Sunday, November 16, 2008

The days are getting shorter

It is getting that time of year when the sun sets around here at 5pm. Fog becomes a normal part of the day if you are away from the coastal breezes. It is also a time for the Pacific Ocean to produce some dandy winter storms. High winds are often a concern in my area as they cause trees to snap and power lines to go down.

I have often thought about getting an emergency power generator especially after being without power for 3 days 2 winters ago. Our cell phones are always charged up and I have learned to keep a good supply of batteries on hand at all times. I have several hand crank flashlights and a couple of mag lights as well. You can never have too many flashlights where I live. Surefire Flashlights are a must in an emergency.

I wouldn't mind the power outages so much if it wasn't a case of not having water when the power goes out. I am on well water and the well pump runs on electricity. Yep, even though I don't live in the water I still need it to live - we all do.

The US Navy and sonar

Of course you have heard by now that the US Navy is allowed to continue using sonar in the area off the California coastline. It has been proven that the use of sonar can damage and even kill whales. Sound waves are amplified in water much more so than in air so the sound to whales emitted by the Navy's sonar is deafening to them.