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Old 02-11-11, 01:59 AM   #1
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The end is near...Florida Day is nigh!

...The end of the horrific cold weather that is.

We've been churning out below average readings temperature wise for the last two months. It's been darn cold. Since I often have to spend a lot of time outdoors on the job it often doesn't take much convincing before I put up the bike and cower in the heat and comfort of my pickup truck when commuting back and forth to work. I've been cowering a lot lately! Well that may come to an end next week. The weather dude predicts the temps to rise above freezing!! The worst it should be next week (day time) is in the 20's!!

So the bike will come back out, finally. January 18th was my last time on the bike and that seems like an eternity ago.

In celebration I think it's time for our annual Florida Day! Normally we set the home thermostat at 66*F daytime and 62*F nighttime. One day each Winter the bride and I declare it to be Florida Day and we set the thermostat at 72*F. It's great! We spend the whole day cavorting about the house in shorts and tank tops. Somehow the balance of the Winter season is a little easier to cope with after Florida Day.

So Feb 14th will be Florida Day in the Cranky Old Dude household this year. I think I even have a red tank top stashed away somewhere....
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Old 02-11-11, 05:11 AM   #2
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Valentines Day in Florida, huh? Hey, have a blast!
Here in Tokyo, we just had our first snowfall of the year today. Not sure what this indicates in the greater scheme of things...
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Florida Day? The daytime highs have been in the 80's, and the nighttime lows are around 68. I have to turn the a/c down to 75 when I get home from work, because 78 just feels a little too humid. So not only do you need to turn up the heat, you need to add a few extra humidifiers. Do you have any palm tree props?
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You may well be warmer there for a change, Cranky. it is 28* here at the job site this morning. That is cold for this southern boy. Enjoy the "Florida Day" for you and your bride. maybe Puxatawney Phil is right this year and we all will have an early spring.

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Enjoy your Florida Day!

I'm looking forward to the warmer temps predicted for next week, too. We've had below average temperatures for a couple months and have had very few days above the freezing mark. We've had below zero temps this week but next week is looking good and I too plan on taking the bikes out for a spin

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During a South Florida winter, I actually wait for the cooler days so I can get something done outside, or in the garage. Heavens forbid if I have to go up in the attic crawl space to put Xmas decorations away, and it's 90 degrees out.
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...The end of the horrific cold weather that is.

We've been churning out below average readings temperature wise for the last two months. It's been darn cold. Since I often have to spend a lot of time outdoors on the job it often doesn't take much convincing before I put up the bike and cower in the heat and comfort of my pickup truck when commuting back and forth to work. I've been cowering a lot lately! Well that may come to an end next week. The weather dude predicts the temps to rise above freezing!! The worst it should be next week (day time) is in the 20's!!

So the bike will come back out, finally. January 18th was my last time on the bike and that seems like an eternity ago.

In celebration I think it's time for our annual Florida Day! Normally we set the home thermostat at 66*F daytime and 62*F nighttime. One day each Winter the bride and I declare it to be Florida Day and we set the thermostat at 72*F. It's great!
We spend the whole day cavorting about the house in shorts and tank tops. Somehow the balance of the Winter season is a little easier to cope with after Florida Day.

So Feb 14th will be Florida Day in the Cranky Old Dude household this year. I think I even have a red tank top stashed away somewhere....
Great. Now I have that image stuck in my head.
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Old 02-11-11, 10:08 AM   #8
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Enjoy your Florida Day!

I'm looking forward to the warmer temps predicted for next week, too. We've had below average temperatures for a couple months and have had very few days above the freezing mark. We've had below zero temps this week but next week is looking good and I too plan on taking the bikes out for a spin
Dang, your weather next week is going to be 10 degrees warmer than ours . I haven't ridden outside since you guys were up here in late October.
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...The end of the horrific cold weather that is.

