Three major storms in a row, one with hurricane force wind gusts, have left us absolutely water- logged. Trees are down all over San Francisco and thousands are still without power. Seems it was even worse up in Lake County, just above Napa County, where my mother lives. The whole town of Middletown lost power. But there was one place that had banks of generators and was open for business. The Indian Casino! They were serving prime rib dinners and taking money. So Mom and her buddies went gambling Friday night while the power was out. That’s the thing about the West. When Nature sends her worst, the people who always know how to deal with it. . .are the Indians!

PS — The picture you see on this post is our “seasonal creek” in Sonoma. Seemingly overnight, it went from a trickle to looking like Class Three Rapids.