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Old Farmer Scott

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: 6th Floor Blog Almanac

It’s cold again.” Sara notes, as Sara, Ann, Tabitha and Frank return from a walk outside.  Billy and Scott are playing NHL 10 on the PS3, and Frank goes to shower.

From Pictures

Not as cold as last week.  Maybe we’ll have a little more warm weather before winter sets in..”  Tabitha muses.

After the rain passes, it’s supposed to be semi-nice again actually.” Billy says.

Good being relative to if you like rain or not.”  Ann says.

“Doesn’t mean it’ll stay nice.    I’m predicting a harsh, cold winter.”  Scott says.

You are?  I’ve always wondered who the ‘Old Farmer’ is with the almanac.  It’s you Scott!” Ann exclaims.

Actually, the Old Farmer’s Almanac does predict an above average snowfall this year.  Probably some for Thanksgiving as well.”  Billy says.

I’m thinking we get a white Christmas this year.” Sara predicts.

That would be nice.” Ann says.

“However, for as cold as the winter will be, summer will come early.  It’ll be blistering hot at times.”  Scott predicts.

Would you like to wager on these predictions, oh farmer Scott?” Billy asks.

“Sure.  Let’s say $50.  Payable next summer.”  Scott says.  “Sara can be judge.”

Judge?  This predictions are rather arbitrary.  You said it’s going to be a harsh, cold winter, and that summer will come early with blistering days.  Fine.  I’ll judge it, but we’re going by my standards.” Sara says.

So what do we classify as harsh, cold winter?  At least three days where the temperature drops near 0?” Ann asks.

Yes.  And it has to snow well, at least three times.  And by well I mean I have to still be able to make a snowball two days later.” Sara says.

And not out of the black snow that gets piles on the curbs.”  Ann clarifies.

Okay. For summer.  Blistering heat.  Those are the days that you feel like you’re going to melt on the subway platform.  When people are applying sunscreen to go out for lunch, when you see pedestrians with umbrellas to block the sun.”  Sara explains.

He said early as well.  I classify early as meaning I’ll have a craving for a frosty root beer float before April Fools Day.”  Ann says.

Excellent.  What do you say guys?  Those terms acceptable?” Sara asks.

“Perfect.”  Scott says, as he and Billy shake on it.

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November 13th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, weather
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Walking Resolution

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Tabitha, Frank.

Subject: Walking

Ugh!” Tabitha says. “I’ve been so lax with weight loss and exercise.”

From Pictures

Wasn’t it your New Years Resolution to lose weight?” Ann asks.

Now it’s my October resolution.” Tabitha says.

Maybe I should resolve that..I’ve been meaning to introduce a little more activity into my lifestyle.” Frank says from the couch.

You mean taking a break from poker on the couch to get a beer from the fridge isn’t active?” Ann jibes.

Hey now! Weren’t you just saying yesterday you wanted to be a little healthier? Especially before the holidays?” Frank replies.

I always look back at holiday pictures of me and cringe. Not this year.” Tabitha says, adamantly.

Let’s at least go for a walk.” Ann says.

I could get behind a walk.” Tabitha says.

Uptown or downtown?” Frank asks.

It’s not like we live in San Francisco where one way is uphill..what does it matter?” Ann says.

We still have to choose whether we turn left or right at the corner.” Frank says.

We’ll exit the building, turn right, then turn left and go downtown. Acceptable?” Tabitha says, grabbing her coat.

They exit the building and start walking west.

How many blocks are we doing?” Frank asks, as they reach the corner. “I’m already kinda tired.”

Well, what’s the formula..10 blocks is a mile?” Ann asks.

No. That can’t be right, seems too short..20?” Tabitha asks, as they head south.

20 is the number I’ve heard. So..we’ll do 15 and turn around?” Frank asks.

A mile and a half? I guess that’s okay.” Ann says.

We don’t need to turn around. We’ll turn left and head back up the next avenue. Change of scenery.” Tabitha says.

It’s cold out today.” Ann says, nothing the wind blowing some papers across the street.

Yeah. Glad I brought my jacket.” Tabitha replies.

Oooh, street cart. Let’s get a pretzel.” Frank says, reaching for his wallet.

No!” Tabitha says, grabbing Frank’s hand and pulling him along. “That defeats the purpose of exercise.”

Oh fine.’ Frank says.

September 30th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, exercise, life, weather
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Death of Summer

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: Is Summer Over?

From Pictures

Why is everyone suddenly panicking and talking about summer being over and last chance to do this or that? It’s only August 21st!” Frank exclaims.

Colleges start, Kids go back to school soon. Labor day is always considered the unofficial end to summer.” Ann says.

Summer is just summer. If you’re not a kid I don’t get what the big deal is. Not like you get more time off. I suppose leaving work and it being light out is preferable for most than January when it’s dark early..” Sara muses.

