ellestra: (tiger)
I recently saw another discussion about the Fahrenheit vs. Celsius. It was of course on American site (since no one else even thinks about Fahrenheit) and was all about the superiority of Fahrenheit over Celsius. The whole discussion was as always inane and went back to the only argument that really matters - I grew up with it so it's more intuitive to use. It's the only one that can reasonably let us "determine comfort when we go outside", you know. It however helped me understand a fundamental difference in thinking that eluded me so far (it's been 5 years already - don't even know how that happened).

Look at pictures below. First is used by people defending Fahrenheit as superior. The hundred degree scale contains the temperatures that most people would encounter in their daily life with very cold and very hot outside of it so you'll know you are in special circumstance level. The liveable temperatures are inside it. Celsius - uselessly goes between mildly cold to dead (not really weather on Earth type of temperature). Logical, isn't it?

The thing is - no one thinks of weather or any everyday temperatures this way in Celsius. This closed between 0-100 system doesn't make any sense to anyone raised in Celsius. Sure we care about boiling water but not in weather sense. Instead Celsius is centred around 0oC - the temperature of freezing water. This has a lot of everyday repercussions as that is a difference between rain and snow and between ice and clear roads (but of course humidity, wind and air vs. ground temperature also plays a role) so you want to know if the temperatures will be in the plus or minus.

This is why most of us think of thermometers like this. I picked the one perfectly symmetrical and ending at 50oC but it can be -40 - +40 or -30 - +60 or -100 - +30 depending where you live on Earth. The point is the 0 is our switch point and then the scale is opened on both plus and minus side to go as far as you need in your corner of the world (despite humans having bias towards plus temp the record low is -94 and record high only 56). It is in a way symmetrical which is why I, raised in it, like to say to people that when I was living Poland to come to US it was -18C and when I arrived it was +18. Big temperature shock! Or that near Chicago you can have both -40 and +40 temperatures in one year because continental climate (cold winters, hot summers) while Europe has milder ones because ocean (warmer winter and colder summers).

Fahrenheit is closed of by 0oF and 100oF so, as I mentioned, it relates to unusual by going outside it's borders (or even how close to them you are). I went from 0oF to upper 60s - that's over half the scale. It was way below 0oF - that's how horribly cold it was! And then we went into triple digits and were dying from heatwave!

It's a completely different way of thinking that's not easily translatable no matter how well you learn the corresponding temperatures.

And, of course, very cold and very hot is often a personal thing. I know people who think +30oC is when it starts being nice while I find it very hot. And +20oC is nice but in Hong Kong that's cold weather while people in Siberia treat -20oC as a nice warm winter day.

I have similar thought about other measurements but maybe some other time - it's getting late.

Rainy days

Oct. 11th, 2013 12:55 pm
ellestra: (lightning)
Last weekend was the hight of the summer resurgence. It was getting warmer all week and the weekend was hot and Sunday even hot and humid. I was walking around taking pictures in tank top and shorts and I was overheating and the sky looked like this:

Then on Monday I woke up to rain. It was still warm but it was dark and the rain was falling in steady downpour. And it was bringing down leaves with it. It has been getting colder and colder every day and today it was barely 12oC with a steady drizzle so fine it was little more then a mist but still getting everywhere. The autumn has come.

It's been like this for days and, as I was sitting in the bus trying to look outside through steamed-up windows it felt both weird and familiar. Days and days of such weather are normal in Poland but not here so it felt out of place. It's hard to explain to someone who never change continents. You don't really realise how much sunnier US is then Europe North of Alps. Even I didn't fully realise this until I saw a map showing the relative direct solar-energy availability in the United States, Spain, and Germany (red = highest, purple = lowest). Poland is a lot like Germany.

So here, normally, even where it rains, it rains at night. Days, even when cold, are mostly sunny. And even if they are not it doesn't last. Dark, cloudy, rainy weather for more then even one day is rare and for more then two weird. Except this year it happened over and over again and so did colder days in summer and sudden weather changes. Somehow, every time it happens I'm struck with a bout of homesickness. Especially, when looking through steamed-up bus windows, when it almost looks like home.
ellestra: (sunrise)
I've been very busy last week. It was because of the experiments I needed to do and because I had to plan for conference and training trips and because I also had to prepare my data for incoming lab meeting and data for people who we work with because they were just waiting for it to submit their paper. So I didn't watch any news except looking at BBC and some Polish news portals to check if the world still exists. I even forgot it was Women's Day until it was almost over. Then I just went to see a movie on Saturday to relax (I picked something that were supposed to be visually pretty and fluffy and I left only half satisfied and rather irritated but reminded me about the real meaning of Women's Day).

