----El Nino has been pretty much a bust where I live in Southern California. We've received very little rain despite the weather expectations. All we have is the rest of Grey May, then June Gloom to anticipate as the clouds overhead, though sometimes dark, float past to release any moisture in downpours elsewhere -- sometimes threatening flooding and/or mudslides.
We can be grateful Northern California mountains did build up a snow pack almost normal for the season, but they'll need the same or more each year to come. At least this year there will be snow to melt providing some portion of our Southern California usual water allocation. Our city residents continue to convert landscapes to sustainable vegetation -- most of us voluntarily using water with care. Meanwhile our city's legal efforts to acquire our water rights continue despite the company's unwillingness to sell them back to us.
----The political candidate onslaught has begun. They've all previously been in Southern California numerous times in recent months and weeks, but now comes the big push.
Early afternoon I noticed two young men carrying clipboards coming through the neighborhood, but they turned away from my door when I directed their attention to my window sticker "No Solicitations - No Knock Registry" sign. Now I wonder if they were soliciting for business, if they were promoting a candidate or if maybe they were after signatures on another of many circulating petitions.
----Later I tuned in to early afternoon TV news to learn Bill Clinton was expected in about fifteen minutes at a nearby community high school in Pomona as he campaigns for wife Hillary.
----Heading south from here on one of our freeways into Orange County (known conservative stronghold ala Big John Wayne country) in the next few days Bernie Sanders (he's been in San Diego) will speak in Irvine at an outdoor amphitheater where I've enjoyed listening to the Pacific Symphony Orchestra concerts.
----Another day Donald Trump will be expressing himself in nearby Anaheim, also home to Goofy at Disneyland.
----A week or so ago Madeleine Albright was a speaker at one of our Claremont Colleges - Scripps - where she encountered protests to her appearance by some drowning out her voice. Her months earlier comments calling for women to vote based on gender caused Scripps women students, especially, to let her know their adverse reaction. There was some concern after a while that she wasn't being given an opportunity to be heard.
I expect some individuals, both men and women, may gender vote, but I think most of us are wise enough to also consider additional more significant criteria. I find it troublesome that there seems to be an increasing intolerance by many for listening to the views of those who differ from their own.
----ET 94 - external fuel tank -- is being united with NASA's Endeavour space shuttle at Los Angeles California Science Center Exposition Park. Here's the tank arriving in L.A. after a trip through the Panama Canal from New Orleans:
Fuel tanks for all other shuttles launched disintegrated after being jettisoned. Never launched, this tank is the only one remaining intact in the world. This orange monster is reported to be fourteen stories high when in vertical position for take-off with the shuttle. Today in horizontal position the tubular-looking tank was transported through streets where some light poles had to be temporarily taken down, though no trees trimmed as needed for the shuttle for safe passage. Turning corners was a challenging maneuver, but despite the slow speed the tank arrived safely at the Science Center earlier than expected.
Shuttle Endeavour took a spectacular flight over L.A. in 2012 when it arrived in Los Angeles. The flight flew over many special areas including east toward where I live, but here's one view over the famed Hollywood sign:
A spectator filled trip followed with transportation through the streets where it now rests at the Science Center as can be seen in this Los Angeles time lapse YouTube video:.
Recent years have seen other not just large but humongous objects being propelled through L.A. streets as I wrote about several years ago here in The Giant Megalith.
Only auto motorcades on the streets are in our future as best we know now in Southern California -- at least until our June 7th Presidential primary election. A couple candidates, at least, will return later to raise money. Then, we'll also see how important our state's voters are considered to be after the July Democratic and Republican national conventions.
This is a spectacular visual of Endeavour, the Los Angeles surrounding area, pilot audio noting points of interest, occasional radio chatter with control tower. A special thrill for small plane enthusiasts though this is no small plane.