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Rain, rain, go away...

April 30th, 2005, 01:48 PM
What's up with all this rain? I'm running out of things to do...

April 30th, 2005, 03:10 PM
Prin if you have done all those things and are still bored you can come to my house and clean, I have alot you can do. Dogs need a bath as well. LOL :D

April 30th, 2005, 03:23 PM
Oh yeah Prin,my house needs vaccuming,I HATE to vaccum and I also do not like to traumatize the cats,my excuse :D :D
It's just been raining toooo long,toooo much,I am literally watching the grass grow..Otherwise,I got a lot of painting done and I also take the cats outside no matter what,so then I am busy cleaning 12 sets of dirty pawprints all over the floors...From inside the cats don't realize it's wet outside,they just think I am a bad mommy for not taking them outside. They stay out just long enough to get dirty.....while I fill the birdfeeders. :evil:

April 30th, 2005, 03:25 PM
lol-- I clean cuz I'm bored not cuz I LOVE it... :)

April 30th, 2005, 03:31 PM
LOL I love the nose picking smilie (where did you get that??!!)

Well, because of the student strike I have 8 exams to study for and 7 papers to write..oh and I have a 30 minute oral presentation to prepare (everything to be handed in in the next week and a half! woohoo!). Do you know any thing about suretyship? Or maybe you could analyse an International Penal Court case study for me??? PLEASE???? I feel like my head is going to explode!

I also have lots of cleaning to do...

So I'm kinda glad for the rain....not to mention it'll help my lawn (the city has been dumping salty snow on it all winter long!!!)

April 30th, 2005, 05:31 PM
rain-the giver of life, rain-the process i have not known or seen much of for over 6yrs. THIS DROUGHT SUCKS.our lands are parched.

in the state in which i live New South Wales, over 90% is drought declared and has been for over 6yrs. we have far less crops. farmers are dying by the way side. everything is brown, dust storms due to loss of stability, our bush is in an awful state and the fires are gunna be bad (eucalyptus trees in drought pump their highly flamable oils into the leaves for added protection, but fire comes and whoooooosh), our native animals are dying in mass numbers as they move into the towns in search of water, they are constantly slaughtered by domestic animals and roads, the amount of road kill is phenominal, they are thirsty and will do anyhting for a drink, kangaroos are killing their joeys, animals are licking the morning dew of train lines and of course not faring well at this either. and my darlin little charlie has not had a swim in over 2yrs, i have to drive to the coast to do that, the rivers and creeks here have stopped flowing and algal blooms are present, these kill animals and humans, so no swims for a long time around here.

and the fat cat city slickers :evil: of sydney are going around and pumping out everyone elses water, Sydney has only 32% water left in it only major dam, so they take everyone elses, to water their gardens and cars.

due to global warming and climate change, changes in the antarctic ice shelf (melting) has caused a shift in our seasonal rain patterns, 20 yrs ago we got great winter rains, now that cloud formation that once gave us those seasonal rains has shifted and has been pushed out into the pacific, and it rains on the sea, and not on me.

this will be our permanant weather pattern, we are an arid country anyway but this will push us to the edge. we will no longer get our rains, we need to start living wisely, a pipe dream i am afraid really. humans are not too good at change.

so please enjoy that rain, think of us, get big tanks and store it all dont waste it, oh what i would give for a cloudy rainy day to snuggld on the couch, oh what a dream. but like i always remind my sister- if we die in this drought at least we can be assured we died on a lovely sunny day :D morbid i know but it is somethign to cling to.

sorry for the lenght but my heart is parched and needs a little rain. it makes you feel lost, jsut waiting for the rain to soooo jealous.

April 30th, 2005, 07:57 PM
I know, since my grandparents (in-laws) have been here, it has done nothing but rain....... And that was Thursday....... 3 days of nothing but rain :(

April 30th, 2005, 08:07 PM
With all this crappy weather.
We have been doing home improvement projects all day!
Now we are wathching COPS!
And playing with the cats.

April 30th, 2005, 08:42 PM
bad boys bad boys whatcha gonna do?..whatcha gonna do when they come for you?!?! :cool:

April 30th, 2005, 08:44 PM
bad boys bad boys whatcha gonna do?..whatcha gonna do when they come for you?!?! :cool:
LOL....It's been on since 8, and still going :eek: . What ever happened to America's most wanted I wonder :confused:

April 30th, 2005, 08:47 PM
I don't mind the's all a cycle really. We get snow for months, exhaustive heat for even more months and rain for only a few weeks out of the year.....

Just think of how this rain will soon make your lawns plush and green, bring life back to the trees and help the greenery blossom!! It's worth it!

Really, like melanie already sort of touched on, if the rain is the worst thing in your life right now you should consider yourself pretty darn lucky!!! :thumbs up

April 30th, 2005, 08:49 PM
Oh I don't mind rain, and even love thunder storms :love: .
But it seems EVERY weekend, is raining, ,I want to work in my gardens! :D

April 30th, 2005, 08:52 PM
Thunderstorms are best at night when you're in bed or when they are REALLY far away from you--yet you can still see them off in the distance. Once we were able to watch a HUGE heat thunderstorm from our balcony in the summer. It was amazing!