Everything is about families and kids. You know that. People don’t get any more vacation time, but they’ll often save it for a family trip in the summer when their kids are off. That’s why Disney is crazy..crazier..during the summer.” Tabatha explains.

The weather does start to get a little cooler in September too.” Ann says.

There are always weekends for much of this stuff. It’s not like you can’t drive to the shore or the Hamptons after school on Friday and spend all weekend there. The weather is still warm in early September many times. It’s certainly not cold until well into October most years.” Frank rants.

I don’t think anyone has ever been irreparably harmed by missing a week of school to go to Disney or somewhere else in October. Especially grade school. Are people that boring that they all have to take the same vacations during the same time of year and have the same experiences?” Billy asks.

Yeah. Pretty much.” Ann replies.

People might say the same about your desire to drink heavily every weekend.” Tabitha says.

Weekend? When has it being Wednesday stopped us?” Frank asks.

Besides, we don’t drink and avoid doing other things. We’re all open to new ideas. I agree with Frank though, people treat this time of year like it’s the death of fun until next June.” Scott says.

Me and Frank had a blast with our spontaneous trip down to Atlantic City last weekend. It’s not like it’s impossible to have fun.” Sara says.

If you’ve got a kid or two, maybe a dog, these things become harder. Can I get a sitter? Do I take the kids with me? Will little Johnny next door walk Rover for me? Does anyone have a basketball game that we’d miss or piano lessons?” Tabitha says.

So you shouldn’t try to have some fun just because it might be a little harder?” Frank asks.

No, you can have fun whenever you want. It just tends to be more planned when you have more to worry about. It’s a sacrifice, but many parents find plenty of enjoyment with their kids or less spontaneous ways to have fun.” Tabitha explains.

That’s why I’m not sure I even want kids. Loosey Goosey.” Sara says.

I think we should have a summer’s not over party.” Scott muses.

Excellent idea. We’ll pick up a case of Sam Adams Summer Ale, make frozen drinks with little umbrellas…” Frank says.

From Pictures

Any excuse for a party right?” Tabitha asks.

Knowing their luck, it’ll drop to 50 degrees when they decide to have it and everyone will be cold.” Sara says.

That just means more cuddling to keep warm.” Scott says, moving close to Sara.

Sara rolls her eyes and walks away.

August 25th, 2009 by 6th Floor Blog in 6th Floor, Beer, Drinking, weather
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Summer’s Scent

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Tabitha, Frank, and Scott.

Subject: Smells like Summer

Tabitha, Ann, Scott and Frank are in Starbucks at lunch time.

At least it’s finally warm.”

Summer has finally arrived, yes.”

Still raining though. Still raining..”

*Jun 20 - 00:05*

I’d rather go back to winter. You can always tell it’s summer by the way the city smells.”

The rain is only making that worse. It smells like a swamp.”

Soon the sunlight will start warming that stagnant water, that’s full of cigerette butts and garbage, stewing it to a beautiful New York City scent.”

They should make candles. Like those vomit flavored Jelly Bellys. NYC Summer candles.”

What I wouldn’t give for a whiff of that syrup smell from Jersey right now.”

I had an apartment once, third floor, directly above the dumpsters. We couldn’t open the window in the summer at all, or the whole apartment would reek of trash. We couldn’t have an air conditioner, just four fans that we kept constantly running.”

That sounds rather miserable. I can’t imagine you spent much time there during the day.”

Weekends mostly. We kept ourselves well stocked in beer. Any day we spent there we pretty much ended up drunk. I remember one day when I got stuck waiting for the cable guy during the week, and he showed up at the end of his 10-2 window. He must’ve thought I was a degenerate alcoholic or something. I must have downed 10 cold ones while waiting for him.”

I’m confused Scott, how is that different from your drinking habits nowadays?”

Frank snickers.

Now I wouldn’t be as obviously drunk with 10 beers.”

So all you’ve gained over these years is a bit of alcohol tolerance?”

And a bit of a beer belly.” Tabitha says, poking Scott’s tummy.

Hey now!” Scott says, mock insulted, “I’m not the one panicking about fitting into a dress for my cousin’s wedding!”

That’s only because my cousin thinks you’re a creep, and didn’t invite you to the wedding.”

Aww, I’m sorry Scott. I know how much you like to wear a nice dress.”

Frank starts laughing uncontrollably, drawing weird looks from some of the other customers.

July 1st, 2009 by 6th Floor Blog in 6th Floor, Beer, Drinking, life, rain, weather
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Frank’s Rant

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Tabitha, Frank, Billy and Scott.

Subject: Frank’s Rant

 

Stupid weather! Why has it been cold, windy or rainy all week? Where’s spring and summer? Baseball has started. It’s supposed to be warm. I’m tired of jackets!”

 

Well April showers bring May flowers!”

 

And I care about flowers? Are there natural flowers on this island anyway? It’s all concrete. Everything that grows is planted and watered and cultivated!”

