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31 August 2016

Violent rain/hailstorm in Colorado Springs

Early Monday afternoon, I went into the backyard to check on my vegetable garden. Rain was imminent, so I quickly plucked a few veggies and went back inside as raindrops began to ping down. In under a minute, things went from a light sprinkle to a violently heavy rainstorm that showed no signs of stopping. After about half an hour, pea sized hail started to come down with the rain. It only got more intense from there. I don't know if I've ever seen such a heavy volume of water pouring down from the sky. It lasted for well over an hour. There was so much rain and hail (which thankfully didn't get larger than pea sized, if you want to look on the bright side) that the roads in our neighborhood were completely overwhelmed with water, hailstones and debris. We were trapped in our house! (In fact, Pat had to cancel his dentist appointment because there was no way he'd have been able to drive anywhere.) Soon we were seeing videos on our Facebook feeds of motorists stranded in rushing rapids where the streets were supposed to be. It was INSANE. Our poor little cat was terrified, running around the house in a vain search for a hiding place from the unholy din. I got a little bit of video of our back patio and a few pictures of the aftermath. The photo at the top of this post is our backyard after the storm finally died down.

Here's a video captured a few blocks to the west of our house, to give you an idea of how intense it all was:  https://www.facebook.com/james.kleiber.5/videos/10154322777965926/

Here's another one, taken just around the corner from the above video:  https://www.facebook.com/kktv11news/videos/10154156831273381/

And here's a photo gallery and news article about it on the Gazette's site:  http://gazette.com/storm-leaves-parts-of-colorado-springs-looking-like-a-hurricane-came-through/article/1584429

More than 24 hours after the storm, there were crews still cleaning up huge amounts of hail. Thankfully the rain held off while cleanup took place, and let's keep our fingers crossed that Mother Nature cooperates for the next few days.

Here's a short video I took of our back patio during part of the storm (but not the worst part). You have to appreciate how wet my feet got in these 13 seconds -- and I was standing inside the house!
After the storm died down, I had some clients to meet at my studio at 3:45, so off I went. Even after making the drive, there was still a lot of debris and hail stuck to my car.
Later on, I had a chance to check out the carnage in my garden. This basil plant had been bright green and healthy before the storm. Now the leaves are bruised, blackened and shredded.
This jalapeno plant fared even worse.
And look at this poor zucchini plant! This morning, on closer inspection I could see that the individual zucchinis were completely pitted and ruined from the hail. The same goes for my pumpkins, green peppers and cucumbers. I think the rhubarb is a goner too. Sigh.
Here's a photo I took with my cell phone late yesterday afternoon, more than 24 hours after the storm had passed. (Yes that's hail.) This is on Logan and Platte, about half a mile west of our house. As I took this picture, there were three TV news trucks on hand, two from Colorado Springs and one from Denver, interviewing residents and filming the mess -- you can see the KRDO van on the left side of the frame. I have a friend who lives on Logan and Kiowa (in the near distance, a block from where I stood to take this picture), and her basement was flooded. Some of these homes are now uninhabitable. The father of one of my friends lives on this street and has been displaced. There's a GoFundMe set up to help him out. If you want to help, you can donate HERE.

30 August 2016

Car show on Tejon Street

Last Saturday there was a vintage car show on South Tejon Street near Southside Johnny's. Pat and I arrived at the end of the day, when many of the participants had already left, but there were still a few cars to admire and photograph. Here are some of my faves.
That guy waving at me in the background is Greg, who owns THIS place. You should check it out sometime :^)
This might make me unpopular with the custom car crowd (although I fully appreciate that customizing is an art form!), but I actually prefer it when cars are lovingly restored to look original, or "stock". This little Ford is my cup of tea :^)

29 August 2016

Why did the turkeys cross the road?

I do not know why these turkeys crossed the road and they didn't seem to know either, because the moment they got to the other side, they turned around and crossed back over it again. Pat and I were by the zoo the other night when we spotted this flock of four turkeys (one of them was a rebel and refused to be photographed) in the road, so of course I immediately parked the car and took a few pictures. I've never seen turkeys like this inside the city. They were huge!

28 August 2016

Sunday Style!

Yesterday there was a vintage car show on South Tejon, near Southside Johnny's. Pat and I missed most of it, since we had to work, but we did manage to catch the last stragglers after dinner. There were still quite few hot rods, customs and rat rods to be seen, and there was also this cool lady, who fit in perfectly with her retro style.

27 August 2016

The Union Printers Home

If you live here, you've probably driven past this enormous, castle-like building and its gracious grounds more than once and wondered what it was all about. Situated on the southeast corner of Union Boulevard and Pikes Peak Avenue, the Union Printers Home is, as you've probably assumed, historically significant. Built in 1891 at a cost of around $71,000 (!!!) and opened in 1892, it served for generations as the convalescent/retirement home for members of the International Typographical Union -- that is, the guys who printed newspapers, magazines, periodicals and books. It must have been a dangerous job. Just think about all the heavy machinery and toxic chemicals they were exposed to constantly, as well as the noise! The union was officially formed in 1852, and in the ensuing years made great progress in securing better working conditions for its members, including an eight hour work day, something we all take for granted now. Even so, workers in the printing trade were prone to tuberculosis (and who knows how many other ailments and injuries), which is why the Union Printers Home was built here. Colorado Springs and tuberculosis go hand in hand! [Read THIS post if you're curious to know about our city's tuberculosis-treating history.]

Just to the south of the original 1891 edifice you'll find a couple of cool Mid-Century Modern office buildings. They were built to house the union's headquarters, which relocated from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs in 1961. At the end of 1986 the ITU merged with the Communication Workers of America, and since then the 1960s-era buildings have been home to various medical offices, county services and other uses.

The beautiful old Printers Home is still an assisted living healthcare facility to this day, and it's open to the public. In fact, one of my friends works there. I called their offices yesterday in researching this blog post, and though no one there was able to help me, I did learn that they have a museum! I live only a couple of blocks away and I cannot resist a museum, so of course I will be checking that out as soon as I am able. I took these photos on August 5th. As you can see, the Union Printers Home is just as beautiful as it has always been. If you're interested in knowing more, visit their website HERE.
This cupola may look a little familiar to you because it's very similar to the El Paso Club's cupola, downtown. The ornate weather vane reads "1891," the year the Union Printers Home was built.

26 August 2016

Skywatch Friday

Golden rudbeckia captured against a blue sky and white clouds a couple of weeks ago in Palmer Park. For more Skywatch Friday pictures from bloggers everywhere, click HERE. Have a great weekend!

25 August 2016

Ready for ski season...

This summer has been hot and mostly quite dry, except for the last couple of weeks. Yesterday was downright chilly -- I had to turn the heat on in our house! (That didn't stop me from running errands in shorts, though. I am a Coloradoan after all.) I've been seeing reports of snow on the summit of Pikes Peak, too, though we can't see it for the clouds. I know it's still a couple of months off, but I'm looking forward to snow down here. I like winter.