Archive for 2005/06

heat and stuff - 12:22AM, 2005/06/28

We had a few hot days back in the middle spring, but the heat has finally hit here with a vengeance. It was unbearable outside for much of this weekend: in the upper 90s and with humidity between 50 and 80 percent. Not a fun time.

But it was clear and sunny and the weekend, so as a result, all the foolish people flocked north or to the beach, leaving the movie theatres and the streets around here more empty than usual. Saturday afternoon we took advantage of this by going to see Batman and arriving only 5 minutes before the previews began — yet we were still able to snag prime seats. Had it been raining, this would have been impossible.

ObBatman: Wow! I was so impressed by this movie. I think we can all agree that the last 2 Batman movies have sucked donkey (Nipples? Smirkboy? These things are best forgotten.) And the previews for this one really didn’t thrill me. In fact, I had been considering giving it a pass entirely until people started talking about how good it had been. At that point I decided to give it a shot, albeit with reservations and lukewarm enthusiasm. But it was good. So very good. I actually bought Bale in the role, something I don’t always do with him, and the supporting cast (even the psycho’s fiancee) was excellent.

Sunday, I went over to mom’s house to help her deal with some paperwork. On the way, at her request, I stopped by Bed Bath & Beyond to purchase some of these for the pool. For most of the ride to her house, the thermometer in my car was reading over 100 (having climbed from the mid-90s when I left the house) and the temperature even with the seabreeze near her house was not much better. So into the pool we went and Oh. My. God. these water hammock things are AMAZING. Unlike your normal floating raft, these don’t attempt to support you flat on the surface of the water, but like a hammock, bend down so that the majority of your body is submerged — and remains cool. They are really comfortable.

After that we looked at her bill for J2’s college, tried to sell her mutual fund but failed due to the fact that J1 had signed her up for Vanguard online access and she failed to tell me this before we got ourselves locked out of the website, and copied the pictures from her digital camera onto the computer. This latter she had never done before, and thus the pictures on the camera’s two memory cards dated back to 2003. I also showed her how to hook it up to the tv so she could view the pictures in a very large format.

Then it thundered, and when I went home, the temperature had gone down about 20 degrees. But it was hot again today.