Noltze's Perspective

 by Kathy Noltze


December 10, 2018: We have our tree up (room smells lovely) and house decorated inside and out. Happy birthday to all who celebrate today.

December 6, 2018:  Robert Galbraith is the pseudonym J. K. Rowling uses for her Cormoran Strike books. She of course is the author of the Harry Potter series. I recently finished reading her Lethal White book and I was disappointed. The author says in 650 words what she could have said in 300. The plot was not interesting to me, either.
     I confess to binge-watching British tv however.

December 1, 2018:  Tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent this year.  When I was a child, this day signaled the beginning of the Christmas season with Santa on his way. Today, the meaning to me is much deeper but I still light a candle on the Yule log.

November 6, 2018: I voted early with a mail-in ballot.  VOTE.

November 5, 2018  We do not spring forward or fall back with Saving Time, a fact which sometimes baffles airlines. Think of us as a separate time zone: Arizona Time.

November 4, 2018:  Not to wish away the days of my life but I do wish elections were behind us this year; it seems to me the negative advertsing is particularly contentious this year.

October 27, 2018: Arizona Game and Fish Department prohibits fishing at the hatchery or I could have caught some big ones. Tonto Fish Hatchery was on my itinerary as I leaf-peeped yesterday and they were jumping (the fish, not the leaves).

October 25, 2018: Only in Wisconsin do they know what a schaum torte is.

October 15, 2018: We have had the wettest October this year since records were kept and we are only half-way through the month. Please drive carefully, especially through washes: it's faster, cheaper, and safer go go the long route than to be pulled out of a raging stream.

October 13, 2018: The life-cycle of windshield wipers in Arizona is typically that they are replaced because they were found at the last rain to be dry-rotted; then before it rains in the desert again, the replacements dry-rot.

October 2, 2018: There's excitement in the voices of weather reporters as they report something other than "warm and dry" in Arizona. We've had two days of rain and are in for more. It's a nice change even if wild critters don't keep me entertained because they are hunkering down. Drive safely and don't cross any flooded washes.

September 29, 2018: There was a car on fire today as I drove south on the Beeline Highway. There didn't appear to be any human injuries but the danger is that it'll start a brush fire. Northbound traffic was backed up for about a mile as fire engines tried to get through.

September 26, 2018: A bobcat strolled around my front patio (caught it on camera) and a coyote ran across my back patio in hot pursuit of a rabbit. It seems that wild creatures are coming down from the mountains now that autumn is in the air. My home is at a higher elevation than Scottsdale-Phoenix and the blistering heat is not as high or long. We're used to wild animals in our neighborhood but once they traipse through the Valley, they are on the six o'clock news.

September 19, 2018: Another wrong-way driver was apprehended on the Loop 101 yesterday after an 8-mile pursuit. Impairment was implied by the media. No one was injured.

September 1, 2018: Flags are flying at half-staff everywhere I go. Senator McCain touched many lives. My own flag, permanently anchored at the top of the pole,was made "half-staff" by putting a pipe at the top end.

August 30, 2018: Tributes to our late Senator John McCain are very touching and it is good to see long lines of people paying their respects. Nevertheless, I will avoid valley traffic today.

August 22, 2018: If the laws of slander and libel were enforced, I bet we would cut way down on the dissing that goes on via social media. Even the president might stick closer to the truth. He'd have no more claims of fake news if we applied the law.A few high profile cases would go a long way; we already have the laws: let's enforce them.

August 21, 2018: I awoke to a washed world today and more rain is forecast tomorrow. Meanwhile, parts of this country are sodden and can't take any more moisture but still it rains. National news is too sad to comment on; I wish we could hold our heads up with pride when we're overseas but it feels shameful to be American.

August 3, 2018: A baboon rolled over the desert today. A local weather reporter said his spell-checker changed haboob to baboon when he was writing the news. Here in the foothills, we are not immune to dust storms but are somewat insulated from the worst ones because of topography.

July 11, 2018:  It had been 4 months without rain before the monsoon yesterday. I could actually see cacti absorbing moisture from the air. As to be expected, I suppose, is that ordinary citizens had to jump into a canal fully-clothed to save a woman who drove into it. Law enforcement does not enforce the Stupid Motorist Law (actual name) because people hesitate calling for help if they know they're going to be held financially responsible for the rescue.

July 7, 2018: While much of the country is drenched, we are still waiting for the first monsoon storm. Neither Cave Creek nor Payson has seen a drop in months. Wildfires burn across the state.

June 27, 2018: I-17 was closed in both diections north of Carefree Highway yesterday due to a wildfire. I'm too quick to blame smokers for these fires but yesterday's and the other big one recently were both caused by trucks dragging chains.

June 25, 2018: Arizona is a border state that was handling our own immigration condition before the federal government got involved. We stopped Joe Arpaio from racial-profiling before President Trump pardoned him. We live with the situation and know better how to deal with it than do Washington bureaucrats; presidential directives on the matter are baseless. Both of our senators are in the same political party that Trump is; both are having their best moments now that they are not runnung for re-election and both are vocal critics of the president.

June 23, 2018: It's a mystery to me how rain barrels can be full but rain gauge shows no precipitation. I checked for leaks in the gauge but there were none.

June 21, 2018: At least one news station is reporting that the Stupid Motorist Law is not being enforced because some stranded drivers are not summoning help because they are afraid of the costs.
     Happy first day of summer.

