Tag: climate

Spring!

Today was the first day of spring (not the first full day, but close enough). It was cool and windy today, but I did happen to notice the first blossoms on the trees while driving home from work today. Pretty soon, the cherry blossoms will be in bloom here in the D.C. area. It’s always stunning to see those.

Did some more work on the reading list website. I’ll post a list of updates tomorrow. I’m also 120 pages through Up the Line. I’m heading off to bed and see how much more I can get through before I go to sleep.

I felt feverish at work earlier today. It lasted maybe 2 hours. I took some Tylenol Cold (it was all I had in my desk) and it went away and hasn’t come back. I feel perfectly fine now.

Rainy weekend

It was another very busy day at work yesterday. My workday started at 5:40 AM and finished up at 4:30 PM. And I still have work I have to do over the weekend. It rained most of yesterday. After work, I met Kelly and we headed to Hard Times for chili and beer, which was the perfect meal for that kind of weather. Later in the evening, we watched The Heartbreak Kid with Ben Stiller (and Jerry Stiller, who in my opinion, was funnier) before heading off to bed.

We were up at 8 AM. Kelly headed off to the gym and I caught up on email. We are planning on heading over to Tyson’s Corner shortly. I’ve never been there before.

I checked the extended forecast for Orlando, Florida and the weather for the time we are going to be there with vickyandnorm looks really nice. We are both in desperate need of a break. It will be a lot of fun, and is only a few days away.

It might as well be spring

Before a meeting today, someone was asking me why I’d moved here from California when the weather there is so nice. I tried to explain that you can’t appreciate good weather when you have it all the time. Spring is no fun when there really is no winter.

When I left the office this afternoon, it was overcast and 71 degrees. There was a strong breeze blowing from the south and carried on that breeze were the smells of spring. If you’ve never gone through a winter season, you won’t understand this. strausmouse might get it. vickyandnorm can understand. kruppenheimer just won’t get it I’m afraid.

It’s a wonderful smell, impossible to describe other than to say, yep, that’s spring all right.

Snow’s possible over the weekend.

Catching up

Work has been so busy that I’m behind the curve on my blog reading. I’ve got to carve out 20 minutes tomorrow and get caught up.

It was a beautiful day today, with highs in the 60s, but I was indoors all day and couldn’t enjoy it, except for the drive home from the metro station. I rolled down the car window for the drive and it was very pleasant.

Paid the phone bill yesterday. Mail today was all junk.

The kitchen is cleaned up, including the table that I usually just pile stuff on. I wonder how long it will take before junk accumulates again.

I’ve got nearly all of my tax documents together and hope to send them off to the accountant this weekend. I’m expecting a tax bill in the neighborhood of $2,500. We’ll see.

I started reading Rob Sawyer’s The Terminal Experiment at lunch today, and so far, I’m really enjoying it. Rob has a way of sucking you into a story that defies explanation. I want to model my story-telling after his style, but I can’t quite figure out how he does it.

Finally, several people sent this to me today, so I might as well repost it here for anyone who hasn’t seen it. Back when I was flying, I sometimes had to land in pretty strong crosswinds. The Cessna 172 I flew was tested in up to 14 knot direct crosswinds and there may have been a day when I landed the plane with 11 or 12 knot crosswinds. You “crab” the plane in these cases, with the nose pointing into the wind, rather than straight down the runway. It looks strange. But it was nothing like this (thanks to kevnyc for the YouTube link):


Weather or not…

I grow increasingly annoyed with how the media handles the weather, and the general reactions to it. Forecast yesterday was for a significant winter storm in the D.C. area overnight and into this morning. ke1lynn told me that yesterday her office basically told people to work from home because of the threatening weather. Mom’s Delta Airlines flight to New York today was canceled early yesterday afternoon because of threatening weather.

I woke up around 3 AM and took a look out my bedroom window, expecting to see an inch or so of snow that was predicted. I saw dry grass.

When I finally got up at 4:20 AM, I figured the snow had finally fallen. Nope. Just before I left the house, it started icing out. Not freezing rain, mind you, but a light icing. Four hours later, that has pretty much turned to rain.

My guess is that many schools opened late or closed today, and the same is probably true of government offices, and yet not a single snow flake has fallen in the Metro D.C. area. That’s what happens when a potential bad weather day occurs on a Friday, I suppose.

At least is looks like they are actually getting snow in New York City (3-5 inches). Maybe that justifies Delta’s canceling a flight yesterday. Maybe.

Early Monday evening

I’ve been trying to rest most of the day today. I slept in. I kept activity to a minimum. But I couldn’t resist the 72 degree temperatures and Kelly and I did head up to Greenbelt to walk around the lake early this afternoon. I picked up some litter for Zeke on the way back. And it’s been rest, rest, rest for the rest of the day. Kelly headed home around 3 PM and I dozed off for about 2 hours. And while I am feeling somewhat better, my voice has not recovered yet, which will make for an interesting day at work tomorrow since I have 3 hours worth of phone meetings.

I have laundry to do but I probably won’t get to it tonight. Kelly got me a whole bunch of new clothes which I am eager to start wearing but which really need to be washed first.

I’m calling it an early night tonight. I am planning on getting up for the gym tomorrow and want to be in bed by 8:30 PM.

