Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bella's Birthday Bash seems to have been a success.

There were far more booths there this year, and I had a lot of fun finding a few trinkets for some friends of mine. And the town was over-flowing with excited folks, which made things very endearing.

I did, however, nearly get squashed by a car though. Which put a temporary kink in yesterday's fun. I had been using the cross walk, when out from of one of the street businesses came a white car, very fast, turning into the street and right through the cross walk, and missed me by about a foot.

I have no doubt it left an impression with them. As I saw the look on the person's face as she blurred by, and the soft curse word she gasped out when she realized how close she'd come. It left an impression with me too.

But - hey, it's a beautiful day, and I'm still here to enjoy it.

And ... The Uncle's house has Twilighters swarming the field next door. It's been like that all day today. Whoops, howls, growls and "Edward!!"s echo the air, and from the look at it, mock baseball games and picnics. It's ... a good thing that the Uncle likes the Twilight series. Heh.

- Resa

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Water Rationing in the Rain Forest

From the Peninsula Daily News:

Forks officials last week asked residents to cut back on water use because city wells are about 30 percent below capacity.

It's been an unusually dry summer in Forks, normally one of the wettest towns in the United States.

Rainfall is about 23 inches below normal so far this year — and water use may be higher, too, because of thousands of visiting "Twilight" fans.

The Forks Visitor Center registered 55,600 guest book sign-ins in the first eight months of this year.

It had 18,700 for all of 2008.

Forks itself has only 3,200 residents.

When I heard about the rationing in the local paper - The Forks Forum -- they only blamed those 23 less inches of rain this year. But I'm thinking it's the added 55,600 people we've had this year so far. And the main Twilight festival has yet to appear. And the hotels are already booked up. So, I'm thinking ... SCARY!

Another good reason to go with a rain catchment system, eh?

The Cullens got in a little time playing baseball last night.

And it looks like they may get in time for another game this afternoon.

We don't often get Thunder Storms in Forks, Wa. I've only seen a hand-full in the last 9 years up here. But our house got rocked by one in the middle of last night, that seems to have fried the outlet we plug our computers into. Fortunately, our computers were unplugged.

In other news, I made another Twilight Plant Pot -- this time as a commission for my friends Jennie and Keesha. It's a Jasper Pot, and only up on RC-ForksWA currently, but I hope to have time to get it up in my main gallery soon.

Since I know Twlighters read this journal now and again, I should mention that the DAZZLED BY TWILIGHT store and tour company has taken over one of an old, closed restaurant to reopen it as the TWILIGHT LOUNGE. It's a giant building, and I have to wonder if they intend to have some kind of smallish Twilight Convention there on Halloween or at the opening of New Moon.

Along with this, Forks has one very small theater that has been closed for about 20 years. News is that somebody -- possibly again DBT -- is fixing it up so that residents and tourists can see the movie in town, instead of driving one and a half hours to Port Angeles to see the movie there. Lemmie tell ya, that would be nice!

Whoo -- a reopening of a restaurant and possibly our old theater! Jobs and movies! This rocks!

Gotta run. There's thunder! Gotta go see!

- Resa