Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend

Let me paint a picture; a warm summer day, the sun is shining, there is a slight breeze in the air, and there I sit on the back patio with my wife and the dog just relaxing. Amber arose from her seat and headed towards the corner of the house where the hose pipe was as if she was going to water the flowers. She turned the faucet all the way on and grabbed the adjustable nozzle checking to see which stream it was on. She, and this is where it becomes amusing, turned it towards her face to see which stream she wanted (flat, jet, shower, etc.) and it must have been on full because almost immediately she received a punishing shot of water to her face. I swelled with tears of laughter, but I held back with all might any hint of laughter, that is until she looked up and started to laugh her self. I lost it. She looked up, makeup streaming down her face and a huge smile. It was hilarious. It was a moment that you think to your self, “did I just witness that?” I laughed for a solid hour. Needless to say amber is fine just a little watered. That was just a small portion of my Memorial Day weekend that was spent doing as little as possible. We relaxed and soaked up the sun when we could. Sunday night we had a volley ball game (we joined a league) and lost. We lost to a team that had a pregnant women and a big ol’ fat guy. But the beer was cold and we had a good time. Monday morning I headed out on the bike with Chris and it rained the entire time we rode but it wasn’t a straight down pour just a little trickle. It was a great weekend but I mostly just wanted to tell you the story about Amber.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Denamrk does it again.

I recently came across a map of Denmark;
and after studying this map for sometime I realized that the danish are just giving the rest of the world the middle finger.
Just because they have great health care, a great economy, and a viking ship museum doesn't mean they have to be so rude. Do to Denmark's wind farms and other renewable resources, they have plans to become independent from fossil fuel use by the year 2050. That means they will be in no need of oil at all. That's freaking HUGE! Could you imagine a country not reliant on foreign oils. That may be the reason for the middle finger. One way of achieving that is Denmark has over 40% of the population biking to work helping it to be one of the cleanest countries in the world. Denmark is so clean even the politicians are clean. I'm not entirely sure about the politicians but the new United Nations building in Copenhagen is.
UN City was design by a Danish architect firm (3XN) and it shows. It's no surprise that the roof houses 1,400 solar panels to support renewable energy but it also pumps sea water into the basement to act as a refrigerant to cool the building, but sea water isn't the only water being used. To help reduce waste UN City has rain water collection system that is predicted to collect almost 3 million liters of rain water a year (weather permitting) to be used in bathrooms, kitchens, and showers. That would be enough to flush the entire buildings toilets for a year. the goal of this building was to reduce energy consumption and it achieved the goal by reducing energy use more than 55%. The UN City also encourages its employees to bike to work (no surprise) by adding 680 bike racks. So maybe they aren't giving us the middle finger but saying, "Hey, world, look over here! I have the solution for renewable and reducing energy!"

We definitely need to pay attention to what Denmark is doing, grant it USA is a much larger country, we may still be able to get inspired by their efforts to keep the Earth as clean as possible.  

most of my info was provided by; http://denmark.dk/en/

"You say you love rain, but you use an umbrella to walk under it. You say you love sun, but you seek shade when it is shining. You say you love wind, but when it comes you close your window. So that's why I'm scared when you say you love me."                                       -Bob Marley

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Snow Mercury

Recently I saw some photos of snow flakes, and I thought to myself, "with all the snow flakes falling, millions upon millions, through out a year in areas that cover half of Earth, some so tiny they are microscopic, how can we truly say that no two are alike?" Think about it. It’s like saying that no two stars are alike. Has anyone recorded and analyzed every single snow flake that has fallen? Maybe they are on a cycle or pattern and the same design falls every six months. I’m just saying.

 Also, why did he (Freddie Mercury) sing about fat bottom girls?

Finally a list of some more questions I have;
·        Why do we turn down the radio when we are lost or looking for an address?
·        If con is the opposite of pro then is congress the opposite of progress?
·        If we evolved from apes why are there still apes?
·        Why hot dog companies and bun companies haven’t coordinated and package their product in the same amount or why does round pizza come in a square box?
·        Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?