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Heat

A FLIR camera at the Griffith Park Observatory.

A FLIR camera at the Griffith Park Observatory.

It was hot today, in a very demotivating way.

Somedays the heat comes and it is possible to embrace it and just lay about with it everywhere. Then there are days when one tries to fend it off by closing windows and blocking out the sun. Eventually the heat seeps in and the tools used to block it suddenly intensify it until it is too much and surrender becomes impossible.

Today was one of those days. Even now at night it is still too hot to move around much or sleep.

Makes me look forward to moving to a cooler clime.

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Red

Simple red

Simple red

I recently developed a bad habit: starting and finishing books in the same day.

I hope it is just the Ender’s Shadow series that is causing this and not some greater trend for the rest of the summer, otherwise I will never get around to finishing Fallout 3!

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Hard Day

Those (quixotic) seals move quite quick.

Those (quixotic) seals move quite quick.

Today was a fairly tough day.

I had to start a new book, there was this flight of stairs I had to climb to get to the back porch, I thought about what I need to do tomorrow and I took an arduous nap.

Summer is tough work.

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Late Night

Late night (sans Pirate) in Isla Vista.

Late night (sans Pirate) in Isla Vista.

Summer evenings on a back porch can be deceiving. One moment you are just sitting there in the semi-darkness and all of a sudden it is suddenly midnight and the furniture is that much more comfortable.

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Heat

The east coast likes their "Pop".

The east coast likes their "Pop".

A lot of heat has been coming into the Bay Area recently, in particular near my house it has been getting into the high 90’s and perhaps low 100’s (roughly mid to high 30’s (305’s) for those fans of Celsius (or Kelvin)).

That sort of heat starts to greatly limit the options of what to do. They are sadly reduced down to activities like siting inside a cool house with a computer and sitting around a cool pool with a book. Sometimes there are radical activities in the heat like getting up to get a drink and (rarely) moving around deck furniture.

However as I am soon to be in Seattle for a bit of time I am doing my best to embrace these arduous activities of summer, I must make sure I contribute to the appreciation of the heat.

Of course my opinion of the warm weather would drastically changed if I had to work or do anything in it. Let us hope that does not happen anytime soon.

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Unpacking

Madonnari

Complex tasks require us to start at the beginning.

The drive home was a bit longer then normal. There was noticeable traffic after Prunedale passing the swap meet at Disneyena then again several miles from the 101/85 junction due to an accident. This last one caused the freeway to stop, we got out and walked around a bit, enjoyed the scenery.

Now that I am home I have the daunting task of unpacking a year and a rooms worth of belongings into a room already filled with stuff.

I am trying to start with clearing a path to all parts of the room, currently the doorway is a bit full and a corner is packed. Once that is done my goal is to use this as an opportunity to downsize my belongings by giving away some old clothes, throwing out some old papers (recycling actually) and perhaps sell some of my books. Also I want to clean my room to the point where I can put everything away without piles on the floor.

The goal being to be able to fit all of my stuff comfortably into one car so when I move up to Seattle I can do it without any sort of trailer or shipping.

This is one of my monumental tasks of the summer.

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Serene Summer Schedule

 

 

Summer Vacation is tough.

Summer Vacation is tough.

 

Tomorrow is the end of a three week break in the middle of my greater summer break. Tomorrow I return to work at Think Tank Photo. My Dad works there and the company was looking for summer help organizing stock and taking out the cardboard. A very exciting job. But the hours are not bad, it is a good environment and I get lunch every day. It is also an inside job in an air conditioned building without a cubicle in sight. Three weeks ago I finished most of the jobs I needed to do at the job, so I took the week off (I went to the beach). The following two weeks my Dad was on a business trip to Hong Kong and Vietnam to view the factories and work with employees over there, since my Dad was also my ride to work I took those two weeks off also.

With my part time job back I will have to give up my intense summer schedule that I have developed over the past few weeks:

Wake up at around 8 in the morning, proceed to sit in bed with my laptop for a good hour or so. By the time I am out of my bed everyone else in the house has gone to work or started their day. Eat a healthy breakfast of cold cereal made mostly of sugar while reading headlines from The Wall Street Journal and The Press Democrat. Read or play video games to about 11:30 or so. About this time of day I either eat lunch or go outside and read in the sunlight for an hour. Eyes dazzled by staring at a sunlit page I come inside to scrounge up a lunch from food stuffs trapped in the refrigerator. From this point until about five I usually do any chores on my to do list followed by posting on this here blog. This is usually done from a couch while my brothers girlfriend watches sitcoms on TV. Either people start trickling in for the evening or they are all in busy, in either case I usually check back on the internet around this time (someone has to make sure it is still there) and do more strenuous work such as dealing with unplayed video games. The evening are not so structured since most people are finished with their jobs for the day (I finished mine by making sure no one broke into the house) though most of them have dinner sometime around eight.

It is a stressful and time consuming job not having work to do. On my night stand I have the most recent edition of Cracking the GRE by The Princeton Review. I have yet to crack it open. Well I have until September 20th to enjoy my (potentially) last summer vacation. Next year I might have responsibilities or series to decisions to consider. Until then I plan to enjoy the warm sunlight while I can.

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