Happy Birthday Bullseye, HiddenSky, Mirella, Ouroborus, Prophet 6, Sarah's Carl, Spooky Magoo, and umbris!!
wolfguard - Thank you for the S7 synopsis. It was very helpful. It doesn't make me more enthusiastic about the season, but I do remember more things that were not dreary about it. *g*
I didn't watch much of Dallas either. I'd given up before J.R. was shot. It's odd how we each retain some memories of it, even though we weren't watching. It was evidently very pervasive. Yes, Bobby Ewing (who, with his wife, were possibly the only decent people in the show) left, or was killed off. That was Patrick Duffy. At the end of the season, they decided to have a do-over. His wife went into the bathroom, and there he was in the shower. *g* And yet, I don't remember who shot J.R. Ewing, and haven't bothered to google. ;-)
Christopher Marlowe - I really hope that the developers keep losing. We've had many battles in Austin. The creek that flooded in 1981 had numerous improvements made to the creek bed that mostly prevented flooding in the years since. Some areas were turned into parks. Creek beds were deepened. Drains were improved. Businesses on the north side had to build large retaining pools along the creek. Businesses on the south side just rebuilt. They've only flooded a few times. There was a different creek that flooded that night, and everyone who turned left leaving a popular BBQ joint lived, and everyone who turned right drowned. That area has seen substantial deepening and drainage improvement around the road.
And then there's our Onion Creek area on the south side of town, which always floods. The land is very cheap. People keep building back. The city won't prevent building on it, but keeps buying the land, and gets a little more of it after each flood.
That said, if an area gets 10" of rain in a brief amount of time, there will be flooding of some kind. One can't prevent all development everywhere.
Maverick - There are lakes that aren't manmade? *g* We are having problems now with dams aging. There have been projects for some years to repair them, and they appear to be working where done, but the management is a hodgepodge of different authorities with different funding streams. We lost a lake the other day when a spillway gate collapsed. It just tore loose. I don't think anyone was harmed, fortunately. And of course there are situations such as happened in Houston, where vast developments weren't even in official floodplains, because no one ever thought they'd have to open spillways to some lakes. Until Harvey, that is. The homes weren't raised, and the owners weren't required to have flood insurance. That was totally preventable and was some mixture of corruption and incompetence.
Are you positive you didn't do anything to that gas line? You're looking very suspicious. I mean, you were there. ;-)
I've spent the evening watching the weather. Rain was predicted after 9PM. At 6:30 I was out in the garden because there were clouds blocking the sun, and the 90+ temperatures didn't feel so deadly. Then my phone seemed to blow up in my pocket. Vibrations, emergency beeps, red banners. Tornado warning! Get to cover! Go to ground! Suddenly there was a smear of red all over the radar map. So I pulled in lightweight objects and checked the TV. They never actually said where the confirmed tornado was. The clouds turned darker. Then that warning went away and they were promising golf ball sized hail. I don't like hail. The lightning map was covered with strikes. The hail fell elsewhere, and I just had heavy rain with bits of lightning. It ended before sunset, and the temperature was below 70. I went out to see what there was to be seen, and there was a streak of lightning that divided into fingers, and each finger divided, and there was a whole web of lightning visible in the clouds. I went inside and have not gone out since.