 

What do May flowers bring?”

 

Tabitha and Billy together: “Pilgrims!”

 

You guys are dorks.”

 

Everything’s so dreary. The economy sucks, I somehow owe money to the government, I haven’t been able to sleep in days and I haven’t had a date in a month!”

 

Maybe you should try keeping more normal hours. I can’t imagine it’s easy to meet women at four am.”

 

Not the cheap kind anyway, if you know what I mean.” Scott winks.

 

Actually, that probably is the cheap ones. I’d imagine the higher priced ones have already found a client by then, not looking for the first drunk guy to stumble out of a bar.”

 

I’m not that desperate anyway! Screw them and their diseases! Wake up at the crack of dawn like Sara? Not for me! Maybe I need to take a trip somewhere. Get out of the city, connect with nature.”

 

Maybe you just need some fresh air, and some outside stimulation. But let me know if you go somewhere. I worry.”

 

Yes, I know you worry. I’ll keep you updated. Maybe I should make a twitter account and update it constantly so you know exactly where I am at all times!”

 

Or we could install a GPS tracking device on you.”

 

Perfect. I’ll get right on that. Maybe I’ll just get it implanted into my shoulder. Fine, fresh air. I’m going for a walk. We have an umbrella right? Oh, I see it there drying from when Ann came in. I’m borrowing it. Talk to you later.” Frank takes the umbrella and leaves.

 

That was quite a rant.”

April 15th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, life, rain, weather
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Scott’s Shorts

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Tabitha, Scott.

Subject: Shorts

 

Ann and Tabitha are playing the card game Spit in the dining room when Scott returns home. The first thing Tabitha notices is that he’s wearing shorts.

 

I know it’s a nice day out, and that it’s almost spring, but it’s still chilly. Shorts? Really?”

 

I’m tired of the winter. I’m thinking positively.”

 

Thinking positively hasn’t changed the weather yet that I know of.”

 

Maybe Scott’s discovered the global warming solution. We just think positively about the weather and it’s fixed!”

 

We could all develop an icy stare.”

 

You’re women..you’re born with an icy stare.”

 

Tabitha gives Scott a look.

 

Exactly. I hate having to check the weather to dress appropriately. So once we have a warm day or so, I just go with shorts.”

 

So it’s because you’re too lazy to check the weather? Why does that not surprise me?”

 

It’s not lazy, I just don’t care. Besides, I’ve already packed up my winter clothes and stored them in the closet.”

 

I’m going to laugh at you if the weather suddenly chills.”

 

We’ve gotten snow in early April before. That would be funny to see.”

 

Scott snickers. “I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one. Besides, you were just complaining yesterday about being cold.”

 

He’s got a point I guess..It’s not worth being cold again to laugh at Scott.”

 

I think I could handle a day of frigid temperature just to see Scott shivering in the snow in his shorts.. Especially if he puts on a Hawaiian shirt to go with it.”

 

As long as I can sip Mai Tais in my Hawaiian shirt, the cold won’t bother me.”

mai-tai

I don’t think you’re allowed to drink Mai Tais unless you’re wearing a Hawaiian shirt actually.”

March 19th, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, Drinking, weather
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Snow Day!

Welcome to the 6th floor.

Today’s contributors are: Ann, Sara, Tabitha, Frank

Subject: Snow Day!

Yikes! It’s still snowing!”

It can snow all week for all I care. I hope I miss work tomorrow too!”

This is one time I’m glad I no longer have a car. Having to spend 15 minutes cleaning off your car before you can go anywhere in the freezing cold isn’t fun.”

That’s why I park my car in a garage!”

You park your car in the garage because when you used to try to get street parking, you’d forget about alternate-side parking and have a zillion tickets.”

Doh. Well, I’m still glad it’s in the garage on days like this.”

Someone get Tabitha a cup of hot chocolate or something so she stops shivering in a ball on the couch?”

I’m on it.”

Add a little chipotle powder, gives it a nice flavor. Plus, the heat makes you feel warmer!”

No spicy!” Tabitha mumbles from amidst the blankets.

However, it is fun to watch the snow from inside a warm house. With hot chocolate. It’s so beautiful.”

Seems March really is coming in like a lion.”

And out like a lamb too you think?”

Didn’t you buy tickets to a Citi Field game or something late March? I bet you hope it goes out like a lamb.”

I always thought it went out like a lamb because lots of people eat lamb for Easter?”

Easter’s not until the 12th though.”

Probably more of a Spring, rebirth, baby animal type thing. The end of March is springtime you know.”

Yeah. That’s probably it. I guess we could look it up..”

Frank gazes at the computer across the room from his seat.. “And get up? Naah…”

Actually,” pipes up Tabitha from the couch, “It has to do with the position of the constellations in the March sky. Leo early, Aries late.”

March 3rd, 2009 by Ann in 6th Floor, snow
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