Saturday, September 13, 2008

More Weather

Seems like we get the tail end of all the hurricanes. Hanna dropped more than 5 inches of rain in one evening last week. Our Sept. cumulative to now is 6 inches which is half the annual rainfall in Visalia. Ike will be giving us more on Sunday & Monday, but not as much.
With no mountains to speak of here to stop them, the clouds drift by like time-lapse photography. It makes for interesting weather changes even from hour-to-hour. Though our temps have cooled somewhat, mid September still yelds fresh corn, tomatoes and other garden delights that would have been finished in CA. There is no Trader Joe's here, but the Whole Foods store provides the specialities our spoiled lifestyle demands. There seems to be only 2 grocery store brands, but they provide everything a good grocery should. Food costs more because it all has to be shipped in. We are at the "end of the road" for the supply chain.
I am surprised how quickly my perception is changing from travel observer to resident and worker. I notice much less difference in my new town now that I drive to and from work each day. There is less time to observe and I am not out looking for differences as much.
Work is going to be very easy, but it is paying about a third less than my job in Visalia. I am mainly answering student and parent questions about everything associated with the university experience. The upper class dorm I work in half time is brand new and too much like a hotel for students. There are "gender neutral" rooms and alcohol allowed in for students of drinking age. Gosh, so much has changed in the 30 years since I was at Fresno State!
I'll finally will unload the packed boxes in the back of the truck on Monday when I take possession of the garret. I've ordered the POD to be transfered to Maine and expect to unload it next weekend, some stuff goes into the apartment but most into a self-storage unit.

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