Tuesday, August 26, 2014

TVC Office - Day # 26 - 2nd to last

As much as I like getting off work at 4 pm, getting up at 5:30 am to be at work by 7:30 am so I can get off work at 4 pm never, ever gets any easier.  As of Monday we had 5 work days left, and when we finish at 4 pm on September 1st we will have worked exactly 30 days out of the 3.5 months we have been in residence at TVC.

Monday was our 2nd to last Monday here at TVC and SLT, and was a reminder how fast time is now moving as we are within a week of our departure date.  The day began slowly, and remained pretty slow.  We only had like 17 arrivals scheduled for Monday, and all but 3 of them had arrived by 4 pm.  I spent most of my day outdoors in the golf  cart checking on the daily departures, and urging along those who were inclined to tarry too long in their sites.  I totally get why they do......who wants to leave Lake Tahoe?

We had a few requests for late checkouts, including one group of young people who were overnighting here on their way to "Burning Man".  Monday was the official opening day, and they needed a little extra time to get ready to head out to the desert.  Around 10 am we received a call from someone advising the entrance to "Burning Man" would be closed the rest of Monday, and into late Tuesday afternoon (possibly even until Wednesday) due to monsoonal type rains, and flooding at the site which had made moving vehicles in and around the "playa" impossible.  As soon as I got the news I headed back to their site to let them know and fortunately caught them before they had left.  They opted to remain here at TVC for one more night, but by 6 pm I'm sure they were wishing they had gotten a motel room.

The outside temp was actually quite cold until about 2 pm....probably low 60's with intermittent cloudiness....and I was still wearing my polartec jacket at 2 pm.  For those of you who may be inclined to "sneer" at my wimpiness, just ask yourself this question.....would you rather be in a place in late August where you might have to put on a jacket on occasion, or someplace where it is 95 degrees and 95% humidity, and the thought of any clothing touching your sweat coated skin is repulsive?

We finished our shift at 4 pm and headed home for the evening.....by 5:30 it began to rain.....wait, what?  Yeah, RAIN......torrential, big hail, lightning and thunder kind of rain....and it rained, and rained most of the evening and into the early morning hours.  I don't care if you in the Black Rock Desert (Burning Man), or here in TVC, it is no fun living in a tent with that kind of downpour.  This was another great example of how unpredictable weather is here in the Tahoe Basin.....there had been a 20% chance of rain from 2 pm to around 4 pm......

We watched Masterchef, then Hotel Hell, and were in bed a little after 10 pm with rain still ratatatating on our roof........happy that we had a roof of aluminum over our heads, and not a mostly waterproof tent fabric.

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