      About the weather station – I swear I wasn’t at Area 51!!! Most people don’t know what everything is on one of these, so I edited that picture and added labels :) As for the “Star Trek” picture, I’m glad it seems to have received the intended response :wink:

  • Kath

    No, I did not know the actual names for everything on the weather station. ( Somewhere in there was probably a teeny camera looking right at you and tracking your every move.)

    So that really turned out to be a good search for rain trip!

    • Well I’m glad I’ve helped yet another person to obtain information they likely never wanted to know :P Cindy hits me every time she realizes she knows something because of me that she didn’t want to know. The time she knew all the answers (or questions?) in the military aviation category on Jeopardy! hurt :lol:

      About that camera – I’ll have to ask why no webcams at these facilities :)

      Yes, it did turn out to be a great search for rain trip 8) If you liked that, just wait until the monsoon season and the thunderstorms :mrgreen:

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