Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Rain, Rain, Rain for a normally sunny Los Angeles and the logic of the Piano Player......Scott Knight

Yeah, okay, we don't use metric to measure the rainfall, or the temperature throughout the free world, but its the only way for me to be able to relate Los Angeles to North Vancouver.  One minor detail, Los Angeles considers rain to warrant an ALERT.  No water table, they paved too much of their land with Concrete!  Result: Floods

Los Angeles, most of its older homes, exist without eavestroughs, but then again, most of the older homes' electrical panels are on the outside of the house.  Most of the older homes have crawl spaces sixteen inches high.  Most of the older homes are one story... maybe it has something to do with the building boom era.

During the first decade of the twentieth century, a low-cost housing industry thrived in Los Angeles. Promising easy homeownership in an increasingly lucrative real estate market, this industry, emerging in the form of real estate investment and “cooperative building” companies, contributed to the lure to working-class migrants laid out by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce (lacoc) in that agency’s efforts to draw more workers to the region. Carey McWilliams, in Southern California Country: An Island on the Land (1946), describes the lacoc’s strategy to bring more workers to southern California in an attempt to expand local industries by “undercut[ing] the high wage structure of San Francisco,” thus gaining a competitive advantage over that already well-established Pacific coast industrial city. Luring and maintaining an abundant cheap labor supply, it was believed, would attract “needed capital to the region” and keep labor unions weak. Thus, “with land to burn,” the chamber began a sustained campaign to draw what McWilliams described as the “homeseeker element” by “dangling the bait of cheap homes.” “ ‘While wages may be low,’ the argument went, ‘homes are cheap.’ ” As a result, McWilliams explains, interstate migration to Los Angeles was composed of “two distinct currents, people of means or ‘tourists’ and workers or ‘homeseekers.’” As these migrants streamed into southern California, explosive population growth fueled a period of dynamic residential real estate expansion that historian J. M. Guinn described as “the bungalow boom.” - 42 pages
The “Bungalow Boom”
The Working-Class Housing Industry
and the Development and Promotion of
Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles
By Kim Hernandez
Most of the houses in Los Angeles exist without an overhang, because there's no need to keep the "sun" from drenching the exterior walls.  When it rains, like this morning, and for all intents and purposes until Thursday, the rain .... water... is not being collected and directed towards storm drains like North Vancouver, it just heads for the surrounding land.

I might just get a photo today of the mighty Los Angeles River held at bay by the culverts:

The city of Los Angeles, then, presents us with an extraordinary opportunity to gaze upon the stained walls of a river siphoned almost to nothing by California’s faucets and lawns. In that surreal abstraction of a riverway, given over to obtuse angles and sloping walls, there are the almost imperceptible curves of the original landscape now gone into hiding – and, in the tiniest of cracks and the roar of storm drains, we can watch as that landscape returns. -

Los Angeles River:
 80 kilometers across?????
Length 47.9 mi (77 km) 
Basin 827 sq mi (2,142 km²) 
Discharge for Long Beach
 - average 226 cu ft/s (6 m3/s) 
 - max 129,000 cu ft/s (3,653 m3/s)
 - min 2 cu ft/s (0 m3/s)

 And the Fraser River??????   Watershed
Length 1,375 km (854 mi) 
Basin 220,000 km² (84,942 sq mi)
Discharge for mouth (average and min); max at Hope
 - average 3,475 m3/s (122,718 cu ft/s) 
 - max 17,000 m3/s (600,349 cu ft/s)
 - min 575 m3/s (20,306 cu ft/s)


Two days ago, there was a Moon, a half Moon, lit up as if a Hollywood spotlight was hitting it square on. Up until six years ago, I firmly believed that it was the Earth that was blocking the Sun's rays from striking the surface of the Moon.  Back then, six long years ago, along came this professional piano player from North Vancouver who laid the facts out cold to me, with one simple question:

"The Earth, blocking the rays of the Sun from reaching the Moon has a name for it, its called an Eclipse.  Do you honestly believe that such a rare event as an eclipse, is the cause of the shadow on the moon?"


My version sounded a lot less complicated compared to what I heard that evening.  And now looking back, its so simple.   His version was this:  Imagine yourself standing on the Earth (where else would I be, right); the Sun has set (and without confusing the topic too much here.... the Sun doesn't set, doesn't move, the Earth, the thing I'm standing on, is revolving and its only because of the circumstances I'm in, makes it appear as though the Sun is setting in the West, at night, rising in the East, in the morning);....... the Moon is up there, lit up with that big "Hollywood spotlight"; the rest of the world, to the West is still lit up with that SAME sunlight that the Moon is enjoying (the Piano Player, Scott Knight, didn't mention that, probably knew I would be too confused to learn that my Earth, although in darkness, was still enjoying the daylight just beyond the that horizon......)

The Moon, like I said was up there, and now the tricky part..... it all depends on where the Moon is in the sky that determines whether its a quarter, half, three quarter, or full moon phase.

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