Thursday, May 04, 2006

Ma Nature's Ultimate Smackdown Card

"Hey Suz," you say, "you are posting more these days, are you still at home from The Sickness?" To which I say no! We are in a world where there are sometimes even bigger and better reasons to not make it to work. Our latest is this:

Photo Credit: Jim Cyr of the National Park Service

It seems that despite the actual streak of dry weather we've had, a section of the canyon decided to slide down across the road anyway! From what I hear this is a pretty big slide and will keep the road closed until at least Tuesday next week. As far as I know no one has been injured although it has made life rather inconvenient for many, many folks. There is some danger of another section sliding after support toe of this one is removed so keep your lucky flippers crossed.

The Hub made the "Three Buffalo Girls Go Round The Outside" commute to his job yesterday, about 2.5 hours each way, and picked up some work for me to do too. So we will be home officing for the next few days.

On the other hand, I have to say that yes, I know it is inconvenient and potentially tragic when Ma Nature takes a stand, but I can't help but have a tiny internal cheer when she stands up and says "We're not gonna take it, never did and never will..." After all we put the poor girl through she deserves her day in the sun (or rain, wind, hurricane, snow, etc.). Despite any engineering we attempt (see large mesh screen behind landslide zone) She will always hold the final ace. And what with the building in flood plains and fault zones, the destruction of tidal wetlands, global warming, ozone holes, mercury (and all other toxic) poisoning, nuclear waste accumulation and proliferation of mountain top mining, She deserves to be a little pissed. Happy commuting.


Robert said...

Wow! That's pretty amazing...from the photo, it doesn't even look like such a big deal, but i bet each of those stones weighs quite a bit!

Buffalo Hub, won't you come out tonight?

Anonymous said...

Wow , mother nature is powerful , glad no one was hurt! We all need to respect her a little more then she won't get pissed and remind us of her strength.


Anonymous said...

FLASH!! The guy that put the roof over your back porch was the same guy that installed that hillside mesh and GUARANTEED there would be no dirt slides! He works reeeeeaaaaaallll cheap...

Kathleen said...

i love your take on mother nature...
so true.
so true.

happy blogging! i want to read about talley's visit!

Aunt Kathi said...

And we humans think we are in charge!