Even though it was down in the LaLa area...we still got a really good shaking up here in Santa Bar-B-Que.
The only time I ever get seasick....on land during a temblor.
The Santa Barbara Channel is BRIMFULL of active fault lines...we get lots of "little" jolts daily.
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Horses arrived in South America during the Spanish Conquest, particularly after 1542, when the Spanish created the Viceroyalty of New Castilla. This later became the Viceroyalty of Peru, an important center of Spain's New World colonies in the
eighteenth century. Once in Peru, they were used primarily for transportation and breeding stock. In the north of Peru, the vast size of sugar and cotton plantations meant that overseers needed to travel long distances, often taking days to cross the plantation. In the south of Peru, the arid deserts that separated settlements
required sturdy, strong horses. In both cases, smooth-gaited horses with good
endurance were required. On the other hand, Peru did not develop a livestock-based economy, and thus did not need to breed for the speed or agility
characteristic of stock horses.
Over time, Peruvian breeders kept the bloodlines clean and selectively bred primarily for gait, conformation, and temperament. They wanted strong, hardy animals that were comfortable to ride and easy to control. Over four centuries, their dedication to breeding only the best gaited bloodstock resulted in the modern Peruvian Paso. - wikipedia
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Guess I better let reader Fletch know...he's wild about the girl.
** UPDATE ** Could Ms. Ray be filming at the Sunken Gardens Concert tonight, at the Courthouse Jazz Series, too?
On Huntley Drive just south of Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, a small frozen-yogurt shop is nestled between NutriBliss, the natural Viagra store, and a private home. It's called, preposterously, Pinkberry, and it has become an obsession with weight-conscious Angelenos. The yogurt itself is tangy and stiff, without the overbearing sweetness that screams artificial flavoring. And because it is the owner's own recipe, it is impossible to find elsewhere.
It has been called "Crackberry" and "frozen heroin juice" by its fans and detractors because many of the college kids, television writers and well-to-do families who cheerfully queue up as many as four nights in a single week agree with food blogger Rosie O'Neill, who wrote recently: "I would get Pinkberry IV'ed into my veins if I could."... - Los Angeles Times
Now that the smoke has begun to clear from North Coast vineyards, questions are swirling about whether it will linger in the 2008 vintage.
Grape growers and winemakers closest to the wildfires are concerned that the vines may absorb enough of the unsavory smoke compounds to taint the wines.
...Firefighting helicopters have been regular visitors at winery irrigation ponds, and vineyard workers have been sent home many days out of concern for their health. With the start of harvest just a few weeks away, concern is turning to the health of the grapes.
"We certainly have a concern that something could happen, but we really don't know," Sawyer said. "We're basically just waiting to see what develops."- The Press Democrat
Signs in at least four coffee shops in Los Angeles and Chicago said the smoothies, called "Vivanno Nourishing Blends," will hit stores on July 15. Employees at stores in New York, Washington and San Francisco also confirmed the launch of new smoothies next week.
Starbucks would not comment on it.
A Washington, D.C. store gave out samples, saying the drink will have 250 calories. - Reuters
Starbucks officials wouldn’t say anything more about the smoothies, but the in-store signs pretty much said it all, including that the drinks would come in orange-mango-banana and banana-chocolate flavors - Reuters blog
In collaboration with Victory Gardens 2008+, Slow Food Nation will herald the era of self-sufficiency through the creation of an ornamental edible garden in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center. Planted on the same site as the post-World War II gardens 60 years ago, the Slow Food Nation Victory Garden demonstrates the potential of a truly local agriculture practice that unites and promotes Bay Area urban gardening organizations, while producing high quality food for those in need.and, yes. Slow Food has a blog!
Featuring a wide variety of heritage organic vegetables suited to the Bay Area microclimate, the garden displays the diversity of urban food production practices. It is a garden of communities: all food grown in the garden will be harvested and donated to those with limited access to healthy organic produce through our partnership with local food banks and meals programs. - Slow Food Nation
Slow Food is a non-profit, eco-gastronomic member-supported organization that was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes and how our food choices affect the rest of the world. Today, they have over 85,000 members in 132 countries.
Avocado growers have lost at least $1 million worth of fruit and about 200 acres of orchards to the Gap wildfire in Santa Barbara County, officials said Wednesday. County Agricultural Commissioner William D. Gillette said at least 233 acres of orchards have burned.
