Friday, December 7, 2012

A Snowy Weekend?

Today has dawned bright and partly cloudy - a wonderful change from yesterday's heavy cloud cover. I started reading Jack Whyte's The Forest Laird last night at the Broncos-Raiders halftime break. I put it down at 3 this morning, knowing I had to get up at 5:30.... So I'm running a little late this a.m., but that's OK. It's all of 45 degrees out, and not expected to get much warmer. The weather folks say that our high temperature of 40 degrees will occur soon after midnight for Saturday, and that the temperature will slowly drop all day - and the snow is supposed to begin around 7 p.m. Last night, the weather man said Boulder would probably get 2.4 inches of snow; then he said that his personal feeling was that Boulder would get 5 to 9 inches, so we'll see. I'm going to have to play Sunday by ear - when I come home to see the kids, etc., because of the snow. Aiko and Yoshi's folks come home around 9 p.m. - so I'll leave a little before then, probably getting a ride from Kathy or Jim to get home, as the low Sunday night is forecast at 5 degrees.
  I do not mean to take anything away from those who died at Pearl Harbor on this date in 1941 - but did anyone else think it was ironic that Japan suffered a 7.3 earthquake this morning? Natural disasters are awful. War is hell. So many good men and women gave their lives in so many countries during World War II - and I look at the current tensions in the Middle East, and I pray we won't have another World War (because with all the weapons of mass destruction that are scattered around the world now, I fear the annihilation of the human race). Who ever thought that a baby boomer would be writing that?
  Pulpit, an 18-year-old stallion, died unexpectedly in his paddock at Claiborne Farm yesterday. He was the sire of Tapit, and had been in excellent health. ... Here in Colorado, the BLM is investigating the deaths of 19 horses at one of the correctional institutes that breaks and trains BLM mustangs - you can buy a mustang or burro for $125 from the BLM, but you can purchase a trained riding horse for $1025. Several horses were found dead in a corral, and quite a few more were in such poor shape that the veterinarians decided they needed to be euthanized. Necropsies are being done, and tests are being performed on the horses grain, hay, and water supplies. The correctional institute is under a quarantine.
  I hope that you have a great weekend!

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