April 30th, 2005, 08:59 PM
I love a storm when I'm lying in bed in my trailer.(you hear it on the tin roof)
I also love to watch them from my carport at home!

April 30th, 2005, 10:04 PM
I think any extreme is unwanted-- how many people in Vancouver and California this past year would have killed for drought? We've had nothing but rain since two thursdays ago and it'll continue till at least Wednesday. 2 weeks of RAIN.

I'd like a bit of variability, please. Some good days and some bad days. :)

May 1st, 2005, 07:43 AM
Melanie,I certainly feel for you,I could not imagine no rain for 2 yrs.. :sad:
It sounds like a disaster,for your animals crops,etc....
If we have a dryspell,nobody is allowed to waste water on watering lawns,washing cars...I do not water my lawns anymore,no need too and I prefer if it does not grow too fast.
Spring is a wonderful time of year,when everything starts sprouting,with a promise of a green lush summer and tons of flowers...
I will send you some of our rain,ok!!

May 1st, 2005, 02:35 PM
Hurricane season starts one month from today. Whoopeee!

Anyone wanna trade?

May 1st, 2005, 03:28 PM
Karin,I did not think it started before sept/oct.the time we go South for a couple of weeks.
It's scary though,we were in MB when Hugo hit in 1989.. :eek:

May 1st, 2005, 03:37 PM
I'd like a bit of variability, please. Some good days and some bad days. :)
You want variety? I was out in a T-shirt a few days ago. Today, they reported snow somewhere just south of here. We've had rain all day, but the sun was streaming through my window. First day of May and I had to throw on a winter coat when I left the house. I think Mother Nature is PMSing. :crazy:

May 1st, 2005, 04:32 PM
yes send it our way, boy i would certainly enjoy it.

it has been about 6yrs now since we had decent real rain, i just give up, i really think it may never ever rain again, then were really screwed. our last drought went for over 12yrs, boy that would really brains in drought does have great effects on psychology, were all going NUTS.............

hey why not install a rain water tank and catch all that lovely drinking water....

water the elixer of life.......

we do have water restrictions here, but they were introduced when the dam was down to 45% a bit too late, bloody morons aaaaahhhhh.

but in sydney you can waste water a number of ways leaglly, well really, we cant offend the fat cats or curb their behaviour, why im jsut a stupid country bumpkin, what the hell would i know :evil: :rolleyes: .

ahhhh (i run around screaming in frustration) :mad: :sad: :( :rolleyes:

May 1st, 2005, 04:35 PM
mother nature has no PMS, its called environmental destruction resulting in global warming.................and its only gunna get worse...... now lets all go turn on our coal generated electrical appliances and screw that environment a little more........lets warm the globe :D ......ohhh mels a bitter little thing today :evil:

May 1st, 2005, 10:37 PM
Anybody see "The day after tomorrow"? We'll survive. :) We made it through one ice age already.

May 2nd, 2005, 12:55 AM
hmmm which ice age was that one, i dont remember studying that one in climatology :D

Prin, i was not sure if you were joking in that post :eek: i hope you were,, so i have replied as if you wernt, it was hard to tell. if you were joking this i hope will still interest you.

sorry for the length but a very serious topic here.

somehow, i doubt we would survive, for instance how would we access resources and crop production if the world froze over, its impossible. great movie and has done alot to raise awareness but a movie non the less and very very inaccurate (ask any climatologist)

unfortnatly with the event of mass global dimming and warming it seem that the original models for global warming temps were way off and now we are looking at a 10deg celcius rise in the next 50yrs, not only will that make countries like australia, that are already arid and water resources streached, totally inhabitable and non arable (land not suited to crops), it will also result in water level rise, not only in the sea, but creeks, rivers, and all water sources. when a molecule of water is subjected to a slight temp change it expands dramatically, jsust imagine what 10deg will do, but hey dont buy on the shore line :D i doubt we will freeze but rather cook and drown, or just starve when we have no crops or water anymore.

basically mother nature can look after herself, she has wiped out many species in the past that caused high amts of envronmental damage (eg dinosaurs), and she will wipe us out too. it is not the sustainability for the planets sake, she does not worry, but it is sustainability for human longevity, if we want to last we need to be a bit more sensible about things.

there is a great book for the 60's called 'silent spring by rachel carson (an american scientist and mother of the fight against organophosphate use DDT etc) i quote-
'it took hundreds of millions of years to produce the life that now inhabits earth, aeons of time in which that developing and evolving and diversifying life reached a state of adjustment and balance with its surroundings....given time-time not in years but in millennia, life adjusts, and a balance has been reached, for time is the essential ingrediant, in the modern world there is no time. the rapidity of change and the speed in which new situations are created follow the impetuous and heedless pace of man, rather than the deliberate pace of nature.' AND THER HAS NEVER BEEN AN ANIMAL LIKE US BEFORE, to say we can survive an ice age is not real. its a bit of a worry actually, how many ppl think the same way, no wonder we cannot get ahead with conservation.

do you seriously believe that we can survive what we have created, there is no time for adjustment, we screwed it before it could catch up, and you should never bite the hand that feeds, thats a real human speciality that one. yes it would be nice to sit back and say- " hey yeah cut that ugly tree down, burn some coal and why not mine a bit of oil while your at it, who cares, we will survive an ice age, i have a nice snow jacket that will surfice" :D

BUT on the other hand, if you can emotionally detach yourself, the death of the environment and the human race is just downright fascinating. i will certainly watch with interest thats for sure. :D

May 2nd, 2005, 01:05 AM
I don't know what to say. This was meant to be a lighthearted thread and now it's all serious. I don't take the world for granted. As an animal lover, I can't do that. Does your job have any "up" side?

