Friday, September 30, 2005
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Wednesday, September 28, 2005
My, my, my! The 9:00 am report shows the water level at 4.24 meters, with the water rising 10 cm per hour. There is still a huge amount of water upstream and that reporting station is still rising, too. They are now predicting that it will peak at over 5 meters around 2 pm today. They have already closed the main bridge across the river, although the highway bridges remain open. Water should enter my office neighborhood at 4.2 meters and flood inside the building at somewhere around 4.5-4.7. I sure hope the sandbags work this time.
Sally and I are getting to go for a drive. I’ll post some pictures, if I find anything worth taking a picture of at this point.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Someone pointed out in a comment below, that Damrey was going to miss us. That is true! However the rain from a tropical storm probably won't. It started raining today as a result of this weather system. We never thought that we would actually have a typhoon here. We were concerned with the heavy rains and flooding that comes with it.
This whole flood thing has me puzzled. The authorities said they were going to release water from the dam last night at midnight, but they didn’t. The Army is out en masse placing sandbags all along the Ping River and along a brand new earth dike that has been placed along a low point on the river bank. According to the flood monitoring website, the river level has been dropping for two days. Why didn’t they release water? Are they gambling that Typhoon Damrey will go outside our rain basin? What is the deal? Are they going to inundate the city with flood water after they see the rain starting to fall? In my opinion, this is very bad flood management. Actually, it isn’t management at all. Wassup with that? Don’t get me wrong. I would rather it NOT flood. But we are ready for it if it does. (I hope)
I realize that I am often guilty of complaining. However, I hope I never get accused of complaining even if I were hung with a new rope! There are some people like that who would complain if they didn’t have something to complain about!
Now, they’ve got me complaining about the complainers.
Monday, September 26, 2005
Well, I just sent an email out to the entire office telling everyone to stay at home tomorrow until they hear differently. We just got word that the authorities are going to be releasing water from the dam at midnight tonight. We are sandbagging again!
When will this end?????
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Well, with the advent of Tropical Storm (Typhoon) Damrey, the Bangkok Post is reporting that we need to be ready for additional flooding this week. On Thai radio, the authorities are warning people that we will likely have more flooding on Wednesday. After all this is over, I am going to need a day off!
Saturday, September 24, 2005
It is amazing how big something like this seems at the time, then pales in comparison to a real crisis like Katrina or Rita.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
Wednesday, September 21, 2005
I took my family to look at the Ping River flooding and we stopped at the bridge on the middle ring road. There were many people stopped and several vendors took the opportunity to make a little cash. I guess you gotta get it where you can!
Tuesday, September 20, 2005
Well, here is a pic of our friends' house which was flooded last night. I got a call around 11 pm to come and help put the furniture up, but, when I got to my truck, it already had water to the doors. I tried to drive out of our neighborhood, but it flooded out. Actually, I learned today, that I shorted out the entire electrical system. Anyway, they had about 8 inches of muddy water in their house last night and the above pic is the left-overs from the flood. Delightful, huh?
By the way, the video is one of the ones where when the couple kisses, the little boy ring bearer turns arounds and gags.
I didn't even know they got married! Congrats Dee and Brenda!
Well, as of 4 pm today, the Ping River is at 4.33 meters. It will enter our office at 4.5 We have it sand bagged, but who knows if it will work. The cell phone system isn't working too well with all the water. What a mess!
Sunday, September 18, 2005
Friday, September 16, 2005
Gotta read it to believe it, then you still may not believe it!
Aston Martin Vanguish v12
Or, maybe when I grow up, I can have one like it. It is an Aston-Martin Vanquish v12.
Specifications: (from the Aston-Martin website)
All alloy, quad overhead camshaft, 48-valve, 5935cc 60° V12 front engine, rear-wheel drive Twin PTEC engine management system controlling fuel-injection, ignition and diagnostics Fully catalysed stainless steel exhaust system with active by-pass valves
Compression ratio: 10.8:1
Maximum power: 388 kW (520 bhp) at 7000 rpm
Maximum torque: 577 Nm (425 lb.ft) at 5800 rpm
Acceleration: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in 4.8 seconds; 0-160 km/h (100 mph) in 9.8 seconds Maximum speed: Over 321 km/h (200 mph)
Full grain leather and Alcantara interior
Driver and front passenger airbags
Electrically controlled front seats incorporating optional seat heaters
Heated rear screen and optional heated front screen
Alarm and immobiliser system with remote central locking and boot release
Tyre pressure sensing system
Automatic rain sensing wiper operation
Blade mounted washer jets
Automatic headlamp operation
Auto dimming rear view mirrors
Instrument pack message centre display
Battery disconnect switch
First aid kit
Linn audio 1200 W, 13 speaker, 13 channel system with stereo radio cassette and six CD autochanger
Length: 4665 mm (183.7 inches)
Width: 1923 mm (75.7 inches)
Height: 1318 mm (51.9 inches)
Kerb weight: 1875 kgs (4133 lbs)
Wheelbase: 2690 mm (105.9 inches)
Boot space: 0.24 cu. m. (8.48 cu.ft.)
Fuel tank capacity: 80 litres (17.6 Imp. galls., 22.0 US galls.)
95RON unleaded fuel only
Litres/100 km (mpg)
Urban: 28.2 (10.0) Extra urban: 13.4 (21.0) Combined: 18.9 (14.9)
CO2 Emissions: 448 g/km*
* Not applicable to North America
Gas Mileage (mpg) - North America
MSRP: $234,260 (but it is hand-made)
What I would be concerned about, of course, is with the rising price of gasoline, how can I afford to drive this beauty with a 22 gallon gas tank and only 11 miles per gallon? Ouch. What I really do like about it is the "boot mounted umbrella". Everyone needs one of those.
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Monday, September 12, 2005
Pray for the poor folks who stand to loose everything, again!
Sunday, September 11, 2005
I'm tired of all the nonsense that this change has brought. I am sickened by people who think that they can make a positive change with violence.
Here is my message to the families of those who hijacked those planes: "Your sons died in vain".
Here is my messge to the families and survivors of the attacks: "God forbid that political correctness prevents the networks from showing the crashes and the falling towers. The dead deserve more than that".
Here is my message to those who scheme violence in the future in the name of Allah: "God is love; killing people does not get your point across. Don't be stupid. Or evil."
OK, enough preaching for today.
Friday, September 09, 2005
Wednesday, September 07, 2005
(Actually I think I know what the problem was. Our boys were so over-burdened with the disaster in the Gulf States that they couldn't concentrate on something like football.)
BOOMER SOONER, Forever!
Monday, September 05, 2005
Sunday, September 04, 2005
This is an INCREDIBLE photo I found. The planeload of supplies and rescuers were flying into Biloxi when one of the people on board took this picture. Things that come to mind: hope from above; "I have put My bow in the sky as a promise"; cirlcle of protection. The shadow also looks like a cross.
Lord, may the people of the Gulf Coast look up to YOU and find salvation. Protect the helpless who still need rescuing. Be glorified in this terrible time of hardship that Your Name may be known among the nations.