View Full Version : Holy Cow Summertime!

06-22-2012, 10:29 PM
Thought I'd post about summertime .... usually I get kinda bummed when a lot of people disappear over the summer due to family vacations and summer activities and things because I'm still right here. But this summer has hit with a vengeance! We got a family cabin-by-the-lake, and my hubby and I bought a fishing boat, and now summer stuff is really taking away from my valuable mapping time!

What's everyone else doing this summer?

06-22-2012, 11:03 PM
Same problem over at DundJinnin Forums, Summer slow down. Personally, nothing special, mostly some long weekends in Maine, Massachusetts & New Hampshire.

06-22-2012, 11:19 PM
headed to myrtle beach (USA), kenny powers style, next week! Then New Jersey after that for a wedding. It's been non stop action for me this summer.

06-23-2012, 04:00 PM
Summer blows. My business is insane and it's hotter than a skillet out here in the desert. I have to wake up early just to try and beat the heat and even when I get home I'm just done in. I sit down for a few minutes to catch up on what's going on here and then I'm falling asleep as my body cools off. I take a 30 minute nap and feel much better but by then I'm so relaxed I don't always feel like doing anything else.

One fun thing about summer is asking kids when they start up school again and as soon as they say when I reply with how much I can't wait until whatever date they just told me. LOL, I get some great expressions back on that.

I like winter, winter is fantastic. Winter is great. My work insanity eases up so my days are like 3 hours long at the most. I don't have to get up early and I can stay up all night drawing and mapping. Yeah...I love winter.

06-23-2012, 04:13 PM
It's summer again? It's hard to tell down here in the bowels of the earth. I thought the air handler sounded a little different, though. Maybe it's time to head over to the big blue room for a little bit.

06-23-2012, 05:02 PM
"the other day i saw a rattler crawl into the campfire to get in the shade of the skillet"

and the oh so colourful

"hotter than two rats f(ornicat)ing in a wool sock"

06-23-2012, 05:06 PM
For me summertime means I actually have time to devote to creative endeavors... For the rest of the year uni keeps me much too busy. On the other hand, I don't handle hot temperatures very well.

07-01-2012, 12:32 AM
Definitely doing a lot of not-mapping :(. But instead of bemoaning the lack of carto opportunity, figure your're storing up experiences, images, views, ideas. Gidde, we picked up a cheap canoe, so some weekends are going to be paddling down some lazy excuse for a river hereabouts. But one thing that does is make me aware of the convoluted path rivers can take, and just what are realistic sandbars and islands and suchlike. Makes me think about how modern maps can easily harbor fossils of old roads... there's some bridge piers nearby that you can't even see where a road or railroad once was. Over at the lake we paddled around on a week ago, I recall the way TVA drowned whole communities, in order to protect others ;-)... and now the lake weeds are so thick in places it's like gliding over an underwater forest ... gotta be some way to portray that.

Not to mention which even when you have activities that take up a lot of time, taking a plain ol' notebook or sketchbook everywhere will let you capture the fleeting ideas that you do come up with. And while lazing in a hammock in the shade (more paddlers in my family than berths in the canoe, hence shoreside hanging-around time available) is not active mapping time, it CAN be opportunity for creative musing. Or heck, for reading a good book (or trashy one :-) ) or zoning out with tunes or silence in the ears. Point is - that kind of downtime is essential for creativity.

Hmmmm... seen waterproof books... wonder where I can get a waterproof notebook... ?

07-02-2012, 08:00 AM
Good points, jbgibson! Actually I had indeed planned to take my sketchbook with me next time on the boat :) It's not waterproof, but I'm taking my cheapest one so I won't cry if it gets wet lol.

Heading up to said cabin with the boat for this week, so I'm going to disappear for a few days (no net access there). Have a great 4th everyone!

07-03-2012, 02:19 AM
Well, I live just outside San Francisco and so July means...I'm freezing. Well, not all of the Bay Area. The eastern part gets hot but that means the air there rises and pulls all the wind and fog over us wretched souls who live near the ocean. At this time of year we bemoan the fact that we're wearing sweaters while the rest of the continent is wearing shorts and tanktops and having barbecues. But this year I get a reprieve. A relative is getting married in Hawaii so in a few weeks I'm off to Maui for a week. The past few weeks have been spent studying maps of the islands and continuing to work on my own.

07-09-2012, 06:03 PM
Well if it's any consolation, I'm jealous. I much prefer sweater weather to the broiling summers we get here. We're no Arizona, but we get up to 90-100 quite regularly in July and August and I always look at SF's temperatures with longing ;) Have fun in Hawaii!

