Sunday, September 15, 2013

I think the drought was kicked in the tush

The air has been buzzing with Chinook and black hawk helicopters today as stranded people are rescued.  Unfortunately, my parent's sump pump seized up the other day and was unable to keep water from soaking sections of the basement, requiring removal of carpet and moving furniture.  I was privileged to perform some minor gutter surgery and discovered how not to scale a roof.  The proper way to get onto a roof is to hire someone who knows what they're doing.  I just about slid off the garage roof on account of not being aware of my surroundings, particularly the slippery thin green residue atop the shingles hiding in the shade of a tall honey locust tree.

Saw some crazy pictures on TV and linked a few below.  Many of the farming communities east of I-25 are now feeling the full swell from the rain in the foothills a day or so ago:

Some people take their jobs seriously while others take it a step further; case in point:

The systems engineering side of me totally geeks out when I see well designed systems perform their indicated operations in stressing environments as spec'd.  It certainly boosts my confidence to see the end result.  Go Go Firetruck!


Anonymous said...

You just about WHAT??!!! Who gets up on a WET roof?!
YIKES!!! This is a prime example that in rare, freak lapses of judgement...Charity Faileth.
Thank you for not getting yourself killed...or maimed.

Tarzan said...

I love your writing, very droll humor. Glad you didn't fall of the roof.

Jane said...

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"
Those pictures are the kind one usually sees after a hurricane or tsunami...NOT in the Rockie mountains.

Anonymous said...

Now for the follow-up story please. Namely, how fast CDOT repaired all the destroyed roads and highways before Christmas! The untold story is how many lives have yet to be repaired.