This is winter in the Inland Northwest. Don't like it? Leave. Otherwise, prepare for it. Enjoy it. Be glad we don't get devastated by floods or tornadoes EVERY YEAR. I'll bet land is REALLY cheap there..and not much snow.Well now. Floods and tornados every year? I lived in Kansas and Okla for the first 35 years of my life, 1950-1985. In those 35 years I saw ONE flood and TWO tornados. (Manhattan tornado 1966, Enid flood 1973, Enid tornado 1974.) None of them affected the houses where I was living at the time. I've lived in Spokane for 26 years now. Experienced two firestorms, three major windstorms, and maybe four serious snow years. The fires didn't QUITE reach my house, but the wind and snow did some damage each time. Would have been worse if I hadn't taken the precaution of removing all trees in 2011. Conclusion: Damaging weather is a LOT more every-year-ish here, MAINLY because Spokane insists on keeping and replanting killer trees. Okla gets a lot of straight wind in thunderstorms, but the wind doesn't do much damage because there aren't any pine trees. Deciduous trees get automatically 'pruned' by the constant wind before they grow large enough to smash a house. Are the prices really cheap? In some towns but NOT because of weather. A quick Zillow scan shows Manhattan is tremendously expensive. Wichita, Spokane's twin, looks about equal to Spokane. Ponca is cheap right now because Conoco (the only major business) left town. Enid is NOT cheap because Enid has diversified business. I'll admit to being tempted by Ponca's prices. I could get a much better house there for $40k, sell this thing for $40k, and still live without a mortgage. Probably won't do it ... too many other variables. I'd definitely need a car, which would raise expenses considerably. = = = = = ** I shouldn't be too hard on the Weather Bureau. They have managed to obey Trump guidelines perfectly. Their twitter feed has remained COMPLETELY FREE of Gaian ratshit ever since Jan 20, which must be a white-knuckled strain like constantly repressing a cough. Strain for them, refreshing for the rest of us. It's easier to TRUST their information when it's not contaminated and confounded by theocratic lies.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.