DrawingDead
DrawingDead
Joined: Jun 13, 2014
  • Threads: 7
  • Posts: 1767
June 23rd, 2017 at 12:39:38 AM permalink
I vaguely remember PDX briefly touching 100 once in a great while, like about every third year or so for a couple of days in late afternoon, when I was there. Barely, if you were down at the low points of the Puddletown valley and not someplace like the West Hills. And the blues music scene, since I was hooked up with a woman who worked in one of the clubs back then, giving me an informal free pass to stay after hours with her to party with the bands & company after they'd officially kicked out the paying customers and locked the front doors. Does the Dandelion Pub still exist in NW Portland? It was a great blues music venue back in the day, like maybe from around 1985-ish. The owner of the joint got that way by luckboxing his way into part ownership of a cheaply bred little colt named Seattle Slew. Before he put a lot of it up his nose, so to speak.
Quote: MrV

Heck, it's supposed to reach about 100 in Portland this Sunday.

But I won't be here: headed to the Oregon coast to keep cool.

Not just temperature wise: going to watch Robbie Laws play at Rusty Truck.

Las Vegas has its entertainment, and so does Portland.

Actually, there's a great blues scene here and abouts.

see: Hey Mister

If y'all are into weather porn, you don't have to go all the way out to the desolation of Death Valley. Laughlin was officially in the 120s a few days ago, which isn't too unusual there. And they always lie like a rug in a cheap whorehouse about the "official" summer weather in Laughlin, trying not to scare the GeeBeejus outta the tourists, so add at least five degrees or more to whatever they say. Needles, California, on the lower Colorado River not far from the semi-resort town of Lake Havasu City, Arizona has been 124 several times in the last few days, and I've been around there many times before when it was about that.

And there's a nice casino & pretty decent poker room I sometimes like to go to that isn't too terribly far east of the big SoCal megalopolis of the LA & San Diego areas, along the I-10 freeway between Palm Springs & Indio named Agua Caliente (translating to Hot Water in English - or maybe super duper hot freakin water) which I see has been in the 120s. When I asked a few months ago about what to expect for their later in the year seasonal business, the staff and locals playing there have told me to expect that, as it apparently isn't unusual for them. It is a pretty heavily populated area, too. I think it doesn't get quite the publicity for the climate because it doesn't have such a colorful name as "Death Valley."

What all these spots seem to have in common, besides being in the Mojave (or Mohave) Desert, is that they are very low elevation. Located well inland far away from ocean air, but low enough elevation to be near or even at or slightly below sea level. Agua Caliente Casino is in the Coachella Valley only about 10-15 miles from the Salton Sea, which is a couple of hundred feet below sea level even though it is out in the middle of the desert.

A little place on the old Route 66 in western Arizona near the border with Nevada & California named Oatman, which is what remains of an old mining town, has an annual tourist attraction that features a sidewalk egg frying contest. That means exactly what you think it does. Spread out a lump of Crisco cooking grease, and first one to turn their egg without breaking the yolk wins the prize, and the honor of being sidewalk egg-sizzling champion for the year. But Oatman is up in the hills, so it doesn't quite get all as warm & toasty like Laughlin & Needles & such.

I love this stuff. Like I said, for me it still beats the Hell out of uncivilized tortures like ice scrapers, tire chains, snow shovels, and the like. Plus: "Boo!"
Nevermind.
FleaStiff
FleaStiff
Joined: Oct 19, 2009
  • Threads: 211
  • Posts: 11024
June 23rd, 2017 at 6:43:42 AM permalink
Desert Living?
Just head to that bar I posted about. Only open half the year and then only on Saturday and Sundays from noon to six pm. No internet, no phones, no credit cards, just cash. He makes a fortune working two afternoons a week for half the year.

I seem to recall that Rangers assigned to Death Valley or Big Sur drink phenomenol amounts of water. Some kids heading west across the mojave had cokes, pepsis, mountain dews and several cases of beer in the car along with some Dry Ice to help keep it cool. When they stopped to fill up the gas tank, most of them pissed about two teaspoons of urine. All the other beverages had been sweated out of them.

Joshua Tree upgraded its building codes and utility requirements but its still affordable there.

Best thing is to look at BLM maps and buy parcels that will straighten but not expand the BLM boundaries, this means local decision making and local funding for non development easements. You buy forty acres, sell a thirty acre non development easement to the BLM and then live on the remaining ten acres with your spouse, two mules and helicopter pad.
DrawingDead
DrawingDead
Joined: Jun 13, 2014
  • Threads: 7
  • Posts: 1767
June 23rd, 2017 at 6:53:51 AM permalink
What do I do with the mules? The pad & the spouse, I get.
Nevermind.
AxelWolf
AxelWolf
Joined: Oct 10, 2012
  • Threads: 115
  • Posts: 12641
June 23rd, 2017 at 9:58:42 AM permalink
Quote: DrawingDead

What do I do with the mules?

