The Pats, our Mini, and absurdity taken to new heights

Anyone who knows me well knows that when it comes to football, I am decidedly… meh.  I just never got into the sport the way that so many other people (like Kelly) have.  Baseball is another story.  I love it.  Even hockey and soccer are sports I care WAY more about than football.  But still, I look forward to whenever the Pats go the Superbowl, because that inevitably means people I know will be throwing great parties with lots of beer, wings, and general awesomeness.

So this year the upcoming wingstravaganza Superbowl party seems to be dominated by talk about this mess regarding the slight under-inflation of footballs.  And frankly, I am a bit puzzled by the whole thing.

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Quick trip to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire

I had to go to our branch office in Bedford, New Hampshire on Friday, which gave me a chance to have dinner with my sister Liz and her family in Lee.  It also allowed me to make a trip to Mt. Washington the next day to do some hiking for the Longest Day with coworker Jason Lynch and his team.   I had never been to Mt. Washington before, but I have wanted to climb it for years.  So I finally had my chance.

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Wintry mess coming tomorrow

I have a doctor appointment in the morning, and then work in the afternoon and evening.  I don’t know exactly what the morning rush hour will be like but I am guessing it will be a hell of a mess.  Hopefully the Mini will be able to handle it.  I am hoping it does not turn out to be more trouble than it is worth.  I don’t consider wrecking the car and/or injuring myself to be a fair trade for trying to make my appointments and getting to work, but I will give myself extra time to dig out the car and try to beat the traffic that I know will be coming.  We shall see, I suppose.

-Geoff

Prospecting in New Hampshire

Geoff and I have wanted to go panning for gold or gem hunting for a long time.  I have had the bug for a particularly long time since I’ve been reading about gems and minerals since I was a wee geek.  As yesterday we both had a rare Saturday off at the same time, Geoff planned a day in NH where we could go gold prospecting.  Yep, there’s gold in those granite hills.

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We’re melting… melting…

Well, looks like Boston broke another record today.  The official temperature reached 99 degrees Fahrenheit, although Basil (our Mini) insists that it was higher than that. 

Basil is melting too.
Basil is melting too.

 So today is day six of our ridiculous heat wave here in Boston, and tomorrow is supposed to be day seven.  Fortunately this sort of heat is quite abnormal for Boston, and it should return to usual 80 something degree temperatures by Sunday.  We have had both of our AC units running, plus all of our fans, and it is just barely enough to make it tolerable.

I am definitely ready for fall to get here.  I was more enthusiastic about summer when it meant I got to do lots of fun things, but these days fun tends to be a bit limited and I prefer comfortable temperatures.  Hell, I even prefer cold winter temperatures to this. 

-Geoff

Snowpocalypseageddon has come

So yes, we got some snow, and as David Epstein said on his weather blog, some of the recorded snowfall amounts were epic.  I am not sure what our official amount is, but I am positive we got over 20 inches easily.

Kelly and I headed out this afternoon to clear the steps and the walk and even with both of us working (even using our little snowblower) it took a little while to clear just a path through the snow, much less clear the walk, which at this point would be impossible.  There’s simply too much to move and nowhere to put it.

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