Gillette estimated the cost to replace trees, farm equipment, and irrigation lines, plus lost production until new trees bear fruit, will be $9.5 million over the next five to seven years. - Chico Enterprise Record
is calling "last call."
Mel’s Lounge, a State Street institution since 1963, is closing on August 24. - SB Independent
Another bit of Santa Barbara has been destroyed for the "average, working folk."
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The FDA it is looking at jalapeno peppers as a possible cause of the outbreak as well as ingredients used to make salsa, such as cilantro and serrano peppers. Tomatoes continue to be investigated as well, spokeswoman Stephanie Kwisnek said. - WaPoMeanwhile...the tomato industry has been dealt a blow....
...The U.S. tomato industry has taken a $100 million hit as restaurants temporarily dropped tomatoes from their menus, and farmers have had to plow under their fields or leave crops to rot in packinghouses.
Mexico has not calculated its losses. But Mexican growers worry they still may be under a shadow of suspicion as late as November, when greenhouses harvest their summer tomatoes.
Sinaloa grows about 40 percent of all tomatoes sent to the United States. - Chicago Sun Times
A Santa Barbara Landmark For 50 Years...the Showgrounds also serves as a medevac site, disaster control center and animal shelter.
...While fairground facilities throughout the state receive a very small percentage of horse racing revenues to support operations, it is important to emphasize that Earl Warren Showgrounds is entirely self-supporting and receives no tax dollars whatsoever.
Fifty years, however, has taken its toll. Major improvements are needed to meet current standards and attract higher revenue horse shows.
Your Help Is Needed...
Earl Warren Showgrounds Foundation, a California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation is dedicated to restoring and expanding a treasured tradition that has served the Santa Barbara community for many years. We wish to thank and recognize all who have contributed in the past.
The power is going in and out. The breeze is going in and out. I'm not in immediate danger, but I've lived through too many fires here to actually believe that everything is A-OK.
Instead of spending money to go to a fireworks show, I'm going tomorrow to buy some good stuff from Trader Joe's and taking it to the Firefighters who are fighting to protect our community on July 4th. Hope y'all share a little love to your firefighters tomorrow, too.
Call your Congresscritters and the FCC. It's time for low frequency, neighborhood "NON CORPORATIZED" radio to be made available in emergencies. You know...sometimes information should trump "entertainment"... safety over superficiality especially in time of wildfire, hurricanes and floods.
I'm on the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade and we've been working hard with the huge force here to keep our friends' and neighbors' houses from burning down. The air support alone has been spectacular and effective -- in the last 48 hours an Air Guard C-130 with a retardant pod, two four-engined bombers (turboprop P-3 Orion airframes), a couple of two-engined bombers and a couple of twin-engined spotter craft. Add to that [helicopters like] a civilian Chinook, a big-ass old Sikorsky and a bunch of Hueys hauling 1,000 gal buckets from the ocean or from ponds up to the fire lines. Fire Camp alone is three times bigger than any movie location I've ever seen (though not as huge as the moderate-sized military exercise they were ginning up for at Ft. Hunter-Liggett, just as we finished up fire school in early June).
...“Goats herd better. They eat the problem and can work all day, until sunset. They don’t get poison ivy; they eat it,” according to Hugh Bunten, who with his wife, Sarah, owns Nanny & Billy’s vegetation management company of Lakeview, Ore. “By using goats, raking, hauling and dumping debris is not required, which saves money,” continues Hugh Bunten pointing out several benefits of the goat method of weed abatement.
However, one of Caltrans’ hired “contractors,” Toby, the goat, was complaining and took the day off. “Toby is having a bad day. He really preferred his previous job eating on the Getty Museum’s hillside. He’s one of our more picky eaters,” says Hugh Bunten. - CalTrans
This time in the hills just above Goleta.
Flames and smoke have been visible throughout the Santa Barbara metropolitan area as the blaze moves toward the canyons above western Goleta. Helicopters and air tankers were active early in the evening, but were called off when the skies darkened with night. There was an early threat to Windermere Ranch, but firefighters were able to protect the structures there. About 200 firefighters are currently battling the blaze, which is being called the Gap Fire and has burned about 50 acres so far.
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