In this month's contribution to my newspaper column I decided to do something a little more light-hearted. As luck would have it, an appropriate topic came up at an opportune moment, and my subject was set. Here is what I wrote for today's Juneau Empire.
The only thing I failed to mention in the article was the point that the helium bore a "made in the USA" label (although the package of balloons that came with the helium were actually made in Columbia). Even in Wal-Mart, it's possible to find American products, although the helium is the only thing I've found in there that so far that bears that distinction.
I also bought several thermometers there for a dollar each. I wanted them to monitor the temperature in various parts of our house now that most of the electric heaters are in place and operational. The thermometers came from China. The thermometer section actually had about a dozen different styles and prices to choose from, and every single one of them came from China. As for the ones I bought, I went through about twenty of them to find four in which the temperature showing agreed with the more expensive ones on display: the lot of them varied in displayed temperature by as much as ten degrees!
We've had an unusual early autumn so far. We've had our usual run of rain, but we've also had some unusual breaks in the rain where the sun comes out and the clouds go away. Usually, our rain breaks consist of solid overcast this time of the year. Yesterday was clear and sunny.
Becky, Michael, and I took advantage of yesterday's weather and went to the beach at Auke Bay. It was gorgeous. We spent most of the time playing civil engineer: damming and rerouting the water from a creek that flowed down the beach on its way to the bay. I started the game by building a dam, but Becky chimed right in and started digging canals to divert the water behind the dam. Michael liked the game too, though he was just as happy to march through the canals as he was making them.
It's raining again today, and should continue to do so for a few more days. Luckily, I don't live on a schedule, and we can take advantage of the sunshine when we get it.