77-Degrees at 5:56AM

It’s pleasantly warm this morning, and the sun isn’t even up yet. We’re in the midst of a minor heatwave and PG&E is doing rolling blackouts just for fun. Fortunately that’s what the propane-operated Generac is all about.

I’ve been watering a corner of the fenced-off field just to see what happens (besides drying-our rock hard) and discovered a patch of goat-head thorns, just about the nastiest stuff imaginable.

Tribulus terrestris is an annual plant in the caltrop family (Zygophyllaceae) widely distributed around the world.[2] It is adapted to grow in dry climate locations in which few other plants can survive.

So before it gets hot and while it’s still damp, we’ll be scraping that off into yard-waste sacks…

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8 thoughts on “77-Degrees at 5:56AM

  1. Hate those damn goat heads… And PG&E is broke, along with their equipment. When you ONLY use the gas plants as backup and don’t run them all the time (as designed), they will break.

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    • Thanks Jim! I was unaware of that feature of the gas plants, as I suppose are most environmental dogmatists also unaware – of that and most everything. Like wind-“turbine” plants are impossible to recycle and consume more energy to produce than they will ever generate…

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  2. Thank you. It would seem to me that they would know ahead of time and make some efforts at notification, but that would require a minimum level of competence. Glad you have enough propane to make it through this.

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    • I believe they know when it’s intentional, but with a degraded system where they paid off the stakeholders, shareholders, and pensioneers rather than actually fixing things…when ad hoc failures erupt they got nothing…

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  3. I have a question regarding the rolling blackouts: Is PG&E giving advance notice, or providing a schedule? I remember reading about a person who died last year because PG&E pulled a blackout without warning, and the victim’s medical equipment (some kind of respirator, as I recall) went down with no backup.
    I feel for you, and I’m not even going to make any PDRC jokes. Good luck.

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    • Thanks Amigo! The only advance notice has been the generalized blabbering TV anchors spouting the PG&E party-line about conserving energy – and just a half hour ago 2,000 folks in Sutter County to the west lost power – but an unintentional loss due to aging and decayed infrastructure, not a rolling blackout… Makes me glad to have the propane Generac whole-house and the backup propane tank!

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    • We are up-rooting it wherever it shows its head!
      Spray still leaves the thorn seeds in the ground, so running the sprinkler makes it pop-up and then you can identify and uproot it…apparently this is an all-summer issue.

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