Sunset…An End, and a Beginning

The evening of the first day of our cruise to Alaska aboard the Crystal Serenity was beautiful, and clear.  The ship left Vancouver BC just as the sun was setting.  We stood at the rail of the Promenade Deck and watched for long minutes, as the sun set over the channel.  We knew when we awoke the next morning, we’d be close to the waters off Alaska.  End of the day, beginning of an adventure.

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A Pretty Good Argument Against Only Owning an Electric Car

A Pretty Good Argument Against Only Owning an Electric Car

This past weekend, my hubby and I were watching TV (pretty rare for us), and he tuned in to the NHK World program, an English feature of the Japanese network NHK.  They had a very interesting program dealing with how technology helps Japan deal with the many natural disasters they face, living on the Ring of Fire.  They showed a special floodgate that can redirect flood waters with no human assistance.  And they spoke with a Japanese farmer who told how he dealt with the inability to use his cellular phone, in the aftermath of a big earthquake that knocked out all power to his area for weeks.

This put me in mind of how bad his situation would have been if his only transportation had been an electric vehicle.  If the power goes out to your neighborhood, or your entire city for longer than a day or two, you might be stranded.  Your “vehicle” would be nothing more than a big lump of toxic waste (think how hard it will be to recycle that huge battery) sitting in your driveway, or your barn.  What about the city which prohibits any but electric vehicles in its limits?  What happens if that city is flooded with 6 feet of muddy water?  Needless to say, all the electric vehicles would be deathtraps, and totally useless for evacuation.  And all those people would have no way out.

Just look at what happened to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria hit last year.  In February, many people there were still without power!  Those people can get power with gas-powered generators-fossil fuels!  If they had had electric cars, those would have been totally useless.

Many political units have already stated that they will be prohibiting “fossil-fuel” vehicles within the next 10-20 years.  I know for a fact that their desire to “go green”, and to force their citizens to do so, was not thought through very well.  And my prediction is that it will not happen in 20 years, nor in 40 years.    They will discover that mandating electric vehicles would be a very poor policy, and cause more undesirable effects than beneficial effects.  Oh, and it would be absolutely useless in “saving the planet”, since the planet is bigger than they are, and not in need of saving.   Citizens can stock up on gasoline to prepare for a possible disaster.  They can’t stock up on electricity.

A Favorite Place, any time of year

About 35 miles north of our town of Everett, Washington, may be found the Skagit River Valley.  The Skagit Valley has some of the most fertile soil in the United States, and its farmers supply animal feed, corn, potatoes, vegetables, and flower bulbs locally and around the world.  The entire month of April is the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, and you don’t have to look very far on Calling-all-RushBabes to find it-just look up at this month’s header picture!  A few times a year, my husband and I get in the car and drive up to the little town of LaConner, on the Swinomish Channel.  It is an admitted “tourist trap”, but we just love playing tourist and visiting all the shops.

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Afloat at LaConner Marina

Boats at the LaConner Marina.

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We discovered this interesting creature in front of an art gallery in LaConner.  I wonder if he’d agree to play in our string quartet?

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Couldn’t resist this, at a t-shirt store on Main Street.

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Fertile farmland, and Mount Baker in the background.

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Farm machinery at one of the many farms in the Skagit Valley.

Farther up the Skagit River, the terrain gets wilder as you head into the Cascade Mountains.

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Is it any wonder we try to go there as often as possible?

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Photo Challenge~~~I’d Rather Be…

So here I am, at my desk, doing our TAXES, for heaven’s sake!  Yeah, it’s that time of year. But I’d really rather be here:

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On the balcony of our stateroom, on the cruise ship, to Hawaii.  With my nose in a good book, and a nice glass of wine.  Just relaxing and watching and listening to the water go by.

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Actually, we are going on that Hawaii cruise this summer, round trip from San Francisco, for the last two weeks of July.  The open Pacific Ocean beckons!

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International Women’s Day, NOT celebrated here

International Women’s Day, NOT celebrated here

And here’s why, from Wikipedia:

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8 every year.[3] It commemorates the movement for women’s rights.[citation needed]

March 8 was suggested by the 1910 International Socialist Woman’s Conference to become an “International Woman’s Day.” After women gained suffrage in Soviet Russia in 1917, March 8 became a national holiday there. The day was then predominantly celebrated by the socialist movement and communist countries until it was adopted in 1975 by the United Nations.

Sorry, but Calling-all-RushBabes does not celebrate Soviet, Socialist holidays.

One more thing..take a look at the woman in my Featured Image in the head-to-toe burqa.  Do you think her husband celebrates her?  NO-she does not leave the house unless covered!  Oppression, it looks like.

Every Picture Tells a Story

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Each element of this picture tells a bit of my story.  From the sign on the left of this shelf, you can see that this is above my desk at work.  People who come over know at a glance that I am available to help them with their issue.  To the right of that sign (sorry for the ribbon in the way!) is a picture of my husband and me at our wedding reception, in 2003.  Front and center is the vase of pretty flowers my husband sent me for our anniversary last year.  Those flowers stayed right there until they were simply husks.  It just made me so happy to look at them, and know my hubby was thinking of me.

To the right, and behind, are some awards I have earned from my professional association, the Institute of Supply Management, Western Washington Chapter.  Two are clear glass on stands, and one is a piece of incised granite.  In front of those is the cute pewter cat business-card holder I found a few years ago and that follows me to whatever my job is.  And I’ll give a special prize to whomever can identify the item with the white base and power cord to the left of the cat.  This picture just tells so much of my jumbled-up story!

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Who ARE these people?

I found this picture this morning, of Democrat 2020 presidential hopefuls. Just look at these potential candidates.

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What impressed me about this picture is the expressions on the faces of all four. Every one of them comes across as a scold. Not one smiling face. The three on the right are obviously speaking angrily to their audience. The one on the left looks like he has a stomachache. Will the American people elect an angry scold to the Presidency? Will these potential candidates appeal to the good side of the electorate, or will they attempt to rile us up to throw that nasty, racist, misogynist occupant of the White House (which is what they all think of President Trump) out on his ear?

RB49 followers and readers, what would you think of this field if you were just some average citizen?