So when I overslept today I wasn't aware how much I overslept. It's spring and my asthma is acting up, especially after they changed my main medicine (it was supposed to be better but it's worse and I need to change it back tomorrow), so I usually can't sleep. I wake up because I can't breathe. So I was pretty surprised that when I finally decided to wake up it was already 10 on my watch. I was even more surprised when it turned out it was actually 11.

If not for all the OS devices automatically updating time I would be totally unaware it was time change time already. Somehow I remembered it as being two weeks before what we do in Europe (which always happens on the last weekend of March) so I expected this to happen next weekend. That's how it always been since I've been here. But it turns out it's actually changed in US on the second weekend of March. This is usually 2 weeks before Europe - except for a year like this one when March has 5 full weekends - and then there is 3 weeks difference. So I already am on Summertime and Poland changes to it, once again, on Easter (it always makes me pity those who feel the need to go for the 6 am mass).

And this way I have an extra week of only 5 hour difference between here and home this year. Maybe I'll even manage to skype with people during the weekdays.
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European Union got the Peace Nobel Price. The Nobel Peace Prize 2012 was awarded to European Union (EU) "for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe". Unlike the others this is awarded in Oslo which makes it a little funny as Norwegians have been consistently rejecting joining the EU for years (and are even less interested now). On the other hand when I thing all that joining did for Poland both as a country and for each of us and all that it did for the stability and cooperation on the continent I admit that I'm happy about this. I'm proud to be EU citizen. I hope to be one my whole life.

In local news, few weeks ago Neil Gaiman posted photos of a bus. The photos looked strangely familiar and now I know why. I've been seeing it around. I saw something Neil Gaiman posted about while walking around town. It's a strange feeling. Like the one I wrote in Chemistry Nobel post. It feels like something that should be happening far away but instead it's right here. It makes me suddenly realise once again I am living on another continent. Now, it's EU that's ocean away and this is around the corner:
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My filling is falling out. I mean it's still in place and you wouldn't notice anything by just looking at it but I feel a crack with my tongue and it wobbles. This means something I've been avoiding so far - going to the dentist in US. My first concern was, of course, the price. I was always told it's expensive but nobody said exactly how much is expensive so I tried to find out. However all the beautiful pages of the dentists around here (or anywhere in US for that matter) have no information about the price.

In Poland when you go to a dentist office or a website you will get a comprehensive list of pricing for everything they do. For that matter this is also true for any kind of privet doctors. If you go somewhere you have the right to know how much you will have to pay afterwards (at least approximate - sometimes they have ranges for some of the procedures). Not here. Here you can't find payment information before you pick a dentist or go to a doctor. In fact, my previous experience visiting a laryngologist, taught me you don't even learn how much you pay after the visit. You get an information about what you maybe will need to pay some time in the future when they finish haggling with your insurance provider. Then a month later you get an information that your payment is overdue and you have to contact them and pay immediately.

So not only you make decision blindly (if you can make one and not just go to whoever they pick for you) you won't know what you owe them for months and then it's your fault it took so long. I feel like my rights are being violated - only, apparently, I don't have those rights as a patient here. I didn't realise how much simple, straightforward and transparent our healthcare system is. It make take forever to get to a specialist (but it can take a log time here too) but at least you don't feel like someone wants to con you. Thank socialized health system for right to information.
ellestra: (telamon)
In other news it's just been two years since I moved to US. It's hard to believe it's already been two years. I remember how at first time moved so slowly and I kept feeling like I was here longer but it was just few days, week, months. And then, somehow, it become two years almost instantly. I think time started to move faster since I come back from my first trip back home and realised some of the things that helped me to adjust. It's also our lab getting more people and more interesting projects and me getting some friends so I'm more involved in the life here. It's funny how much faster life is passing by when you are really busy and how much easier it is to live somewhere when you bond to people not just place. I know these are both kind of obvious but I only moved once before in my life and that was to a place close enough that I kept all my friend and family ties intact so I've never before realised how true it was.

