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Saturday, August 26, 2006

Uh Oh. There Go The Petunias.

It looks like Paula is forbidden - by state law - to plant flowers around our house:

Feeding wild deer to become illegal
WSLS NewsChannel 10

Effective September 1, a regulation making it illegal to feed deer will go into effect statewide. The prohibition runs through the first Saturday in January.

This regulation does NOT restrict the planting of crops such as corn and soybeans, wildlife food plots, and backyard or schoolyard habitats. It is intended to curb the artificial feeding of deer that leads to negative consequences. (link)
This is probably a good idea. Those "negative consequences" include Paula's chasing deer down the hillside, screaming and chucking rocks, after she's found them ravaging her flower beds.

It's unclear if the shrubs and trees around the property, tender morsels for the overgrown rodents in the area as well, are included in the ban.

Bring On The Rain

While folks over in southern Indiana and central Kentucky have been pummeled in recent weeks with torrential rains, we've watched and waited. And waited ...

Flash drought strikes Virginia
Continued dryness might lead to water restrictions
By Peter Bacque, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer

Much of Virginia is caught in a flash drought.

That's a period of extreme but short-term dryness, often accompanied by high temperatures. Most of the state is abnormally dry, while Northern Virginia, the northern Shenandoah Valley and part of south-central Virginia are in moderate drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, a government and academic project at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.

For the year, precipitation is 3.41 inches below normal in Richmond, 8.89 inches below normal in Lynchburg and 10.49 inches below normal in Charlottesville, said meteorologist Chris Wamsley with the National Weather Service's Wakefield office. (link)

I have the official drought monitoring device at home. When the stream that flows from Big Walker Mountain (usually year-round) and crosses the old Raleigh Grayson Turnpike onto my property dries up, we've got us a drought. Said stream is at a trickle ...

Quote Of The Day

Let That Be Your Last Battlefield

We have never watched a "reality TV" show in our life, and our interest in the genre is only slightly greater than the damage to national security owing to the "outing" of Valerie Plame. Still, we got a kick out of what the Washington Post's Lisa de Moraes called "the stunning news . . . that CBS would divide contestants on the next 'Survivor' into four tribes based on race."

Especially amusing is this reaction, reported by the Associated Press:

"The idea of having a battle of the races is preposterous," [New York] City Councilman John Liu said Thursday. "How could anybody be so desperate for ratings?" . . .

Liu, who is Asian-American, said he was launching a campaign urging CBS to pull the show because it could encourage racial division and promote negative typecasts. He and a coalition of officials, including the council's black, Latino and Asian caucus, planned to rally at City Hall on Friday.

So "the council's black, Latino and Asian caucus" is upset over a plan to divide people up by race? Talk about the pot calling the kettle African-American!

James Taranto, Best of the Web Today, August 25, 2006 (link)

Win Some, Lose Some

Danville's loss is Martinsville's gain:

Clothes maker chooses Henry Co.
Mason Adams, The Roanoke Times

A Canadian clothes manufacturer announced this week it will open a new, consolidated center just outside Martinsville after closing distribution centers in Danville and Mount Airy, N.C.

Gildan Activewear will invest $7 million for improvements to a leased, 380,000-square-foot building in the Rich Acres section of Henry County, according to a press release and Henry County Administrator Benny Summerlin.

Gildan intends to use the new distribution center to produce athletic socks, underwear and activewear. (

New investment in the area, despite the fact that one part of that area will feel the pinch, is a good thing.


I rolled into Martinsville last night for the bloggers conference that Alton Foley put together. He did yeoman's work on the planning - and execution - and thanks go out to him for all his efforts, as well as those of everyone who helped him.

Dinner and drinks last night. Meeting today.

Looking forward to it.