The Daily 750

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Weather Update

Monday, October 24, 2005

A tidbit for the morning anyway, just an excuse to post today's picture.

Watching multiple news channels and wondering how my sister, her husband and my niece, the five-year-old Katy Bug, are faring in an aunt's condo in Boynton Beach, Florida, just south of Palm Beach and directly on the Intercoastal Waterway, which looked to be directly in the center of the eye about 12:30EDT. They evacuated there from their home in Key Largo, where the sun is already starting to return. Here on the Upper Left Edge the night began with a showing of stars from horizon to horizon, lending credence to the old idea that the earth is flat and the sky covers it like a bell jar. Sometime around midnight the fogged rolled in. Long before you see any fog, you can hear it from the ships' horns, one long blast every 60 to 90 seconds, at first faintly from several miles out to sea, gliding closer and closer until they are directly in front of us, their horn echoing through the north hills of the city, then fading again as the ships continue upriver, past the old red net barn and the Maritime Museum, past Alderbrook lagoon, past the buoy tenders harbored at Tongue Point, and then around the eagles' nests high on the Point itself, past the abandoned dairy farms on Puget Island, on upriver 40 miles to harbor at Longview, or another 25 to the port of Portland. Our morning is completely enveloped in a Category 3 of fog.

Best website of the day is in the six-foot tall and wide "Omurayama" Japanese maple in the backyard. Nine Araneus diadematii have erected their webs in the top branches, overnight spinning a high-rise condo for pregnant girls. Common garden spiders indeed. Camera does them no justice.