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Rocker Ute Water Conservation Yearly PSA
by Rocker Ute 2019-05-22 16:36:53
We've had a great water year, but we aren't out of the woods yet when it comes to the multiple drought years we've had. So keep conserving the water (even though it currently feels like we are living in Seattle.)
If you have turned on your sprinklers, turn them off, no need to water right now, in fact it is a pretty safe bet that you won't need to water before June 5th.
Last year I bought a Rachio water controller which cut my already pretty low water usage by about 15%. For most people it will probably do 20-35%. Plus the state will rebate half the cost of the controller, so it should only take you a few months of watering to pay for the thing.
It was actually much easier to install than I thought, you just basically unplug all of the wires in your old controller and then plug them back into the new controller and then it goes.
I was a little worried that it would be too conservative and I'd start getting dry spots, which didn't happen at all. I just set it to 100% decide when and where to water and it did great. I also set it to a weather station that was only 1 mile from my house, so it was pretty accurate.
Odds are you are overwatering. I had actually had Utah State come and do a sprinkler analysis a few years back to recommend how much I should water on each station and it even saved me from that.
I was just reminded of this when last night I saw some automatic sprinklers running - in the rainstorm. Smart controllers save you from watering on rainy days, and adverse conditions like wind.
(Side note - a couple of other things to consider:
1. If grass dies, it is dead, and no amount of water will bring it back to life, so don't go and hand water dead spots. You need to get the grass when it is germinating which is in the spring and then also it can happen near the fall. Or you can also artifically get it to germinate by fertilizing the area, but simply watering won't do it.
2. Even on dry years there is no reason to water before May 15.
3. Every year I stop watering October 1 and my grass stays relatively green no matter what. Most people will have their lawn turn brown by mid to late October anyway, I've never turned brown before any of my neighbors.).
"So, I got there Thursday, and basically Thursday night after talking with Harding and Whittingham all day, them showing me around Utah, I just felt the coaches were right and that I'd fit right in and mesh well with everybody there, so that's kind of when I knew. Then Friday night, I talked to Harding and Whittingham and told them this place just felt right for my final two years."
First of all, I want to beat BYU, in fact I never want to lose to them again, but to create a factor of 'intrigue' so you can falsely prop up the importance of that game is just ridiculous. The BYU game matters only as much as our other two pre-conference games in that it'll be a major embarrassment if we lose to them and a severe warning sign that we are not in good shape at all for contending for the PAC-12 South title.
So, anything that has BYU in the top 5 will immediately invalidate the seriousness of what you are writing. The game has no bearing on our season at large, and becomes less interesting each passing year. Plus, it is impossible to rank them as a better team than Cal and even Oregon St.
Kragthorpe putting BYU ahead of Wazzu given our recent history with Wazzu is also completely ridiculous - the pirate is going to come and play and their offense always gives our defense fits. Finally, I'd put Washington way ahead of USC as far as importance goes, considering what I think those two teams will be respectively. So here is my ranking from least to most important games:
12 - Idaho St
11 - Illinois St
10 - BYU
9. Oregon St
3 tied. USC (and just because it is USC and that is an easy game to get up about)
3 tied. Wazzu
2. Arizona St
"A lot of structure, which is always for me is good. Our last offense was about finding space. This offense puts a lot more pressure on the quarterback to read coverages and understand where the open windows are going to be and it’s our job to get there based on coverages. I think they’ve really adapted to it. It’s more of an NFL-based passing offense. For guys coming in, it’s not about numbers. It’s about playing in a system that will help them get to the next level and I think this system will do it.”
The mention of the Jazz competing with the U in basketball attendance below reminded me
by Rocker Ute 2019-05-01 15:47:49
While certainly the Jazz may draw some people away the demographics of Jazz season ticket holders is much different than that of the U. My observation is that most of the season tickets help by the Jazz are by companies who give the seats out as company perks. Near 100% of the games I've been to have been on that dime and I think that is true for most. I think individuals who hold season tickets are in the minority, I would guess maybe 25%. You'd be hard pressed to find someone who has attended every Jazz home game.
The U is just the opposite, with most tickets being owned by individuals. I think the fan base is loyal and as Loiter mentioned, if the U starts to win, people will come back.
That Damian Lillard shot encapsulated both what is awesome and is awful about the NBA
by Rocker Ute 2019-04-24 12:36:11
But I still loved it. Just stone cold like he does that every game.
I actually had a buddy in high school who could consistently hit near half court shots from a few chosen spots consistently. That was about all that made him special as a basketball player, but still pretty cool to see.
I've gotta say, if all of these teams involved in the FBI corruption charges get off I am done with college basketball.
by Rocker Ute 2019-04-20 09:33:37
The long standing problem with the NCAA is that the schools and players get the punishment and the coaches who caused the problems simply move to another school typically getting paid even more than they did previously.
Arizona and USC need to get nailed and guys like Enfield and Miller need to be banned from coaching at the collegiate level. Was it no coincidence that Krystkowiak suddenly was getting those top flight recruits once this came out?
If nothing happens they'll just learn to conceal it better, and with that knowledge it will be an impossible sport to watch.
I think the tendency today is to focus on the bad in people, whereas I think that most people are good. Strangely enough, sometimes it takes tragedies to remind us of that and prompt us to do and be better.
43" of snow at Alta since Tuesday and more to come today. I got fresh tracks all day yesterday.
by Rocker Ute 2019-04-12 08:52:45
Alta is reporting 174" base with more snow forecast for next week. It has been a remarkable ski year. I don't have time to chase powder but I still got 5 epic powder days in (if I'm lucky I get one a year).
Now if we can just have a relatively cool spring and keep the snow up in the mountains to keep from flooding...
Markham is probably parroting what the coaches want him to say but...
by Rocker Ute 2019-04-09 08:58:08
Important note on Jayce Johnson: Yes, he’s in the transfer portal, BUT I’m told it’s not a given that he’ll leave #UteNation. Everyone reserve judgement and Johnson will do his due diligence. I think it would be tough for him to leave a Pac-12 team that he already starts for.
Is that a lightning storm in the middle of a snow storm? I've never seen anything like this...
by Rocker Ute 2019-03-29 05:29:59
If you are on the east bench right now it is snowing like crazy and there are all these little flashes of almost reddish light, followed by a small pop that almost sounds like a gunshot in the distance. Happens every 30 seconds to two minutes in seemingly random spots around the area. Kind of eery and weird. First couple I thought maybe a series of transformers were exploding.
I think that they should do ALL of what has been considered when it comes to targeting, specifically:
1. Targeting penalties need higher scrutiny and to be 'confirmed'
2. Increase the penalty to a full game suspension on the second penalty (presuming that #1 results in better application of the rule)
3. Create a targeting 1 and 2 penalty - one for incidental contact and one that is for malicious intent. Do the ejection stuff for targeting 2, do a personal foul like penalty for targeting 1.
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