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Anthony rants about Air-conditioning

This post has been months in the making.  Something that has been on my mind for a long time that I think is absolutely retarded.

What is the deal with the Air-conditioning being on in a library when its only 73 degrees F or 23 degrees C outside.

Its not even hot outside!!!!

Is this an isolated incident?  Noooo. Not at all!  This summer in Washington DC has been pretty weak as far as summers go.  And yet people are so desperate to make it cold everywhere i go, whether its at the library, on the bus in stores, practically everywhere.

Seriously.  I understand that being outside on a 90 degree day can be extremely uncomfortable especially when you are wearing a full suit for example.  The sun just seems to beam down on you with an intensity that is nothing to be reckoned with. So it is quite understandable that you don’t want to be covered in sweat as that feels absolutely disgusting.  Yet, rather than adapting business attire to the local climate, which is in this case Humid Subtropical, we try to shoehorn clothing that was designed with a much cooler climate in mind.

Intelligent I think not!!!

Washington DC like many cities in various latitudes in the Northern Hemisphere gets hot in the Summer. It just does.  Thats the long and the short of it, and while I understand that one doesn’t want to be hot, I feel as though the term “Air-conditioning” or the shortened form AC is a misnomer.  Why do I say so?  Well for one thing, everywhere I have been that has the AC on isn’t merely cooler than the outside temperature which would make perfect sense, the problem is that its cold.

Do you seriously mean to tell me in 2014 that we cannot have a better way of regulating our temperature?  I seriously doubt it.

So please, people give me a break and stop the nonsense already.  Besides I hear that Greenland is nice this time of year. Not to mention plenty of space to stretch out in as well.  🙂

 

 

Childhood memories and Persimmons in DC

persimmontagI have been interested in native edible plants ever since I came across the book “Stalking the Wild Asparagus” by Euell Gibbons.  This would have been around the year 1995 which means I would have been about eleven years old at the time. Two of the plants that I recall from that book are the Persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) and the Pawpaw (Asimina triloba).

You could say this was all because of my mother, who took me to various libraries when I was a child and so  I was able to explore a world far beyond anywhere i could get to physically.  This was a time before the Internet became a ubiquitous part of everyday life and folks actually read books.  Literal books in which you actually have to literally turn the page to get to the next thought.  It was a tactile thing.  As a result from a very early age I loved to read and it was one of my favorite things to do. Those books in turn motivated me to explore the outdoors near my home and over years I have learned so much from that.  The curious child that grew into the curious adult. I have been able to learn things that the vast majority of my peers just don’t and it’s given me an appreciation for the natural world that again sadly, most people I come in contact with just don’t have so for that.

Thanks MOM!!!!

In fact, it still is although now I find myself reading from my laptop or iPad screen than an actual book.  I am always amazed at how much things change but yet they stay the same at the same time.

What a wonderful life!!!

So anyway, last week I decided to visit the National Arboretum of Washington DC.  This was a place I loved to come to years ago when I moved to N.E. DC.  I would spend hours there sometimes with friends and sometimes by myself.   I recall walking down the street to Heart Pond and looking at all the beautiful Koi that was in the water.  I also remember seeing a Northern Water Snake.  It was in one of the few tributaries of the Anacostia to survive to modern times called Hickey Run.  I promise it wasn’t a romantic walk that ended with a kiss by the way it was just me enjoying a nice long walk…..

All by myself!!!

persimmonleaves

Anyway I came across a truly magnificent Persimmon tree (diospyros virginianum).  I could easily recognize it from its rather knobby bark. Unfortunately it seemed to be leaning like the tower of Pisa which I hope doesn’t spell a quick demise for it.

That would be quite sad  😦

persimmonbark

What I saw next you’ll just have to wait and see, but it was quite surprising.

 

 

 

A random life

I have probably said it before but I’m gonna say it again. I have a very interesting life! I mean, just when I think things are going to be rather ordinary something happens out of nowhere that’s rather unpredictable.

Like today for instance, I was just minding my business and not loungin’ when all of a sudden….it starts raining, I mean it wasn’t ordinary rain, it was that serious buckets being dumped from the sky kind of rain.

Goodness, it made me change my plans for the evening. Just the same I promise that I’m not gonna cry, I’m not gonna cry cause its just not worth it.

Thought you knew what was gonna come next. Aha! I fooled you!

Suddenly it’s like pink cookies in a plastic bag getting crushed by buildings. Random? Yes, I digress.

So then, I was waiting for the bus to carry me home when I decide to listen to some music on my phone. I ended up on Brandy “sittin’ on top of the world” when lo’ and behold’ I decide to read the comments below the video. In fact here….see for yourself!

ROTFL!!!!!!

I was laughing so hard at the comments from Arlene. I was like “Really doh! Dog chow?”

Then I could hear it and it was even funnier.

Now, in her defense,
someone saying dog chow at the beginning of the video or even better “meow mix” would have been hilarious, but it would have to be like a whisper.

I love being warm

Thank you!!

Thank you!!

Now I realize that winter is supposed to be cold but this one in particular has been absolutely ridiculous!  I mean, I’ve had the pipes in my house freeze and end up not having any water or heat until they got repaired.  This was a real inconvenience to me, although to be fair, I did get an excellent heater as a result of it.

I happened to be at a Target and thankfully I wasn’t the target that they were after.  HA HA HA!!  and yet, i came across a stand up heater made by a company called Lasko.  That heater was recommended to me from someone from reddit and I am so glad I listened.  I had purchased space heaters before, you know those stupid ones that you have to leave on forever just to get your room sort of where you want it, and then the moment you turn them off the room becomes bitterly cold all over again?  Yes, those.

They are so annoying to me!!

So you can imagine how I felt as I looked at the choice of heaters, I really wanted something different obviously so I got one for $60.00.  I recall thinking that if it didn’t work out that I would bring it back the next day.  Thankfully I didn’t have to.  The heater allows you to program the temperature you want and I like high 70’s to early 80’s so it worked out just fine.  So fine that it carried me the entire winter without being uncomfortable at all.

Thank goodness, although this time Chef Boyardee had nothing to do with it.

Frozen Potomac

Wow!

Wow!

I am probably gonna sound dumb for saying this but here goes:

I have never seen the Potomac River frozen over like this.  It was just interesting to me to see it while I was on the subway.   I was able to quickly pull out my iPad and get some pictures of it.

In case your wondering, this was not today……it was a few weeks ago and the daily heights were struggling just to get to 20 degrees F.     They called it a “polar vortex” and to be honest, it was really, really annoying for it to be so cold for so long.

I didn’t think I I would say this but the temperature is 33 degrees F and it seems warm.  Comparatively speaking, that is.  Don’t be fooled into thinking that I will be wearing hot weather clothing.  I’m just not doing that, no no no.