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Old 05-01-2010, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Oh yes, all okay... When I woke up, I told wife that tree was going to go over so she promptly loaded up the kid and dogs in the car and went across the street to wait the whole thing out - ha!!! Only tore off the porch on the side of the house so we still can get out our front door. All in all, much cheaper than having to pay someone to come cut down the tree! And, wife didn't like that part of the porch anyway! Hmmm.. now that I think of it... wonder if she had something to do with it...
Well, I am glad you are all okay!

 
Old 05-01-2010, 12:37 AM
 
Location: NW Montana
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I lost lots of trees in this storm in '96
This slide was the next street up.

YouTube - Landslides
 
Old 05-01-2010, 03:06 AM
 
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Growing up on the coast of Oregon, it wasn't a normal winter unless you lost a few trees! Around here it must be somewhat of a novelty as everyone in town has stopped by to take pictures . I'm thinking of setting up a tent and charging admission!
 
Old 05-01-2010, 07:41 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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Default Talk about living with landslides. Yikes - Salmon Beach.

When I lived at Salmon Beach a landslide took out a place right next door to us that our neighbor was building. We could see the Madrone trees fly past our window with the power lines snapping sparks and in the morning there were trees where a house under construction once was and I ended up with tree branches and rocks on my deck and roof.
When I first moved to that place there was no sewer system and at high tide one could literally go fishing from the toilet ! I used to hunt octopus right in front of the cabins and catch king salmon right off the front porch.
Notice the absence of cars trucks or even a road !

The house I lived in for 10 years is in this picture. It's the one story place on the right side of the pic.



This mermaid sculpture is in a space between two of the houses at Salmon Beach.
 
Old 05-01-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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I think I found another of rickers' long-lost cousins!!

http://i150.photobucket.com/albums/s..._ugly_face.jpg
 
Old 05-01-2010, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Oh, those things! I thought they were mosquito eaters or in the mosquito eater family. Thanks for taking the time to show me.
I vaguely recall that's another common name for 'em. They don't eat mosquitos, but they seem to crowd 'em out (probably occupy the same ecological niche) -- since I've noticed that when you have lots and lots of crane flies, you usually don't have as many mosquitos.

We have crane flies here in the desert (including the small ones that are easy to mistake for a mosquito) but few mosquitos. This is not a complaint.
 
Old 05-01-2010, 10:58 AM
 
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I vaguely recall that's another common name for 'em. They don't eat mosquitos, but they seem to crowd 'em out (probably occupy the same ecological niche) -- since I've noticed that when you have lots and lots of crane flies, you usually don't have as many mosquitos.

We have crane flies here in the desert (including the small ones that are easy to mistake for a mosquito) but few mosquitos. This is not a complaint.

Mosquitos need water in order to reproduce. Florida is full of water and guess what else it is full of??
 
Old 05-01-2010, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Mosquitos need water in order to reproduce. Florida is full of water and guess what else it is full of??
Uh... oh, I know -- alligators!!

Many mosquito species only need a little dampness, they don't need standing water. Some CA mosquitos reproduce in the moisture caught in tree bark, specifically scrub oaks (which live in very dry areas), and lemme tellya, the skeeters can get THICK in a scrub-oak forest! Long grass that stays damp down below will also suffice; we always cut our grass short in Minnesota because of this problem!

I've had to treat along the base of my cinderblock wall where the sun doesn't hit it directly, cuz it stays damp enough to grow skeeters, just from the dew that drips down the wall after a chilly night. (Tho the problem went away after a couple years of applying toxic waste to the area
 
Old 05-01-2010, 11:20 AM
 
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Alligators, pythons, people, oops! Very interesting, Reziac! I had no idea that moisture in tree bark was enough! Those crafty critters!! )
 
Old 05-01-2010, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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Alligators, pythons, people, oops! Very interesting, Reziac! I had no idea that moisture in tree bark was enough! Those crafty critters!! )
Gators to the left of me, pythons to the right,
Here I am stuck in a rowboat with you...

Damn, now I'm going to have that stupid song stuck in my head all day!
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