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Hydrologic Outlook issued February 12 at 3:18PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...WARM, RAINY, AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LEAD TO STREAM RISES... A MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND BRINGING RAINS AND WARM TEMPERATURES. MELTING MID AND LOW ELEVATION SNOW, IN COMBINATION WITH THE RAINS, WILL LEAD TO RISES ON MANY OF THE AREA`S STREAMS. MONDAY AND TUESDAY ARE FORECAST TO BRING EVEN WARMER TEMPERATURES...SOME NEAR RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES...ALONG

Today

Hi44° Isolated Showers and Areas Dense Fog then Rain Likely

Tonight

Lo35° Rain Likely then Chance Rain

Sunday

Hi47° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo39° Slight Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi58° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo41° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday

Hi58° Mostly Cloudy

Tuesday Night

Lo41° Slight Chance Rain

Wednesday

Hi49° Chance Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo39° Chance Rain

And The Voice Said "Number Please"

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 Today I learned from  Benedict Carey on the NYTimes that "The Older Mind May Just Be a Fuller Mind."                      

"It’s not so much that the mental faculties of older people are rapidly declining, it’s that their databases are fuller", a new study suggests. I was especially reassured by his closing statement: "It’s not that you’re slow. It’s that you know so much."  I knew that!

I'm happy to see that science is finally agreeing with what I've been saying for a couple of decades at least: My mental faculties are not declining! It's just that my databases are fuller and it takes longer to bring up some of the info stored in my mind - that, and I think that the brain only holds so much, like a bowl or jar. When the container is full and we add even a tiny drop more information, something spills out. And the more we add, the more that spills out and is lost.                                                                                                        

New technology is to blame for this. My mind was doing just fine and my memory was always excellent. Then came my first computer, and I had to learn a lot of new things. As soon as I began learning new things, I found that I couldn't remember some things from the past - simple things, such as "where did I hide the cookies so I wouldn't eat them all at once" or "what did we have for dinner last night?"  My databases were beginning to overflow.                                                                                                                                

Then I got an iPhone - the most diabolical invention ever created - with all those little squares and symbols and iTunes wanting to sell you music, and the invisible "Thing" that keeps trying to rewrite words when I try to write using those tiny keys too small for a human finger, and....  

At times like these I recall nostalgically the old black phone with the voice on the other end of the line. "Number, please."