9 March 2004
Submitted by eve on Tue, 03/09/2004 - 8:10pm. Um...
"I remember the first time I met you. You missed all the meetings. Larry was lost without you."
"Oh yes." *coolly*"I didn't realize the time difference."
"Didn't the pilot mention it? 'Thank you for choosing BA, the local time in New York is 8am and the local weather is better than what you're used to?'"
"I took the company plane."
--Two men talking in the lobby of the W Hotel.

Out in businesstriplandia, but no, of course I'm not staying at the W. I'm certainly using their lovely lobby wireless net, though. Thanks, Starwood.
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Not great weather yet...
Posted by Social Neanderthal on Mon, 03/15/2004 - 9:17am.
Thankfully summer will be hear soon and since I enjoy both the heat AND the humidity, I'll be happy again.

I think that is a result of being temporarily mislocated in cold and rainy and then just plain cold climes in my younger days.

Really, Houston may be the best use of reclaimed swampland in North America. We have wonderful museums, a great medical center, new and attractive sports stadiums, more restaraunts per capita than anywhere in the country, and a new commuter train that is gradually picking off those too stupid to drive on city streets.

What more could you ask for?
Posted by JLSeagull on Mon, 03/15/2004 - 8:58pm.
Can't say I'm as big a fan of Houston as you are, but I'm biased having grown up in the Dallas area. I will agree about the museums though. Have you been to the Menil Collection? The art is pretty nice, but the building itself (by Renzo Piano) is amazing. Point of uninterest, I recently interviewed with the architecture firm that designed Reliant.
Good luck on the interview
Posted by Social Neanderthal on Tue, 03/16/2004 - 2:45pm.
I hope you get the kind of work you are looking for.

And when in Houston, don't forget to visit the Art Car Museum. NOT in the Museum district, but a good time nonetheless.

Architecturally speaking, you may be interested in the Orange Show and the Beer Can House. The Orange Show is a good example of the zoning philosophy of early Houston. And maybe even recent Houston.

I'm more of fan of the Houston Metropolitan Area than The City of Houston. The Houston city government has become a joke, but that is pretty much government in general.

The gov'ment should stick to managing infrastructure projects, public safety, and national defense. If they can't do that, move 'em out and find someone who can.

Perhaps I shall run for Governor.
Texas, our Texas, all hail the mighty state....
Posted by JLSeagull on Tue, 03/16/2004 - 11:31pm.
Oh, I've seen the Beer Can house...very impressive. I actually liked another house in that general area better...it had giant sheet metal columns and a big stone frog in front. The mailman told me they call it "The House with No Walls"...but maybe that is just the nickname for it among the postal carriers of Houston. Thanks for the well-wishes, the interview went good, but no word yet on the result.
Posted by ParU on Tue, 03/16/2004 - 4:15pm.
How many movies have you made and is your wife a Kennedy? Oh wait, that's Our governor.
It's Amino world without Chemists
Posted by Apple on Tue, 03/16/2004 - 7:18pm.
Were you ever a professional wrestler?

Politics Can Be Risky
Posted by Social Neanderthal on Fri, 03/19/2004 - 11:25am.
Unfortunately my political career would likely be short circuited by my tendency to simply speak my mind instead of talking in circles.

That and the fact that not only am I NOT filthy rich, none of my friends are either.

Reality just keeps getting in the way.