I'll refer to your signature.
♪♪Now you swear and kick and beg us That you're not a gamblin' man Then you find you're back in Vegas With a handle in your hand♪♪ Your black cards can make you money So you hide them when you're able In the land of casinos and money You must put them on the table♪♪ You go back Jack do it again roulette wheels turinin' 'round and 'round♪♪ You go back Jack do it again♪♪
DrawingDead
DrawingDead
Joined: Jun 13, 2014
  • Threads: 7
  • Posts: 1767
June 24th, 2017 at 5:59:45 AM permalink
How's this for stretching relevance to the thread topic?

From the Weather Channel (but nowhere near Las Vegas):
Tornado Shreds Store, Leaves Liquor Untouched



It is almost kinda sorta related, because besides the reverence for booze over bread, forecasts have the Sonora & Mohave desert monsoon season arriving (defined as the dew point reaching 55) probably within several days. Which on average is right about on schedule for this shift. Two weeks of high heat in June changes the direction of the air flow, and we get different climate coming up from across Mexico. For visitors or new arrivals who aren't familiar with it, what this means is that those really scary sounding high temperatures go away, dropping by about ten-twelve degrees or so. And then, you can start to worry about the short but fierce desert thunderstorms. Which actually cause more problems and injury to people than the few weeks of very temporary peak heat which bring on the change to monsoon weather. This annual change results in the SW deserts of AZ & CA & NV getting the majority of their annual water falling in July and August, unlike other places. In short bursts, with a lot of wind and noise.

But those late afternoon & evening thunderstorms won't have a handy number attached like "118 degrees!" that can sound shocking to folks in other areas of the continent, so you won't be hearing any breathless "news reports" about it in Cincinnati or Chicago or Sydney or Toronto or wherever. But if you're on your way for a visit within the next two months or so, respect them. When you suddenly see water flowing where there usually isn't any, like across a road, don't go trying to cross it unless you really don't like your life very much.
Nevermind.
FleaStiff
FleaStiff
Joined: Oct 19, 2009
  • Threads: 211
  • Posts: 11024
June 24th, 2017 at 6:07:21 AM permalink
Quote: DrawingDead

What do I do with the mules? The pad & the spouse, I get.



Mule as symbolism.

The Port Royal Experiment: 40 acres and a mule established requirements for Negro owned land.

In the American South: 40 acres adn a mule was the Reconstruction Land Owning requirement.

Even in todays world of Negroes --Ooops, Blacks. Forty Acres and a mule is an expression relating to building wealth and to the expression 40 acres maybe a mule or 40 acres but no mule, which are separate titles.

Then of course there are such books a:

Give me my 40 acres 'cause I know my mule is dead.

Chickens, two retirees and a mule in Andalucia.

The general expression is, I believe, Ten acres and a mule... meaning a return to a simple agrarian life of self sufficiency and sort of shorthand for the Back To The Land movement and end to urban stress and materialism emphasis.

The actual transaction that I refer to was a purchase by a pharmacist who suffered burnout and his girlfriend-pharmacist clerk who likewise suffered stress related burnout and who opted for a forty acre tract but found they got it totally free because they bought it and then sold a non development easement to the federal government on 30 acres of it. The finacing was locallly handled under a 'straightening the boundary' exception rather than a Washington DC decision and funding being required for extending the boundary. Either way they knew they would never have Condos in the neighborhood or lifestyle again.
FleaStiff
FleaStiff
Joined: Oct 19, 2009
  • Threads: 211
  • Posts: 11024
June 24th, 2017 at 1:05:51 PM permalink
Why is it that this heat wave makes me lethargic but not too lethargic to eat?
rxwine
rxwine
Joined: Feb 28, 2010
  • Threads: 151
  • Posts: 6424
June 24th, 2017 at 1:31:37 PM permalink
Quote: DrawingDead

How's this for stretching relevance to the thread topic?



Hey, I know what's important. Else why would they build this? It's only hour drive from Vegas (when I drive Yes, I do drive at 400mph).

prisoner of gravity
RogerKint
RogerKint
Joined: Dec 5, 2011
  • Threads: 15
  • Posts: 1201
June 24th, 2017 at 1:56:40 PM permalink
Quote: rxwine

Hey, I know what's important. Else why would they build this? It's only hour drive from Vegas (when I drive Yes, I do drive at 400mph).



On my last drive into Vegas from socal it read 113. I glanced down at my temp gauge and it was rising. Had to drop it into fourth and turn on the heater just to make it over the hill.

It's probably OK to speed on the way to Vegas around that area but don't speed from Vegas to Baker. There's almost always CHP on the bottom of that hill.
billryan
billryan
Joined: Nov 2, 2009
  • Threads: 62
  • Posts: 2343
June 24th, 2017 at 4:21:09 PM permalink
How many Gateways to Death Valley are there? Beatty boasts it is the Gateway and has to be two hundred miles away.
It's what you do and not what you say If you're not part of the future then get out of the way

  • Jump to: