Got a haircut this evening. Last one was 3 months ago. I thought it was only 2 months since my last haircut, but I checked the journal archives and the last one was on May 3rd. Went to Supercuts in Ramsey, as usual. I seem to get a different hairdresser every time, but the one I got this time was very fast and knew exactly what to do. (not that I asked for anything complicated)
I came across this Flickr photo on the Minneapolis bridge collapse by Dani Bora. Quite a horrific sight. Closer to home though, the Tappan Zee Bridge is in similar peril. It is past its planned 50-year life expectancy and it suffers from poor drainage, corrosion, loose/cracked concrete, and buckling steel beams. Holes in the deck are already a monthly occurrence. Any serious problems on that bridge effectively cuts off my area from Westchester and Southwest Connecticut because the detour is over 30 miles.
Wrote a quick-and-dirty Perl script today to parse my Postcrossing postcards sent/received pages and produce stats by country. So here are the tables:
|26||United Arab Emirates||1||0.84%|
No surprise that Finland is #1 on both lists. It is the country with the most Postcrossing users.
Another number I can estimate from the postcard count is the cost of the hobby. Including postcards that have expired and postcards that are still traveling, I sent 96 cards before the postal rate hike and 39 cards after. Making an adjustment for cards mailed to Canada (lower postal rate), the total stamp cost is $106.69. Postcard prices vary, but I'll use the figure of 36 cents per postcard, which is what I pay at the Garden State Parkway rest area where I get most of my postcards. That brings the total up to $155.29 for 11 months of Postcrossing activity. (Getting postcards in return from all over the world... priceless! :) ) That's not so bad though. It's only my 3rd most costly hobby.