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Michael Pena as Cesar ChavezIf you haven’t seen the movie with Michael Peña and America Ferrera, it’s really good.

California’s Central Valley has interesting Ag tourism, the Mennonite Quilt Center in Reedley, Forestiere Underground Gardens in Fresno, and the CSU Fresno State Farm Market is very much worth a stop, if you like to eat.
Foster’s Freeze still makes good berry milkshakes, even if they no longer have straight boysenberry, a California road trip tradition.

If you get hot, drive up to the Sierras, Sequoia or Yosemite National Parks, a spring break tradition.

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What we want:

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IMG_2128Gardening takes a lot of water and patience.
I cut down half of one of my lemon trees because it was a very acrid-sour hybrid that tasted awful: I couldn’t even give them away to poor people to make lemonade. Birds like this tree, but its height blocks sun from the strawberry patch; and I only sawed down 1/3: the gardener is going to help me with another trunk I could only saw part way through.
This morning, all the strawberries that I’d hoped would ripen were pecked into, not by the nightly possum, but ever-widening bird-beak holes. I like birds, but felt fed up and wanted to rip them out, giving up. I had just transplanted some with lots of TLC and new soil.

Sometimes we give up too soon. Maybe I should make a scary-looking scarecrow.

High pressure smog in L.A.but that compressed pollutants & car exhaust coming through people’s vents and A.C.’s are what people are breathing, and drier lungs are less efficient at expelling them.

If you’re wondering why dry High pressure fatigues us, look at our cars, if parked outside:  that’s what we’re breathing.

I never want to sound bitter, snarky, or resentful; but if people on TV go on & on about how “beautiful” “offshore flow” is, they clearly don’t work or park outside, and live in a sequestered social environment with indoor people.  On very hot, dry days, pain & exhaustion are on people’s faces; and to not notice it shows a lack of science.

I say this in love, because they should skip forecasting for themselves & each other, and try to reach real people in the real city.
That’s the real issue, not who is ‘right’ or ‘wrong,’ if winds are ‘East’ or ‘West,’ and if the ‘shore’ is a fact or concept.

Weather Conditions for:
Torrance, Zamperini Field Airport, CA (KTOA)
Elev: 102 ft; Latitude: 33.80; Longitude: -118.33333

