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A Warm January Day

The weather cooperated with us this year. More often than not, when we leave for Florida in December, the weather here is cold and nasty. By the time we cross the St. Mary’s River from George in to Florida, the skies are clear, and the temperatures are warm. I open the windows to soak it in. The reserve is usually true on the way home. We leave Florida’s sunny, warm January weather and arrive home in sleet and cold.

This time was different. We did, indeed, leave Florida with blue skies and warm weather. But we arrived home with almost equally warm weather. It was 72 degrees here in Arlington, Virginia yesterday!

Our house backs up to the local park, and when I took a walk through the park yesterday afternoon, it was flooded with people; more people than I think I have ever seen at one time. Each of them had dragged out their New Year’s Resolutions and were making their way around the park, walking, jogging, biking, skating. Dogs owners obediently followed their charges. My ducks were out in enjoying the warm air. Squirrels were everywhere. I saw one petrified squirrel trapped in the middle of a playground full of children. It ran one way, and halted, its path blocked by a toddler. It ran another way and found another toddler blocking its way. It hid under a slide, until identifying a clear path and making its way to a tree.

According to this morning’s paper, yesterday’s warm weather did not set a record for this day in January. The record was 75 F and we only reached San Diego weather of 72 F. Still, for us thick-blooded Mid-Atlantians, it felt like an early summer day.

It was so warm that Nature was fooled, and I saw buds in the trees.

Buds in the trees in January.

It rained overnight. I woke up around 2 am and it sounded like an ocean crashing down on our roof. But when the sun came up, the sky was clear and blue and the temperatures were still in the mid-60s. It made for a pleasant morning walk.

We spent 3 weeks in Florida between December and January. We swam in pools, in the Gulf and in the Atlantic. It sort of spoils you for the cold weather when you spend that much time in winter in warm weather. So it was nice to come back to weather that helps to ease the transition.

It will cool off over the next few days, but it will by no means be cold. 56 F tomorrow, 53 on Tuesday, 60 on Wednesday, 54 on Thursday. Next weekend it looks like it will return to normal around here.

When I lived in New England as a kid, I remember an occasional warm period during winter and it was always a treat. I’m grateful that the Internet didn’t exist back then, and that HBO (in its very early days) played Star Wars over and over again. I’d seen it 20 times. It meant that when the weather was unseasonably warm, we were outdoor, playing in the woods, or in the frames of the unfinished houses being built in our neighborhood. Only reluctantly would we return indoors, drowning our sorrows in MTV videos of Duran Duran’s “Rio”, Peter Gabriel’s “Shock the Monkey,” and the Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star.”

I shudder to think that was nearly 40 years ago.

A 360-degree view of my office [Video]

I was testing out the video in my new iPhone and did a quick 30-second video of my office. I sat in my chair in the middle of the office and went all the way around. I probably should have held the phone horizontally instead of vertically, but you live, you learn. In any event, you can see the video below and if you’ve never been in my day job office before, you now know what it looks like:

For those wondering, my office windows look out into the rafters of the upper level of a mall so that’s what you are seeing there. Video was shot with the iPhone 4 in HD and uploaded to YouTube directly via a wifi connection (the video was too large for 3G at HD resolution).

So you want to write a novel

Via Mary Robinette Kowal:

Yes, it is true, I have run into friends like this.  And yes, you know who you are.  This had me laughing so hard that I almost decided to… well, write a novel:

Brad Paisley’s “Online” video

Okay, while I’m not a fan of country music, not only are the lyrics of this song pretty clever, but you’ve got to check out the video, if for no other reason than the cameos including a bunch of people from Seinfeld, William Shatner, and Maureen McCormick (Marsha Brady from The Brady Bunch.

(Via SF Signal.)

The Greatest Music Video Ever?

Okay, maybe not the greatest, but one of the funniest I’ve ever seen. David Hasselholf has taken a page out of William Shatner’s book when it comes to making fun of himeself with his lastest video, “Jump In My Car”. Check it out!