We've been churning out below average readings temperature wise for the last two months. It's been darn cold. Since I often have to spend a lot of time outdoors on the job it often doesn't take much convincing before I put up the bike and cower in the heat and comfort of my pickup truck when commuting back and forth to work. I've been cowering a lot lately! Well that may come to an end next week. The weather dude predicts the temps to rise above freezing!! The worst it should be next week (day time) is in the 20's!!

So the bike will come back out, finally. January 18th was my last time on the bike and that seems like an eternity ago.

In celebration I think it's time for our annual Florida Day! Normally we set the home thermostat at 66*F daytime and 62*F nighttime. One day each Winter the bride and I declare it to be Florida Day and we set the thermostat at 72*F. It's great! We spend the whole day cavorting about the house in shorts and tank tops. Somehow the balance of the Winter season is a little easier to cope with after Florida Day.

So Feb 14th will be Florida Day in the Cranky Old Dude household this year. I think I even have a red tank top stashed away somewhere....
How 'bout a Hawaiian shirt? You guys are gonna be regular Parrot Heads.
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Old 02-11-11, 10:44 AM   #10
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Enjoy your Florida Day.

Looks like we will be getting close around here - temp will be up to 60F this next week. Our house is configured so that we have huge, heat gathering windows pointed south, and those windows DO collect the heat when the sun is shining - like today. We have a couple of nice shade trees whose leaves block that sunlight in the summer. Works out great!

BTW, we turn our thermostat to 55F at night, about 62F during the day time.
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I like it. Caution to the wind!
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We can blame all the unusual coldness on
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Dang, your weather next week is going to be 10 degrees warmer than ours . I haven't ridden outside since you guys were up here in late October.
Our last ride was December 31. We did the usual Friday route from Brookville to Arcanum for lunch. The ride to lunch was fabulous.....tailwinds and 16+ mph without too much pedaling. Unfortunately the ride back was hell. I struggled to keep the bike moving and not falling over
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We try to keep the central heating at around 64 deg but now turned it down a bit so that we can enjoy the Warm wet soggy weather in the garden. Haven't had a frost for over a week now so Spring is on the way. Jusy a pity the rain is horizontal in the winds.
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LOL, well we have your, "FL. Day", everyday it's not "below freezing" outside. Our apt. has a steam boiler heating system and all winter it's 78 to 80 degrees F in our apt., the "thermostat" is just for deceration purposes only, don't matter weither you set it at 50 or 90, the temp stays the same. UNLESS, it's goes below ZERO outside, that put's too much "strain" on the heating system and we have to break out the "thermostat controled space heaters" and crank them up as we have "MN. DAYS" till the outside temps rise above ZERO.

Enjoy your day of frolick and don't forget to "crank up the Jimmy Buffet" CD!
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Lenny, do you have summer style food for Florida day?

Have you been down to Irondequoit bay this winter? There's got to be 25 pairs of Swans in the inlet.
http://rocnow.com/article/features-r...on/20102250307

It's not over yet. Here a cam shot of our harbor in Rochester today.

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Lenny, do you have summer style food for Florida day?

Have you been down to Irondequoit bay this winter? There's got to be 25 pairs of Swans in the inlet.
http://rocnow.com/article/features-r...on/20102250307

It's not over yet. Here a cam shot of our harbor in Rochester today.

It's been snowing and blowing all day down here. Sometimes I can barely see the road from my front window and it's a mere 40' away!!!

Drove past the bay a few times recently, once on my way to Webster pier. It's kinda cold there too.....



So.....are you going swimming tomorrow?!?!
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How did Florida day go? Didn't go swimming. We went down there but missed the plunge.
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How did Florida day go? Didn't go swimming. We went down there but missed the plunge.
Ahhh, Florida day.....

We set the thermostat to 73* on Sunday evening, stayed in on Monday, and finally reactivated the Program Mode on Monday evening. (I was going to kill the heat on Tuesday mornng as I left for work but we couldn't stand the heat any longer!!)
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