First Treesponders*

January 9, 2023

(*) I wish… but I did not make that up. I saw it in a Bob Dunning column recently, so credit where credit is due. I don’t know if he made it up, but whoever did — and Dunning’s clever enough to get the prize — it’s perfect!

Meaning….. those people who come in after a storm and clean up all the tree debris. Or is that tris debree? (That bad word-mangle is all my own.)

After the string of atmospheric rivers and their attendant howling winds, we have a LOT of tree debris in town. A ton of trees have been uprooted.. like this one at community park that I passed tonight on my way to Nugget (fabulous pre-made dinners anyone?)

Thankfully, our monster neighborhood redwood is still standing.. (though I secretly root for its falling.. preferably down the center of A Street, well away from cars, homes and people).

But hoo boy, I don’t want to be in the bedroom when it comes down.. it’d be curtains for us. Here is the pile of fallen branches that the first treesponders swept up..

… though I can tell you there are a lot more that got blown throughout the neighborhood, including some large branches in our front yard.

I’m just not going to think about it.

Instead, I’ll think of the few minutes of sunshine that burst through the living room window this afternoon, after our third power outage of 2023 (this one lasted from last night at 9:45 to 11:20 this morning). I love this picture.

This was the power outage map this morning:


One other thing worth mentioning, as I set out to document 2023: I had an eye appointment today, routine, in order to check my contact/glasses prescription and whatnot. I learned that I have double vision. I could have told you that my eyes have been doing weird things over the course of the last year (or so), but I’d have followed that up with something about aging eyes and all old people have difficulty driving at night, and doesn’t everyone close one eye in order to bring things into focus? I guess I just didn’t give it much thought. But, in fact, I have double vision! It’s apparently the result of one eye that rests slightly upward facing and the other slightly downward facing. It earned me a follow up appointment with an ophthalmologist. I did learn that I don’t have glaucoma, don’t have cataracts, and don’t show any signs of macular degeneration (yet). But man… double vision. Stay tuned for the array of possible adaptive strategies.

2 Responses to “First Treesponders*”

  1. Elliot Says:

    Intense pictures of the fallen trees of Davis. Yikes. I haven’t driven around but do see many branches down and lots of foliage. Today is another rainy one. As for your double vision, I never knew that was a real thing. Hopefully they can fix you back to Single Vision without messing with your X-Ray Vision.

  2. Kari Says:

    It’s a real thing! You sort of compensate for it, and in my case, didn’t really notice it, except I was always (still am) moving my head around (largely unconsciously) to bring things into focus. Just thought it was my contacts, or tired eyes, or age, or my imagination. But when she pointed it out, it was so obvious!

    We’ve had some spectacularly heavy rain this morning; thanks for sending it our way! 🙂

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