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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1475 on: August 02, 2022, 06:05:15 PM »

  • Nothing makes you wish for winter more than summer, and nothing makes you wish for summer more than winter. (This is not true of spring and fall, however.)
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1476 on: August 02, 2022, 08:08:56 PM »

OK, who was playing Mineplex Cake Wars last night?  I was watching my son play on the TV screen, and on two occasions his character was killed by someone named alangoat05.

Roadgeekteen, was that you?
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People still play on Mineplex?

Fun fact: I used to be a moderator on Mineplex several years back. Does that qualify me to be an AARoads forum moderator?
what was your username on MC?
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1477 on: August 04, 2022, 01:23:30 AM »

https://framesynthesis.com/drivingsimulator/maps/

It's a little clumsy, but silly fun to drive on Google Maps.

(There's no Street View yet, go ask the developer.)
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« Reply #1478 on: August 05, 2022, 01:01:08 PM »

^ That reminds me of U-Drive-It mode in SimCity 4 Rush Hour.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1479 on: August 05, 2022, 04:13:07 PM »

If you spell Saginaw backwards it spells Wanigas which is the name of a Credit Union in Saginaw.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1480 on: August 07, 2022, 02:32:37 AM »

  • Nothing makes you wish for winter more than summer, and nothing makes you wish for summer more than winter. (This is not true of spring and fall, however.)

I don't know about that. Living in Texas tends to really shrink the part of you that likes summer.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1481 on: August 07, 2022, 02:40:01 AM »

If you spell Saginaw backwards it spells Wanigas which is the name of a Credit Union in Saginaw.

Dotsero, spelled backwards, is Orestod, a railroad control point at the other end of the line. My understanding was Dotsero was named for 'dot-zero', where the Dotsero Cutoff began.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1482 on: August 07, 2022, 06:14:36 PM »

  • Nothing makes you wish for winter more than summer, and nothing makes you wish for summer more than winter. (This is not true of spring and fall, however.)

I don't know about that. Living in Texas tends to really shrink the part of you that likes summer.
Then again, living in Texas tends to really grow the part of you that likes winter.

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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1483 on: August 07, 2022, 08:34:52 PM »

  • Nothing makes you wish for winter more than summer, and nothing makes you wish for summer more than winter. (This is not true of spring and fall, however.)

I don't know about that. Living in Texas tends to really shrink the part of you that likes summer.
Then again, living in Texas tends to really grow the part of you that likes winter.

It probably gets less true the closer you get to the equator or the poles, but it's true for mid-latitude areas that have roughly 3 months of each season.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1484 on: August 08, 2022, 09:18:54 AM »

  • Nothing makes you wish for winter more than summer, and nothing makes you wish for summer more than winter. (This is not true of spring and fall, however.)

I don't know about that. Living in Texas tends to really shrink the part of you that likes summer.
Then again, living in Texas tends to really grow the part of you that likes winter.

It probably gets less true the closer you get to the equator or the poles, but it's true for mid-latitude areas that have roughly 3 months of each season.

Born and raised in Texas and I have never missed summer nor wanted summer to show up.  I also get angry when we have unseasonable 90 degree January days.  I worked outside for years and that's what did it to me.  I don't understand people that want to eat outside, open their windows to their house or why shopping malls are dying in favor of open air malls.  It's hot and I like to get away from the heat when I can. 
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1485 on: August 08, 2022, 09:38:49 AM »

I don't understand people that want to ... open their windows to their house ...

Because late at night, it's cooler outside than it is inside. Opening the windows cools down the house.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1486 on: August 08, 2022, 11:45:51 AM »

I don't understand people that want to ... open their windows to their house ...

Because late at night, it's cooler outside than it is inside. Opening the windows cools down the house.

Assuming he's only talking about people nearby, that very well might not be the case in Texas. I had plenty of nights in Kansas City where it was still 85 at 10:00 at night.

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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1487 on: August 08, 2022, 11:47:00 AM »

I don't understand people that want to ... open their windows to their house ...

Because late at night, it's cooler outside than it is inside. Opening the windows cools down the house.

Assuming he's only talking about people nearby, that very well might not be the case in Texas. I had plenty of nights in Kansas City where it was still 85 at 10:00 at night.

Correct.  It's not unusual for it to be over 100 degrees after 10:00 PM. 
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1488 on: August 08, 2022, 11:48:34 AM »

I don't understand people that want to ... open their windows to their house ...

Because late at night, it's cooler outside than it is inside. Opening the windows cools down the house.

Assuming he's only talking about people nearby, that very well might not be the case in Texas. I had plenty of nights in Kansas City where it was still 85 at 10:00 at night.

Correct.  It's not unusual for it to be over 100 degrees after 10:00 PM.

Also why I love living in Colorado. It can be in the mid 90's during the day but it always drops below 70 at night.

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« Reply #1489 on: August 08, 2022, 11:54:17 AM »

I don't understand people that want to ... open their windows to their house ...

Because late at night, it's cooler outside than it is inside. Opening the windows cools down the house.

Assuming he's only talking about people nearby, that very well might not be the case in Texas. I had plenty of nights in Kansas City where it was still 85 at 10:00 at night.

