Monday, August 20, 2007

Why The Delay?

I apologize for my inconsistent posting. Nothing serious or tragic has caused the delays, just the usual office chaos. I am crossing my fingers that everything settles down reasonably soon and I have more time to focus on taking pictures and blogging.

Thanks for your patience...

(above photo: Art Building at LSU)

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

The Return of Rain

This may not seem like an exciting photo, but it was very exciting late yesterday afternoon when a thunderstorm broke the monotony of the heat wave. I'm still mastering the art of photographing the rain, so the best photo I could manage was one of a raindrop-splattered patio.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Think Cool Thoughts

A third record-breaking day of heat today, and another one expected tomorrow. Sounds like a good time for a spearmint snowball! This is a cup of finely crushed ice that's covered in spearmint syrup which stains your tongue for a day or two. If you don't like spearmint, that's okay, you could choose strawberry flavor instead, or bubble gum, or pina colada, or wild cherry, and I think the snowball stand even had a birthday cake flavor...

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Up, Up, and Away

During this oppressively hot weekend, Baton Rougeans who were brave enough to step outside during the morning may have seen balloons floating by. It's not a hallucination brought on by heatstroke, thankfully, but a sign that the Southeast Regional and Louisiana State Hot Air Balloon Championship had returned to town. Each day's competition began during the coolest time of the day - 6:30 in the morning.

Thursday, August 9, 2007

Heat Advisory

Baton Rouge, like much of the southern United States, is under a Heat Advisory today. The high temperature is expected to reach 97 degrees Fahrenheit, but with the lovely oppressive humidity it will feel more like 105 degrees. But look at this nice, clear water from one of the downtown fountains! I wonder how cold it is?

If you're in a hot area today, be careful, remember to drink plenty of water.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Easy Streets

This week LSU started up its "Easy Streets" program, designed to make the campus more pedestrian-friendly and to prevent collisions between walking or bicycling students and vehicles. Traffic booths like the one pictured above are set up at ten locations throughout the campus to restrict the flow of vehicles along streets. Faculty and staff who have a special access card will be able to travel along the roads, but students who commute will have to park their cars in the lots surrounding the campus and move it on foot to class, which most did anyway before this program began. It will be interesting to see if this program eliminates those drivers who think that the "Yield To Pedestrians" signs at crosswalks are suggestions for someone else.

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

August Theme Photo: Breakfast

This month's Theme is a Typical Breakfast, so above here is the breakfast I ate this morning: a bowl of corn flakes in skim milk, and a sliced nectarine.

Then I go to work and eat cupcakes out of the vending machine.

There are currently 86 blogs participating in this Theme Day:
Saint Paul (MN), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - New York City (NY), USA - Tel Aviv, Israel - Hyde, UK - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Mainz, Germany - Stockholm, Sweden - Paderborn, Germany - Singapore, Singapore - Haninge, Sweden - Nottingham, UK - Ampang (Selangor), Malaysia - Manila, Philippines - Boston (MA), USA - Seoul, Korea - Singapore, Singapore - Joplin (MO), USA - Chandler (AZ), USA - Paris, France - Sequim (WA), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Boston (MA), USA - Chennai, India - Madison (WI), USA - Baton Rouge (LA), USA - Toulouse, France - Seattle (WA), USA - Mexico (DF), Mexico - La Antigua, Guatemala - Selma (AL), USA - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Cleveland (OH), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Lubbock (TX), USA - Jakarta, Indonesia - Sheki, Azerbaijan - Sydney, Australia - Mumbai, India - Seoul, South Korea - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Saarbrücken, Germany - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - New Orleans (LA), USA - Budapest, Hungary - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Austin (TX), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Villigen, Switzerland - Montréal (QC), Canada - Stayton (OR), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Moscow, Russia - Springfield (MO), USA - Inverness (IL), usa - Arlington (VA), USA - Cologne (NRW), Germany - Anderson (SC), USA - Oslo, Norway - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Manila, Philippines - Kajang (Selangor), Malaysia - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Bandung (West Java), Indonesia - Stavanger, Norway - Bastia, France - Hong Kong, China - Wailea (HI), USA - St. Louis (MO), USA - Chicago (IL), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Sydney, Australia - Bucaramanga (Santander), Colombia - Kansas City (MO), USA - Grenoble, France - Paris, France - Evry, France - Saigon, Vietnam - Prague, Czech Republic