May 2nd, 2005, 01:35 AM
as i said i could not tell if you were joking, im not being cranky, was just a bit worried when ppl say thes sort of things it often rings alarm bells (although i did suspect it was a joke, you seem pretty smart :p )

and i suppose im jsut a diff type of person, i love a debate,. it does not mean im being over the top, mean or anything, just debating, i love intellectual discussion. sorry if i upset you. the environment is my reason for existance, so when im not sure i feel the need to expand is all.

ummm and no, there are really no great up sides to my job, its a tough road, but the land i love is way to important to give up on now. perhaps an odd tree here and there is saved, but mostly its really tough stuff where one is constantly being opposed by the conformist masses, and i expect i will be raving mad by the time im 50yrs. :crazy: but hey, if im mad, i only pray i go mad within walking distance of a pub.

if only it would rain enough, i would build an arc and come and get yas all and your pets, and we would sail off into the sunset to form the perfect society with a new environmental ethos and practice:crazy: :p

PS nice smileys, i dont know where you all get them from but their great (mine seem rather inadequate these days).

May 2nd, 2005, 02:01 AM
LOL-- I don't get upset that easily. I like a good debate too, but we seem to both be on the same side of this one- maybe you're a little further on side than me, but still... (I've actually argued with my brother when we agreed so you never know what can happen...)

I do believe that global warming would have happened whether we were here or not, just never as fast as we're causing it. I feel for the animals as they will never adapt quickly enough to keep their numbers up (except maybe the roaches). Penguins are my favorite animal ever and have been since the day I was born and they will be among the first or the visible animals to really suffer. We can give money to WWF and whomever helps out the beasties, but it won't help in the long run unless we do something ourselves.

I was a big animal lover even when I was young and I always felt that the humans needed a major catastrophy to put us in our place. Humans' carrying capacity is way too high and the population is taking too long to stabilize. No living population of organisms just grows and grows and grows. Something has to stop the growth, whether it's competition or predation. We need predators and I think in the end the predator of humans will be humans. I just hope we stabilize soon.

I wonder if anybody else is as anti-human as I seem... :eek:

Look at this thread for the smilies:

May 2nd, 2005, 05:05 PM
oh yeah, im very very much on the side of the environment, but we have worked so hard and come so far, it is all we are really, ecologists and conservationists. i am happy to chain myself to fences any day, but i am also into human rights issues such as those in china,ggggrrrr.

you may be happy to know i am currently working for the world wildlife fund for nature (its a volunteer job) they have given me funding to start propagation and seed trials of a local endangered plant species (for those interested it is the Persoonia Bargoensis, or geebung a real finiky little bugger, results will be published at the end of year, i will let you know which journal and when). its a hell of alot of work for one little lady but extrememly rewarding (i have 800 cuttings in so far and am aiming for 1000 by the end of week). and my strike rate seems ok, i think im looking at about 80% which is unreal. its just hard work, but im trying to keep ontop of it, if only someone wanted to help me (dear hubby does come and help me when he can, hes a good litle assistant). that the whole problem, everyone wants to praise me for the effort and bragg aboutthe environment, but i would much rather someone show some passion and ethics and actually offer to help. :rolleyes: i odnt think that will ever happen, ther are those that are gunna be's or gunna do's, and there are those that just do.

so i may jsut be able to reestablish some populations in the local area and hopefully one day help lower the endangered status of this plant, although not animal, plants are jsut as vital in the ecosystem. :thumbs up

so its astart, and i will be moving onto another endangered sp soon (white waratah), again for the WWF. i thnk if i can acheive one small action of conservation in my life, i will die a happy and fullfilled gal. what more could i ask for.

i love those little penguins, took a while to figure out what they were doing, lol.

carrying capacities, oh dont get me started, i could rave for hours about the stupid humans, yes i tolerate humans but dont have a great deal of respect for them, other animals seem smarter than us and much more intune.i dont know if it is so much humans, as much as their egos, but i often think they are one in the same, neither exists without the other. a big brain may not be an evolutionary advantage after all.

most definatly we are our worst enemy, and yes global warming may have happened as part of a natural cycle and process, but we have cooked ourselves way to fast, nothing can adapt to our rate of destruction, but as i said it really is very very interesting.

oh thanks for the link, im off to get some cool and modern smileys (mel moves into this centurary, well as far as smileys go)