May 4th, 2003


Rain and Fire

The sun is breaking through the clouds, and its light is streaming through my window like a great spotlight. I can feel its heat on the back of my neck. Maybe it won’t rain today.

When I took the girlchild to school yesterday for her field trip, it was raining. Curbside, rushing little streams hurried along to the storm drains, and each little stream carried its own multicolored sheen from all of the residues washed off the street. Later, the wind kicked up, followed by a short, heavy rainshower. The wind and rain undoubtedly knocked most of the evil pollen off the trees and plants…but with all the water, those opportunistic plants will make more.

I miss thunderstorms. I never thought I would. Me, the girl who had nightmares about tornados, missing thunderstorms. They feel like home.

All of this nice rain and water may come at a price in September, when the Santa Ana winds kick up from the desert. All of the lush growth now will wither away during the summer, and when the hot Santa Anas flare up, every last bit of moisture in the dead foliage gets sucked away. Someone will get really stupid and flick a burning cigarette out the window, and WHOOMPH – we’ve got a major brushfire. Or a vehicle will be parked in dry grass, or something will happen to a power line….

That’s why I don’t want to live any further out from the city than I do.
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Mummify your pet!

Tonight on National Geographic Explorer, I was drawn in by the centennial exhibits planned for the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. They displayed some truly interesting pieces, and I was quite surprised to find myself dutifully intrigued along with the curator by King Tutankhamen's chariot harness. (It's been tucked away since it got there.) After that, the show shifted to the discovery and opening of a tomb in Abusir. The tomb was of the fellow who ran the Pharoh's palace 2500 years ago. Kewl, I thought, and the beaded shroud he was buried in was incredible.

Then things turned wierd. Apparently there's this place in Utah where you can mummify your pet. Yes, for only $25,000 Fido can stand by your chair forever. They preserve the animal in a solution for months, and then the loving owner gets to watch as their beloved pet is removed from the fluid, wrapped in gauze, encased in fiberglass (the stuff used to make casts and on Navy ships, pipe patches), and then painted in several coats of polyurethane. The finishing touch is a coating of bronze, either shiny, dark, or enameled to fit with your decor. One of the pet owners (and both these ladies talked to their dead dogs) said that $25K wasn't such a big amount, given the love, devotion, and service the pet had provided.

Anyone with $25K to spare is more than welcome to send it to me, and I'll turn it into a fitting memorial to any deceased pet you like. I promise. I'll name the home's library after your pet, with a brass plaque and all. ;o)
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