The most likely way for the world to be destroyed, most experts agree, is by accident. That's where we come in; we're computer professionals. We cause accidents. -- Nathaniel Borenstein
Not surprising
Posted by marinerd on Mon, 03/15/2004 - 8:52am.
Here in Seattle it's much like it is the rest of the year--high 40s to low 50s, gray skies, occasional rain. But trees are blossoming. They don't get SAD.
Seattle = great!
Posted by ChristyMC on Mon, 03/15/2004 - 12:16pm.
I heart Seattle weather. It's nice and warm in the summer, but not too warm. It freezes just enough in the winter to keep the spider (ick ick ick) and insect population down, but not enough to make me miserable. The rain the rest of the year keeps things all pretty and green and ferny, rather than that nasty tan color that seems like it's taking over California. And lastly, the constant rain and cloud cover prevent me from having to worry about burning my pale, pale skin.
I don't get SAD, either. :)
Posted by marinerd on Wed, 03/17/2004 - 9:18am.
We're trying to keep a low profile up here -- it's already getting crowded with people moving here from California. So I try to point out that unless you can find the beauty of looking at the many shades of gray that is Puget Sound, and don't mind having moss growing everywhere, and having it rain so much, please just come visit us during our beautiful (but short!) summer. Don't be fooled into moving here full-time.
Posted by Matt on Wed, 03/17/2004 - 7:36pm.
Don't worry, marinerd. I still think Seattle weather sucks. I went there for a day with my parents once a couple of years ago, and at the end of the day, I couldn't believe I'd wasted three hours of my life in a car and another five hours in some crappy, overcast city where water and cold form this unholy alliance, almost leaking out of the brick-walled buildings and fomenting a kind of green scum over every stone object. When we arrived at whatever dismal, nondescript parking lot we found ourselves in, I pulled my sunglasses out of my pocket like I usually do, put them on, took a look around, sighed heavily, and put them back in my jacket pocket. It was going to be that kind of day. I think I started getting SAD the minute I stepped foot out of the van.

If UK weather is anything like that, I can see why my ancestors moved. To Boston, but hey, they moved.

So hey, Californians, go ahead! Move to the beautiful Pacific Northwest! Enjoy the open space, the rustic beauty, and the novelty of four (okay, three: no summer to speak of) genuine season!

Just don't blame me when you move back in five years, bitter and disillusioned and suddenly happy to sit in commuter traffic for an hour because it's 75 degrees outside and it's not even April yet, barely making a rent payment that's just as large as the aborted mortgage on your house "up north."

*steps down from soapbox sheepishly and crawls in a corner with face to wall*

never mind.
So true
Posted by marinerd on Thu, 03/18/2004 - 3:21pm.
Yes, Matt, it totally sucks here in Seattle. Your post reminded me of an old email:

You know you live in the Northwest if you...