07-09-2012, 07:46 PM
I used to say "its not the heat, its the humidity", then someone just back from Las Vegas reminded me that sticking your head in an oven set at 110 degrees is dry heat. Hot is hot, humidity or not! The thing I bemoan most in summer is that when it is so oppressive, its hard to want to get out and walk in the woods.
@Jaxilon.. so what are you trying to say? Do you really like winter? ;)

07-09-2012, 07:52 PM
Well, winter is isn't really much of winter. It did snow a bit last year which was pretty weird. That only happens like every 5-10 years although nowadays who knows? So yeah, it's nice here.

07-09-2012, 07:58 PM
I wasn't trying to be obtuse or serious, your post gave me a good chuckle.

07-09-2012, 11:19 PM
Yeah well, let me tell you how I really feel :)

Honestly, I'm seriously weighing my options on moving. Might be stuck here a couple more years though :/

07-11-2012, 05:16 AM
In typical British fashion were were warned in the spring that they were expecting drought conditions over the summer so they imposed a hose-pipe ban where I live. We have had the wettest June on record with floods in parts of the country. They've decided to lift the hose-pipe ban....not that we needed to use our hose pipes anyway!

07-11-2012, 08:17 AM
Can i just say that the phrase "hose pipe" should really be used more often in the states? ;)

We seem to have found your drought. Michigan's dry as a bone, all the lakes are down by several inches to feet in some places, and we've already had one wildfire :(

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07-11-2012, 01:51 PM
Oh! What do you call hosepipes in the States?

07-11-2012, 02:40 PM
Oh! What do you call hosepipes in the States?

Well, In Canada it's a "garden hose" or just a "hose" and a restriction on use of water for outdoor use (Gardens, washing cars and whatnot) is a "Watering Ban". I'm pretty sure the same terms are used in the US.

07-11-2012, 03:44 PM
As Hai says :)

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07-11-2012, 10:57 PM
'cept "hosepipe" does have regional use in the South (http://socnet.com/showthread.php?t=110065) (of the US). Mind you if one uses it to water the garden there's flowers or vegetables involved, whereas in the UK that's just whatever land directly surrounds one's home. But if I went to water my yard (UK: garden) you might be picturing a paved expanse the likes of a parking lot. We're definitely two peoples divided by a common tongue :-). I won't EvEn get into the British horror (http://www.hawick-news.co.uk/news/local-headlines/warning-issued-over-despicable-thieves-1-420374) at the Southern menu items of grits or iced tea ...

Yeah, we got drought for 5-6 weeks, but now we are in a monsoon period. <shrug> plus ca change, plus la meme chose. Can't go canoeing now on account of the gullywasher, last week couldn't go on account the creek was dry.

07-12-2012, 03:11 AM
Ah ok thanks. Over here 'hose' is the verb and 'hosepipe' is the noun.

07-13-2012, 10:10 AM
So, Ravells, when a "Hose-Pipe" ban is in effect does that mean you can water stuff using a bucket or pail? I'm sure it doesn't but it seems funny they they ban the Hose pipe. To me it sounds like you would be arrested for walking down the street brandishing a garden hose :)

LOL - I imagine a video of some thuggish looking youth walking down the street carrying a coiled hose pipe on his shoulder while Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPhPbTbjYM0) is blaring.

Note: old school rock song from my younger days :P

07-13-2012, 11:55 AM
Well ... I haven't really noticed summer. Here in the Netherlands the weather is typical of what it would be in Slovenia in April ... so, sweater days, heavy rain interspersed with hot, sunny days when you can take your T-shirt off (and get sunburned. Damned UV. I'd think coming from a warmer clime, I wouldn't burn so easily ... yeah, right. I think I fry better than 90% of these Dutchies). On the other hand, yesterday they had heavy hailstorms back home, in one town about 200mm of H2O, mostly frozen, fell in one storm and they had flash floods of a slurry of ice-water and hail-stones rushing through the streets. The next day they used bulldozers to shovel away the ice.

As to summer - I'm hoping the weather is nice and friendly in early August, since I'm roadtripping off to a metal festival back home, for some good old fashioned Korpiklaani style (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e7kJRGPgvRQ)* amusement.

*damned crazy little Finnish forest people ...

07-15-2012, 02:50 PM
You can hose the lawn or an opponent or pick up a hose. And you can pipe icing on a cake and smoke a pipe. So I dunno, both are nouns and verbs I reckon.

Jax, yes you can water your yard with a bucket over here and not get fined but doing so with a hose and you could be. Yeah it IS that silly. I always thought that it would be fun to make a motorized conveyor of buckets ending in a catapult system to water the lawn which would be completely legal if not morally good. In any case the last time we had a serious drought and had a wide ranging hose pipe ban the famous race course at Ascot were using hoses to water the track to keep the 'going' soft enough for the horses... oh yeah, lest we not forget that one. Many businesses are exempt from the ban.

And you only get done for using a hose pipe not carrying it though I am not sure what happens if you connect it to your own water storage tank...

07-15-2012, 03:41 PM
LOL, I love the idea of the bucket catapult :)