The National Weather Service has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for Interior Northern California predicting heavy winds (40-60 mph)** and heavy rain (3-5 inches).***I'm taking bets from my bloggy readers. Winner gets a choice of either a novel or a pound of See's candy in the mail, should he or she choose to disclose a mailing address (sorry, North American readers only--I can't go broke on postage). In the event two people are equally close to the final number, the person who guesses closest without going over the number wins. (It's so very The Price is Right, I know.) You have until Monday, January 7 at 9 a.m. Pacific to post your guess, at which point I'll reveal the number of attendees.
You can post your guess in the comments or e-mail me at trillwing -at- gmail -dot- com.
*This is our tiny TA orientation. The one in the fall draws about 600 first-time TAs.
**Have I mentioned the neighbors have coastal redwood trees in their front yard? Tall trees + shallow roots + high winds = fun times! Also, we have a mostly dead cherry tree in the backyard that I'm hoping will hang on through the storm. UPDATE: a tree did fall down, blocking the street and very narrowly missing my car, but it wasn't a redwood. Still, it was a sizeable tree.
***The e-mail mentions that researchers should check on the campus livestock and sensitive equipment on the weekend. No mention is made of checking on TAstock or sensitive teaching consultants.