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One week from now I’ll be heading out to work for a while before leaving for Moose River Plains for the long weekend. I thought about taking today off from work but I have some stuff to do at work today and with the long weekend next weekend I figured I better not put it off. Looking forward to that. The high humidity, cloudy skies and predicted rain and thunderstorms were other reasons to come in the office today.

Seventy-five degrees now under cloudy skies on our way up to 85 with thunderstorms later. The radar shows significant rain in Western NY, we may get it a lot of it later. Nicer, lower humidity weather for Saturday but watch out for thunderstorms later. Same is true for Sunday, even to a greater extent. With the rain coming, I brought my flag in.

The sun will set at 8:37 pm with dusk around 9:12 pm, which is 7 seconds later than yesterday.  Today is the latest sunset of the year. Tomorrow, the sunset is a few seconds earlier (I know what your thinking — who cares?). At sunset, look for thunderstorms with the mercury around 80 degrees. The dew point will be 70 degrees. There will be a south-southwest breeze at 10 mph. Today will have 15 hours and 18 minutes of daytime, an increase of 11 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have showers and thunderstorms likely before 4am, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low of 69 degrees at 5am. 10 degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 70 at 7pm. Southwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible. In 2016, it got down to 53 degrees with mostly sunny skies. The record low of 44 occurred back in 1932.

This weekend for me it’s out to Schoharie County, at least come Saturday morning. Should be a nice weekend. Been looking for spending some quality time at the pool. Sure, I could go to the Bethlehem Town Park Pool — I would just need to get a town permit and pay $4.50 to use it — but honestly, I really like the trip out to Schoharie County, along with camping, hiking, fishing, and all those fresh goodies at the farm market. Even the trip through Gilboa is beautiful drive. Even though it ends up costing more when you figure the drive, it on the whole is much better then the town pool.

Looking forward to trying out the camp oven for breakfast on Sunday morning. Going to start simple with grands biscuits, jelly and coffee for breakfast on Sunday. That way I can get a quick start breaking camp, and get out so I can maybe go for a short hike, hit up the farm markets, fish, and then swim for a while at Mine Kill before I have to head out to my parents house for Sunday dinner. Bohringers Fruit Farm is open from 9 AM to 6 PM daily.

I don’t expect much of a big deal to pack for camping, as it’s just one night and now I keep most of my pans in the the plastic cabinet. I do need to get the propane lantern, stove, and cooler out of the attic and pack a change of clothes — maybe two in case things get wet in a thunderstorm. And lots of sunscreen, especially if I am planning on spending hours in the sun next to the pool.

Somebody — honestly a conservative christian nut — wrote me about how offended he was about by gay pride flag. My reaction — I don’t care. You do your thing, I’ll do mine. I actually like the flag because it’s very colorful, and I like bright colors. But in response I went out and bought a Molon Labe flag to add to my collection.  Because I felt I needed more balance for my camp flag collection, and I’m a big proponent of gun rights. I figured that with my Gadsen will balance out that rainbow and earth flag. Balance is important these days.

Looking ahead, there are 3 weeks until National Nude Day when the sun will be setting at 8:31 pm with dusk at 9:05 pm. So you’ll have to wait a while to go skinny dipping on that day. On that day in 2016, we had thunderstorms in the afternoon, but otherwise partly cloudy skies and temperatures between 87 and 73 degrees. A bit warm but typical for summer. Normally that time of year, we look for a high temperature is 83 degrees. We hit a record high of 99 back in 1995.

Good morning! Happy Friday. The weekend is coming. Mostly cloudy and 70 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. The dew point is 66 degrees. The skies will clear tomorrow around noontime.

Today will have showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 85 degrees at 3pm. Five degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 70 at 11am. Light south wind increasing to 11 to 16 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies and a high of 83 degrees. The record high of 96 was set in 1888.

Good evening! Mostly cloudy and 73 degrees in Delmar, NY. There is a south breeze at 6 mph. Up to about a half hour ago you could still see the stars but now the clouds are pushing in and the humidity is more noticeable.  The dew point is 63 degrees. Also lots of fireflies around tonight. The skies will clear Saturday around 11 am.