1. Feel overdressed wearing a suit to a nice restaurant.
2. Know at least eight people who work for companies that manufacture computer parts, airplanes, or athletic shoes.
3. Can tell the difference between Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai food.
4. Return from a California vacation depressed because "all the grass was dead."
5. Know the vast difference between Seattle's Best Coffee, Tully's, and Starbucks.
6. You know the exact location of fifteen drive-thru espresso stands in your neighborhood.
7. Take a half day every July 1 to find your sunglasses and sunscreen.
8. You know what this means: "Today's forecast: Showers followed by rain" and "Tomorrow's forecast: Rain followed by showers ".
9. Remember the date, severity, time of day, where you were, and how long you were out of power and phone service for every winter-weather event in the last five years.
10. Feel guilty for days after throwing an aluminum can in the trash instead of recycling it.
11. You know what the term "sun breaks" means.
12. Are able to use 10 words to order a beverage the rest of the country calls "coffee."
13. You know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
14. You obey all traffic laws except "Keep right except to pass".
15. Have ever called your insurance agent to ask if your homeowner's policy covers falling trees, flooding, or mud slides - or if the number of your favorite roofing company is on your phone's "speed-dial" list.
16. Never go camping without waterproof matches, ponchos, and mattress pads that double as flotation devices.
17. Know more people who own boats than air conditioners.
18. Moved to the Northwest because you read that the two most popular hobbies are fishing and reading. Since arriving you've taken up fly fishing and learned to tie flies by reading a book.
19. Consider that if it doesn't have snow on it [in the summertime] or has not recently erupted, it's not a mountain.
20. Can point in the direction of two or more volcanoes even though you can't see them through the clouds.
21. Complain about Californians until the day you sell your house to one for twice what you paid for it.
22. Don't complain about Californians because you are secretly married to one or are dating one.
23. Find a wallet with $500 in it, return it all to the owner and refuse a reward.
24. Know the difference between Chinook, Coho, and Sockeye salmon.
25. Used to live somewhere else but won't admit it publicly.
26. Believe swimming is not a sport but a survival skill to prevent boating deaths.
27. Believe swimming should only be done indoors, except in emergencies.
28. Own more than 10 articles of clothing that have the names of microbrewries/brewpubs printed on them. Bonus for embroidery.
29. Wave at people who drive Ford Explorer sport utility vehicles like yours.
30. You stand on a deserted street corner in the rain waiting for the "Walk" signal.
31. Think downtown is "scary" because you were panhandled there once.
32. Go to work and return home in the dark in the winter, even though you only have an eight-hour work day.
33. Find that when the weather gets above 60 degrees, you replace your hiking boots with Birkenstock or Teva sandals.
34. Believe people who use umbrellas are wimps, Californians, or tourists.
35. You are amazed at an accurate weather forecast.
36. You put on your shorts when the temperature gets above 50 degrees, but still wear your hiking boots and parka.
37. You switch to your sandals when it gets about 60 degrees, but keep the socks on.
38. You have actually used your mountain bike on a mountain.
39. You'd be miffed if the store were out of your favorite brand of water.
40. Fifteen blocks away is a good parking spot.
41. You are sitting at a downtown red light. The light turns green and the car in front of you does not move. You do not honk. After two more light changes, you approach the driver to ask if they need any assistance.
And a cool pt ...
Posted by ParU on Fri, 03/19/2004 - 11:50am.
to our favorite Washingtonian for that list.
It's Amino world without Chemists
Posted by Matt on Thu, 03/18/2004 - 8:53pm.
Yup. Totally sounds like my Christmas vacations with my parents, outside of Portland, OR.

Posted by Cebu on Sun, 03/14/2004 - 11:43am.
I think this is the best time of year to visit Savannah. It isn't scorchingly hot yet and the azaleas are in bloom. At least they will be in a week or two. Azaleas are everywhere. I drove through downtown yesterday and heck if they don't have anemone's popping up all over! I love those. I have some grape hyacinth's blooming in my yard that I just planted in the fall, and something else is coming up, but I actually forgot what else I planted. Der. Our daylilies aren't out yet, but flowering trees around town are looking super pretty.

I hate Elmo.
Rounds three, four and five...
Posted by slugbuggy on Thu, 03/11/2004 - 2:19pm.
of the "Exponentially Improbable Excuses" game, or

"I'm Going To Keep This Up Forever Because I Know You Were Holed Up All Day In Your Hotel Room With Cheryl From Accounting, Running Through Those Little Bottles Of Booze In The Honor Bar Like They Were Complimentary After-Dinner Mints":

"We tried paging you all day about the meetings but no answer."
"I was mugged outside of the hotel. They took everything, including my pager."
"Busy signal on your hotel phone, too."
"Out of order. Tried to get switched to a room with a working phone but no dice, all booked. Don't think I didn't raise hell about that."
"Cell phone?"
"Again, mugged."

...and so on and so forth.
Yes, your weather sucks....
Posted by Social Neanderthal on Thu, 03/11/2004 - 11:14am.
....That was my first thought. Nothing against New York ... [come to think of it, that's not true] ... but I've never heard of anyone praising New York weather before and I'm assuming there is a reason for that. I realize every place can't be like SE Texas, with both heat AND humidity in ample quantities, but that's OK too.

But the weather here has been grand this week. I've got a great view of blue skies and just a few clouds drifting over Reliant Stadium and it's little brother the Astrodome. Considering before this week it felt like we had about 10 days of sunshine all year, I'm feeling great.

