Sir_Cat's Live Journal
Sep. 23rd, 2009
So, let's catch up. Thursday the 3rd, I had 0.05" of rain in my gauge, and Saturday the 5th, I had 0.10". It did kinda sorta rain another day, but nothing was in my gauge. It appears that the monsoon is over. Officially it ends at the end of the month, but there's no rain in the forecast.
The past couple of days, it's been very nice late at night and in the early morning hours. We're looking at lows in the 70's tomorrow morning. It's supposed to climb back above 100 from Friday and through the next week. On average we have 109 days of 100+ temperatures. We're at 110 days and will be adding to that through next week. I don't know how many 110+ days we had this summer.
Fry's may be dealing with a union strike in the very near future. As a Greeter, I'm not eligible to be in the union. I'll be working through any strike that may occur.
Last week I was on vacation. One I didn't request and didn't want. We're supposed to put our requests in by September 1st, and if we don't, our vacation will be assigned to us. I've never had to do it in years past, even though the same policy was in affect, and was never just assigned a vacation untill this year. I have 3 more weeks available to me, but I'm not sure now when I want them. I was thinking of taking Nov 29th-Dec 5th, Jan 31st-Feb 6th, and July 25th-Aug7th (2 weeks). Now of course one of those weeks is gone. Probably the week after Thanksgiving, which is traditionally a very quiet, slow week at work. So I'll probably have to put my requests in for the remaining 3 real soon. If I still can...
I think that's all for now. Take care all.
Sep. 9th, 2009
Why beer costs you more this year.
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Aug. 15th, 2009
So Wednesday night, as I mentioned, I had 0.01" of rain. Around dawn Thursday morning, a thunderstorm left 0.29" in my gauge, and Friday morning at 2:30-2:40 as I was getting home, I ran into a fast moving, localized thunderstorm which left 0.10" of rain in my gauge.
I saw a couple flashes of lightning as I was driving home Friday morning. As I was walking up my patio, a bright flash of lightning caused me to instinctively duck. The thunder followed about 2 seconds later, so the strike was about 1/4 to 1/2 mile away.
My cats hate thunder. LOL
Aug. 13th, 2009
An interesting article on a new battery technology that could be used to help power your home, cutting your costs to the power company. I've posted 2 comments to it so far (JHG1970). Some of the posters have been less than polite to each other, however.
This year's monsoon is shaping up to be the 2nd driest on record. (1924 was the driest.) However, there was a somewhat decent thunderstorm nearby last night that, although it didn't produce much rain here at my home (0.01" which I checked at midnight), gave a good light show.
It's now 5:25, and is raining much more, and I can also hear thunder. I've got the front door open, and I'm just listening to it. :)
Aug. 5th, 2009
On average, we have 18 days each summer of 110 degree or higher temperatures. In July, we had 17 days of them. As of today, we're at 20. Our high today was 113, 1 degree off the record high for the date.
Our morning low was 95, 1 degree less than the all-time high morning low temperature set in July several years back.
Every time it hits 110 or more, especially if the next mornings low is expected to be 90 or more, the NWS issues an excessive heat warning. The one in place right now expires in about an hour, at 8pm.
There's a slight chance of some blowing dust in the East Valley later this evening from dissipating storms to the east. Another slight chance of storms tomorrow evening.
I found out last night that I apparantly did a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde routine when I blacked out on my birthday. I was a royal effing a$$hole to Amber the bartender, and my friends. Amber was absolutely pissed off at me, and my friends thought it was funny. One of them even egged me on.
Amber has forgiven me, she was over it in a day or two. But it's harder for me to forgive myself. I will never celebrate my birthday like that again, ever. I will have dinner with my family, and then stay home. Period.
Jul. 31st, 2009
So I come to find out that Monday night, there was an hour's or so time frame that I have no recollection of. Basically, although I was fully concious and talking to people and all, I blacked out.
I had a slice of cake pushed into my face. I also got sick a 2nd time in the bathroom, and even cleaned it up. Or so I'm told.
Those 2 events don't bother me. It's the simple fact that I have no memory of them.
And that effing scares me...
I don't think I want a birthday party next year.
