Matthew Mitcham vs. Hurricane Gustav feat. “About the Blog” (Unless you’re into dance music, you won’t get this title.)

Having only been doing this blogging stuff for about six weeks, I never imagined that anyone would take an interest–just thought it’d be a fun way to get back into doing some writing again. (There was a journalism degree earned way back when, after all.) Then when I started writing about the weather here in Houston, and Tropical Storm Edouard came our way, I saw that people were tapping into my posts.

Then I entered a post about a gay Australian kid’s gold medal in Beijing, and as they say, “the hits just kept on coming.” And now, Hurricane Gustav comes along, and plink-plink-plink, the counter continues to move.

I’ve learned a lot about who and what people are interested in. I’ve also discovered how cookies work and that you can find out some interesting information about who’s checking out your blog. I found out that people all over the world are interested in the out gay gold medal winner. I got hits from places i’d never have imagined, like Kenya, Moldova, Saudi Arabia, even Iran. There were lots of hits from Hong Kong and Taiwan, but not a one from mainland China. It makes one wonder if they were just tired of all things Olympic, or was it that any internet freedoms they had during the Olympics had been taken away.

Also there was a lot of interest from those in universities and offices, where some people probably should have been working. Of course, these little cookies can’t tell you exactly who is looking at your page, but I still wonder if that was some forest ranger up there in one of those lookout towers who checked in from the National Forest Service. Somebody else with such a specific government address wanted a look at the Matthew Mitcham post, that I hesitate to mention any details. But when it comes to searches, people are most curious about Matthew’s boyfriend. I was a little curious myself, but I really in no way have the time nor desire for this blog to be perezhilton.com. I did, however, run across this photo of Matthew and his boyfriend Lachlan Fletcher, which some of you may not have yet seen, so I’ll share it. (They do look pretty cute together, don’t they?)

When it comes to the storms, people just want to know whatever they can find out. I’ve always been fascinated by the weather, so providing information for others, and places where they click to something more specific has been fun.

But as my “stay-cation” is over today, I’ll go back to writing things a bit more personal, and just when I have time. I hope that some of those who came here just because of Matthew Mitcham or Hurricane Gustav will return and check out some of the other posts. And thanks to those who made a comment; those are nice to get as well.

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Eduoard All But Forgotten– When Will the Next One Come?

Edouard’s hardly a memory even after just a couple of days. Now we’ll just think of the weekend, put away the flashlights, important papers, and stash the bottles of water or drink them at the gym. Here’s a good reminder of how it all went down . Finish with it and try not to think about these next few coming months–the high season for hurricanes.

Tropical Storm Edouard Down-graded to a Depression

Tropical Storm Edouard has now been down-graded to a depression. (Perhaps a prescription for Prozac is in order.) There is still a circular motion to the storm, which continues to head to the northwest towards the Austin area.

In the Memorial Park area of Houston, it appears that around 3 inches of rain could have fallen since the beginning of the storm. The rain began to dissipate around 3 PM today, and even though there are still some darker clouds in motion, no more precipitation has fallen. Most of the moisture has soaked into the ground, which needed the moisture due to a so-far dry summer.

Annie and I took our evening walk earlier, and we ran into others doing the same due to cabin-fevered animals and owners off from work. There were some puddles left in a few places in the park, but otherwise, the rain had been well-absorbed. The larger trees have been needing this kind of moisture, which can get deeper into the ground.

Annie directing traffic at the Washington on Westcott Roundabout

Annie directing traffic at the Washington on Westcott Roundabout

Annie and Nina checking out the mud situation.

Annie and Nina checking out the mud situation.

A Couple of Bright Spots for Your Rainy (or whatever) Day

Here’s a couple of vids to brighten up your rainy, stuck-at-home-because-of-Tropical Storm Eduoard day.

If you have read any of my earlier posts, you might know that I have been into techno/techno-pop/pop/rock in Spanish for a good long time. Yeah, I have kinda eclectic interests–Spanish music, papillons, politics, quilting, demography, Kansas history–more depending on what day it is. Maybe if you want to know, some day I can write a post about how I got interested in this music. Here are two videos I really like; both are from Spain. I’ve always liked the European flavor of these kinds of music even though I have tons of stuff from Latin America too.

Andermay is a duo that’s more or less new too me. Gotta love the Almodovar colors in the set. Entre tu y yo

Haze (Ah-say) is a reggaeton/hip-hop artist. This one’s not very new, but it still works.

Potenzia Pa’ Tu Carro

Out and About

I really like having a free day, like today. It doesn’t count as a vacation day, isn’t somehow part of the weekend. The rain here has not been bad, constant rain becoming heavier when the squall lines come through. A rain day is different than a snow day; not that we get snow days here in Houston. On most rain days, if it doesn’t last all day or isn’t as bad as expected, like this one with Edouard, you can get out. Since it hadn’t been that bad this morning, I took a shower, pulled out the umbrella, got in the car and headed out just to see how things were. The traffic wasn’t heavy at all, but there were people out; I suppose a lot of people had the day off like me. Most of the stores and restaurants were open, but I noticed that a few places were closed.

I took a little jaunt down to Montrose, the part of town I lived in for a good long time. I like living here by the park, but when I go down to Montrose, because I lived there for so long, I feel like I’m back home. Montrose is what people call the gay part of Houston. It is still, but was more so in the past. These days it’s gotten filled with so many old “yuppies” and “yurbies” (my word–young urbanites) living in all those town houses that have taken the places of the big old house and older apartment buildings, so it’s changed somewhat. It feels like they’ve brought suburbia into Montrose. However, it still has quite a bit of same flavor of the past. I had gotten tired of some of the flavor–the hustlers and druggies and more–and that was one of the reasons I moved.

Here are some shots of my little outing on this rainy day:

Kroger on Montrose--the gayest Kroger in Houston

Kroger on Montrose--the gayest Kroger in Houston

Montrose Blvd.--looks desolate,but there were some cars

Montrose Blvd.--looks desolate,but there were some cars

General Joe's--been eating there for years

General Joe's--been eating there for years

JR's--One of the oldest gay bars in Houston

JR's--One of the oldest gay bars in Houston