2017 September 21

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Delmar, NY
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September 2017
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Good evening! Partly clear and 63 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a north breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 57 degrees. A pretty nice evening, especially now that it’s started to clear out. I got the truck packed, I plan to head up to Moose River Plains I think tomorrow after work. I guess things could change though too. I might instead go to North Lake or leave early on the morning. I’m not driving in tomorrow, and I want the ice to last in the heat over the long weekend (I took Monday off), so I plan to return home after work, pack the cooler and leave by 6 PM tomorrow.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 55 degrees at 6am. Six degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 57 at 10pm. Northwest wind 3 to 6 mph. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies, clearing in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 53 degrees. The record low of 31 occurred back in 1962.

Tonight’s Waxing Crescent Moon has set, but it was pretty earlier on. The First Quarter Moon is on Wednesday night with mostly cloudy skies. The Hunter Moon is in 2 weeks. The sun will rise at 6:42 am with the first light at 6:14 am, which is one minute and 5 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 11 hours and 50 minutes of darkness, an increase of 2 minutes and 52 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be sunny, with a high of 78 degrees at 3pm. Eight degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 53 at 6am. North wind 6 to 9 mph. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies with more clouds in the afternoon. The high last year was 82 degrees. The record high of 95 was set in 1895. Going to be a pretty nice day for sure.

Going to be a nice, hot summer…. I mean autumn weekend. Saturday, patchy fog between 7am and 8am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 3 to 6 mph. Maximum dew point of 62 at 6pm. Sunday, sunny, with a high near 88. Maximum dew point of 68 at 7pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 69 degrees.

So yeap, Moose River Plains for the long weekend, or so I’m making it by taking Monday off. Up north, it will be warm, but not quite as warm with the mercury only expected to reach into the low 80s, compared to the mid to upper 80s in the Albany area.

Yeah, it’s autumn and it’s going to be dark driving up there. Ain’t nothing can do about that, but I will buy coffee or maybe some more five hour energy shots, and get jacked up on caffine, drive slowly and keep my eyes peeled for deer. I don’t mind driving that much after dark once I’m up at Moose River Plains, because it the speed limit is so low and there will be no traffic to blind me with their headlights.

Bought some groceries and supplies, gased up the truck for the weekend. The truck is mostly packed. I forgot to get more windshield washer fluid, so that message will be annoying me all weekend if I don’t stop, and I may want to buy more five hour energy rather then getting coffee on the way up. It’s important to be wide awake on that road with all the deer, but also I figure it’s going to be such a warm evening, that I don’t mind if I’m jack awake into the wee hours of the morning by the campfire.

Fixed the CB radio relay with the 87A pins on now the floor LEDs I installed in the truck automatically turn off when I start the engine. This means they won’t be blinding me while driving down the road in the dark but will come on as soon as I turn off the truck when I arrive at camp. They can then be manually switched off when I don’t need them any more for the night.

Installed the polarizer filter on my dash cam, which should reduce reflections and make the colors richer in the fall and the sky more blue. I do need to adjust the direction of the polarizer, but by the time I got home the skies were cloudy and the sun had largely set, so I couldn’t really set the polarizer to the appropriate amount of polarization. It just rotates like a polarizer you might use on your camera. I’ve wanted one for a while since I got the camera, but Vivfo didn’t release a version until relatively recently.

In four weeks on October 19 the sun will be setting at 6:05 pm, which is 47 minutes and 33 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had rain, mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 72 and 48 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 59 and 38 degrees. The record high of 79 degrees was set back in 1963.

Looking ahead, Autumn Begins tomorrow. Not that you would know it with that big heat bubble over head that is making our autumn start out quite warm. 

Many people I know giggle or maybe take a gasp when I tell them I am a liberal Democrat, or something like that. I mean, I voted for both Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and for Jill Stein in 2016. I did consider voting for Donald Trump in 2016, but ultimately went with Stein as protest vote against both Trump and Clinton. I voted for Senator Sanders in the Democratic primary, but honestly I wasn’t thrilled about either candidate in the primary. I thought Donald Trump would be a change, much like Obama was a change, and a fresh voice in 2008. I was very impressed with Barack Obama’s work as president, even if many of his best ideas got held up by the Republican Congress. I’m mostly indifferent to all the candidates that run for office, not liking many of them.

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I believe it’s important for government to regulate big corporations and big urban concerns, when we are talking about thousands or millions of people. As they used to say, individually people are really beautiful, but together there is a lot of collective ugliness. Most human impact is limited, but becomes more problematic when thousands or millions of humans act together – like driving automobiles in cities, generating solid waste, or using megawatts of electricity. Your 100 watt light bulb doesn’t impact shit, but burning coal to power millions of homes and oil to power millions of automobiles is producing such an incredible amount of carbon dioxide, it’s warming the planet.

