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September 1st, 2014
07:51 am

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Back to the sticky
Air temperature 68 F for the newspaper walk, dew point 66, wind south at about 5 mph, cloudy.  The rain stopped overnight, but may return later. We seem to be dragging August into September with us.

Happy Labor Day (US) to those who Labor.

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August 31st, 2014
02:30 pm

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Various problematical aspects
Are "pen names" aliases?  Does writing a book about bad shit happening mean you are a bad person?  Oh, and he's black . . .

http://www.wboc.com/story/26367051/cambridge-maces-lane-middle-school-teacher-on-administrative-leave

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12:47 pm

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Sunday lowering sky report
Not actually raining, only a slight mist out at the airport.  One odorous skunk corpse, two flattened squirrels.  Rampant goldenrod and fall dandelions (which aren't dandelions) and loosestrife going to seed and vetch and clover and such.  May have seen Jimsonweed, one clump.  Couple of olive-green F-15s parked in the visiting fireman spaces at the base.

Stuck with a local ride in deference to the uncertain weather.  Naturally, we now have sun.  And thus my mileage figures lag further and further behind a Platonic Ideal.

16.44 miles, 1:20:35

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07:22 am

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Gray again
Air temperature 64 F, dew point 60, wind south at 10 mph, green globs to the west on the weather radar.  Bike ride in doubt.  I may try for a local ride, rather than a long one.  Mileage lags.

Noticed a squirrel on South Neighbor's roof yesterday, inspecting the eave entrances.  Looks like the rodent thinks winter is coming.  I have informed several iterations of South Neighbors of the problem, but I guess they like fancy rats sharing their house.

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August 30th, 2014
09:15 pm

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Jean Redpath 1937-2014
Scottish singer with a signature voice.

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07:09 pm

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Meanwhile, we have replaced last night's Steely Dan on the riverfront with tonight's Lady Antebellum. I can hear lyrics from over a mile away.

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03:02 pm

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Labor Day weekend, US -- when we wave bye-bye to the "summer complaints."

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08:22 am

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No subject
Air temperature 53 F and dew point 49 for the newspaper walk, mostly cloudy, wind south about 5 mph.  We're clearing off now, will wait a bit for the dew to dry before mowing the lawn.  Damned grass ought to slow down.

We had a bird making noise from the top of a spruce on our evening walk.  Since this was public property, I investigated.  One of our neighborhood sharp-shins, an adult, maybe warning the youngsters to stay hidden because of this fierce biped trespasser . . .

We'd been wondering why the blackbirds shut up.

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August 29th, 2014
10:00 pm

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Loud concert is loud.

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10:09 am

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Global warming
Well, replaced the batteries in the digital thermometer receiver unit.  Temperature went from 33 F to 69 F in a matter of seconds . . .

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