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Here’s how much Airbnb, Uber and other side hustles really pay

"The "gig economy," popularized by the likes of Lyft, Airbnb and TaskRabbit, has for years been promoted as an effective way for Americans to make money on their own terms. But new data show that the majority of workers - 85 percent of them - make less than $500 a month, on average, using those services."

"The home-sharing site Airbnb yielded the highest monthly return to its users, with a median income of $440, more than double the $210 a month earned by the median Lyft driver, according to San Francisco-based loan provider Earnest, which analyzed tens of thousands of loan applications to study the impact of gig-economy jobs. (Earnings on other popular platforms included a monthly median of $40 on craft-selling site Etsy, $70 on delivery app Postmates, $110 on services marketplace TaskRabbit and $155 on ride-sharing app Uber.)"

Good evening! Mostly sunny and 85 degrees in City of Albany. There is a south breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 55 degrees. Hardly feels that warm with such a low dew point but more humidity will push in as the evening progresses. 

The sun will set at 8:35 pm with dusk around 9:10 pm, which is 19 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 78 degrees. The dew point will be 61 degrees. There will be a south-southeast breeze at 5 mph.

Tonight will have increasing clouds, with a low of 63 degrees at 4am. Two degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 61 at 8pm. South wind 5 to 8 mph. In 2016, it got down to 64 degrees with mostly clear skies. The record low of 47 occurred back in 1962.

Waxing Gibbous Moon tonight with 82% illuminated. The moon will set around 4:49 am. The Full “Buck” Moon is on Sunday night with partly cloudy skies expected and mostly clear. The sun will rise at 5:23 am with the first light at 4:49 am, which is 39 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 8 hours and 48 minutes of darkness, an increase of 59 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy, with a high of 83 degrees at 4pm. One degree above normal. Maximum dew point of 62 at 6pm. Another nice day but with a touch of humidity. South wind 7 to 9 mph. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies and a high of 90 degrees. The record high of 97 was set in 1886.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Maximum dew point of 66 at 6am. Sunday, sunny, with a high near 81. Maximum dew point of 58 at 8pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 82 degrees.

While I have until to decide tomorrow afternoon what my plans are for the weekend, I’m a bit undecided. I was just out camping, I just out my gear away. Maybe I should do something this weekend because I’m burning summer but I don’t know. Saturday might be stormy. Maybe I should take a wait and see approach. 

In four weeks on August 2 the sun will be setting at 8:13 pm, which is 22 minutes and 15 seconds earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had thunderstorm, thunderstorm rain, rain, shallow fog, patches of fog, mist, cloudy skies and temperatures between 77 and 62 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 82 and 61 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1975.

Today I was noticing how dirty some of the older Gillig buses in CDTA’s fleet have gotten.You would think in such a progressive state where they are always going after semi trucks for excessive emissions in the South End, that they would fix the buses side they burn cleanly. Those old buses are only like 8-10 years old now and while they probably have issues with engine’s compression, they should be overhauled so they aren’t polluting so much in already polluted urban areas – especially when owner operators of semi trucks are being cracked down upon. I guess government doesn’t believe in regulating itself. 

That said, I hate how they run the bus service as a poverty service. There should be higher fares, and more taxpayer investment in the service to maximize quality so more people choose to use transit. Government should work to serve the public interest, not the interest of the poor specifically. Poor people are benefited by good government services provided too, maybe even more than the general public. Public services should quality and if that means the poor pays a little more, that’s fine. 

Looking ahead, Last Day with Average High of 80 is in 7 weeks, (Shine on) Harvest Moon is in 9 weeks, 6:30 PM Sunset is in 13 weeks, Hunter’s Moon is in 3 months, Daylight Savings Time Ends is in 4 months, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 27 weeks and Inaugeration Day 2021 is in 185 weeks.

Cummins Shying Away From Diesel and Will Release an EV

"Cummins has announced it will have a fully electrified powertrain system on the road by 2019, a move that indicates electrified powertrains are here to stay. In addition to the powertrain, Cummins will debut a range-extended electric vehicle a year later. The company did confirm that despite increasing its investment into electrification, it will maintain its investment in diesel, believing the fuel will endure in several markets for years to come."

Map: Chub Lake

Map: Chub Lake

Chub Pond is a remote Adirondack Lake, located roughly 3 miles from Mill Creek Road, following an old woods road sometimes traveled by ATVs. The trail runs through several marshes and is relatively flat with several rather muddy sections. Chub Pond Lean-To #1 is one of most unique lean-tos in the Adirondacks, built and maintained by the Plumley Family in 1963 which uses it for hunting during the fall. http://www.protectadks.org/2014/09/a-forest-preserve-lean-to-on-chub-pond-in-the-black-river-wild-forest-area-has-been-extensively-modified-and-turned-into-a-private-camp/

Debar Mountain Wild Forest – Map

Check out the DEC's website to find out an excellent overview map of Debar Mountain Wild Forest, updated April 2017.

"Trails on the unit offer opportunities for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, horse back riding, mountain biking and snowmobiling. Popular destinations within the unit include Debar Mountain, Azure Mountain and Debar Meadows. Other popular pastimes are hunting, fishing, canoeing and boating. Access to the unit's water resources is available at Meacham Lake Campground and Buck Pond Campground, as well as on the St. Regis River, Osgood Pond, Jones Pond, Deer River Flow, Mountain Pond, and Lake Kushaqua. Vehicle access to the unit is provided primarily via NYS Routes 3, 30 and 458. Important local roads for access include county route 26 (Old Route 99), Red Tavern Road, Kushaqua-Mud Pond Road, Gabriels-Onchiota Road, Blue Mountain Road, and Oregon Plains Road."

Photo: Campsite From The Road

Campsite From The Road

This is the second time I've camped at Moose River Plains Campsite 68. It's not far off the road but well elevationed and about a 1/2 mile in one direction from the nearest campsite, and maybe a mile in the other direction. Nestled between Mount Tom and Mitchell's Pond Mountain the radio reception is non-existent, but it's nice to be away from the news on NPR for a while. At mile point 7 from the Limekiln Lake Entrance, it's not too far from Inlet.