About to Jump on Daddy's Head...
...all of your/our cars just got recalled.
Okay, so unlike most people, these guys heeded the wind warnings and took down the Red, White and Blue, in diligent anticipation...
I don't know, however, if they were expecting this scene
...to so quicklckly devolve to this:
Our winds were gusting up to 60mph. You could hear our old building creaking, although gladly, you couldn't feel it swaying.
For those of you that aren't in Texas or familiar with this kind of 'weather,' basically, a very strong front moved through rural west Texas and picked up a wall of dirty, pushing it several hundred miles in our direction. Basically, a normal spring day in Lubbock...but not one Fort Worth sees almost ever.
Shortly before this great wall of dirt encompassed downtown, we were watching out our windows while the fierce winds were catching stray leaves on the street, and shooting them straight up about 100 feet, before they would join a whirling vortex of other leaves in a mini-tornado. It was wild to watch...
...on the other hand, why worry about air quality and global warming when we have bigger things to worry about:
Don't worry about us, though: we've already made sure that Sonny doesn't get his regular 'updates,' as they nefariously call them, from VICKI over at U.S. Robotics....so we're good.
(And yes: we're calling him 'Sonny,' now..=^)
In a spot of news that has us very happy, albeit temporarily, Texas State District Judge Stephen Yelenosky ruled that Governor Rick Perry does not have authority under the Texas Constitution to issue an executive order to 'fast-track' the permit process to build dirty-coal power plants, granting a major, if not temporary, victory to environmental activists and others concerned with the Governor's egregious abuse of executive powers, which more and more are seemingly related to campaign contributions and personal ties.
If you're not too familiar with the situation, activists have charged that Perry's 'fast-track' order was specifically designed to give the dirty-coal plants approval before the federal government sets mandatory standards restricting the CO2 emissions of such plants, a likely scenario under the new Democrat-controlled chambers. Judge Yelenosky's order effectively postpones the expedited hearings Perry's executive order had rush-granted, which, for the time being, creates a delay by allowing sufficient time for interested parties to fully present arguments against the dirty and inefficient coal plants which TXU and Perry have in mind: "[Such groups] have established that they will be irreparably harmed," if the executive fast-track order is not stopped, "because they will be forever deprived of a meaningful opportunity to be heard."
There are many detriments to these dirty-coal plants being built in Texas (or anywhere), and we have been vocal opponents of their being built, having sent e-mails, made calls, written op-ed pieces against the whole situation, and also having contributed money to the Environmental Defense Fund, one of the groups which originated the lawsuit that pressed the issue on which Judge Yelenosky has now ruled. We know the fight is not over, but at least for now, we are quite thrilled with this unlikely turn. It's rare, but so good, to see that Texas has not yet completely fallen to the Hummer-driving, planet-destroying Neo-cons like Rick Perry and his ilk.
Well, Mom and Dad are home from a cruise, Noah is peanut butter-free, Kobe capped a stellar redemption of his image by winning the MVP of the All-Star Game, I am sore all over from practice at the range, Jenni is having lunch with Rach, and Al Gore is about to win an Oscar, which shouldn't at all distract from the trueness of An Inconvenient Truth...
...so what's up with you?
We were going to go to San Francisco this past weekend for our 6th anniversary, but we decided to go to IKEA instead...
...should have gone to our favorite city:
The Queen Mary 2 sailed into the Bay this weekend, making it the largest ship ever to sail in. At her highest point, the QM2 cleared the Golden Gate Bridge by less than 30 feet.
Meanwhile in Cowtown? We had, uh, the Stock Show.
...has finally come to an end: Apple and Apple, aka Stevie and the Beatles, have finally made nice, and this time, it's for real.
There has been no announcement of the Beatles catalogue on Apple Records being made available on iTunes yet, but it seems inevitable.