Trapped

As my recovery advances Fate decided to hand everyone here a new problem in the form of severe flooding. Every highway from the Lower Mainland to the North has been destroyed. Entire cities being evacuated. People trapped. So far one dead, but they haven’t accounted for everyone yet. They are using helicopters to save people trapped between slides on one road.

This isn’t one road with a problem, it’s multiple roads with multiple problems. Mudslides, bridges and sections of roadway washed out, flooding blocking routes … It’s a disaster. We really didn’t need this, but it wasn’t unexpected as wildfires destroy the vegetation that holds the land together. Add a series of heavy rainfall events on top of that and our majestic mountains come tumbling down. It has happened before, but not on such a scale. Highways 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 97, and 99 (as well as their sub-routes) all have several areas of destruction. This is not “push the mud off the road and let the cars through” like we usually get; this is “we need to rebuild the road”. Great thing to have happen when Winter is closing in. We’ve already had significant snowfall in areas. This morning it was -12C here.

It doesn’t affect me much, except our supply lines are cut off now. All of them. No food, no fuel, no anything. We can get as far as Kamloops, but that’s about it. I doubt the chimpanzees in charge have the logistical training to figure out how to route goods out of Alberta, so it will be up to volunteers again.

Meanwhile Hopeless Halfwit Horgan is “considering” a state of emergency. By the time he gets ’round to it we’ll either have fixed the roads – or signed up with Alberta as new territory. We’ve often joked about separating from the Vancouver Empire. Now’s our chance! *LOL*

I’ll survive, but there is a terrible likelihood that others will not be so lucky. Meanwhile idiots have gone into the stores and bought everything they could whether they need it or not. No doubt they’ll offer to sell it to their starving neighbours at greatly inflated prices. Yes, we just saw this during the wildfires.

No lessons learned.

C’est la vie.

Isolated

I am doing some photos and have some ‘leftovers’ stored up. I’m just not very quick about anything of late.

Waiting for Godot, er, Spring

It’s been a week of unpleasantness around here. A couple of unexpected snowfalls, some brutally cold temperatures, and of course the daily depressing updates on the pandemic. I keep hearing my wife explain to people over the phone that we’re in the “high risk” category, and they idiotically respond with “for what?” Are they that ignorant of the world around them? Or is it the purposeful denial of the truly demented? Whatever.

As such I haven’t been doing much. Trips to the store limited to absolute minimums. I could wear one of my fire masks, but appearing in such around here is bound to cause panic as so far we have no cases of the dread disease in our area. I have the advantage of having an acre of yard to wander in, or at least would have it it weren’t a treacherous landscape of deep, hard-packed snow and ice just now. I wonder what people stuck in a tiny apartment do to avoid going stir crazy.

Anyway, all plans are on hold (including daughter’s wedding) and we’re hoping no new disaster strikes. Her sister is at big risk in England, and if something (anything) goes wrong there … well that’s it; there is no way of going there to handle whatever it might be. Meanwhile we just worry about relatives and friends in the USA where the problem is being mishandled by the most incompetent leader in the history of the world. That’s why their daily new cases are three times our total number of cases so far.

I’d like to be out and about taking pictures, but everything is against that. So all we have today is a few ‘yard shots’ from the easily-pocketed Fujifilm F80 EXR.

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Waiting for Spring
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On a mission from Dog
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Cold little Junco
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Spring hides behind Winter
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The Blob … of ice
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Marley is a silly dog

That’s about it for now. I’m not even motivated for doing anything else even if I could/were allowed to. I also see I’ve now used 10% of my storage allotment here. Well if that gets to be an issue I’ll just delete content; none of it is particularly important anyway.