Sunday, June 30, 2013

California Central Valley - Sunday - a "Black Hole of Calcutta"

Yes, for those of you who aren't familiar with the climate zones of this large, long and varied state of California, we are suffering with a lack of cooling breezes from the Pacific ocean and are sweltering.  Now, we're used to heat, believe me;  Central California is one of the most fertile growing spots in the world.  But, that's because we have irrigation.  Today I'd be willing to bet that the water-carrying canals might be very hot to the touch!

I'm writing this at 10:45AM and it's currently 88 F. (31.1C.) and expected to get up to 110F. (43.33C.) this afternoon.  My new Flair is parked out in front and is already unbearable to be inside of - now that I've learned I can't use the 15AMP electrical hook-up!  I went out at 6:30 to start to move things in like bed linen and bath towels, etc.  At about 7:30 I couldn't take it any more and had to return to the air-conditioned house.  I'm going to try to keep it at about 82 inside, which should seem like Heaven compared to the yard.

I called my son, Jeff, this morning to warn him to be mindful of the heat in Cottonwood (near Redding, CA - one of the real hotspots in our state).  Although he's a 'weather proof' postman in Redding, even he has to put off the Sunday weed-wacking on his property.

During our conversation, he mentioned that he'd seen the photo I posted yesterday of myself in front of my new baby; he hadn't noticed the keys in my hand, so here's a close-up ....

Yup, I'm ready to go!

There's still lots to do before I head out; but it all seems like part of the adventure and therefore FUN.  Yesterday afternoon, when I'd finally retrieved my laptop, I put together a legal Rental Agreement document and pre- and post-rental "Property Checklist" to use with the prospective tenants.

I don't think I'd mentioned that I'd rented a bedroom and bathroom during my trip to Mexico; the couple actually had use of the whole house for the price of one room rental.  Well, they were very remiss in making rent and utility payments and when I got back in town, they disappeared!  I learned my lesson on that one too.  So, now everything will be done in a business-like fashion; I don't want to repeat that debacle to my savings account!

So, today looks like a day to be INDOORS in air-conditioned comfort; maybe I'll rouse myself to do some packing in preparation for 'furnishing' the climate-controlled storage unit I've rented, beginning tomorrow.  For now, I wish all a happy Sunday.  Enjoy.  Stay cool.


  1. They say the Heat High from Central California is pushing its way into the Willamette Valley here in Oregon. We're looking at something close to 100 on Mon & Tues. I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but you can have your Heat High back. We don't need it.

    Other than than, stay cool/

  2. Ya', I wish I could push me into Oregon right now. I'm beginning to plan my trip and have Ashland and Crater Lake right up there if I head North, which I think I will. I've never actually been in Ashland - only through - and would like to at least get the flavor of it. I suspect it'll be pretty crowded all Summer, though. And I've also driven by Crater Lake but only spent a few hours in the vicinity and am looking forward to learning all kinds of new and wondrous nature stuff around there. I do remember visiting a ranger lookout station in that area where the ranger showed us electrical fires he was watching - and doing nothing about as they're a natural phenomenon in the ecology of the planet.
    I once upon a time lived in Oregon for a year - a most beautiful state to be sure. Sorry for the heat; we didn't do it on purpose!

  3. This might be a good time to test your generator and your AC in your new rig. You want to know if there are any issues before you hit the road.

  4. My thoughts too! Now is the time to check out everything!

  5. Have an appointment next Saturday for generator check, oil and filter change. Thanks for the suggestions - they're appreciated.