Also in this move the 6 hour difference is really making keeping in touch with everyone a challenge. I keep saying I don't know how people did this before skype because I can't (don't want to) imagine that. It helps me stay sane when my parents bug me before I they go to sleep with some trivial information (the first real snow in Poland this winter) and unrequited advice. Or when I remind my cousin that he needs to sleep when he sends me links at what's for him 2 or 4 a.m. Or when I can talk with my 86 year old grandmother and she can see me and I see her. However, the truth is that when everyone in Poland would like and can talk to me I'm either asleep or at work ad vice versa. I talk to my parents only if I manage to come home before 6 p.m. as that's midnight in Poland and they go to bed late. No one else is out there (except that cousin). It's not much better on weekends as in my morning they are busy with dinners or out for shopping, walking or other stuff you do in the middle of the day and then when it's early evening for them and they'd like to talk I want to be out doing all that stuff. And when it's my evening and I want to talk they are asleep. Completely out of sync.

So, it helped when I found people to talk to in my own time zone. It was also nice to see people I knew back in Poland and who are here again and share the experience. I did that in October and I have few more invitation (in fact I just got another one yesterday) so my resolution for my third year is to take them up on this.

The only thing that's still bugs me is that I miss having a cat so much. It's just I don't know if I stay long enough to get another two year mobile contract so how can I get a pet?
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I came back home from my Thanksgiving with American family. Well, it was American-Japanese family actually. This means that I did have the turkey and tried pumpkin pie for the first time (vegetable pie - sic!) but I also had some Japanese food. It involved a lot of soy. And I learned I don't like tofu. I liked the soup  we had today but I forgot what it's called. Anyway, going back to Thanksgiving, it's both like on TV and not. Obviously the food was there but it was generally more like more normal dinner except bigger and with taking family photos first. Another surprising thing was that I helped decorate the Christmas tree. I was told this last year but then I was with Poles living here so I didn't really see it. Americans put on the Christmas decorations at the end of November. They said they take them out on New Years. I wonder if it ever will stop feeling weird.
ellestra: (lightning)
As I mentioned on Tuesday I'm in disaster land. It was an earthquake then. It's a hurricane today. Two in one week, for half a price.

Of course, it not really a disaster where I am (I wouldn't be able to post it otherwise). Just like the last time when all we got was a furniture swaying lightly this one is just a little rain and wind. I'm too far inland to be in any real danger. None of the forecasts predicted any real damage and there is none. The places in real danger are at the coast and there is some destruction there. The houses and hotels and piers have been pounded by waves and almost a million homes and businesses were without power. I hope it won't get much worse.

Still, just like with Polish floods I wrote about in previous years or this year tornadoes I'm not directly affected. I'm sitting safely in my home. I'm dry and warm and I have power. Besides dark clouds and a little shower every few hours the only thing that made me aware I was even close to the hurricane was the wind. It started yesterday and was pretty strong today, especially in gusts, but nothing special. I've seen stronger both here and back home. It didn't even topple any trees (several dead are near). I only know about one broken power line but that was minor - only few houses without electricity. If not for the news this would be just an normal rainy, windy day.

The warning system kept sending me messages and news kept building up this anticipation that makes people buy out all the batteries and water. I kept getting Skype calls this week from my family, first after earthquake and then today, asking if I'm all right. I almost feel like I'm disappointing them (and nature is disappointing me). We all keep expecting something more. And I keep feeling guilty for not being affected even though I know it's stupid and the less people people are affected the better. I blame it all on TV (and the internets).

I'm grateful for the warning but I keep wishing the were less skewed towards worse case scenarios. It turned out to be the best case scenario. I enjoyed the lower temperature. I like wind. The rain was not intense enough to stop me from going for a walk. And now I'm sitting home watching Doctor Who. I will check the news when it's done and there will be some more information about what did happen and what can be done to help.

But right now Let's Kill Hitler.
ellestra: (lightning)
I've just experienced my first earthquake today. It was already very weak when it got here - I just flt my desk move because my arms were lying on it but it was moving. The floor trembled and the desk moved sideways. It wasn't even enough to move anything that was on the desk and my friend who was standing only noticed because buffer in gel boxes started to move but it was my first one ever. The first moment was the most noticable but it lasted for a while. Enough for everyone to start discussing it.

My friend who spent past 4 years in Japan makes fun of us now but everyone in the building started to ask "Did you feel it?" almost immediately. Then we went online to check if we weren't just imaging this because in our time just experiencing something doesn't make it real - it has to be on the 'net too. It turned out that this was 5.8 earthquake originating in Virginia and, not only it was first such a strong earthquake in Virginia since 19th century, but it was also felt in Carolinas, New York, Ohio and even in Toronto.

