Tar and Abby

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Calamity chortle

Look closely...
Showed up on Facebook today and made me laugh.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To get off the major interstate (I-5) in WA. Completely blocked the south
bound lanes between Tacoma and Olympia. Chickens everywhere, running around.
Most survived the initial crash. We wish them well. Even Abby.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Snow tornado

Highway between us and Oregon from State Patrol car.
Mall is closed, businesses have closed,
buses have stopped running,
multiple roads and highways closed,
Airport is closed.
The newspaper isn't planning to deliver tomorrow.
24 inches of snow where our niece lives in Central WA.
We have huge drifts. Luckily Tar can get thru them and
Abby follows. Our front steps have disappeared into a drift.
As long as our power holds out...
Are we having fun yet?

Friday, February 8, 2019

WA state Snowmageddon

The whole state is declared to be in a state of emergency and all of Oregon too. Right now there is no end in sight for the snow and temps in the -1 to 30 range. Not as bad as the midwest was, thank goodness, hope it doesn't get that way. Got lots of bird seed and squirrel food, wood for the fire place and good neighbors.
Last winter like this we had the punk rock band in our basement. They spent nights here when we, and their parents, felt the new snowfall made it too dangerous to drive. They would race up the stairs in the morning, bang on Daughter's door and request pancakes.
Stay warm everyone!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Adventures in DNA

In 1996, at our annual hydroplane races on the Columbia River, two kids wading in the shallows found a skull. He was named Kennewick Man - after the town that part of the river flows beside.
Thus started a huge investigation. Was he a European who showed up 10,000 years too early? The Druids even claimed him. It was crazy for a while. Finally research was able to show that he was part of the Native Americans who first settled the Americas. He was buried by local tribes in WA and OR.

Fast forward:
A young woman was visiting one of our museums and thought the rendering of Kennewick Man looked just like her Dad. Now we have mail order DNA tests - and she and her Dad took them.
Well! Looks like they are related. story here

Friday, January 11, 2019

Einstein and squirrels

Maddie's post reminded me of this cartoon.

Here locally we have the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory based on Einstein's work.
But Abby thinks Einstein should have spent more time on the squirrel issue.
She is carrying on for him.