In early May I spotted the first scorpion of the year in the house. In the last few years I have been living here, this is the earliest I have seen on in the house. In previous years I didn’t start to see them until July.
I was sure they were coming in from the garage so I put diatomaceous earth throughout the garage and around the entrances to the house. Diatomaceous earth works good on insects because it’s very itchy to insects and it will suck the moisture out of their bodies. In the case of scorpions I’ve read that they will just avoid it.
Tonight I came home and found Saturn playing with something. The good news is Saturn found a scorpion the bad news is the scorpion made it past my defenses. That means that it either went around the diatomaceous earth or it came in another way.
I will start going around the perimeter of the house sealing up cracks. I’m not sure what else to do.
A story on KRQE about a remodeled home in Rio Rancho being destroyed caught my interest yesterday. There is an incredible amount of damage to the home, $30,000 worth and months of work. To make matters worse, the owner of the house doesn’t have home owners insurance.
The story starts with saying it only took a few hours to do the damage but later says the home owner hasn’t been home in several months. It seems like it would have taken more than a few hours to do this kind of damage.
One of the neighbors saw to make kids between 14 and 17 years old, one blonde and one brunette, walking away from the home. There is a reward for them.
Normally I wouldn’t write about the murder, death, kills in Albuquerque. The local media does a good enough job at that. I didn’t see the local media tell the horrific details that buggs did on a photo in his flickr stream.
Tiffany Toribio placed her hand over her 3-year-old son’s mouth as he slept on this playground bridge in the middle of the night.
She held him down until he stopped squirming.
Toribio then performed CPR on her son Tyrus who started breathing again. He was shaking, his eyes were rolled back. She then suffocated him again. She placed her hand over his face until he stopped breathing.
Only this time she didn’t revive little Ty.
She dug a hole with her hands in the sand underneath a swing set, put Ty in it and buried him.
It’s been rainy in Rio Rancho the last few days and it looks like there could still be a few more days of rain. I’ve been too busy to sit down and write blog posts but that should change soon.
I haven’t kept up with replacing the roof shingles that blew off in the spring winds and managed to get a hole in the roof. Yesterday I noticed dripping from the garage ceiling and I found that the tar paper under one missing shingle had given out causing the leak. I was not pleased with having to get on a wet roof to make the repairs.
Before the rain started I have been doing quite a bit of work outside including some landscaping and laying pavers, I hope to have a blog post written about that later.
Thanks to the high humidity, available resources and delay of my travel plans I was able to get the self leveling concrete installed in the master bathroom. Although it didn’t come out perfect it’s good enough and moves the project along to some things I an do by myself.
Some of the weeds in the backyard were cleared and burned (rain makes for good burn days in the City of Rio Rancho). I have a new visitor to the house and found about 8 months worth of missing blog posts I had to manually post to the site. It’s now too muddy and wet to do further outdoor work so I hope to have some blog posts about these events up in the next week.
As has been widely reported, Amazon sets the price of the subscriptions and gets 70%. If it were up to me I would make it free but I guess Amazon has bills to pay. You can still subscribe to my blog through the Kindle’s normal RSS feed reader.
Here’s some video I shot of President Obama’s drive to Rio Rancho High School on Thursday. It was recorded and uploaded in HD to YouTube.
The first part of the video is the drive down Loma Colorado. I couldn’t drive and film at the same time so set the camera on the dashboard. You can see the camera crews and protesters on the left. The New Mexico Independent says there were about 100 protestors.
The second part of the video shows the presidents cadillac one and the following motorcade driving up Northern Blvd. The Lowes parking lot gave a great vantage point. In retrospect I should have walked down and filmed from the corner of Northern Blvd and Loma Colorado.
For some reason strangers always come up and talk to me and a several people asked me why we were all watching. Many were pissed that they couldn’t drive down Northern Blvd.
In 2005 I found a cool framed illustration at Goodwill. It was marked for $16 but was on sale for $8. Other than being a “Electron Beam Propagation Experiment” my google searches tell me this is some sort of weapon made at Sandia Labs. The original frame has been replaced since it broke (it was ugly and damaged anyway).
Score! I’ve been researching pulsed power experiments at Sandia, and I just stumbled across mention of the RADLAC machine. RADLAC was built for the USAF & the SDIO to evaluate ultra-high-power, pulsed electron beam accelerators as potential “Star Wars” directed energy weapons.
Wanna sell it?
Heck no I don’t want to sell it, it’s one of my favorite pictures.
I think President Obama is stalking me. First he speaks at my former High School, Dobson High in Mesa, Arizona. Now he will be speaking at the high school a few miles from my house, Rio Rancho High School.
The Albuquerque Journal says the event is from 10AM to 11:15AM Thursday, May 14th and Obama will talk about Credit Card debt.
I will try to get some video of the chaos around town with my new HD camera.