I'm too far away for any damage to occure anywhere near. From the first reports even closer to the epicenter the damage is not bad. Still after Japan, the fact that a nuclear power plant went to shutdown and now is using backup diesel generators to keep the cooling systems running is scarier then the earthquake itself.

Great first hurricanes then tornadoes now this. Europe seems so nice an quiet now. Even with the random floods and volcano ash.

EDIT: io9 has more on why it was felt so far away from epicentre.
ellestra: (sunrise)
One of the things I miss here in North Carolina are summer dawns and sunsets. Obviously they happen here too but they are not the same. In Poland they are longer. It's still not dark for an hour after sunset and an hour before sunrise. And there is that hour of low, soft light at dawn and dusk. And, due to higher differences in temperatures between night and day there are mist lingering over fields at dawn that leave dew on grass, flowers and spiderwebs. I used wake up early, and with longer days it meant 4:30 - 5 a.m. in July, and take photos of mist, light and dew.

Here I thought I it will be easier as I don't have to wake up before 6. I thought there will be plenty of mist and dew with that humidity. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen. In Poland after that first hour the sun evaporates most of the mist and there is no more light rays. Instead air gets little hazy from all the moisture in it. It's not too pretty and that's how it looks like here. The Earth moves faster and it's hotter so we go straight from sunrise to that hour after. And somehow local spiderwebs seem to be dewproof as I never seen any water drops on them. This made me understand people who say they run around with plant spray bottles to get the views that I got in Poland naturally.

I hoped to make those photos last year when I went home but the weather was too awful. This time however I had more luck so here comes picspam.

Dawn and mists

More mists, webs and dew under the cut )
ellestra: (sunrise)
I've been eating and talking all day so in other words real Polish Easter. It was nice but it also made me miss home so much more. As with all holidays all I really ever cared about was spending time with my family. And now I'm so far away and I just miss them and I miss all the things we used to do together and I feel like being left out of the real life that is happening back home. And I started to think I was over the homesickness and got used to being here.

The thing I like about Easter is also egg painting because I like painting in general.  My parents send me both dyes and a heat shrinking film for eggs so I could at least have some fun with colours. So here they are - my eggs:
ellestra: (telamon)
Today is first anniversary of my move across the ocean. A year ago I was sitting on the plane, still couple of ours away from landing, wondering how strange my new life is going to be. Now I'm almost used to to all the weird American ways (although I still have to think carefully before writing dates. I sometimes think Americans did it on purpose to make sure that every single type of measurement is incompatible with the rest of the world). I learned how to operate washing machines. I'm resigned to the lack of proper lightning in the apartments. I love the free public transport in my town.

I managed to find all my favourite foods. Even the ones I was afraid will be hard to find. I have tea (Earl Gray, hot), white cheese (farmer's cheese) and sour cucumbers (cucumbers in dill/brine). There is enough places to get proper chocolate that I can find the kind I feel like eating most of the time. And lately I even managed to find edible bread in LionFoods.

I enjoy the fact that there is winter but not the kind of snow and cold one that's there back home (or anywhere north from here) this year. I just wish that the heating system here was better prepared for cold. The outside temperatures are fine but the inside ones make me long for radiators. I hope that when heat comes back it will be easier for me this time. And I think the fact that the building is made of wood just makes it worse.

There are still a lot of things I'm missing from home but it's because they remind me of home and all the people I miss. There are still things that annoy me here but it's in the way that there is always something that irritates one about how things work no matter where one lives.

I've gotten used to my post-doc being mostly computer work and I got used to how most of the things work around here. The rest of the lab is finally moving and in couple of weeks I will no longer be alone in my building so information exchange will get easier. And I think at least one project is close to being finished so it should be ready to be published soon. Of course I still have to write it and what's even worse I'll have to give talks (multiple! ARRGH) about it.

I'm still not sure if I'm going to stay (it depends on how I'll feel this spring - I hope it'll be better this time) but I found new friends here that I will miss if I leave.

I think it's starting to feel like home...

Here are some anniversary gifts for you:

Flying Cats - I think that they do better then humans (they are after all surprised as they didn't know what will happen). Just like any human they try to grab the first thing they come in contact with and they didn't puke:

I think that blackberry doesn't work because it's red. (To non-Europeans - Orange is one of Europe's biggest mobile network operator and Internet service provider and it's French)

All this fruit talk made me hungry. Luckily I have apples. And eggs' box.
ellestra: (lightning)
it snowed whole night and then a little bit more during the day. The wet snow sticking to everything. In the last possible moment it turned into white Christmas. Here in North Carolina of all places. This is coldest December on record or as I call it winter.