I am not a believer in individual action or lifestyle statements, except for political lobbying. Replacing your incandescent bulbs with LED bulbs or buying a hybrid car is going to nothing to change the trajectory of our planet as it continues to warm. Neither will trading in your SUV for a hybrid or taking the bus is going to alone change a thing on the planet. But fuel economy standards can force manufacturers to make millions of more efficient cars, and investing in convenient transit options, can move millions in ways that reduce carbon emissions.

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I am also not a believer in expanding social programs per se. I do see the need for universal healthcare, but it should be provided a mix of a public and private partnership. The government should be the insurer of expensive healthcare operations, while private insurers can cover ancillary needs like lost wages, premium parking, cable television or Internet at hospital rooms, or other non-essential benefits that will help to make health care pleasant. I also think college education should be highly subsidized, so students who work summer jobs and live conservatively, can afford it without going to debt.

I do not agree with welfare or providing certain individuals with special government subsidies just because they are poor – government shouldn’t be providing the poor with vochures to buy food or rental assistance. But government should work to ensure that there is an adequate supply of affordable healthy food for all regardless of income, and same with safe, decent housing for all.

At the same, I am a believer in the government creating good public places for all to use, without consideration of income. Every community should have good public spaces where people can get together and work on issues of common interest. Public libraries, free and open to all, are important in every community, so people can learn and access the Internet. Learning shouldn’t end just because you graduate from a publicly funded school. I also think parks that are free and open to all are important, as people need a chance to get some fresh air and enjoy healthy recreation. Public forest lands can provide numerous recreational opportunities from hunting to fishing to camping and hiking, and can also provide important products to industry like timber, oil, and coal – which in turn can fund their use for all.

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I don’t think government has much of a role regulating individual lives. I don’t support gun control, instead I think government should be working to produce healthy communities that are largely free of violence, because people have other ways to work out problems. Strong communities have good jobs, good schools, good community centers, and a mix of people that always are keeping an eye on their street. Neighborhood watches, and local anti-crime citizen groups should always be the preference over more cops and government regulation.

In urbanized areas, there needs to more regulation of private property, to protect community character, but sometimes regulation gets a little out of hand. In rural areas, there can be more freedom, because there is less of a chance of conflict. But I think there should be more review of regulations, and repeal of outdated regulations, and implementing regular sunsets of laws. It seems like there too many laws, especially on the local level, that don’t always make sense to continue.

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That’s my take on it.

Good morning! Tomorrow starts Autumn. And two weeks to Hunter’s Moon. Cloudy with some fog around and 68 degrees in Albany, NY on our way up to 82 later. It’s a bit ironic that this day before the autumn equinox, that the average temperature drops to 70. There is a north breeze at 6 mph. The dew point is 62 degrees.

Another big articulated bus is taking me downtown. Only two passengers today, because today is Rosh Hashanah and many schools and state agencies are closed for the holiday. I have to work today, but so be it. I am thinking of taking off next Monday. I guess they have to get the articulated buses downtown somehow, and if swinging by the Elm Avenue Park and Ride does the job, so be it. Still it seems so absurd.

Today will be mostly sunny once the fog burns off, with a high of 82 degrees at 3pm. 12 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 64 at 10am. I hope you have air conditioning on this late September day, it will be quite muggy out. North wind 6 to 8 mph. A year ago, we had mostly sunny skies with more clouds in the afternoon. The high last year was 80 degrees. The record high of 95 was set in 1895.

The sun will set at 6:53 pm with dusk around 7:21 pm, which is one minute and 47 seconds earlier than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly clear conditions and 78 degrees. The dew point will be 60 degrees. There will be a north breeze at 8 mph. Today will have 12 hours and 10 minutes of daytime, an decrease of 2 minutes and 52 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low of 57 degrees at 6am. Eight degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 60 at 6pm. North wind 5 to 7 mph. In 2016, we had mostly cloudy skies, clearing in the early hours of the next day. It got down to 53 degrees. The record low of 31 occurred back in 1962.

At lunch today I am going to run up to the auto parts store and get more butt connectors and shrink wrap. That way I can “fix” the CB relay so it automatically turns on the floor lights when I turn off the truck, for ease while camping. It should be a quick swapping around of the wires after work.

Today I am going to request off Monday, and most likely head up to Moose River Plains from Friday after work until Monday afternoon. It’s going to be hot, but I can do some swimming in the Cedar River Flow and maybe cool off in the Moose River. I think the colors will be good this weekend at the plains, and it will be hot enough, that even the evening can be spent in camp without bundling up.  Not so humid up north too, so I should enjoy it. Maybe light off the rest of the fireworks I have, shoot some guns, drink some beer, relax.

As previously noted, there are 2 weeks until Hunter’s Moon when the sun will be setting at 6:28 pm with dusk at 6:56 pm. On that day in 2016, we had heavy fog, then later mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 72 and 45 degrees. It was warm last year. Typically, the high temperature is 64 degrees. We hit a record high of 91 back in 1941.