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Tampa, tremors and tickets

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webmaster | 08/31/12

I know all of you have been rushing home after work, or cutting short your vacations, to watch the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. And I would give odds not many of us will be doing the same next week during the Dems’ get-together in Charlotte, N.C. Neither candidate is even bothering to campaign in California. How could either party dismiss this wonderful Valley and Madera County? Why, we are veritable Red Rebels in a Blue State.

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Trench warfare. I worry about my readers — losing them, actually. This could happen on a dark night, or even the middle of the day. With a simple drive east on 4th Street across the railroad tracks a World War I tank would do you better than your car. Fair warning, be very careful.

The road is very narrow, with a deep cut on either side, and just before D Street there is a chuckhole that you could lose both a Chuckwalla (large desert lizard) and a woodchuck. Heaven forbid you meet a Greyhound bus coming head-on because they can’t turn on blocked-off E Street and must go around to the bus station. Okay, that’s three four-legged friends and that’s enough warning.

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At least we don’t have to put up with hurricanes, as in Isaac. Not quite as bad as Katrina, but still playing havoc inland from the Gulf Coast. All we have to worry about (if we really worry) is earthquakes. My gal and I recently returned from doing a “Meandering” to the Salton Sea and the town of Brawley just south. The area has been rocked by a seemingly neverending series of tremors this past week. Didn’t feel anything while we were down there, unless you count what was happening in our hotel room after a long day...


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