And yes, the second guy reminds me of the term Pompous A$$. That isn't as bad as the first guy, who appears to be really interested in that Sucking Up motion.
Posted by Inuki on Thu, 03/11/2004 - 11:31am.
I was down there (Houston) for spring break last year (first week of March), and while it was a nice change from Rochester's winter, I wouldn't want to live there. You can't see any stars! (I tried, the night I went to the rodeo. It didn't work.) And the humidity even around this time of year is enough to make me feel like I'm swimming through the air.

It's actually getting nice up here, surprisingly... There isn't any snow left on the ground(!) and it's actually over freezing(!!). Of course, the mud could swallow elephants, but part of that is because RIT's built on a swamp.
The one week
Posted by miss liss on Thu, 03/11/2004 - 11:23am.
Yes, SN, it's the one or two weeks of the year that it's nice to live in Houston. I just came from the Galleria on my lunch hour, and I really didn't want to come back inside!
Hey the weather
Posted by hypoxic on Thu, 03/11/2004 - 9:13am.
is great over here right now. I need to get to the beach again. BTW that's what's wrong with nocal not enough bikini clad chicks.
That's my daughter!!!
Posted by ParU on Wed, 03/10/2004 - 10:30pm.
Figuring out how to get free Internet. I'm so proud... (Seriously, I am).
It's Amino world without Chemists
Posted by Matt on Wed, 03/10/2004 - 10:06pm.
If the "local weather" in New York is better than what the guy's used to, I seriously feel sorry for him. Granted, I haven't been there, but snowy winters and stifling hot, humid summers doesn't sound very idyllic to me.

In other weather-related news, local temps jumped 15 degrees in the last week. It's likely to break 80F pretty soon.

Then again, the second guy sounds like a total snob. "Oh, I'm better than you. I took the company plane, chartered to keep me away from business-class miscreants and low-life whiners like you. By the way, I don't care if Larry lives or dies. I'm certainly never lost without *him.*"
Local Weather
Posted by umrguy on Wed, 03/10/2004 - 11:24pm.
Well, considering he said "BA", one could be led to assume that he's referring to British Airlines, and thus "what you're used to" = "British weather". (I don't personally know what British weather's like, I'm just interpreting.)

As far as Missouri weather, it's currently in the midst of the just-before-spring daily changes.

-There's someone in my head, but it's not me.-
British weather...
Posted by ParU on Thu, 03/11/2004 - 12:34pm.
Not sure if we've still got our Brits around, but the one time I was there (in July!) it was cold and drizzly.
It's Amino world without Chemists
Posted by Alice on Fri, 03/12/2004 - 12:10am.
I was in London for a few days in late November. My feet were not dry from the moment I left the airport until about halfway through the flight back to Spain. IT was miserable. I suppose most of you are thinking... "Duh. London in November was cold and miserable... I am shocked. Really." Well, yeah.
Empirical study of British weather ?
Posted by peegee on Fri, 03/12/2004 - 5:29am.
I've been in England twice, Lancaster and London, for a total of two weeks, once during springtime, once in late October. Most of the time the sun was searingly hot, especially during my October trip, and I had a total of maybe two days of light rain. Are you sure the fault is with the British Isles ? *grin*
Well, on that same trip I wen
Posted by Alice on Fri, 03/12/2004 - 2:57pm.
Well, on that same trip I went to Ireland and it was lovely, sunny and as warm as one could reasonably expect for late november. I had dry feet. I suspect it was a nexus of evil hovering over London itself. Hard to say though.
Posted by Matt on Fri, 03/12/2004 - 11:14am.
I know I've posted this before, but it seems appropriate, in light of how the British apparently react to anything but the most clement of weather, plus.... it's Friday!

