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This summer (terrible recent events in the north STL metro region aside), in terms of weather, it's been a surprisingly cool summer for the region weather-wise, for fairly substantial stretches at a time.  Of course, such a stretch brings out the global warming-denier idiots in droves on comment boards.  However, the cool stretch was too good to last, it seems, so we're back to scorching summertime temperatures here, which of course doesn't help said alluded to tensions.  One small manifestation of the recent cooler stretches is given in this P-D article by Leah Thorsen and Jessica Bock..  More (well, not much, really) below the flip.....

It's interesting to see in Thorsen and Bock's article the mixed results of the recent cooler spells.  On the one hand, at the Maplewood Family Aquatic Center last month, pool manager Robert Perks said that last summer (compared to this summer)"

'“We’d be packed and crazy every day,” he said. “Haven’t had that this year, though."  

Instead he’s had to send lifeguards home, cancel evening water aerobics classes because no one has shown up and even closed early because the place was empty.

Last summer, 20,252 people had visited the pool by July 21, said Anthony Traxler, assistant city manager. This year, that number dropped to 18,840 - a decrease of nearly 7 percent.'

In that same vein, in Crystal City:
"Fewer people than in past years bought season passes to the Crystal City pool, said Bev Sweet, the pool superintendent."
If you went to O'Fallon, however, the picture is a touch more nuanced:
'Chilly water prompted the cancellation of a few morning swim classes for children at the Alligator’s Creek Aquatic Center in O’Fallon, Mo., said Tom Drabelle, a city spokesman.

Still, overall attendance is on par with previous years, he said.'

In a "zero-sum" sense, perhaps, what's been not so hot (.....) for pools has translated into increased activity for other venues in the area:
"The mild weather has been good for visits to the [Missouri Botanical Garden], where attendance is up 43 percent from July 2013 and almost 150 percent from the scorching summer of 2012.

In July, Children’s Garden attendance is up 79 percent from 2013 and 174 percent from 2012."

However, there is a mild qualifier about the increased attendance at the Garden this summer, namely possibly because of a famous toy of Danish origin:
"But the Nature Connects LEGO exhibit in the Climatron could also be a factor in the increase, spokeswoman Katie O’Sullivan said."
My nephew would be all over that exhibit, for one.

At the end of the article, there was this pithy remark:

'And there’s quite a bit of St. Louis summer left, which means sweltering days could arrive for those still craving that summertime thrill of cooling off in a pool.

Said [Jon] Carney, the [National Weather Service] meteorologist: “We can sure get hot between now and the end of September.”'

No kidding, especially now.  Of course, with the hot weather, I've turned the AC back on.  It was nice to keep it off for days at a time recently, where I think that I even managed to keep the AC off for a week and a half, or even more.  I haven't compared electric bills from this year to last year this time, if I really want to be nerdy about it.  

In a meta-sense, this does touch on the global warming-denier bigot commenters in that article, in a sense, about why they're as vicious and mean-spirited on comment boards as they are.  They don't want to cut back or change their comfortable, resource-hogging and high carbon footprint lifestyle that's eating the planet faster than it can be replenished.  Of course, there's hypocrisy on my side, because I have central AC too, I drive more car than I need, and I don't always bike to work when it's theoretically possible.  (Those who remember such details may remember my loser tip jars this year of something like 4 flat tires while biking this year.)  One could, in principle, go back to the denier bigots and ask them how they like the summer weather now.  And true, one mini-trend in one small area is not symptomatic of all microclimates everywhere, which the denier bigots always ignore, of course.

Presumably the local municipal swimming pools are doing much better business now with the much hotter weather back in swing.  (No, 3CM the loser hasn't done direct field work to check.)  If so, good for them.  With that, time for the standard SNLC protocol, namely your loser stories of the week, which may or may not feature swimming pools or summer heat, as appropriate.....

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  •  so, from here...... (5+ / 0-)
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    ......for some reason, decided to start back on FB Scrabble after a long hiatus.  Promptly lost 4 games in a row.  Why....bother.....?......

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 05:22:49 PM PDT

  •  heat or no heat (3+ / 0-)
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    Are the Cards gonna catch up with The Brewers and take the division?  Or are they outa here this year?

    L'enfer, c'est les autres....Jean-Paul Sartre

    by Keith930 on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:37:58 PM PDT

    •  no clue; looks pretty tight now, with..... (2+ / 0-)
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      ......Milwaukee at 71-58, and STL at 69-58 (tonight's game in Philly is in extra innings now).  Still plenty of games to go, so anything could happen.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:10:14 PM PDT

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  •  hi (3+ / 0-)

    We had fun with the grandbabies and now we are chilling out and preparing to drop into bed.

    It was very warm, today, here, too.  Beautiful weather.

    Best wishes to all here!

    Join us at Bookflurries-Bookchat on Wednesday nights 8:00 PM EST

    by cfk on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:04:57 PM PDT

    •  if one takes away the extreme heat...... (3+ / 0-)
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      ......the weather here is OK too.  We did get some rain the other night, but we definitely needed that.  Glad to know that grandkid time was good.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:12:53 PM PDT

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  •  Jeez C3? Have you become wxdude now? (2+ / 0-)
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    /snark!

