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Sunday, August 17, 2014

A Sunday Thought

 


Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers.
And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.
                                                Bill Cosby, quoted in The Week

Saturday, August 16, 2014

RAIN!

All right, not rain, exactly.  O.K. O.K., it was mist.  Well, maybe more accurately it was . . . damp.  That's it, damp.  But damp enough over a long enough period of time to result in some dripping off the roof gutters.  Dripping off the roof gutters is good.  So, I'm counting that as "rain," O.K.? 

Hey, we're desperate here. Everybody dance.  Yaaaayyyy!

Then stare at the picture and focus . . . Puddles, we want large puddles, bring us puddles . . .


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Eeelgrass Week!



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The 2014 Morro Bay Eelgrass Recovery Program is underway.  And volunteers will be coming all week to the Morro Bay State Park Marina (staging area to the west of Bayside Café, park well to the east of Bayside café.)

Eelgrass is a foundation species in the Bay and due to a series of problems (disease, sedimentation, temperature rise) the grass’s previous abundance is now dangerously diminished. So efforts are underway to re-plant the Bay.


The process is sort of like hair restoration:  The healthy beds are carefully combed and a certain amount of  eelgrass is carefully uprooted and gathered into sacks, ready for the volunteers to bundle.



 Then the volunteers, most working in two hour shifts, carefully pull rooted strands of grass out of the flooded work beds. 

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Five or six strands are carefully noosed together with a cunning little tie rod that helps anchor the bundles into the silt.



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The grass bundles are counted out and slid onto rods which the volunteer scuba divers will take out to the new beds to be planted. (A shout out here to Depth Perceptions in San Luis Obispo for donating (tank) air to all the volunteer divers.)  Since the Bay is pretty murky, much of the work underwater has to be done by touch.

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The restoration project has been underway for several years.  It’s slow work since the success rate for the re-implantaion is about 50%, but already sections planted a few years ago are starting to grow and spread.

So, how important is the lowly, lovely eelgrass?  Very.  Eelgrass loss equals a terrible reduction in the overall abundance and productivity of the coastal environment. Eel grass shelters, supports and feeds a huge variety of critters, improves water clarity, produces oxygen, improves the bottom of the Bay by trapping and stabilizing sediment.  In short, it’s absolutely vital for the health of the Bay, which is a complex haven, nursery and cafeteria for countless species.

So, if you have an hour or two to spare this week, drop by the staging area and get your hands wet. The crews are  usually up and running by 9 a.m. and go all day, so volunteers can come and go when they have a little time to donate. Or call the MBNEP office to get latest work schedule updates. 

The success of this project depends on the volunteer bundlers and divers. So, lend a hand and go play with some eelgrass.  The Bay will thank you.



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For further information, contact the Morro Bay National Estuary Program  at mbnep.org, call (805) 772-3834 or stop by their offices (upstairs) at 601 Embarcadero, Suite 11 (Marina Square) in Morro Bay.

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Sunday: A Garden Folly Mystery



                                                            That's a full sized shovel. 
                                                             Seriously.  Full sized. 
                                                            That's 2-year-old kale.
                                                                   Also seriously.
                                                       Normal Kale or Los Osos Mutant?
                                                              Move over, Audrey II

Saturday, August 02, 2014

Will the Real PAC Stand Up?

Well,  Ron over at Sewerwatch is sure having fun.  Reason # 10,398,374,367,382,923 why we desperately need campaign reform. And why the Fair Political Practices organization really should be either reformed or dumped altogether.  The problem with them is the public thinks that they are "watchdogs" keeping our Pols honest.  They aren't.  They're more like a "beard" that offers cover for the Pols and their operatives, buying them time to abscond with the silverware.  
It's a problem all over since our campaign laws have so many loopholes, put there by, you guessed it, the Pols who like the way things are and see no reason to change. Adding more wrinkles are the blurred lines between PACs, personal blogs, Face Book, the Twitterverse, free speech, the personal vs public/professional, and what the meaning of "is" is.  When does my Facebook Page or blog stop being "private-free-speech-personal" and start becoming a "paid-professional- PAC?"  Talk about "angels on heads of pins." Stephen Colbert had fun with all this, but, in reality, it isn't really funny at all. 

As for four awkward years?  Ummm, for any newbies in the room, maybe. But, politics ain't beanbag, Professional Pols (i.e. those serving more than one term) have developed the hide of rhinoceroses, carry shivs (or hire them) and if they want a friend, are advised to get a dog.


Bruce Gibson's "Evil Genius in the Back Room," and Why I Predict Four Awkward Years in SLO County Government

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