Today I ran around looking at housing choices
Since I’ve been working for three weeks now, and they haven’t tossed me out, odds are I’m not pissing anyone off too much ;-)
There are “Residence Inns” that run from about $1500 to $2100 / month (which is “doable” inside my pay range, but a might steep…) and there are lower end hotels with a “monthly rate” or a “weekly rate” that run out to about $650 / month (furniture, power, water, sewer, and maid service included). Apartments run (from what I’ve seen) about $700 / month (but you pay your own cable TV, water, sewer, power…) and need to buy furniture.
Travel times range from about 10 minutes “door to door” up to 20 minutes.
Where I’m staying now is, for the moment, free. Yet we’re going to discuss rent “soon”. (So far I’ve bought a 4 burner gas grill and a $250 kayak as “house gifts” along with redoing the lighting plan to high efficiency lighting – expected about $600 lifetime savings – as payments in kind for the kindness of a guest room to stay in.) But the commute is 45 minutes one way, or 1.5 hours in total each day. Even with ride sharing to reduce the costs, it’s still 1.5 hours / day of my life “gone”… Time I’d much rather spend thinking and writing, and even making some trades, and not time I’d want to spend sitting in a car. On the same road. Every Single Day…
So I’m “doing the math”… What is it worth to have 22-33 hours / month more “life”?
What is it worth to have 600 fewer miles a month on your car and gasoline bill?
What is it worth to have the car inside a garage instead of parked outside a hotel when the Tropical Storm hits?
What is it worth to have Fast Money and Bloomberg recorded and ready to watch each night, instead of “Soaps”?
But that’s not what this posting is about….
The Night From The Pool
So I’ve come back from my day, and taken a nap (catching up from the many ‘short slept’ days of getting up at 5:30 AM and getting to bed at 11+pm). But my thinking isn’t done. I’ve watched a few hours of the weekly financial news (now, in many cases, too late to be of real trading benefit, but giving decent context to the week) and noted that the ones most of interest to me are not recorded as they had a conflict with some other viewing desired. (Not too big an issue as they are available a couple of days delayed on the internet, and now I have an internet TV Appliance of sorts… and I’m not getting to them in a timely manner anyway… and… )
And I’m still not caught up and I’m still not done pondering “best housing solution” (but I have enough jingle in my pocket now to have lots of choices to ponder… 9-)
OK, It’s a bit before midnight and the cat is out by the pool, the homeowner has gone to bed. (He took the kid off to college today, so is in need of sleep after a marathon drive / move day). It’s just me, the cat, and the pool. I think well when floating in a pool…
So I decide to ponder while floating in that ‘near zero G’ effect state… ( I wonder if pondering works better on orbit in zero G?) and head out to the pool.
Today, for a very late lunch at about 2pm, I stopped at a Mexican Restaurant for my Carnitas fix. It was good. But the “usual” afternoon weather came in. It had been ‘sunny and hot’ earlier, then it was cooler and raining. Lots of rain.
It politely stopped in time for me to head back to the barn (and eventually the pool).
I mention this not for a detour though that weighty question of “Carnitas or Pollo?” Nor even “Carnitas or beef?”. No, I mention it to point out the ‘usual’ status is for lots of clouds in the afternoon, ranging into rain. Sometimes, like the night before, LOTS of rain. As late as 9 pm.
But it’s not 9pm any more, it was just about midnight.
And I wanted to ponder.
In the pool.
Floating, and Pondering
Trying to decide just how much I liked this pool (and realizing that I needed to find out if “pool hours” would prevent this kind of thing in a hotel or apartment…) and trying to decide just how much it would cost to add a second satellite dish to the house, and trying to decide if I could read a laptop in the car with mobile internet and not get carsick… I looked up.
There, through the “Florida Room” gauze, was a clear sky full of stars.
The “Florida Friend” has a home on an acre or so in a gated community quite a ways from most city lights. (Thus the long commute). The “skyglow’ is low enough that the stars were quite nicely bright.
Then I realized that I had another pondering to ponder:
WHY was the sky so clear and the stars so bright?
Earlier it was heavy clouds and rain. Now it was a clear night. Earlier the pool was quite warm, now after cool rains and under a clear sky, things were getting a bit on the cool side. The “Ignore The Day At Your Peril” posting came back to haunt me…
Is this “proof” that each day the heat is “done and gone”?
Maybe not proof, but strong evidence for sure.
Something makes the clouds show up from near nothing early in the day.
Something makes them build to complete overcast and then dark rain clouds (dumping loads of water).
Something then makes them clear off and give a Midnight Starry Starry Sky.
A clear dark sky that easily lets heat radiate to space (just the opposite of those storm clouds that prevented the heat from reaching the ground; reflecting the sunshine to space, but blocking IR radiation in both directions).
And that something is NOT CO2.
In fact, I can find no evidence for it having any effect at all on the process of the day. Every day (almost) starts clear and coolish, warms to hot, then moves into rain and cooling in the afternoon – early evening. (Yes, there are a few exceptions, but not much…) Then the night clears and heat leaves via IR radiation. And a new cycle begins.
There is variation. Sometimes a major Tropical Storm or Hurricane comes through. But we know that those conduct MORE heat to the stratosphere (and off to space) not less; so hardly supportive of the CO2 meme.
At the end of the pondering, I decided two things:
1) An hour a day of more life to live is worth quite a bit to me.
2) Tropical Starry Starry Night Skies have their own story to tell.
I’ve not gone looking for day / night relative cloud cover numbers. I don’t even know if they exist. If they do, dividing them by local weather / climate type will matter quite a bit. The cloud cycles here are not at all like they are in the “cold ocean driven” San Francisco Bay Area. But the tropics dominate our heat engine “hot pole”, and Florida is characteristic of that zone…
So I’m left to wonder if anyone has the “cloud cover” data in a form that is NOT so “over averaged” as to hide the interesting bits… data that still says just how often we have “dark clouds and teardrops, through the rain” during the daytime but with “Starry starry nights” to follow. And just how much the climate models and the CO2 Junkies notice such things that limit ‘heat-in’ during the hottest part of the day, yet let it out during the cold bits?
For me, I think I need more “midnight dips” to see just how often this pattern repeats.
It’s an important one, especially if it is common, as it is clearly driven by the daily heat cycle. And it is very strongly counter heating cyclical.