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it means

electricty, fluff. that's what my dad aways called it. I hear ya brother about the heat effects; it does make me stop and assess my sanity somedays ,but i love the work and the people. it's nice to be outside surrounded by plants. thanks for the advice and hope your leg healed well and you're out and about..............................damn golf courses anyway. by the way, "fluffanutter" is the name my son gave our cat years ago. lol so cool.........so cool

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"...the wonderful benefits of piped lightning..."

Huh? What does that mean, Slo?

You work in a green house? Jeezum' crow. I walk outside my AC and my gut turns to liquid. I can't imagine toiling in 115 degree heat! I do remember working on a roof one summer in Furnace, Kentucky and even with a headband on there was a continuous stream of sweat rolling into my eyes!

Keep watching that lettuce grow so slow, Slo... And stay hydrated!

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93 million miles away?

Feels more like 92 million lately. I work every day in greenhouses in the upper midwest where we have had 30+ days above 90 and 4 above 100; hottest summer on record so far and still going strong. the greenhouses we work in all day run easily 15 deg. above the ambient temps. when that fat old sun is a shinin' and if the wind ain't blowin, there's no air moving in them at all. i'm not whining (yet) as i get to enjoy the wonderful benefits of piped lightning when i get home. Somebody much smarter than me figured out how to distrubute it long ago and i get to reap the benefits (as long as i continue to pay for it is my understanding). I'm lucky to have ac and have used it liberally this summer. My father was born and raised on a farm in the midwest where he lived until the age of 8 before the family moved in to town and a house with modern (1946) amenities. Up until he was 8..... NO electricity, no indoor plumbing,etc.,folks, that means not even so much as a fan to blow the hot air around! I ask dad every year how in the hell they did it and he always says,"you got used to it whether you liked it or not and a tub full of cool well water did wonders". compared to that, i've got it pretty damn good. Those thin little lines hanging on those skinny wooden poles are the only things seperating us from "days of yore" ladies and gentlemen. Homeland security? my ass.

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Will there be food riots?

If Congress decides to cut food stamp programs it is a distinct possibility. Free food distribution centers will have less and fewer commodities will be available through the Ag. Dept.

This could be a multi-year drought where all of these conditions worsen. Thank you, Republicans, for denying global warming for 30 years and putting us in this mess.

(I used up this space because of a double post)

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Half of all US counties now declared in drought

With the temperature slated to break a 120 year all-time record today in OKC at 114 degrees, fully half the country is declared to be in drought. Prices will increase for food substantially next year, if not in the fall. No relief in sight as of yet.

I have no compunction about running my air-conditioner these days...

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How do you spell relief?

Good weather reporting, Anna. Yesterday was almost comfortable, with cloud cover and intermittent showers. 2 day rain total was 0.05", so a shower was more like a faint drizzle. Forecast calls for triple digits again starting today. Uggh
Like Poncho Bill says, it's crunchy and brown and our municipal water folks are asking for reduced water use, to 3 days a week . Folks with automatic sprinklers haven't made the effort to modify their watering cycles... My granddaughter Willow is visiting from Ft. Collins (no more smoke and fire!), so she's learned to feel the difference between hot and dry to hot, dry and humid. I use the water from her kiddie pool to feed the shrubs and garden veggies.
June's electric bill was over $200. Arrgh! For some reason the hundred or so winfd turbines west of Salina KS haven't been spinning lately to enhance the power coming from the many coal fired plants. Anyone know why the wind turbines are not being used?

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meanwhile in Oakland

it's gray and overcast!

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HOT!!!

Damn hot! This has gotta be the hottest summer on record for northern Ontario. No end in sight either. I stopped caring about my green lawn weeks ago. It is an unsightly brown and very crunchy. My hydro bill is sky high. The CA is worth every penny tho.

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KC sizzle breaks

Yesterday's high temp. in KC was 88. That breaks a 20 day string of 90+ temps for the KC metro. area. The forecast? Temps. at or above 90 for as far as the eye can see. Good luck staying cool Ted! At least you don't live in Las Vegas or Phoenix or Death Valley.

In N. New England we are sizzling in or around 90 with high humidity. I think it's time for a tube trip down the White River. Unfortunately the water doesn't keep the beer cold!

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The heat boss, the heat!! (More water!)

Poor Ted! The relief we've felt in the New England area -- morning lows in the high 40s -- didn't quite make it to the KC metro area. They had a "low" high temp. of 92 degrees last Monday and now temps. are headed back up to the triple digits. Man, that would just kill me!

This makes more than 10 days of plus 90 degrees for those poor folks in the Plains. We'll be checking to see when you guys nose in under that mark. No end in sight. Other temps. around the country are staggering. Record highs almost everywhere except NE, where beautifully gorgeous endless summer continues unabated. We've been at the beach where water temps. are up this year already. You can now swim in Maine, which was an impossibility before 2000 unless you were a polar bear.

In the rest of the country they are speaking of some really insane temps. like 127 degrees in Las Vegas. On average about 10 degrees more than the usual. Is this year the tipping point as far as Global Warming is concerned? I don't think from a scientific point-of-view a causal relationship can be proven but from a common-sense human and closely watched domestic animal point-of-view the case was closed long before this summer...

Stay cool everybody! Alcoholic beverages are dehydrating. If you drink you should make every other one a 16 oz. water. Hey, if you don't believe me ask any EMT what shows up in the emergency room on hot days other than the elderly.

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