These photos are not black and white )

I went shopping with a friend because she is moving to a colder place and was looking for a winter coat. I was told about shopping craze after Christmas and expected crowds but the snow scared a lot of people so there was less people in the mall then on average Sunday. The funny thing was the roads were clear, black and often dry. It's television warnings to stay at home spreading panic made the whole shopping experience much easier for all of us.


Dec. 17th, 2010 10:40 pm
ellestra: (aeryn)
I woke up and felt there was something wrong with my lower lip. It turned out I have a cold sore. It hasn't happened to me for a while but since I'm one of the 90% who has it I knew what to do. Or at least I thought I knew. Once again it turns out living in another country means some things you take for granted are not.

In Poland I would just go to nearest pharmacy and buy any ointment containing acyclovir (Antivir or Zovirax). Here however they are all prescription drugs and you cannot get them without visit to a doctor (otherwise known as a giant waste of time). There is one (ONE!) drug that actually heals herpes and is not for prescription. And unlike acyclovir it's still under patent so it's very expensive. It's probably allowed because it's not actually antiviral. I suppose they have something against uncontrolled antivirals here but at the same time there are shelves full of ointments with antibiotics.

On the other hand Claritin that I use for allergy symptoms is a prescription medicine back in Poland and here one can buy it anywhere including grocery stores. And the pain relievers like acetaminophen (American version of paracetamol) are in sizes that would destroy your liver if you choose to swallow them all at one time.

Sometimes I think these things depend on the mood of whoever makes the decision.

And one more thing. Here there are commercials for prescription drugs. It still feels a little weird to me. In Poland, as in most countries, it's illegal. Only over the counter medicines can be advertised. It's because therapeutic effect is not related to success at convincing consumers they need it.  Advertisements are suppose to make people think they can't live without things they don't really need. This combined with the fact that most people are unable to understand what the drugs actually do can be a dangerous combination and lawmakers usually prefer to let doctors decide.

On the other hand it just means pharmaceutic companies will do anything to seduce doctors to chose their products but at least doctors understand what the drug actually does and the implications of that (or at least they should and they should care).
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Europe has been freezing and been covered in snow in past few days. It's the coldest November on record in England and temperature is suppose to drop dow to -20C in Poland tomorrow. There have been some airports closed and generally everyone is a little unprepared as it's not suppose to be so wintery so soon. However, looking at pictures of snow covered landscapes I finally started to feel that Christmas are just around the corner. It's good as people here are already bringing Christmas trees and putting lights on. It surprised me at first as in Poland it's just for the malls. We put ornaments on Christmas just before the holiday. My family usually does it on the weekend before but some do it on Christmas Eve but then we keep the tree for weeks after, sometimes even till the beginning of Carnival (and sometimes that's February). Here in US it's the opposite. They put it on now and then throw the tree out right after Christmas, sometimes, I'm told, even before New Year. My Polish friends who live here for a while said they just combine it. They have to buy the tree early because later there are non and then keep it for at least two weeks of January.

Here weather got worse on Thanksgiving (last Thursday). First it rained and then it got cold during weekend (it was still +10C but the air was chilly and it felt colder) so almost all the leaves are down and trees are bare. It finally looks like November ( which in Polish is called listopad - leavesfall). Just in time for the last day.
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I feel almost like a TV show. With the way they do all the holidays. I think 3rd Rock especially comes to mind - the customs seen live for the first time by an alien. Today was my first Thanksgiving. I had no idea what to do but I got invited for a dinner. I'm afraid however that it was nothing like what they show on TV and probably not very representative of how Americans spend the day. I spent it with my Polish friends who lived here long enough to celebrate but still are not assimilated enough to really care about the spirit of the holiday. There was a turkey involved but that was it as they don't like any other traditional food. Mostly it was just a nice dinner and we just talk about different stuff after that. Noone thanked for anything. We all agreed it'd feel a little bit weird and awkward.

My friend said it's because our culture is so different. We don't usually list the good things that happened, we list bad. Poles are really good at complaining. If you ask as how we are doing you'll hear the list of illnesses and disasters. We are always diminishing our successes and distrust people who are to happy and satisfied. This also means we usually means we don't think what we do or have is good enough. This is so prevalent that, even though I think we are way to extreme in this attitude, I feel weird when people are praising Poland's economy or landscape. I can't quite believe they are serious and not just being polite.

