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Thursday, 12 August 2010

The heat is on

We had a heat advisory today. The temperature got up to 33C, which is far too hot for somewhere that isn't a desert. I don't do well in the heat, and unfortunately it's not been less than 25C all summer. This is of course standard weather here for this time of year but it doesn't mean to say that I like it.

On top of the heat it's also very humid. Walking outside for 5 minutes is enough to make one's clothes stick to the body. I can't wait to get back to the UK, where I'm told (in Edinburgh at least) it's 16C - bliss.

One problem with the heat is that my wife does not want to have the oven on so our dinners have been limited to very quick microwaveable or very long slow cooked dinners. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I don't like being constrained so much by the heat. I guess I just resent it.

The heat also has caused me to have many low sleep nights. I'm looking forward to autumn when the temperatures will be nice and pleasant and I can think more like a human.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

On days like these...

It was not a good day yesterday, by all accounts, for many reasons, but I won't go into detail about them all. For me, the most frustrating part of the day was a letter which started

`Thank you for contacting us about the charge(s) to your account in the amount if $(x). We have completed our investigation and determined that, as of today, the transaction has not been charged to your account. As a result we have closed your claim.'

Unfortunately, the investigation couldn't have been very thorough because I could see the charge on my account via online banking. The problem was that the extra charge was bundled in with the correct charge and they didn't notice.

It wasn't too much problem to sort out, but it was incredibly frustrating.