Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Warm spring

Wow, another blog about the weather. Well, it’s something we all do well, and my original purpose in starting this blog was to share photos and happenings around Las Vegas. We had a cooler May, our swimming pool has a cover but no heater, so it does warm up as the temperature goes up and the sun shines on it longer. Usually by Memorial Day (in the US that’s the last Monday in May) water temp is up to where we like it, a nice warm 33c (92f) but this year it only made it up to 32c (90f), but it still felt good jumping in yesterday. June is starting out hot – 44c predicted for this weekend (111f or so) so July, which is traditionally our hottest month, should have some pretty nice days. Usually it doesn’t get above 44c (110f) and then July has most days over that, so hitting that mark early might indicate something.

I’m excited about something else happening here – now getting spam in the comments! I keep deleting them, but do you guys want them left in? How many of you read a comment like

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And click over to the link provided? Looks like it goes to a web site in Poland, probably guaranteed to transfer some free programs onto your computer automatically. Sorry to deny you this opportunity. I’m getting two or three a day on my latest posts, and have no idea why somebody thinks these are a good thing to put up. I kind of liked this one though

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We drove down to the Los Angeles area this last weekend to attend the Great American Train Show. My model train group set up a layout, and I had fun playing with trains for two days and looking at some of the amazing things people can come up with and accomplish. We run N scale trains, where the individual cars are about seven cm (three inches) long. We were next to a garden railroad group which plays with larger trains – each of their cars is over forty cm (sixteen inches) . At that scale it’s easy to see and make things, and they had a lot of animation with moving fans and fountains and things and accompanying sound effects, all very pretty, except for having to listen to it all over and over again for two days.

The place where I work is having an ‘exercise’ today. It’s a big government owned compound that takes security very seriously, the guards on our gate wear very worn guns that I am sure work very well. We had some practice last week by building, but today is a full blown campus wide thing, involving local police, fire and rescue organizations. It’s supposed to be an ‘active shooter’ scenario, with (according to the handouts the guards gave us today) simulated weapons fire, response by outside fire/law enforcement and role-players in stage makeup simulating wounded parties. We’re supposed to go lock ourselves in the offices when it starts (almost everyone is in cubes, very few offices so it will be rather crowded for a few hours) and then eventually be evacuated. We’re planning on two hours or so being locked up in those small windowless rooms, then getting to run outside into the 39c (103f) sunshine and stand around for a while. Quite a few people took the day off rather than participate, and many others are working up at our site north of town just to get away from it. It will be a rather unproductive day, expensive too tying up a thousand people and all of those outside agencies. But I guess with what we see in the news it’s better to practice this stuff than to have something really happen and not know how to react.


angryparsnip said...

What an interesting few days for you.

I think I would have opted out if I could have unless I could us a motorized wheel chair, pitcher of ice tea and a umbrella plus I am rather claustrophobic.

cheers, parsnip

Anonymous said...

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Hello cher Joe
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Colleen Barnett said...

I like the foreign spam, Joe. Always good for a laugh, like the one above this one!

Getting cold here now. And wet. Always seems to be cloudy, cold and/or wet. Never mind. AT least we don't' get snow!

Have a great weekend. It's a long one here in Oz, for Queen's Birthday. I wonder, when she steps down, and Charlie takes her place, will we still get a King's Birthday weekend? And when will that be? Hmmmm....


Don said...

Sounds like you should have a frustrating day! Hope it isn't too crazy. We had gaurds a couple places where I worked but they were unarmed.

JoeinVegas said...

I ended up sitting in a locked conference room for two hours. Fortunately the live fire and a 'hostage' situation was in the federal building at the top of the hill about a half mile away, but we still had to 'shelter in safety'. I just read and napped.

SOL's view said...

And I thought fire drill was bad enough. Nothing worse than standing out in the hot sun for a time. Although I do say that's the best way to get the geeks out getting vitamin D. :)

As for the spam, I vote for the delete away. it just gets in the way.

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Blond Duck said...

I LOVE sunshine. I can't get enough.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

How awful that you even have to practise for that sort of thing Joe. I get masses of spam, fortunately the spam collector gets most of them, the odd one slips through now and then, I just delete them. They can be very odd and sometimes a bit rude :)

Rob said...

A long time ago I worked in a government office in London. We had the usual fire drills, nothing more, and one day everyone was moaning that the drill had been really inconvenient (probably it was raining, or maybe just at a bad time). Anyway, one of the fire mershals worked in the next office to me and quietly mentioned that this wasn't a drill. Turned out to be a bomb left outside a newspaper office about a block away: a real bomb, not a fake. Not very big, and the Army guys sorted it out quickly, but I felt it was a useful lesson early in my career: one day the drill may not be a drill. Glad we never had to deal with your kind of scenario though. London was still getting regular IRA bomb threats and the odd bomb (the one next to where I worked wasn't them, just some Commie-hater - the newspaper was a very left-wing weekly) so everyone got used to underground stations being closed or roads blocked off.

Thinking of active shooters, did you know that Andy Murray (who we all hope will win Wimbledon next week!) was a pupil at Dunblane Primery School, which was Britain's Sandy Hook: the school shooting that led to the total handgun ban here. Murray's class were on their way to the gym when Thomas Hamilton started shooting there, so he's very lucky to be alive.