Friday, May 22, 2009

Tid bits

Weather or not:
The daily paper gives us the weather for the next several days. Yesterday’s issue predicted 73 degrees for Mountain View (where I live), and 76 degrees for Sunnyvale, which is over my back fence. I asked Eric if I jumped over the fence, would it be 3 degrees warmer? “Of course,” he replied.

In addition, I have emailed to me the weather forecast from Accuweather, an online service which claims to have better forecasting techniques. It’s interesting to compare the paper with the email. The paper also gives me the previous day’s high, so I can check. The online forecast was 71 for Mountain View, which this morning's paper confirmed. Usually they are 2 to 4 degrees apart, and when they are 7 to 8 degrees apart, I start to wonder. Lately, when that disparity occurs, the actual high is somewhere in the middle.


From today’s Entertainment section touting the movie “Night at the museum - Battle at the Smithsonian”.
“Definitely funny -- if you’re 9.”

Today’s humor is inspired by a remark made by LynnM:

A young couple went out to dinner at a Chinese restaurant. After looking over the menu, they ordered the Chicken Surprise. A short while later they were brought a big bowl with a lid on it. The wife started to reach for the lid when all of a sudden the lid raised on its own, two eyes peeked out, and then slammed down again. The wife screamed and shoved the bowl toward the husband saying, “Aahhhck. That scared me. YOU try it.” So the husband reached for the lid, but before he could touch it, the lid again raised up, two eyes peeked out, and then slammed down again. “Wow! That’s strange,” said the husband, and he called the waiter over and explained what had happened. The waiter asked what they had ordered, and when he was told the Chicken Surprise, he said, “Oh, so sorry. I bring you Peking Duck.”

(I told that joke to the owner of a Chinese restaurant, who looked at me blankly for a moment, and when realization hit, just burst out laughing.)

See you on Monday.


  1. "Peeking!" HAHAHAHAHA!

    I play weather Yahtzees by myself. I love checking the point score of the 5 day weather forecast. Sometimes I'll get a rain yahtzee. Sometimes a full house (maybe two light rain, three cloud) or a small straight (light shower, heavy shower, clouds, clear).

  2. I love the way the Merc tries to come up with various ways to describe sunny days with partial clouds. They can't say thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes in this part of the country, just endless six-month sunshine with a bit of ocean fog, and they try so hard to make it sound like there's more variation than there is.

  3. p.s. I wish I'd been there to see that owner's face!