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The Wrong PU [Jul. 10th, 2013|10:33 pm]
For the last few days I've been smelling skunks every afternoon or evening. Either there's some un-removed road kill nearby, or the skunks are very active these days. Skunks are supposed to be nocturnal, but I've been smelling them as early as four o'clock in the afternoon. Usually, they aren't abroad before dusk unless they are sick or have been disturbed. I wonder if there's some preparation for construction that I haven't heard about going on somewhere in the neighborhood? Eventually there will be some activity going on in the former apple orchard at the end of my block, but I can see most of the property from my front yard and haven't seen anything happening there.

The town bought the orchard a few years ago, and it is slated to eventually become a park. As slowly as things get done here, I don't count on seeing the project completed in my lifetime, but most of the apple trees have already been removed, and maybe they are doing some work in the area that's hidden from my sight by a row of houses along the cross street. I don't know if skunks live in that area or not, but it is a bit brushy and has a number of young pine trees, so it might be a habitable place for them. I think one of my feral cats frequents the old orchard. If he comes back smelling of skunk someday, then I'll know.

I got tired of having my dinner late every night and decided to eat at three o'clock this afternoon. I'll have my lunch (peanut butter and orange marmalade on toast and a can of Tecate) at midnight or so. Maybe midnight beer will put me to sleep, though in this heat I doubt it. The house probably won't cool off until near dawn again, and I napped for an hour this evening, so getting to sleep will be difficult. There's not a cool day in sight, either. The best I can hope for is that the nights will get into the low 60s for a week or so. Can't wait for July to be gone. And I hope it takes the skunks with it.

[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2013-07-11 04:44 pm (UTC)
I'm glad they're going to make a park of the orchard and not some high-rise apartment complex! That said, I hope the stench goes away soon.

Your lunch sounds well-suited for a midnight meal! I haven't been able to eat heavy meals in the evening for years. (Tecate is a kind of beer? I had a Modelo Negro at a local taco place last week. It was delicious.)
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[User Picture]From: flying_blind
2013-07-11 05:22 pm (UTC)
There was never much chance of anything high density being built on the orchard, as the town has no sewers. The need for large areas of open land to accommodate leach fields precludes building anything above six or seven units per acre. The park will be nice, as long as they don't put anything that has to be lit up at night in it. Lights would ruin the view of the night sky.

Tecate is the beer of Baja California. The town of Tecate is right on the border (there is also a smaller American town of Tecate on the California side) and the brewery dominates it. It's close enough to San Diego and Tijuana that it gets metropolitan smog, but it doesn't hurt the beer, as far as I can taste.

In California, at least, Tecate has a distribution deal with Anheuser-Busch, and I can get it for the same price as Budweiser. Last week I got a 30-pack for $16.95, thanks to the holiday. Viva 4 July! Viva Mexico!
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[User Picture]From: daisydumont
2013-07-11 05:28 pm (UTC)
Tecate also has prominent golden arches. Mickey D has his finger in every pie!

Viva Mexico y viva July 4!
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