The Beatles - Rain

If the rain comes they run and hide their heads.
They might as well be dead.
If the rain comes, if the rain comes.
When the sun shines they slip into the shade
(When the sun shines down.)
And drink their lemonade.
(When the sun shines down.)
When the sun shines, when the sun shines.
Rain, I don't mind.
Shine, the weather's fine.
I can show you that when it starts to rain,
(When the sun shines down.)
Everything's the same.
(When the sun shines down.)
I can show you, I can show you.
Rain, I don't mind.
Shine, the weather's fine.
Can you hear me, that when it rains and shines,
(When the sun shines down.)
It's just a state of mind?
(When the sun shines down.)
Can you hear me, can you hear me?
If the rain comes they run and hide their heads.
sdaeh rieht edih dna nur yeht semoc niar eht fI.
Rhode Island
Posted by That Weird Chick on Thu, 03/11/2004 - 9:17pm.
The worst I've had to deal with was the time it was 35 degrees and pouring...in May.
Posted by Apple on Thu, 03/11/2004 - 6:52am.
Weather in Chicago is in the midst of being really freakin' windy.

What? This surprises anyone??

Dead bugs everywhere...
Posted by Mike on Sat, 03/13/2004 - 10:49am.
Soon we'll all be cicada weather!

Oh. What, you mean now? It's... dandeliony. Is "dandeliony" an official weather condition? If not, it should be.
Jerkass Marmots...
Posted by slugbuggy on Sun, 03/14/2004 - 1:46pm.
Around here the weather has mostly been in lawful compliance with the Übergroundhog's decree that winter it is, and wintery it shall remain until the calender says otherwise.

I think it's because we keep waking him up when he's trying to hibernate.

*buzzsaw-like snoring sounds*
"Phil! You in there? Phil? Prognostication time already. Phil?"
"Huh? What...oh, it's you guys again. What time is it?'
"February. The second."
"Crap. Jeez...okay, here's a prediction for ya: YOU'LL ALL BE MAKING ST. PATRICKS DAY SNOWMEN AND WONDERING WHY THE HELL IT'S SO DAMN COLD IN THE MIDDLE OF MARCH, and then you'll look back on this day and wish you'd let me sleep in for a few more weeks. That'd be my guess. And here's yer photo op:"
*moons cameras*

Transcript of events not verbatim. I'm just guessing on some of the details. But it has been really cold still, and that seemed like the most likely explanation.
Posted by Inuki on Sat, 03/13/2004 - 1:28pm.
You've got to be kidding. It's still just becoming grassy here - no dandelions in sight. No tree buds either. And it snowed last night.

Ah, Rochester...
Ah, Richmond.
Posted by paul on Sat, 03/13/2004 - 4:54pm.
Our forsythia are in bloom, as are the crocuses, day lilies and other spring flowers.


Posted by Inuki on Sat, 03/13/2004 - 6:48pm.
That's just cruel and unusual punishment, Paul.

We have forsythia in my yard at home, and it blooms only sporadically - a few flowers here and there. It makes a great place for the sparrows and finches, though. I used to love hiding under it when I was little.

The real question is, though, is it for-SY-thee-ah, or for-SITH-ee-ah?
You've apparently got to prun
Posted by Obsidiana on Sun, 03/14/2004 - 10:37am.
You've apparently got to prune them way, way back right after the flowers are gone, because only the new growth blooms. Though my dad wants to tear out the one in our backyard because it doesn't bloom much and nobody ever bothers to prune it.
Posted by paul on Sun, 03/14/2004 - 4:31am.
It's pronounced for-SITH-ee-ah, unless it's in the yard of an elderly actor who is the perpetually hidden boss of three hot babes who put their bodies in danger on secret missions... (ba da boom)

The bushes here are thick with blooms so that they look like little chartreuse snowpiles. I find that particular shade of greenish-yellow to be rather unpleasant, but saying that here will about get you lynched by the natives who seem to be very fond of that pissy color...
Posted by Jon on Sun, 03/14/2004 - 8:30am.
Paul, you've earned one Angel point. Mixing with Devil points may have an explosion reaction. :)
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