June 18, 2018: A reminder about Arizona's Stupid Motorist Law (actual name): If you go around road barriers to cross a flooded stream, you will be responsible for the cost of rescuing you and your passengers from the flash flood; often this is by helicopter.

June 9, 2018: I was too quick to blame smokers and campers for human-caused wildfires. One human-caused wildfire in Arizona was triggered by a vehicle dragging a chain which created sparks that ignited dry brush along the roadside.

June 3, 2018: The wildfires burning in Arizona right now are human-caused. A reminder to everyone: campfires are prohibited. Smokers: shame on you. Our triple-digit temperatures and lack of rain make our forests into tinderboxes so we all must do our bit to prevent further devastation. At least we don't have any active volcanoes.
May 20, 2018: With a cell phone in one hand and possibly a gun in the other, the driver in front of me swerved back and forth in the outside lane, his head bobbing as his attention moved between phone and traffic, which was heavy. A few weeks ago, as I drove in the slow lane on a long upward incline, a wrong-way driver appeared in the fast lane, coming my way. In my rearview mirror, I saw that every car behind me saw her too and moved to the slow lane. No accident was reported on the Beeline Highwat that day, so apparently she survived to drive again. It is incidents like these that make me want to travel with a cell phone. Being a traffic warden is not a good reason to bother carrying one, though. You'd think by now that I'd be used to the peculiarities of Arizona motorists.

May 14, 2018: A name your poison moment: I was in Wisconsin's Northwoods one summer evening when I decided to go for a walk. Because I've lived in Arizona so long, I was carefuuly watching out for snakes. My mother-in-law said I should have been watching out for bears.

May 13, 2018: You won't hear from me every day because sometimes it's hard to write on a moving planet.

May 10, 2018: The season is called spring because that is when the temperatures bounce back and forth. We're in for a great week temperature-wise; locals are hoping for a little rain, though, while tourist are saying "we like it just fine."

May 2, 2018: There is a squall going on as I write this, the first rain we've had since early March. I travel the Beeline Highway weekly and hope the moisture is enough to put out the forest fires that closed it.

April 20, 2018: The President's peccadilloes tire me. I felt sort of bad for Melania until I realized he was a well-known womanizer before she married him. At the moment, I am more concerned about when it will rain here to clean up the air and refresh the desert.
    April 11, 2018:  Well, Phoenix got its first 100-degree day yesterday, so we don't have to enter any more guessing contests. It's about 5 degrees cooler in Cave Creek and 25 degrees cooler in Payson.
     From my view, Mark Zuckerberg deported himself well before Congress yesterday. Facebook stock went up.

    April 4, 2018: Maricopa County is the fastest growing and most populated county in the nation, according to The Arizona Republic. My neighborhood stays rural because of deed restrictions, town building codes, and topography.
     I grew up in Wisconsin, where an hour's drive could take you through four counties. An hour's drive in Arizona could keep you in Maricopa County. Arizona has a larger land mass than Wisconsin but only 15 counties; Wisconsin has 72 counties.
     If you live in Wisconsin, you pay for government.

    March 26, 2018: During Clinton's presidency they were called bimbo eruptions.

    March 25, 2018: Mark Zuckerburg lost $10billion last week on Facebook, the media reported. He seems like a nice guy, but Facebook had become a cult and I'm glad it is scaling back. I've never subscribed to social media, so perhaps I don't know what I'm missing, but it seems to me that people miss out on real-life experiences in favor of fake friends when they spend so much time on smartphones.

    March 23, 2018: So, Arizona is going to build a border wall between us and...California? Now that I could go for.
     Happy birthday to everyone who celebrates today.

    March 7, 2018 I saw a coyote chase a rabbit today. They showed up at the watering hole at the same time and the coyote had an easy snack. Nothing is as entertaining, though, as the sharks circling in Washington.

    February 26, 2018: Out-of-state license plates aren't the only indication we have a tourist in our midst: it's the summer attire that gives the person away. We locals don't wear shorts and halter tops in February even if the temperature tops seventy. I have to applaud the motorists though for their driving skills; local drivers seem to think that a posted speed limit is only a suggestion.

    February 25, 2018  There is so much occurring that I can't keep up with the national news. The president's popularity tied its own hisoric low; I don't believe we should govern ourselves by popularity. The flu is still raging. NRA fights back after losing many major endorsements. Ivanka Trump was not well-received at the Olympics.

    February 24, 2018: In the wake of the Florida school shooting, it appears our president is going to recommend a ban on assault rifles, or age or other restrictions. Too little too late.

    February 23, 2018: Team USA is making a good showing at the Olympics. Whether or not they medaled, each deserves a shout-out.

    February 21, 2018: So, Melania Trump's parents from Slovenia have received permanent resident cards in the US. Is this an example of chain migration that the President rails against?

    February 19, 2018: Our founding fathers never thought weapons of mass destruction, like assault rifles, would be invented, much less used against our own people. I don't believe a law restricting ownership of these weapons is contrary to our constitution.
    We make our own fortune, then call it fate.

    It's amazing how much I learn after I think I know it all.

    The president's secrets circulate faster than money. Washington, D. C. needs more people raising beans and fewer people spilling them.
    Lack of planning does not constitute an emergency.