austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
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austin_dern

Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind

It's been a lovely week in weather, too. I don't usually bother thinking of the weather as something worth mentioning, but Tuesday morning particularly was abnormally pleasant: even heading out for office in the morning the air was warmer and with just the right amount of moisture for it to feel really comfortably warm, rather than muggy. On top of that the sunrise was coming up with clouds beautifully arranged. It takes a bit for me to really notice the weather what with my exposure to it being mostly what happens on my way from a vehicle to an indoor structure of some kind, which should tell you something of how nice Tuesday was. And it stayed nice the whole day, too. If October were always like that it would probably be a much more popular month. Wednesday morning it was similarly warm and just humid enough, although in this case it was sufficiently humid somewhere in the atmosphere to tip over into rain. When it's a soft and warm rain, that's also a good thing. I'd like to stock up on weather like this, if that's possible.

Since that incident with the traffic kidney bean and all I've been trying to avoid it altogether at least on the way into the office, taking instead a route that's a bit longer but since it's primarily on ... well, not an Interstate, but on the highway that continues after the Interstate designation evaporates ... is typically about as fast. The trouble with that route is traffic jams, and as it happens, yesterday there was a really nasty one going back quite a few exits. So I got out at the traffic kidney bean exit meaning I didn't even get to see what was causing all the trouble, which would at least satisfy curiosity after ten minutes of crawling. As it happened, I could see that the last leg of the other route was half-closed due to street repairs, so that if I hadn't been diverted to the traffic kidney bean then my reward after sticking to the other route for a few more miles of traffic jam would have been ... another jam, but on local roads. Odd how things balance like that. (It's not likely that this was causing the whole highway to be backed up as not that much traffic turns onto it.)

Trivia: The Leaning Tower of Pisa's walls do not diminish in thickness with height, even though higher levels need to support less weight than the lower levels do. Source: Tilt: A Skewed History of the Tower of Pisa, Nicholas Shrady.

Currently Reading: Crazy `08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball History, Cait Murphy. All right, I'd like to put this on the ``strongly recommended'' list for anyone with an interest in baseball or just concentrated weirdness.

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