Jul. 28th, 2009
So I survived another birthday. I'm 39 now. Sunday night, I decided to go up to the bar and just see which of my friends was there and kinda start my celebration with them. Suzanne, one of the bartenders, let me crash at her place around the corner since I'd had too much to drink. 5 Captain and Cokes, 2 oatmeal cookies, and a cherry bomber. I did not get sick though, and I was still able to help clean up at closing time. (I'm the unpaid barback, I help out pretty much every night, although I'm not sure I'm going tonight.)
Monday, I had dinner at Lonestar steakhouse with my mom, my brother and his girlfriend. I had a 14oz Texas-style ribeye, a loaded baked potato, and a dinner slad. Afterwards, I met up with a bunch of other friends at the bar (a planned celebration). I wasn't there 15 minutes and I had 4-5 shots lined up in front of me...I had 6-7 total (Blue Jesus, Patron, Mind Eraser, 2 chili bombers, cherry bomber, maybe another...), plus 1 and a half Captain and Cokes. I ate some french fries and a mozzarella cheese stick. I did get sick once. My friends Sarah and Aaron let me crash at their place after.
Next year for my 40th, I'm thinking I want to be with family in MT or back east to celebrate.
I'm on vacation the whole week. From last Saturday through the 1st. I have no other plans for the week.
We've got an excessive heat warning in place here, till 7am Wednesday morning. Tuesday our morning low was 92. Our high was 115 I think it was. Haven't had any rain since last Monday. I had 0.23" in my gauge here at home. Not expecting any rain at all this week. It's supposed to 'cool off' a couple of degrees by the weekend.
A friend emailed this to me, so I thought I'd share with ya'll.
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I think that's all. Have a good day all.
Jul. 4th, 2009
Happy 4th of July all. If you go out to celebrate, have fun but be safe. I'm sure there'll be a lot of idiots out there. Don't be one of them.
I'll be at work.
My friend Leslie didn't make it to the winner's spot in the Hot Mom's contest Mix 96.9FM was holding. But I tried. And thank you to anyone who may have voted.
It tried to rain yesterday evening, but didn't do much at all. I got a trace in my rain gauge here at home. Probably about the same at work. I was watching the clouds from 5pm when I got to work till dark, and although there were some promising buildups, it looked like they hit a patch of dry air over north Phoenix and just disappeared...There was a severe thunderstorm warning in effect for the East Valley at one point though. So once again, the East Valley got to play but the West Valley didn't.
My front wheel bearings went bad on my truck, and finally gave up completely Wednesday. Called my mechanic and they sent a tow truck out to my home to get my truck. It only took them a day to get it fixed, but I had to wait til Friday to pick it up 'cause I had no ride to the shop when it was done. $650 later...front wheel bearings, front brake job, plus tighten the radiator drain plug and the fuel inlet to the carb both of which were leaking, and the cost of the tow. Labor, shop charge, taxes...
It's annoying, but it's to be expected with a 23 year old vehicle. One of these days maybe I'll replace it.
I've located and friended 16 distant cousins so far on my dad's side of the family on Facebook and MySpace. I've also located and friended 3 first cousins so far from my mom's side of the family all on Facebook. Still waiting on several more confirmations between FB and MS.
I've worked on my family tree off and on since I was a teen if not before. I have my dad's side of the tree posted online, and I share the link with each of the distant cousins I contact. I plan on posting my mom's side of the family tree in the near future.
I think that's all for now. Take care all.
Jun. 23rd, 2009
So my friend Stacy didn't make it to the next round of voting, however Leslie did. If you follow the link below, it will take you directly to her page where you can vote for her from today untill the 26th, when the current round ends. (Hopefully, she'll make it to the next round.) 1 vote per day, per computer/email address. (IP addresses are logged to prevent vote fraud.)
As I said previously, if she wins the contest, the central AC system will go to their mom. Thank you.
Jun. 22nd, 2009
02:22 pm - Cool
Amazing volcano photo shows shock wave
Image from space shows several phenomena that occur early in eruption
An amazing new picture from space reveals a volcanic eruption in its earliest stage, with a huge plume of ash and steam billowing skyward and creating a shock wave in the atmosphere.
Sarychev Peak on Matua Island is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, northeast of Japan.
The new photo was taken June 12 from the International Space Station. NASA says volcano researchers are excited about the picture "because it captures several phenomena that occur during the earliest stages of an explosive volcanic eruption."
Read more at the link above.