Wednesday, July 29, 2009

the weather

I finally tuned into the weather coverage today, mostly to see how hot it got during my 18 mile bike ride home (which was fine, by the way). It got up to around 107F where I worked and was around 104F where I live. It honestly didn't feel that hot though. I'm sure the low humidity helped. Tomorrow I'll be biking home again, but it's forecasted to be a much more pleasant 100F for that ride. I think we'll be taking the 28 mile route, and I'll probably be carrying my laptop with me. Yes, I'm that brilliant.

An interesting thing I noticed about the weather coverage is that for the ticker at the bottom of the screen they were showing information about "cooling centers" that were set up around the city for people to go to if they were getting too hot. Most people here don't have air conditioning (because it's totally unnecessary), so it makes sense. Anyway, time to shower, hydrate, and get to bed. I'm aiming to get to work early again tomorrow.

Oh... and another random heat thing - the a/c units for the buildings at work can't handle the extreme temperatures. It's about 10-20 degrees warmer than it usually gets in the summer and the we're exceeding the cooling capacity. End result is that the cool air is diverted to labs and the offices may not be cooled. It was getting pretty humid and toasty in one of the buildings I was in. Thankfully we're still getting pretty good coverage around where I sit. One of the advantages of a garden unit.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

seems like another good day to bike home

Monday, July 27, 2009

the fedex wallet

Cheap! (free!!!)

Saturday, July 25, 2009

keep trying, aa

My mail from American Airlines since March or so. At least they upped
the incentive 5,000 miles, but dammit, I am not getting your damn
credit card!

Monday, July 13, 2009

rush hour in cleveland

Saturday, July 11, 2009


Friday, July 10, 2009

just saw the third aztek. sigh...

why cleveland???

beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

cleveland traffic

Now that I live in Seattle, Cleveland rush hour amuses me.  Some perspective – the SR520 bridge in Seattle gets 106,000 cars on it every weekday (and 87,000 on a weekend).  In Cleveland, you’d find similar traffic volumes on I-271 in Mayfield or on I-90 on the west side.  The SR520 bridge has two lanes, meaning 53,000 per lane during the week.  I-271 and I-90 both have 10 lanes, or 11,000 per lane during the week.  This morning I was guessing that typical weekend traffic in Seattle was 4x the rush hour traffic I saw this morning.  I guess I wasn’t too far off.

Summary:  10 lanes in Cleveland serve the same amount of traffic as 2 lanes in Seattle.

Monday, July 06, 2009

knees locked and fully extended. seat 5f is like first class, just much much cheaper!

i class it up