People all over the Phoenix metropolitan area have been complaining about this monsoon season being a dud. The occasional storm would roll through, hammering one suburb or another-- trees down, flooding, etc. Reading the comments on weather bulletins posted on a local news station's Facebook page, I would wonder at the people who wanted the same thing to happen to them. Obviously these were people who lived on the upper floors of apartment buildings. The most that they could foresee happening to them was a brief power outage or a slower than usual commute home. Those of us who own homes probably have a slightly different perspective. I know I do.
|The state of my pool and yard.|
Tuesday afternoon the storm clouds began moving in from the southwest-- probably the worst direction possible for Casa Kittling. For a while, they kept themselves slightly west of us, but then the really big, really dark, ones began to pile up. There was no high wind. There was no grumbling of thunder or flashes of lightning. None. But I didn't like the looks of that sky, and I rounded up my book and drink, and I got out of the pool and went inside. At 5:30 PM (about ten minutes later) it began to rain. Less than two hours later, our area had received three inches of rain. That's 43% of our annual rainfall. In less than two hours. You can see what it did to my pool. The deluge almost made its way into the house, and the closet in the guest room did spring a leak. It could've been a lot worse, but-- hey-- I hope those Facebook commenters got all the rain they wanted!
Before I start dealing with the mud, I'll head out to the corral for those links I've been saving for you. Head 'em up! Moooooooooove 'em out!
►Books, Movies & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
- Mastering the allure of the audiobook, which is the fastest-growing format in publishing.
- Benedict Cumberbatch practices sorcery in the Doctor Strange trailer.
- On gendered book covers and being a woman designer.
- The subtle art of translating foreign fiction.
- A dystopian novelist predicted Trump's campaign slogan back in the 1990s.
- The secret meaning of food in art.
- Harry Potter and the curse of middle age: should fictional children ever grow up?
- A snapshot of a 21st-century librarian.
- Harry Potter and the return of bookselling frenzy.
- Can serialized fiction convert binge watchers into binge readers?
►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
- The great Victorian letter swindle.
- The historical timeline you keep in your head is all messed up.
- Archaeologists have made an exciting discovery in a dig at the Alamo.
- A "lost" painting by artist Charles Le Brun for Louis XIV is being carefully restored. What an amazing transformation!
- Will a hidden treasure chamber discovered under Machu Picchu finally be revealed?
- Scientists in Bolivia have found the footprint of a carnivorous dinosaur that's nearly as big as a T. Rex.
- The remains of a lost Spanish fort has been found on the South Carolina coast.
- Archaeologists in Mexico have found a water tunnel under the Pakal tomb in the Mayan ruin site of Palenque.
- A sword that lay in a barn in Northern Ireland for fifty years is a rare Bronze Age discovery.
- Why ancestral Puebloans honored people with extra digits.
- Aerial photos are revealing England's ancient archaeological sites.
- Ancient ships of death: were they on missions of politics or plunder?
- A Craigslist ad has led to the discovery of a world-class art collection in Berkeley.
►Channeling My Inner Elly Mae Clampett◄
- Find out why this elephant was named Hercules. (And I'd better not hear about some big game hunter with more money than brains killing Hercules so he can have a trophy to bring home. Grrrrr!)
- A U.S. Marine Corps horse has been honored for its value in the Korean War.
►The Happy Wanderer◄
- Twenty-five photos that prove the world can be an utterly wonderful place.
- One of my absolute favorite subjects when it comes to the history of travel: the Harvey Houses of the Southwest. Fred Harvey helped create a railway paradise.
- Camping like an alien.
- Building the Bishop Rock lighthouse off the coast of Cornwall, England, must have been interesting.
- The forgotten wife of Charles Dickens.
- What's so special about Jerry Emmett being an Arizona delegate to the Democratic National Convention? (So good to read an article about Arizona that wasn't about political stupidity!)
- When Cervantes was captured by pirates.
- Chances are, when you're watching classic movies and musicals, you're listening to the voice of Marni Nixon, who died recently at the age of 86.
►I ♥ Lists & Quizzes◄
- Some books had a long road to success: initially rejected, now famous.
- Twenty misused English words that make smart people look silly.
- What type of book reflects your personality? (It said poetry for me. I'm not convinced.)
- 100 must-read mystery and crime novels from around the world.
- The best James Bond books.
That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.
Have a great weekend, and read something fabulous!