It was a nice day off. Got caught up on my sleep, washed down the kitchen and bathroom floor which had gotten dirty from spills and mildew, then hiked up Bennett Hill, paddled around and did some fishing in Lawson Lake. Only kept catching those Rock Bass which are only good for cutting your finger on. A quiet day, it was nice to have it off from work, although tomorrow I’m heading back to the office at least for a few hours to get caught up on work and so I don’t burn up too much time before I go on my long Independence Day Weekend to Moose River Plains. 

On my truck I hooked up a matching set of color adjustable lights inside the cab of my truck as in the truck cap. Now at night when I drop something in the cab of my truck I can just turn on lights so I can see the floor well in my truck. I can also illuminate the inside of my truck the same color as the truck cap in the future but it’s mostly just so I can find things knocked on the floor of the truck. I also permanently mounted the color selection remote in the cap of my truck, so hopefully I won’t keep misplacing it. Also think I figured out what type of laptop charger u need to run it on a 12 volt input. Didn’t yet pack for my weekend trip, I’ll do that quickly tomorrow night. It’s not all that much stuff to pack for one night. 

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 68 degrees at 2am. Nine degrees above normal. Going to get increasingly humid tonight, sticky by morning. Maximum dew point of 66 at 6am. South wind around 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, it got down to 49 degrees with partly cloudy skies. The record low of 44 occurred back in 1940.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 6% illuminated. The moon will rise around 3:59 am. Probably too many clouds to see it well. The New Moon is on Saturday night with partly cloudy expected. The Full “Buck” Moon is on Sunday, July 9th. The sun will rise at 5:18 am with the first light at 4:43 am, which is 17 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 8 hours and 41 minutes of darkness, an increase of 8 seconds over last night. Nights are getting longer once again. Be winter before you know it. But tomorrow happens to be the latest sunset of the year if not the longest day. 

Tomorrow will have showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3pm. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Might want to bring your rain coat. Mostly cloudy, with a high of 85 degrees at 3pm. Five degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 71 at 10am. South wind 9 to 16 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. A year ago, we had partly cloudy skies and a high of 83 degrees. The record high of 96 was set in 1888.

Saturday morning things will clear out by morning but watch for thunderstorms both days.  Saturday, a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 82. West wind 6 to 10 mph. 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 64 at 6am. Should be a nice day with less humidity as the day progresses. Sunday, scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. 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 56 at 8am. Typical average high for the weekend is 80 degrees.

I think it should be a pretty nice weekend. Swimming at Mine Kill State Park, camping at Burnt Rossman, hitting the farm stands and doing some hiking should be quite nice. The Schoharie Valley and Northern Catskills in mid summer is always quite beautiful. Look forward to swimming, taking pictures and making some movies. 

I picked up the camp oven today. It’s everything I expected it to be – lightweight and folds up small but should do the job. Based on what I’ve read on the Internet, they recommend adding some thermal mass like pizza stones but for now I’m going to see if a rock in the woods to put at the bottom of the stove to help it cook more evenly or consistent. Might also try an unglazed floor tile as recommended by the Internet but I would be worried about a clay tile it breaking bouncing around the back of my truck. Maybe clay pigeons? But I’m sure they’re very prone to breaking and making a mess. Going to try it out this weekend using Grands Biscuits for Sunday breakfast at camp but I will definitely do a lot more baking at camp for Independence Day Weekend at Moose River Plains. 

In four weeks on July 20 the sun will be setting at 8:27 pm, which is 9 minutes and 59 seconds earlier then tonight. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 81 and 53 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 83 and 62 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1991.

Looking ahead, National Fried Chicken Day is in 2 weeks, Hottest Day of Year (83 Average) is in 3 weeks, Ugly Truck Day is in 4 weeks, Hottest Time of Year Ends (83 Average) is a month away, State Fair Opens is in 9 weeks, 7:30 PM Sunset is in 10 weeks, Average High is 70 is in 13 weeks, Autumn Begins is in 3 months, Hunter’s Moon is in 15 weeks and Thanksgiving is in 22 weeks.

