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Jay Lake
Date: 2007-05-04 18:44
Subject: [movies | child] Whisper of the Heart, cardboard and weather
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We have rented The Cat Returns imdb ] for the second time, as the_child liked it so much before. She also passed up both Porco Rosso and Spirited Away for Whisper of the Heart imdb ], which I am currently previewing.

Before we went to Mike's Movie Madness for the rentals, we'd run an errand over to Morlan Plumbing for some cardboard for the_child's third grade class to use in making backdrops for their end of semester play coming up. (Unfortunately I shall be in Omaha when they perform the play.) We were driving across town with the top down, the Genre car loaded with cardboard, as rain sputtered and spit above us. the_child confidently stated that as we got closer to the school, we'd be out of the rain.

Sure enough, she was right. She began to expound her theory about the weather, that there were "weather points" around the city, and that the rain and the sunshine changed places there. I asked her what made the weather points. She thought about that, then said, "It's just something the weather does."

On the other hand, she was right about the weather itself.
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User: hundakleptisis
Date: 2007-05-05 02:27 (UTC)
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Oh gosh if she loves that show her Howl's Moving Castle, it's a beautiful anime.

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User: joycemocha
Date: 2007-05-05 03:39 (UTC)
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She's right about the weather. When I lived over on 28th Place, behind the Wendy's on Powell, I used to watch how the storms would move over the West Hills and move in certain patterns. She's definitely got a good handle on how microclimates work.

On the Mountain, yesterday, we had hail all day. One of the locals was talking about how storms tend to get stuck on "the hip of the Mountain." Interesting observation. I've been in Hoodland (Welches, Brightwood, Rhododendron) where it's been socked in, or even an all-day thunderstorm, then driven up to Timberline where the conditions are clear and beautiful--all day.

Then driven back through the thunderstorms in Hoodland.

Locally, when my son went to Benson High and we lived in Westmoreland, I found it interesting that the microclimate line as to rain/no rain fell in places like the SE 17th/McLoughlin intersection, and then again around Burnside and SE 12th. It's all tied into how weather funnels through the canyons in the West Hills.

But I haven't had a good vantage point for watching the weather move like I did at that place 25 years ago. Too bad, as I learned a lot about Portland weather that first year here.

Then, of course, there's the ways that the east wind takes through SE Portland, and how Westmoreland manages to get more wind through the Crystal Springs Creek watershed than I get up here on the bluff near Woodstock.

There's a cool motel near Baker City, halfway up the hill near I-84, that's way cool to stay in when you have snow showers moving through the area in winter and early spring. You can see how the mountain and wind patterns affect the movement of weather in that area, and it's easier to watch snow than rain.

Sorry for the weather neep. I can be a bit of a weather geek....sounds like the child might be, too!
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Jay Lake
User: jaylake
Date: 2007-05-05 23:32 (UTC)
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Yes indeed.

"I am not a gun."
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E.C. Myers: Turniphead
User: ecmyers
Date: 2007-05-08 16:48 (UTC)
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I also forgot to recommend an anime series called Sherlock Hound. It's exactly what it sounds like, but it's a lot of fun and if you like Sherlock Holmes, it's even more enjoyable--several episodes were directed by Miyazaki in his pre-Ghibli days. And if there's ever a US release of Future Boy Conan (or you can get your hands on a copy of the series somehow) it's just like many of his Ghibli films, though it can get dark (but is still appropriate for kids).
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