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Fish report

Bob the fish is doing very well. He eats well and makes bubble nests routinely. The water I've been using has been working wonders. His color is really starting to come out now, and he's developing the typical "attitude" that bettas usually have (chomping food, crunch-crunch-crunch, "flare-up" when you put your finger near the bowl, etc).

Should've used the blue box

I make it no secret that I can't stand the US Postal Service. I never have a problem receiving mail (of which I receive junk in droves), it's sending the mail that's the problem I always encounter.

Case in point:

I live in an apartment complex where there are rows of little mailboxes for tenants like myself. All outgoing mail is put into one central box. Two weeks ago I decided to be brave and use that, and it worked; The mail delivered. One would assume it would work the following week. So I used it last week just like the week before.

Didn't work.

Sigh.

What I should have done is use the tried-and-true blue post office box. You know the kind. Every post office has one. Drive up, drop the mail in the box and be done with it. Works every time.

So today's "important" trip will be traveling two miles to send out my mail. It may seem like overkill, but the blue box works. Whenever I try to use any other method of sending US Mail, there's literally a 50/50 chance of whether it will actually get there or not.

summer

Wal-Mart Lawn & Garden Center, Inverness Florida

one of the reasons i moved out of connecticut

Here are some "highlights" concerning the weather for next week in Connecticut. You can read the entire thing if you want. I'm just posting the biggies. I marked the really interesting stuff in red. 🙂

(Note: Apologies for the all caps, that's the way NOAA writes out weather reports)

(Also note to non-US visitors: The degrees are in F)

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA
454 PM EDT SAT JUL 29 2006

DANGEROUS HEAT AND HUMIDITY EXPECTED TUESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY

THE HEAT WILL REALLY KICK INTO FULL GEAR ON TUESDAY. HIGHS SHOULD TOP
OUT IN THE MID TO UPPER 90S ACROSS MOST LOCATIONS. HIGH HUMIDITY LEVELS WILL RESULT IN DANGEROUS HEAT INDEX VALUES BETWEEN 100 AND 105 DEGREES DURING THE AFTERNOON.

WEDNESDAY LOOKS TO BE THE HOTTEST DAY OF THE WEEK. HIGH TEMPERATURES ARE EXPECTED TO RANGE FROM BETWEEN 96 AND 102 DEGREES. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HEAT INDEX VALUES OF BETWEEN 105 AND 110 DEGREES ARE EXPECTED!

The "happy medium" in southern New England (for me at least) is between 74° and 82° - which is a rarity to begin with. Anything over 82 and it's just sticky and nasty outside. When the temp gets over 95, that's when it really starts to get on your nerves. Air conditioners work overtime, no one goes outside unless they absolutely have to, and as noted above it's just plain dangerous.

In Florida, 90 degree days are common, however, it won't kill you. 🙂 You can walk outside quite comfortably when it's over 90 and not be miserable - or cause yourself harm just by being outside.

I read the weather reports from time to time where I grew up just to see what's happening in the skies over there. I'd be lying if I said I didn't feel a sense of relief knowing that I'm here in FL and not in CT. 🙂

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