Tuesday, September 18, 2012


 Some of you may have heard about the flooding that we had here in So Utah, I was there to witness most of  it first hand.  The dike in the picture below was built in about 1919. It is an earthen dam with a rock facing.
I have lived here 12 years and I have only seen it fill up like this on 3 occasions and two of them where this year.  For some reason development has continued below the dam with no real thought to significant drainage.

When I first got to the scene the breach was about 5 ft wide and still running down the face.  The police and city employees were busy evacuating the businesses and homes below the dam.

They are reporting about $3.7m in damages to homes and businesses. Most of which do not have flood insurance. In that report they mention the number of dams in the state that they consider a hazard, this brings up a topic for another day about the crumbling infrastructure of America.

My bride and I, along with our two eldest daughters all spent time volunteering with the cleanup effort. You can see pictures of that here.  
This last picture is my own back yard.  The yard pump shorted out and I ended up with an unauthorized water feature.  To quote Ty Webb from Caddyshack, speaking to Carl,  " We have a pool...and a pond.  The pond would be good for you."

Finally, I have my own video footage for you.

If I may add a bit of advice. When looking for a new home, pay attention to what it up hill from you. Just because they say your not in the flood plain does not really make it so.

Stay dry America.

Monday, September 10, 2012

I got 99 problems....

and my back ain't one.

Waaaay back on Fathers Day, my bride hooked me up with one of these little goo-gaw's.  It's called a Rumble Roller, and this thing is the truth.  Mine is blue.

Mostly due to my advancing years I have found that after each and every ride I need to do about 15 minutes of stretching and about 7 minutes on the roller.  I used to have a daughter that was amenable to the task of walking on my back, she was just the right weight and after some instruction, did a pretty fantastic job of putting things in order. She has since become way to cool to do that for her old man so I needed an alternative method.  In my wildest dreams of avarice I have enough money to get a massage at least once a week. Here's to dreaming big.

I will also update you on what is happening since this occurred. Its been 7 weeks and I have filled out more paper work for the Juvinile Court but have not received a court date.  The wheels of justice move ponderously towards a conclusion.
The cuts and scrapes healed up pretty good, and time will tell if the ones on my face will continue to fade.  The bruise right on my hip bone, while not visible, is still painful to the touch.  That baby must have been deeeeeep. It actually hurts most when I try to lay down, weird.