The 14-Year-Old Who Convinced People to Ban Dihydrogen Monoxide

"The compound can corrode and rust metal and cause severe burns, the paper correctly argued. If you consume it, it can cause bloating and excessive urination and sweating. Thousands of people in the U.S. die from its accidental ingestion every year. If you are dependent on it, going through withdrawal can kill you. It’s found in significant quantities in acid rain, tumors, and more. Armed with this information and asked what the world should do about the threat of DHMO, 43 of Zohner’s classmates voted to ban the compound, citing its deadly nature. Lucky for them, no lawmaker would agree: DHMO is the chemical formula for water."

Good morning! Today is the first day of the year when the Average High is 80. Such warm weather will last about nine weeks until the end of August. Mostly sunny and 71 degrees in Delmar, NY. Calm wind. The dew point is 57 degrees.

After a long few days at work, I took today off. I have some time to use and I want to recover and maybe pack for the weekend. I could make it into a four day weekend but I decided to come into the office tomorrow as the weather isn’t expected to be real nice – humid and cloudy. I will probably leave for Schoharie on Saturday morning as Friday’s weather doesn’t look great but Saturday will be beautiful. A week from Friday, it’s off to Moose River Plains for five days. 

Got home last night around midnight which was a lot better than I expected. Had a few beers out back and went to bed. Slept in late this morning. Cooked up some eggs and are just laying back now. I got to get going but I’m just a bit fried from the first half of the week. 

I need to wash the kitchen and bathroom floor this morning, and then I’m thinking about fishing and hiking at Partridge Run this afternoon. I would think about going somewhere farther like the Catskills today but I’m already planning on heading out of town for the weekend. Alternatively, I could hike Bennett Hill and then this evening get the kayak and fish Lawson Lake. That might be a better option now that I think about it. Less driving for sure and with the long evenings that gives me a lot of time to fish. 

Today will be sunny, with a high of 83 degrees at 3pm. Three degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 58 at 6pm. Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Another beautiful summer day. A year ago, we had rain, partly cloudy skies and a high of 77 degrees. The record high of 95 was set in 1954.

The sun will set at 8:37 pm with dusk around 9:12 pm, which is 10 seconds later than yesterday. At sunset, look for partly cloudy conditions and 78 degrees. The dew point will be 61 degrees. A little bit more humidity will creep in. There will be a south-southwest breeze at 5 mph. Today will have 15 hours and 18 minutes of daytime, an increase of 7 seconds over yesterday.

Tonight will have a chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low of 67 degrees at 5am. Eight degrees above normal. Maximum dew point of 65 at 6am. South wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. In 2016, it got down to 49 degrees with partly cloudy skies. The record low of 44 occurred back in 1940.

Looking ahead, there are 2 weeks until National Fried Chicken Day when the sun will be setting at 8:35 pm with dusk at 9:09 pm. On that day in 2016, we had mostly sunny skies and temperatures between 90 and 64 degrees. Typically, the high temperature is 82 degrees. We hit a record high of 97 back in 1886. Well before my time. 

Good evening! Partly clear and 74 degrees in City of Albany. There is a west-northwest breeze at 13 mph. The dew point is 52 degrees. Such a nice evening, but I’m stuck at work. I went for a walk in the Empire State Plaza for a while — and took some pictures. Hopefully tonight will be the last for the late nights at work for a while. But only god and may four other men in a room know. 

Today was the first day I drove in the morning (yesterday I drove in the evening). And now I’m parked in a metered spot so hopefully I will be done by 8 AM or I will need to stick some quarters in the meter. I was going to park in the loading spot, but I would have to move my truck at 7 AM should I be here that late. I also like being able to keep an eye on my truck after dark. Been in the office until 10:30-10:45 each night — Monday I took the bus home, and Tuesday I got my truck at 8:15 PM, and then drove home at 10:45 that night. Neither night did I get to bed before 11 PM, and its tough getting to sleep as soon as you get home. Hopefully, soon it will be over. I’m just so tired and ready for summer to arrive.

