They are working on the main NYC post office – it is an elegant building.
In the know:
The lines can be long at the main windows in the front of the building. In the back, there is a small nondescript door which leads to one very efficient post office agent. He is adept at managing the small amount of traffic which comes through that door. dievca has waited 5 minutes most to post items to Europe, etc. A hidden gem of calmness in chaotic NYC.
Photos: dievca, NYC Main Post Office 8th Avenue 02/2019
An intriguing start to a Monday.
dievca imagines that her coffee will just taste better.
Year of the Earth Pig 2019 :
a year of fortune and luck!
The Pig occupies the last (12th) place in the Chinese Zodiac. You are a “Pig Chinese Zodiac native” if you are born in one of these years: 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019 .
A Sneak Peek Of What Year 2019 Will Be Like For You
Normally, weather moves from west to east. In the mid-latitudes, the prevailing winds are westerlies. This means storm systems generally move in from the West.
The colors we see in the sky are due to the rays of sunlight being split into colors of the spectrum as they pass through the atmosphere and ricochet off the gases, water vapor and particles. The amounts of water vapor and dust particles in the atmosphere are good indicators of weather conditions. They also determine which colors we will see in the sky.
During sunrise and sunset the sun is low in the sky, and it transmits light through the thickest part of the atmosphere. A red sky suggests an atmosphere loaded with dust and moisture particles. The shorter wavelengths, such as blue, are scattered and broken up. We see the red wavelengths. the longest in the color spectrum, are able to continue through the atmosphere.
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.
A red sky at night means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west and good weather will follow.
Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.
A red sunrise can mean that a high pressure system (good weather) has already passed, thus indicating that a storm system (low pressure) may be moving to the east. A morning sky that is a deep, fiery red can indicate that there is high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain could be on its way.
dievca had the pleasure of a beautiful sunset, yesterday.
Made her evening.
Photos: dievca 02/2019 NYC
There is one day a year when Americans turn to a small mammal to predict the weather, Groundhog Day. It’s the day we celebrate the American tradition of finding out if there will be six more weeks of winter
Thousands will converge on the small Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney to see if Punxsutawney Phil will emerge from his temporary burrow and see his shadow. If that happens, winter weather will continue across the United States. But if Phil doesn’t see his shadow, spring temperatures are on the way.
Groundhog Day is derived from ancient Christian and Roman customs in Germany, where Europeans celebrated Candlemas, a holiday marking the Virgin Mary’s presentation of Jesus at the Temple in Jerusalem 40 days after his birth. Candlemas is observed on Feb. 2nd. If there were clear skis on that usually meant an extended winter. German immigrants brought the rituals to the U.S.
Punxsutawney Phil was named an official immortal oracle in 1887 by a group of groundhog hunters from Punxsutawney. Rivals such as Staten Island Chuck and Gen. Beauregard Lee have tried to undermine his fame, but Phil has maintained his cultural significance.
For those who refuse to believe in the fantasy of Phil’s immortality are right. Groundhogs in captivity typically live no longer than 10 years. And the U.S. National Climatic Data Center has found that Phil is only correct about 40% of the time.
Ah, well, it inspired a great movie!
Phil Connors: (to the groundhog) “Don’t drive angry! Don’t drive angry!”
Phil Connors: When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.