    I know how ya feel. I love when I do not have to run the a/c. We are at .23 per kw with pg&e right now. Last few weeks we have been able to keep the air off until the late afternoon. Supposed to change next week. sigh.

    if a habitat is flooded, the improvement for target fishes increases by an infinite percentage...because a habitat suitability index that is even a tiny fraction of 1 is still infinitely higher than zero, which is the suitability of dry land to fishes.

    by mrsgoo on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:37:10 PM PDT

    •  nah, still same old loser me ;) (1+ / 0-)
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      On a whim, I just took a look at my electric bills from this time last year.  The last two for this year are down a few bucks from last year.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 09:42:11 PM PDT

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  •  A very cool August here -- (2+ / 0-)
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    actually, it's been cooler than usual all summer, but for me to be able to keep the fan off in August is highly unusual. Rainier than usual too: summers here tend to be on the dry side; not this one.

    I read here that it's b/c the same polar vortexes that made winter so miserable have been keeping the summer cooler, too. And when I look at the national weather map at weather.com, it does seem that we're getting more cool fronts down from Canada than warm fronts up from the south this year.

    But perhaps your hot air will hit here in a day or two: I didn't check the extended forecast, just looked to see whether I would need to take an umbrella to work.

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 10:21:36 PM PDT

  •  Oh, hey, 3CM? A question: (1+ / 0-)
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    Since you provided me with those wonderful videos of Anna Russell analyzing Wagner's Ring Cycle (and btw I got a good response when I diaried them), I was wondering whether you had any other ideas for something I could do for Monday Night at the Theater. I have a few ideas to check out, but nothing firm right now, and only tomorrow to prep one b/c today I accepted a half-shift on Monday (the half where I could have been prepping a diary, natch).

    Something wonderfully hilarious like that would be exquisite. But something just wonderful would also be great. Any ideas?

    English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

    by Youffraita on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 10:28:25 PM PDT

    •  P.S. I've found two (1+ / 0-)
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      soundtracks on YT to the Donmar Warehouse production of Brecht & Weill's Threepenny Opera, but so far no video. Any ideas? The music & singing are brilliant...but it's really f'ing boring to watch the album cover the whole time.

      English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

      by Youffraita on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 12:35:11 AM PDT

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      •  I actually didn't know about that production (1+ / 0-)
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        Found the soundtrack listing on A.com.  Maybe you can compare the Donmar lyrics to the older versions, and see how 'sanitized' the old Marc Blitzstein version was in relation to the newcomers.

        "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

        by chingchongchinaman on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 07:48:05 PM PDT

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        •  I've listened to Donmar twice now (1+ / 0-)
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          and I'm sure Blitzstein was far more sanitized, b/c Donmar is rough and ready: it is brutal.

          It is also brilliant.

          Please stop by tomorrow night, if you're around. I should be home by the time Monday Night at the Theater goes live, unless someone calls off of work.

          English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

          by Youffraita on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 08:56:26 PM PDT

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          •  speaking of Donmar...... (0+ / 0-)

            ......there have been occasional HD-casts of National Theatre productions from the UK which have occasionally originated from Donmar, in a sort of collaboration thing.  I think one was King Lear with Derek Jacobi in the lead.

            "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

            by chingchongchinaman on Tue Aug 26, 2014 at 04:30:12 PM PDT

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    •  not sure; maybe the whole idea of..... (1+ / 0-)
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      ......modernizing productions of older works, just because there aren't enough 'good' newer works to displace the older stuff?  This is especially an issue in opera, the whole "Eurotrash" phenomenon.  It takes on relevance with the whole Metropolitan Opera mess recently, because while I don't care much for Peter Gelb's behavior with respect to contract negotiations, at least in principle, he has tried to inject fresh theatrical blood into Met Opera productions.  Granted, the results have been variable, but the hidebound near-reactionary intolerance of so many of the Met audience for anything different from hyper-literal and 'realistic' ultra old-school productions grates on me, for one.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 07:50:40 PM PDT

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      •  Gelb spends too much money (1+ / 0-)
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        on the wrong things. Like that monster construction for the Ring Cycle, which doesn't even work very well. And makes so much noise that the NYT opera critics included it in their indictment of Gelb's production of the Ring Cycle.

        I think (and I'm no fan of opera) that doing different stuff is probably a good idea. I just don't think Gelb's the man to put in charge of doing it.

        English usage is sometimes more than mere taste, judgment and education - sometimes it's sheer luck, like getting across the street. E. B. White

        by Youffraita on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 09:04:24 PM PDT

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        •  'the machine' "Ring" is the one that many... (0+ / 0-)

          ..... of the Met Opera moldy figs point to, and understandably so, because it was all that engineering for not very much.  The catch is that if one looks at the hard numbers of all the new productions since Gelb began, it's a small % of the # of new productions under Gelb's watch that's gotten the flak.  Most others sail by OK.

          "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

          by chingchongchinaman on Mon Aug 25, 2014 at 05:08:17 PM PDT

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  •  Review of Summerfest finale: (2+ / 0-)
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    link

    I enjoyed Slatkin's arr. of Glazunov more than the reviewer did.

    The maestro was entertaining at the coaching session on score reading. "The soloist is always right."

    •  yup, even when they're wrong :) (1+ / 0-)
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      It's pretty much his/her party when it comes to the concerto, to be sure.

      "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

      by chingchongchinaman on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 07:45:51 PM PDT

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