Presidential Primary

I voted last night in the Maryland primary. I left work a little early in order to avoid the long lines they were warning about. As it turns out, there was no line when I got to my polling place, at just before 4 PM. In fact, it took me 2 minutes to vote, and that includes the time from when I set foot in the building, to when I left.

I voted for Obama, who ended up sweeping the “Potomac” states.

Interestingly enough, it started icing (raining ice, for you West Coasters) at about the time I voted. I thought nothing of it, as I was a quarter of a mile from home. But as it turns out, it made traffic a nightmare. So much so that the Powers That Be decided to keep the Maryland polls open until 9:30 PM so that people stuck in traffic could vote.

This morning, when I left for work, it was still icing pretty badly, but it was very early (4:55 AM) and there was no one on the roads so I made it to the metro station in one piece. Listening to people here in the office, I’m so glad I take the train. I nicely avoid all of the horror stories.

Warm February mornings

It was 64 degrees when I left the house just before 5 AM today. The temperature in the D.C. area is going up to the mid-70s today. There is rain and thunder in the forecast. Nevertheless, it will be 12 degrees warmer here today than in Santa Monica, California, and exactly twice as warm (i.e. 37 degrees warmer) than it will be where strausmouse and rmstraus live.

It is February, right?

Winter rainbow

Driving home from the Metro station this evening, it there was a light rain but a bright sky in the west. While approaching the railroad tracks (and waiting for a MARC train to pass by), I noticed an incredibly bright rainbow in the east. The photo (taken with my iPhone) doesn’t really do it justice. I’ve never seen a rainbow brighter than this one. Nor have I ever seen one during the winter.

Cold morning

I don’t know exactly how cold it was this morning, but it must have been pretty darn cold. Knowing that the trains would not be busy today because of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, I slept in this morning and took a later train, getting into the office around 8 AM (instead of 5:30 AM). I tried to time it so that I only had to wait a few minutes, but the schedule was off slightly and I had to wait around 8 minutes.

I forgot my hat.

My ears were freezing. I mean, really badly.

It was a relief to get on the train, believe me. I can’t imagine what it must have been like at the Giants game last night (although I’m very happy the Giants won). Brrrrrr!

Turns out that I once again woke up in the middle of the night last night and spent about 30 minutes reading before going back to sleep. I’m not through 576 pages of Our Oriental Heritage and chances are very good that I will finish the book before the end of the month.

I have to stop at Union Station on the way home this evening to pick up the train tickets to New York for this coming weekend. Kelly has the day off today and is rumored to be hitting the outlet malls in Leesburg and places like that.

Even my office is cold this morning. Building maintenance people were around but there doesn’t seem to be anything they can do. I’ll live.

The Bucket List and more

Kelly and I went to see The Bucket List this afternoon, even after reading reviews that were, in general, not good. But you know what, screw the reviewers and let us make our own judgments. And a good thing that, because we both liked the movie quite a bit.

Roger Ebert, with whom I usually agree, gave the movie a D, saying “‘The Bucket List’ thinks dying of cancer is a laff riot followed by a dime-store epiphany.” But that it not at all what I got out of the movie, and it makes me thing that Ebert saw a very different movie than I did, which is unusual. Yes, there are funny moments. But it seems to me that when dealing with a terminal illness, one can allow it to ruin what’s left of their lives, or one can embrace it. This movie is an example of fighting the former in favor of the latter.


I’m spending the evening reading and trying to ignore the football games going on, although I did see that New England won (big surprise) and that the Giants were winning at the beginning of the second quarter. I’m about 550 pages through Our Oriental Heritage and hoping to make some more progress in the next hour or so before I turn out the lights.

I just finished reading what was perhaps the most difficult portion of the book for me to understand thus far–on some of the more in depth aspects of Indian philosophy. The parts on yoga make enough sense but some of the latter philosophies had me straining at the edge of my comprehension–and even so I’m not sure that I understood what I was reading. I’m always anxious when I don’t understand something, and certainly I cannot fault Durant, who has thus far been a brilliant writer. Which leaves me with the uncomfortable feeling that I have reached one of those mental barriers (like economics and music) through which I will likely ever make much more progress.


Coldest day of the year today, thus far. And I mean bitter cold. The high never broke out of the low 20s and with the wind chill, we were down around 10 or 11 degrees. I realize that’s not Minneapolis cold, but it’s plenty cold for here. My cheeks were stinging when exposed to that cold earlier today.

Raindrops keep fallin’ on my head

The snow has finally turned to rain. It looks like I got about 2″ of snow at my place. But this was wet, heavy snow. The drive back from the Metro station was a bit treacherous because not all of the streets had been cleared yet and the temperatures are right at the freezing point. I made my way home slowly and carefully.

The rain should help to melt some of the snow. The temps are not going below freezing tonight and will be up to almost 50 during the day tomorrow, so I imagine that most of this snow will melt.

But I noticed that the mail hasn’t come yet.

I’m about ready to hit the shower (a nice hot shower is a cheap way to warm up fast). Then I’m going to read for the rest of the evening. The chapters on India are fascinating, but I am also anxious to get to the chapters on China and Japan.