Cue The Tumbleweed Blowing By...

as Waist High's one time favorite blog Fresyes has officially been abandoned 4 months now.

How about some random Fresno facts while we wait for his return:

Fresno and the surrounding area produce about 60 percent of the world's raisins and about 90 percent of the raisins sold on the U.S. market. In recent years, the city's economy has expanded to include manufacturing, service, and industrial operations.

The name Fresno, meaning "ash tree" in Spanish, was first applied to the nearby Fresno River because ash trees were seen growing along its banks. The city assumed the name in 1872 when the Central Pacific Railroad founded it as a station.

Fresno was the fastest-growing big city in the United States during the 1980s, with a growth rate of 61.3 percent. Fresno is the sixth-largest city in California and the largest inland city in the state. Fresno is known for being the largest American city not directly linked to an Interstate highway.

Fresno's elevation is 296 feet above sea level.

Fresno is home to California's largest Hmong community. In East Fresno, many neighborhoods are 40-50% Hmong.

Fresno County is in the San Joaquin Valley of central California. Downtown Los Angeles is 220 miles to the south and east, Monterey, on the Pacific Coast is almost directly to the west, 160 miles by road, and San Francisco is 185 miles to the north and west. The southern entrance to Yosemite National Park is about 65 miles to the north, while the entrance to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks is about 55 miles to the east.

Photo: Dave van Hulsteyn