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(End of) January Thaw

Posted by pjsauter on January 31, 2014
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OK, things aren’t quite thawed out yet, but when I got out of work yesterday, it was sunny and 27°. That may not sound like much, but you’d be amazed at how warm that felt. Not exactly summer-like, but certainly don’t bother to zip up your jacket, no need for the hat and gloves springlike weather for sure. And as I write this at 5:30 AM or so, it’s already 29°, on its way to 33 – and tomorrow they’re projecting a high of 39 (by golly, that ought to get the sump pumps humming again)!

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One More Day

Posted by pjsauter on January 29, 2014
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Of this frigid friggin’ weather, that is. Or so they say. Tomorrow back up into double-digits and all the way to 24° they say. And then up into the 30s for Friday and the weekend (with the tradeoff of maybe some snow, which is a fair deal as far as I’m concerned – snow doesn’t bother me all that much, but I’m getting too damn old for it to be this cold). So far this winter has been a throwback to the days of my youth, when it was really damn cold all winter long (and I had to walk uphill both to and from school, of course), and I’m getting just a wee bit tired of riding the polar express.

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Greetings from Lake Holyfuckitscold, My Hometown

Posted by pjsauter on January 28, 2014
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According to my outdoor thermometer, it’s -7.4 out there this morning. I gotta say, I’m getting tired of this winter already. Winter usually doesn’t start really pissing me off like this until mid-February, so I reckon I have a tough couple of months ahead. And the flu is running rampant, rampaging through society and killing people left and right (shame it doesn’t kill more on the right than the left). What, you didn’t know that?

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Team Sanders?

Posted by pjsauter on January 27, 2014
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It is an astonishing 35 degrees (above) out there at the moment. That’s the first time it’s been above freezing in longer than I can remember (which isn’t saying much, ‘cuz I’m old and can’t remember shit these days). Unfortunately, in looking at the radar, there appears to be a wall-o-snow headed our way. The weather dude says this demarks an approaching “Arctic Cold Front” that will drop temps back down to single digits once again. Oh goodie.

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I Always Knew We Were a Bunch of Heathens

Posted by pjsauter on January 24, 2014
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Apparently, Syracuse is one of the least bible-minded cities in the US. The American Bible Society (which I really, really hope isn’t tax-exempt) did some kind of idiot survey on “Bible-mindedness”, which they quantified by how often respondents said they read the Bible and how accurate they think it is. I’m proud to say we came in near the bottom – 86 out of 100. We’re a mere 3 spots less bible-minded than that den of iniquity New York City, which itself is only one spot ahead of Las Vegas (I’ve only been to Vegas that one time, and I didn’t see a lot of bible studying going on though I reckon there was probably some praying in the casinos).

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Just Mailing It In

Posted by pjsauter on January 23, 2014
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Yesterday was my late day at work, which means I not only have to stay late, I go in later too (‘cuz, like, it’s a long enough day as it is). As an early riser (with little to no respect for those slackers who sleep late and don’t roll into the office until after nine o’clock – which pretty much sums up all the upper mucky-mucks out there), that means I dawdle and waste my hours of peak mental acuity (such as it is) sitting around waiting for it to get late enough to go to work only to hit a major wall at about three in the afternoon, when I stare blindly at me computer in what resembles a persistent vegetative state. All on the odd chance that some slacker mucky-muck will come looking for somebody late in the day. Because, like, I don’t have e-mail and an iPhone and a company-paid Internet connection, so how could they possible track me down? So, on these Wednesday mornings, to quote Satchel Paige, “sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits.”

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Homer Simpson on Mars!

Posted by pjsauter on January 22, 2014
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If you’re a fan of the Simpsons, then you know that Homer has already flown on the space shuttle but it now appears he’s made it out of Earth orbit and to another planet. NASA’s Opportunity rover (which has been rolling around out there for an astonishing 10 or so years) has discovered a jelly doughnut on the surface of Mars. One day, it wasn’t there and then 12 Sols later, it was!

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Back On The Weather Rollercoaster

Posted by pjsauter on January 21, 2014
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The f*cking cold is back again, damnit. This bipolar weather shit is getting pretty annoying. Good thing I don’t have to go out today, but it’s not gonna get any better for the rest of the week, so I’ll have to leave the house tomorrow. It’s currently about four below and it’s supposed to get colder before it gets warmer today. If you can consider a high of seven “warmer,” that is. Oh well, at least I’m not in Big Form Minnesota, where according to The Weather Channel, it’s -29° at the moment. Now that’s cold.

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MLKing Day

Posted by pjsauter on January 20, 2014
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I did my usual Sunday shopping yesterday, heading out to the shopping “club” to get vittles for the week and fill up my gas tank. I’d finished my shopping and was pushing my cart out of the store when I passed a fat old tired-looking guy who, to be charitable, I would describe as “simple” looking (to be honest, my initial thought was that looked rather feeble-minded), but he seemed to have a fairly pleasant demeanor about him. As he happened to be looking in my direction, I gave him a smile and a nod, and he smiled a dopey little smile back at me that only reaffirmed my opinion that this guy was most definitely not the sharpest tool in the shed. Just your basic dumb schlub out on a Sunday morning.

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King Alfred’s Pelvis

Posted by pjsauter on January 18, 2014
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Exciting news this morning out of London, as researchers at the University of Winchester claim to have discovered King Alfred’s pelvis in a box of bones. This will no doubt spawn a rash of prank phone calls to the U of M’s archaeology department.

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