Correct.  It's not unusual for it to be over 100 degrees after 10:00 PM.

Also why I love living in Colorado. It can be in the mid 90's during the day but it always drops below 70 at night.

Most of the time when people say "I can't wait for summer" in February or March around here, they are the same people crying because it "soooooo hot" in July and August.  That's my beef with it.  If you "can't wait for summer", then when its 109 in August and you are out there loving every minute of it, I have no issue with you.  I don't understand it, but I say part on!  It's the people who claim they love the summer and the outdoors, then complain all summer long that drive me crazy.  I complain about the heat every summer, but I also enjoy our cooler months and say I am no hurry for summer to come back because I hate it. 
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1490 on: August 08, 2022, 12:03:13 PM »

See, the difference here is that people saying they can't wait for summer in February/March are justified in doing so because of the constant snowfall, gray weather, and leftover brown snowpiles. So I think it's understandable to complain about both summer and winter, while also enjoying both summer and winter, but I can see how that's not the case in a place like Texas where one is much more extreme than the other.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1491 on: August 08, 2022, 04:52:06 PM »

Don't know about Texas, but here in Oklahoma, winter is still miserable even without snowfall or gray weather. We have plenty of days of clear-blue skies, temps in the 30s40s, and 30 MPH north winds. Those are more unpleasant than snowy days to me.
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« Reply #1492 on: August 08, 2022, 05:28:07 PM »

I havent really encountered anyone who likes winter in Fresno or the Central Valley.  Sure, its over 100F much of the summer but can easily dip into the low 30s overnight during the winter.  The trouble is the colder it gets the more likely the Tule Fog will be thick.  Going for a run over a drive to work in a super thick fog can be just as dangerous as a snow storm.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1493 on: August 08, 2022, 06:10:19 PM »

Because late at night, it's cooler outside than it is inside. Opening the windows cools down the house.

As others have noted, in the southern reaches of climate zone Cfa it is not uncommon for there to be summer days where the 24-hour low never goes down enough even to reach the A/C setpoint (78 F is the standard recommendation for best balance between comfort and efficiency).  Even here in Wichita, which is about 200 miles away from the current Cfa/Dfa/BSk tripoint, there have been days in the past few weeks that our A/C has cycled on at 4 AM.

Furthermore, on days when the outdoors is slightly cooler than the indoors, opening the windows can leave you worse off by bringing humidity inside the house.

Don't know about Texas, but here in Oklahoma, winter is still miserable even without snowfall or gray weather. We have plenty of days of clear-blue skies, temps in the 30s40s, and 30 MPH north winds. Those are more unpleasant than snowy days to me.

I like winter much better than summer, but I do find myself skipping walks more often in the former, simply because after a certain point, it's just not worth dealing with the wind, even with long johns and a parka with hood.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1494 on: August 08, 2022, 10:05:24 PM »

Don't know about Texas, but here in Oklahoma, winter is still miserable even without snowfall or gray weather. We have plenty of days of clear-blue skies, temps in the 30s40s, and 30 MPH north winds. Those are more unpleasant than snowy days to me.

Clear blue skies sounds like great winter weather to me regardless of temps or wind. Sure, snow is nice at first as long as it's not prohibitive, but going weeks - sometimes even months - without seeing the sun is what makes people around here wish for summer. At the same time, the sun coming out and sparkling on the fresh snow after a big snowstorm is part of what makes enduring the weeks/months of dreary gray weather a bit more manageable. Sunshine is one of those things that you don't really notice until you don't have it.. and in the Great Lakes region, the lack of it definitely gets to you by February/March.
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« Reply #1495 on: August 08, 2022, 10:13:39 PM »

Some northerners would be happy if they received their entire annual snowfall in December, and never got so much as another dusting after January 1. That kind of sums up how people often feel about winter here.
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« Reply #1496 on: August 09, 2022, 12:34:14 AM »

Some northerners would be happy if they received their entire annual snowfall in December, and never got so much as another dusting after January 1. That kind of sums up how people often feel about winter here.

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« Reply #1497 on: August 09, 2022, 12:53:55 AM »

(78 F is the standard recommendation for best balance between comfort and efficiency).

Holy moly is that warm. That's warm enough that if it were the outdoor temperature, I would consider turning on the air conditioning.
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Re: Random Thoughts
« Reply #1498 on: August 09, 2022, 01:28:31 AM »

Don't know about Texas, but here in Oklahoma, winter is still miserable even without snowfall or gray weather. We have plenty of days of clear-blue skies, temps in the 30s40s, and 30 MPH north winds. Those are more unpleasant than snowy days to me.

Clear blue skies sounds like great winter weather to me regardless of temps or wind.

I don't think you understand how bad the wind chill can get here. 30F with 30 MPH is the equivalent of 15F in calm conditions. However, unlike in calm conditions, the wind is actively penetrating your clothing, so unless you have entirely impermeable clothing on, you will feel the chill in parts of your body you'd never thought about feeling the wind on.
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« Reply #1499 on: August 09, 2022, 06:30:51 AM »

Here, 30 mph wind during clear weather is almost unheard of. Even sustained 25 mph winds can cause power outages here.
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