Time Temp. Relative Wind Wind
Humidity Direction Speed
(PDT) (f) (%) (mph)
29 Mar 7:47 pm PDT 63 88 WNW 10
29 Mar 6:50 pm PDT 66 64 WNW 9
29 Mar 5:47 pm PDT 68 73 WNW 10
29 Mar 4:47 pm PDT 70 69 WNW 14
29 Mar 3:50 pm PDT 70 69 WNW 14
29 Mar 2:55 pm PDT 72 65 W 12
29 Mar 1:50 pm PDT 73 61 NW 12
29 Mar 12:50 pm PDT 72 69 NW 9
29 Mar 11:49 am PDT 70 69 WNW 12
29 Mar 10:47 am PDT 68 73 WNW 12
29 Mar 9:47 am PDT 70 69 VRBL 6
29 Mar 9:25 am PDT 66 78
29 Mar 8:47 am PDT 63 94
29 Mar 7:50 am PDT 61 94 ESE 6
29 Mar 6:47 am PDT 59 94 CALM
28 Mar 7:47 pm PDT 63 88 WNW 9
28 Mar 6:55 pm PDT 64 83 NW 12
28 Mar 5:47 pm PDT 68 73 NW 12
28 Mar 4:53 pm PDT 72 69 NW 17
28 Mar 2:47 pm PDT 75 61 WNW 12
28 Mar 1:49 pm PDT 75 61 NW 12
28 Mar 12:53 pm PDT 73 65 NW 12
28 Mar 11:47 am PDT 75 57 WNW 12
28 Mar 11:22 am PDT 77 54 E 7
28 Mar 10:49 am PDT 75 57 VRBL 6
28 Mar 9:47 am PDT 70 73 VRBL 6
28 Mar 9:11 am PDT 68 78 VRBL 6
28 Mar 8:47 am PDT 64 88 VRBL 6
28 Mar 7:47 am PDT 59 88 CALM
28 Mar 6:53 am PDT 57 82 VRBL 6
27 Mar 7:47 pm PDT 77 24 W 8
27 Mar 6:47 pm PDT 77 36 NW 17
27 Mar 5:47 pm PDT 77 36 WNW 14
27 Mar 4:47 pm PDT 75 44 NW 17
27 Mar 3:50 pm PDT 75 61 NW 17
27 Mar 2:50 pm PDT 79 51 NW 12
27 Mar 1:57 pm PDT 81 51 NW 12
27 Mar 12:47 pm PDT 84 40 NW 9
27 Mar 11:47 am PDT 86 27 VRBL 6
27 Mar 10:47 am PDT 82 35 VRBL 6
27 Mar 9:47 am PDT 77 47 VRBL 7
27 Mar 8:47 am PDT 72 53 CALM
27 Mar 7:47 am PDT 64 49 CALM
27 Mar 6:50 am PDT 59 59 CALM
26 Mar 7:47 pm PDT 77 26 WNW 12
26 Mar 6:47 pm PDT 79 21 W 12
26 Mar 5:49 pm PDT 81 23 WNW 13
26 Mar 4:50 pm PDT 82 23 WNW 12
26 Mar 3:52 pm PDT 82 40 WNW 12
26 Mar 2:47 pm PDT 81 54 WNW 12
26 Mar 1:47 pm PDT 84 45 NW 12
26 Mar 1:25 pm PDT 90 36 NW 12
26 Mar 12:47 pm PDT 90 17 WNW 9
26 Mar 10:49 am PDT 86 18 CALM
26 Mar 9:52 am PDT 81 23 CALM
26 Mar 8:50 am PDT 75 27 CALM
26 Mar 7:50 am PDT 64 52 CALM
26 Mar 6:50 am PDT 59 63 CALM
25 Mar 7:50 pm PDT 70 43 WNW 12
25 Mar 5:47 pm PDT 73 38 W 17
25 Mar 4:47 pm PDT 75 39 WNW 17
25 Mar 3:48 pm PDT 75 47 WNW 12
25 Mar 2:47 pm PDT 75 57 WNW 12
25 Mar 1:47 pm PDT 81 39 NW 12
25 Mar 11:50 am PDT 79 39 VRBL 6
25 Mar 10:47 am PDT 75 54 VRBL 6
25 Mar 9:47 am PDT 70 69 VRBL 7
25 Mar 8:50 am PDT 66 78 VRBL 6
25 Mar 7:47 am PDT 59 82 CALM
25 Mar 6:47 am PDT 57 94 CALM
24 Mar 7:47 pm PDT 70 40 WNW 12
24 Mar 6:47 pm PDT 70 43 WNW 12
24 Mar 5:47 pm PDT 73 33 WNW 8
24 Mar 4:47 pm PDT 73 36 WNW 8
24 Mar 3:47 pm PDT 75 31 WNW 12
24 Mar 2:47 pm PDT 72 61 WNW 12
24 Mar 1:47 pm PDT 73 57 WNW 12
24 Mar 12:47 pm PDT 73 41 WNW 12
24 Mar 11:47 am PDT 73 41 WNW 12
24 Mar 10:52 am PDT 73 41 VRBL 6
24 Mar 9:47 am PDT 68 56 W 7
24 Mar 8:52 am PDT 64 73 CALM
24 Mar 7:52 am PDT 61 77 CALM
24 Mar 6:47 am PDT 54 82 CALM
23 Mar 7:47 pm PDT 64 73 WNW 14
23 Mar 6:50 pm PDT 66 60 WNW 14
23 Mar 4:50 pm PDT 70 43 WNW 12
23 Mar 3:47 pm PDT 70 60 WNW 12
23 Mar 2:55 pm PDT 70 60 SSW 12
23 Mar 1:47 pm PDT 72 50 W 12
23 Mar 12:47 pm PDT 73 44 NW 7
23 Mar 11:58 am PDT 73 47 VRBL 6
23 Mar 10:52 am PDT 70 53 VRBL 6
23 Mar 9:53 am PDT 68 56 VRBL 6
23 Mar 8:47 am PDT 64 68 CALM
23 Mar 7:50 am PDT 57 88 CALM
23 Mar 6:49 am PDT 54 94 CALM

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/mesowest/getobext.php?wfo=lox&sid=KTOA&num=168&raw=0&dbn=m

Lemon tree cut, 3-23-15, MPR
Lemon tree cut 2, 3-23-15, MPR
I don’t have strong arms but found I could use a little hip action to get through Part 1 of the double-trunk.

Strawberries not quite ripe yet, 3-26-15

A happy former student came up with a darling 3-year old girl in a stroller, saw me and pulled me out of earshot to say,
“3 years ago you talked me out of having an abortion: THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!”

A long time ago I did not have a strong opinion about so-called ‘choice’ to terminate a life within, but I heard the voice of God say,

“The voices of My little ones cry to Me from the womb.”

Michael Constable's selfie of Geog 1 520 class, Geo F Cyn

710 Freeway Tunnel, MPR 3-28-15

WilsonReal actors are emotionally vulnerable enough to endear (or infuriate) us, and we feel close to them.

If you’ve seen enough Tom Hanks movies, Forrest Gump, You’ve Got Mail, The Terminal, he’s Woody in Toy Story, he’s your friend. Cast Away was on a couple of nights ago, and I felt like I was on a remote Pacific Island surviving off the land with him. (It was filmed in Monuriki, Fiji; I worked in Guam and Palau, got gouged by coral, etc.) When I woke up Monday, I kept wondering how he was doing.

When Captain Phillips was in the theater, I tried to see it; but the opening part in Somalia was so much like Turkana, Kenya, where I worked, I felt I was there; and when the pirates started hurting each other, I couldn’t stand it, and could not watch them go get Tom Hanks, so left. I hate movies that depict Africans as violent; as in my 2-3-years experience working there, they were loving.
The AMC theater let me switch and go see ‘Gravity’ down the hallway, which I liked….but within a half hour, I started wondering with intense curiosity what happened to him.

I still am.
Tom-Hanks-in-Cast-AwayTom Hanks

I can’t keep up with all the needs for “weather prayers.”

I’m sort of mad at the Almighty for the heat, but I’ll get over it.  We need rain instead!

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