|We have one of those weather alert machines in our bedroom.
It is not one that alerts people in a specific location but the cheap kind
that covers a certain geographic area. Ours sounds alarms for portions of
VA as well as western NC and us here in the triad. Yesterday afternoon it
was going off every five minutes as bands of thunderstorms were moving
from south to north. However, most of them were west and north of us
although we did get several rolls of thunder late in the afternoon along
with some pretty high winds. It rained about a tenth of an inch last night
but that was about all we got out of the storms.
The warnings are great for safety reasons but a royal pain when I need
to concentrate. First, of course is the loud siren, followed by a computerized
voice reading the alerts. Once the alert is covered the voice then drones
on giving general weather alerts, statements, etc. If the alert is near us
we go out to the den and turn on the weather channel to see exactly what
the radar looks like. After about five minutes the machine automatically
shuts itself off and goes back into alert mode.
I have discovered if it is a stormy afternoon in the area about all I
am good for is to either read web sites or just do searches on the net or
give up and go in the den to read. I cannot sustain enough of a
concentration level to block out the automaton talking and interrupting me
when I am trying to do anything serious. Of course the voice activation
part can be turned off but that would defeat the purpose of the alerts. I
don't want to move it from the bedroom, which is directly across from my
office, again because we need to be able to hear it in case of severe
weather in the middle of the night. And now, after seven years
Duncan has decided he is frightened of thunder storms. One of us usually
goes out to the den to comfort him during a storm.
Well, Bob decided that he wanted ham sandwiches and salad for his
birthday dinner. So, that is what we had with birthday cake for dessert.
We had three people show up for the meeting last night which ran until
9:30 or so.
Speaking of computerized voices. I finished reading Donna Andrews' new
mystery You've Got Murder Wednesday night. Since her new series
stars an Artificial Intelligence Personality (AIP) named Turing Hopper I
was not sure I was going to like it. Her other series stars Meg Langslow
ornamental blacksmith and her boyfriend Michael which are very funny
cozy's. I was not at all sure how I was going to like a series with an AIP
as a central character. But, Andrews manages to pull if off with her same
sense of dry wit and funny characters. To assist her solving the mystery
of why her best "friend" and creator Zack disappears from work
she inlists the aid of two human Maude and Tim who also work for her and
Zack's company. Through a series of hilarious plots and twists the three
amateur sleuths solve the mystery and Andrews sets her characters up for further
Last night while waiting on the meeting to start I began reading
another Dorothy Simpson.
I am off this morning to SciWorks for a couple of hours then back home
to work on some projects this afternoon at my desk. Late this afternoon I
need to go over to the library and sort some of their gift books. The
holding room is full again. I thought I would work over there a couple of
hours then order the Chinese take out for dinner tonight.
I hope everyone has a great weekend. If the weather is clear for
tonight I think we are heading up to Bullington to do some observing.