Wednesday, August 31, 2011
River photos are taken Monday afternoon. The last one Oliver's hand is at the high water mark on the sign post
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Excerpt from the Gazette last night.
"The locks along the Mohawk River are holding despite raging flood waters, but state officials fear a possible problem with Lock 7 in Niskayuna.
High water is digging a path around some of the locks, particularly Lock 7, Canal Corp. spokesman R. W. Groneman said.
The corporation is bringing in dirt and stone to fight the erosion, he said. The state Power Authority has a small hydroplant at Lock 7 and is organizing the erosion-fighting efforts.
“The Canal Corp. knows of no structural problems with the dam,” he said.
Schenectady County officials were advising residents of about 30 homes near Lock 7 to evacuate earlier this afternoon as the structural integrity of the lock was questioned.
Emergency responders were going door to door in the affected areas, and Schenectady County was utilizing its emergency response system to call residents directly.
Although the lock has not failed, erosion around the lock could lead to a sudden flood. If a sudden event damages the lock, county spokesman Joseph McQueen said, it would happen too quickly to organize an orderly evacuation.
“We wouldn’t have time,” he said. “We don’t want people to be stuck down there, so we’re asking for a voluntary evacuation now.”
While Lock 7 is not in danger, some water is seeping through an earthen embankment at the Vischer Ferry dam behind the lock. The state Power Authority, which maintains the dam as a hydropelectrical plant, called for evacuations of 30 nearby houses as a precaution.
Authority spokeswoman Christine Pritchard said the affected embankment makes up only a small part of the dam."
In summary, there is a problem with Lock 7, but it's not the dam, and it's not the lock. The problem is that the embankment next to the lock is eroding and if it erodes to much the lock will fail, but the lock is not in danger. The embankment is a small part of the dam, but remember, there is nothing wrong with the dam.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Power went out at 9:30 am Sunday. Power came on a 1:30pm Sunday. Everything is good at our house right now. We made sand bags for the old basement with money bags left by the previous owner.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Another headline that could have been used and would have conveyed more information would have been, "Despite hitting a record 3 grand slams in one game, the Yankees have their worst series against the A's since July 1, 2007." They need to better than that to win the pennant. Just sayin.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Cyndy and Oliver in San Francisco
Phil and Oliver in Dad's Kitchen.
Cyndy, Big Tree.
Rachel is very good at growing weeds.
The key to invasive plant studies is data. Got to have data.
That looks interesting.
UC Davis cat litter research center.
Rehearsing. Looks good.
Huevos made Noah go something something. Go crazy? Don't mind if I do.
Chando's Tacos. Very good, the birria was not goat based.
The trip was nearly ruined by Old Sacramento.
Tuesday, August 09, 2011
Sunday, August 07, 2011
I left Fort Lauderdale at 3:30 am on Saturday (on no sleep) to be at Sebring for when the gate opens at 6 am. I ended up being the first one at the facility and waiting for the gate guy to let me in when it was still dark out. The car ran well all day, my gps receiver indicated a maximum speed of 124 mph. In my second session I ended up having a big spin at turn 15, similar to this video only I didn't go over the curbing. My friend had car trouble and had to replace his coolant expansion tank so I was also the last to leave the facility, making it my own version of the 12 hours of Sebring. I drove a total of 500 miles (200 on track) in one day and realized that driving on a race track is less fun without sleep.
Saturday, August 06, 2011
Saratoga Rail Station. There was a passenger train with all CSX labeled equipment. This may be the new North Creek train. It was an all CSX crew also. There were CP workers observing as well. The amtrak train was 30 minutes late from NYC.