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Community News Pahremp Valley Gazette, Thursday, May 1, 1997 19 The Wind Doesn't Blow in the Desert by Mike Dougherty "The wind doesn't blow in the desert", is the beginning of a rather rude remark. In fact we who live in the desert have experienced an occasional gentle desert zephyr. Like in 1991, Thanksgiving Day, when the World's Tallest Thermometer blew down and seriously impacted the parking lot of the Bun Boy Restaurant. In the wonderful world of desert breezes it was only last summer that a crew of us working at the dunes were treated to the sight of a moving wall of blowing dust over a thousand feet tall moving out of Death Valley like a fugitive from the days of the dust bowl of the 1930's. Mobile homes are a particular target of desert winds. There's something about those smooth curving roofs that welcome the breeze like the true air foil they are. As lift is applied to the wing of an aircraft, so is it spread over the curving roofofa mobile home. Lift is lift. In 1982 we watched our mobile home at Zzyzx lift ever so gently off of it's jack stands, gently part the restraining ground cables, and travel 5 feet in free flight before yielding to ever present gravity and crashing to the ground. An exciting sight, and a two week clean up job. As strange as it might look, those who place old tires atop their mobile homes do know what they're doing. Those ugly old tires cause eddies in the air flow (like spoilers on a wing) and the wind doesn't have a clean shot at creating lift. Even so simple a thing as leaving a few windows open during high winds helps defeat lift and keeps the trailers from exploding as the air pressure decreases over the roof. More modern modular types of homes - double wides and such - have pitched roofs and usually asphalt shingles. As- phalt shingles are a joy all by themselves. The shingle is fastened on one edge and glue or good faith or something is supposed to hold the other edge of the shingle down. Until the wind blows. Again the air rushing over the shape of the roof provides lift. All the little shingles break loose their glued edge and flap in the breeze. In the house it sounds somewhat like a herd of squirrels attacking. Eventually whole sections of shingles will let loose and decorate the yard around the home. A salesman once explained that any wind over 50 miles per In The Thermometer's Shadow by Mike Dougherty hour was considered an act of God and not covered by insur- ance. Therefore, no matter what my insurance premium might be, I get to climb up on the roof and nail the shingles back down. Regardless of what the shingle installation instructions may suggest, lots and lots of nails vigorously applied are very satisfying and the shingles stay put. Some might think that nailing vigorous might cause leaks. So what, I live in the desert. What's it gonna leak, sunshine? Trucks and motorhomes are especially appreciative of wind. Every now and again a large modular home destined for Pahrump ends up decorating the banks of the Interstate as the drivers push just a little too hard to keep their schedule. Many half-a-houses rest in the scrap yards around Baker. Motorhomes are quite a different matter. In motorhome driver's school it is taught that the worse the AroundAmargosa with Andrea by Andrea Lynn Happy Cinco De Mayo! There will be a celebration of this day Saturday the 3rd of May. Mexican dinner will be served at the community center from 5-7 p.m. Margo Torea's Dance Company will perform at 6 p.m. and the students from the Amargosa school will also pea-form. Afterwards, the Longstreet Inn and Casino will be holding a dance from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Come and have some fun! The town advisory board had another quick meeting on April 24. The commission has not made a decision on the change of government to a town board. A public hearing will be held at the meeting on May 19th, which will be held in Amargosa. Several letters were approved. One to the Depart- ment of Taxation addressing a severe financial emergency in Nye County. Another to the school district protesting the use of a contracting service for bus drivers. And finally, one to the Ash Meadows Wildlife Refuge requesting a donation to the fire department for their help with the brush fire. Brent gave a budget report, and it seems that Amargosa is doing well money wise. The next meeting will be held May 29th at 6 p.m. The Sky Club had their annual dinner serving 45-50. They are now up to 86 members. The next jump is coming up soon! 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This may work, but often motorhomes must not be driven quite so fast enough because they rest gently on their sides along the desert roads waiting for the wind to drop and the big tow truck to come along. A few of the motorhome persuasion stop and park their rigs facing into the wind and wait it out. It is suspected that these motorhomes may be paid for and valued by their owners. There has been a breeze or two this past week. I believe we had a goodly part of Death Valley pass through our home. One might think that a great idea would be to open all the doors and windows and the dust would blow right on through. This doesn't seem to work. No matter how we rig the house, little sand dunes tend to build up in the corners of the rooms and the bath tub. Sand dunes. That new bridge and culvert system that Cal- Trans built over the Amargosa River on highway 127 is forming a fine new dune. The road nearly disappears at the new bridge as the dune creeps slowly across the pavement. So it must be spring. The wind seems to blow forever and the whole world is full of grit. The sun rises and sunsets are glorious shining through the blowing sand and the sky above is clear, but my how the winds do blow. We of the cloths line class have laundry dried in but a moment, but the gritty results are definitely, non-skid. So much for the wind. The rude remark? "The wind doesn't blow in the desert, Los Angeles sucks..." 00allstate00' Irentat car 8f sdes  IWe Buy Cars For Cashl 727-1050 SCHOOL Certificute ol Completion Job Placement Assistunce in Pehrump & Les Veses tkvailable Upon request - 4 - 4 hrs Per guy l=l00ible Schedulin 8 Limited enrollment Si Habla 00panol" (702) 751-_3262