Rochester weather is volatile, I'd like to see a month between the 60's and the 80's, but it doesn't seem to happen.
I cooked up a poblano pepper to have with our tacos one night, in hopes of making us sweat and feel cooler. It wasn't that spicy, what's the next hotter one?
We did get hot and sweaty trimming our dogs' claws. He's impractical for hot weather, he looks like cousin It, with long, itchy fur, including on his paws. He hasn't been as active, either, so his claws were too long. He doesn't like people messing with his feet though, so I had to hold him down while my wife clipped his claws, we even had to do it in the backyard so neighbors didn't call the Humane Society. It was like wrestling a goat with halitosis.
I got lucky at Walmart, four Swedish designed sporks, a chunk of magnesium with a ferrocerium rod, and a real cheap folding knife. I'm buying for our week in a cabin in August, and I thought starting a fire with magnesium would be a neat trick. I'd rather not use my AF survival knife to carve and strike magnesium, so a $1 knife is perfect.
Thirteen year old and I played with the magnesium/ferrocerium thingie, so we tried to start fire with that, instead of a lighter. Cut off magnesium chips onto a tissue, and scrape sparks at it, eventually you'll get a fire. Fire, fire, fire!
We then moved onto vaseline impregnated cotton balls, it's still not as easy at a match or lighter, but it's more fun.
A day later I started our grill, for shish kebabs, with the fire starter. I figure sooner or later the big "O" will ban barbequeing, for reasons of carbon emissions and cancer dangers. I reckon the easiest way to do that is to ban lighters and matches, so I'm prepared.
In book news, I finished The Unbearable Lightness of Being, which takes place in Czechoslovakia during 1968. The original is probably better, but I don't read Czech. The movie is great, but a bit long. Commies are a main plot driver, but tanks are barely there.
In other book news, I finished John Kenneth Galbraith's
The Age of Uncertainty, a companion to a TV series giving an overview of economics. I'd call it a good primer, though dated, with all this talk of Communist Europe and divided Berlin.
One morning at Target, I stopped to buy a garden nozzle for the Collective garden, and foam weapons, two short swords and a double headed axe. When I got home, the girls and I had foam weapon duels. My oldest complained when I attacked her from the sun, it's important that she realizes the benefits of terrain.
I also noticed some sweet movie deals. The Matrix, the two sequels and Animatrix for $10. I only have the Matrix on VHS and divx (I think I first watched it on divx), I should upgrade. Young Frankenstein/Spaceballs for $10, I should get that, maybe when I get paid.
Everyone went to bed early one night so I pulled out "Fellowship of the Ring" to watch for a while, to chillax. I saw it in the theater, I haven't seen it since. I have to appreciate it on it's own, otherwise I'd be irked by Bilbo appearing older than he was when he found the Ring, the severe time compression (Frodo doesn't dilly dally around the Shire for months after deciding he needs to leave), what get's dropped (selling Bag End, moving to Buckland, the Old Forest and Tom Bombadil and the Barrow Wights, the cow jumping over the moon song, Bill Ferny).
In more movie kvetching, Jackson wimpified Aragorn, and female warriors in Middle Earth are rare, very rare. Arwen should have stayed in Rivendell, tatting lace.
The big local news is that our Mayor has been tapped to be Lt. Governor, in the case that Andrew Cuomo wins. I'm not sure who the Republicans will nominate, and the independently running Paladino already has the bestiality and racist email demographics sewn up. We'll probably lose our Mayor, too bad, he's tall, and looks good leading the Saint Patrick's day parade.
We have a four day weekend, and in a last minute substitution, thirteen year old will be off to New Hampshire with the newspapers. It will be relaxing, even chillaxing.
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