Tonight will be mostly clear, with a low of 58 degrees at 4am. One degrees below normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 11pm. West wind 8 to 13 mph becoming light and variable after midnight. In 2016, it got down to 52 degrees with rain and partly cloudy skies. The record low of 37 occurred back in 1940.

Waning Crescent Moon tonight with 14% illuminated. The moon will rise around 3:19 am. The New Moon is on Saturday night with partly cloudy expected. The Full “Buck” Moon is on Sunday, July 9th. The sun will rise at 5:17 am with the first light at 4:42 am, which is 15 seconds later than yesterday. Tonight will have 8 hours and 41 minutes of darkness, an increase of 5 seconds over last night.

Tomorrow will be mostly sunny, with a high of 81 degrees at 4pm. One degree above normal. Maximum dew point of 56 at 8am. Another wonderful day! Calm wind becoming west 5 to 7 mph in the morning. A year ago, we had rain, partly cloudy skies and a high of 77 degrees. The record high of 95 was set in 1954.

Right now, a split verdict on the weekend. Saturday, a chance of showers, mainly before 8am. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. Maximum dew point of 62 at 6am. Sunday, mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Maximum dew point of 56 at 6pm. Typical average high for the weekend is 80 degrees.

The weekend forecast keeps improving, although early Saturday may be a bit cloudy. I’m definitely going out to Schoharie this weekend, although after the long and crazy work week, it won’t happen until early Saturday. That’s fine, that way I won’t have to deal with the traffic on Friday. I think I will need a good couple days to recover from this week, including a good nights sleep hopefully on Friday. I want spend lots of time swimming at Mine Kill Pool, then a nice campfire, then hike Vormans Nose or Cliffs of Middleburgh and hit up the farm stands and some fishing. Summer is such a wonderful time of the year, especially because I hope this is a quiet summer.

In four weeks on July 19 the sun will be setting at 8:27 pm, which is 9 minutes and one second earlier then today. In 2016 on that day, we had mostly cloudy skies and temperatures between 79 and 58 degrees. Typically, you have temperatures between 83 and 62 degrees. The record high of 97 degrees was set back in 1904.

A week from Friday is my planned start to the Independence Day Weekend trip to Moose River Plains. I am hoping for a really nice trip. A lot will depend on the weather, but having a camping permit, I will be able to make a single campsite home for five days, so I will have plenty of time to string up tarps to make a shelter, and put up a tent to store clothes and other gear. Just need to get lots of fireworks now to shoot off, and stock up on ammo too, especially if I choose a nice remote campsite.

Still trying to figure out the charger mystery for my laptop.  I think the particular model of laptop was specifically branded for Staples, and it’s the same as other models, but my Internet searches are still not getting my answers that I need. I put in an email to one of the manufacturers — so I’m hoping soon I will get an answer on which charger I need — and I’ll be able to get one inexpensively. And I’ll keep researching the Internet.

Also thinking of getting another set of color adjustable lights for my truck. I want to have some lights under the rear seat of my truck so I can find stuff at night while camping. It also would be pretty to make the inside of my truck glow at times. This way I’ll have a second remote in case a misplace one of them. I bought a switch last week, and I was going to use tailgate bulbs, but I think the color changing string might offer more possibilities.

Looking ahead, Last Day with Average High of 80 is in 9 weeks, Harvest Moon is in 11 weeks, Average High is 70 is in 3 months, 6:30 PM Sunset is in 15 weeks, Coldest Day of Year (Avg. 14-30 degrees) is in 29 weeks and Inauguration Day 2021 is in 187 weeks.

13 Tragically Demolished Buildings that Depict Our Ever-Changing Attitudes Toward Architecture

"Immortalized through photographs, drawings, and stories, buildings that have been demolished or completely renovated exist in the realm known as “lost architecture.” Either for economic or aesthetic reasons, the old gets torn down for the new, often to the disdain of community members and architects. But demolished buildings tell a story about the ever-changing politics of preservation—and often, they tell it far better than buildings that were actually preserved ever could. As the architectural landscape continues to change around us, it is important to recognize our past, even if its traces have been eliminated from the physical world."