On the other hand the American over optimistic way gets on my nerves too. When everything is fine and perfect all the time it also seems fake and artificial. I suppose I'd like something in the middle but it's hard to find. After all, as with all such things, what is the middle depends on who is measuring it.

So in the end I sit here drinking tea, earl grey, hot and thinking that I'm grateful someone finally realised what the touch screens were made for but I'm also disappointed that this is not shareable:
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Americans have been voting today (I know, in the middle of the week, how strange) and this is how the intersection near where I live looks like:

Those funny signs are everywhere and not just about voting.

Enough democracy; now something where judges decide:

The World Fantasy Awards winners for works published in 2009 were announced on Sunday and it's another one for China. Good he wrote a book that can't be easily classified so he gets all the awards both fantasy and science fiction. Here are all the winners.

Novel: "The City & The City" China Miéville

Novella: "Sea-Hearts"  Margo Lanagan

Short Story: "The Pelican Bar”, Karen Joy Fowler (Eclipse Three)

Anthology: "American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny: From Poe to the Pulps/From the 1940s to Now" Peter Straub, ed. (Library of America)

Collection (tie): "There Once Lived a Woman Who Tried To Kill Her Neighbor’s Baby: Scary Fairy Tales" Ludmilla Petrushevskaya (Penguin)
                            "The Very Best of Gene Wolfe/The Best of Gene Wolfe" Gene Wolfe (PS /Tor)

Artist: Charles Vess

Special Award – Professional: Jonathan Strahan for editing anthologies

Special Award – Non-Professional: Susan Marie Groppi for Strange Horizons
ellestra: (sunrise)
I was told almost as soon as I arrived here that one of the most important event here is The Halloween street party. They told me thousands of people come and walk the streets in costumes so I just had to go and see. After all I've only seen such things in movies. In Poland this is the time of visiting graves and although the partying did come as all other traditions that can up the sales and give excuse to drink it's mostly confined to pubs and kindergartens. After all most people don't feel like doing much after whole day spent on cementaries. And the weather doesn't encourage dressing up either. It's usually cold and it rains (although this year it was 15C or even 20C in the sun) and getting out in skimpy costumes doesn't really sound appealing. Frankly it wasn't all that warm here either. I was kind of impressed with how little some people wore. It was only about 10C. and was getting colder. In fact the forecast for this week says soon it will be 10C during the day and below 0 at night. But for now just enjoy the photos:

More under cut )
ellestra: (sunrise)
The autumn is officially here. The colours and the frigid air tell me so. The temperatures dropped suddenly on Friday. Although we had a mini heat wave first and the warm humid air made me turn the air-conditioning on for the first time in over a month. It also cause once again the reemergence of waterfall on my wall but it seems that the new maintenance guy knows what he is doing better then the old one. At least he found the part that is rusted and leaking and promised they will replace that when they get a new one.  Luckily the hot weather only lasted two days and then it got much, much colder. From temperature of 30C during a day and 22 at night it dropped into 16 during the day and only 4C at night. You could almost feel frost coming and I turned heating on in the morning. So from A/C to heating in two days. I've worn long sleeved shirt for the firs time since early spring.

Still the days are longer then in Poland now and is still warmer then it's usually is this time of year back home (although my parents say this is a very warm and sunny weekend there). And although the trees mostly already changed colours it still looks more like the beginning of October then the end for me. So just as I said in spring that it felt like a month later then it really was, now it feels like a month before. And it looks like this:

Picspam )

Ok, now I'm off to see my first American Halloween :)
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I've been to the NC State Fair. It lasts 10 days and this was the first weekend so there were a lot of people. I went with friends because I was curious how it looks like. It was basically like Święto Kwiatów - expositions of different varieties of fruit, vegetables, flowers and animals and also farm machinery - just with much more visitors. There was less people selling stuff, almost no plants for example but there was more fairground rides.

Photo evidence )

The food was much worse then the one sold in Poland on such occasions and it means it actually made fast foods seem appealing.
And then there was this )
Although I really liked the ice-cream made the old fashioned way. And I managed to get cotton candy. I don't think it's a proper fair without cotton candy.

PS. I have a bug in my screen. Real, live, very small thing walking under the screen of my laptop. Very bizarre.

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