Tuesday, June 26, 2018

'Added time......'

9:17 am - Tuesday - June 26th - Southwest Harbor, ME - 64º F, 62% humidity, wind 5 mph out of the north by northwest.......crystal, clear, blue skies.....almost balmy outside. Yup, you guessed it.....this is a day off work.  We slept in to 8:30 am and it was delicious!  I just returned from taking the office golf cart and the ranger phone back to the office for the regular night manager, Deb.

We awoke to rain Monday, and it continued raining until almost 10 am.....that was not in the forecast.  We were expecting rain overnight, and that we got, but apparently this weather system didn't get the message that it was supposed to stop by 7 am.......lol.  TLE had the closing shift which is now from 2 pm to 10 pm so she was just getting up as I exited the Newell to drive the office cart through the now pouring rain to another work day in paradise.

I worked with Tony and one armed Alex all day Monday.  The necessary things were done ......the pool, the trash run, and the restrooms.  It was too wet, and by the way, quite cold at 59º most of the day, to do much else.  Tony and I did do a little light weeding, but we were eventually chased under cover by a rain squall passing through the area.  We spent some time in the 'garage' organizing the tools in the tool box, and sweeping and then it was time for lunch.  The sun did finally make a late appearance around 2:30 pm, and by the 4 pm there was hardly a cloud to be seen in the MDI skies.  I punched the clock at 4 pm......I could have worked to 5 pm, but there was really nothing to do, and I hate just sitting around to get another $11 for the day.

I bid TLE adieu and headed for home to watch a few recorded World Cup soccer matches......there were four games in all (as there have been every day since the World Cup began).  The first was between Saudi Arabia and Egypt.  Normally I would say "So what?", but I am glad I watched because it was a great match decided, as so many matches have been this World Cup, in 'added time'.....Saudi Arabia scored a late goal as time was running out to break Eqypt's heart.  Let me explain 'added time' for those unfamiliar with soccer.  Once the clock starts to begin a game it runs continuously throughout the match.  It is never stopped for anything, including injuries.  To account for time lost to injuries, goal celebrations, the issuance of yellow and red cards, and substitutions time is added at the end of each half.  Most often the amount of time added at the end of the first half is 2-4 minutes.  At the end of the second half it is not unusual to see 4-6 minutes added.  The addition of time is not an exact science, but more of an estimate of time lost in each half.....this is one of the things I love about soccer.  Forty-five minutes are played in each half, plus 'added time'.  The total time of a typical soccer match can be anywhere from 92 to almost 100 minutes.  Anyway, the second game was between Russia (had won their first two games) and Uruguay, which was won, surprisingly, by Uruguay 3-0.....not much suspense there, right?  The two afternoon games were both nail biters and were both decided in 'added time' at the end of each match.  Spain came from behind to tie their match with Morocco 2-2 as time ran out, and Iran came from behind to tie Portugal 1-1 as time ran out.

I went back down to the office around 8 pm to close the pool, and do my nightly rounds.  There were actually people in the pool for the first time since we arrived here at SDC at this somewhat latish hour.  I gave them the 30 minute warning.....politely and courteously, of course, and then went about doing the water tests for each pool.  By the time I finished the swimmers were on their way home, so I walked over to the office to retrieve TLE who assists me in pulling the cover over the pool for another night.  I made a slow round of the campground with a little 50's music playing on my phone, and was back home by 9:15.  I returned to the office 45 minutes later to bring TLE home, and that was our day.

For TLE's benefit I replayed the last 10 minutes of the Spain/Morocco and Portugal/Iran games so she could see how they ended.  I was in bed by 11:30.....why I was up that late I have no idea.  TLE followed a little later and that was our Monday......now for a couple more days of MDI exploration!

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2 comments:

  1. Is the weather you are having the norm? It seems from reading your blog on regular basis, it seems you are apt to get some rain pretty often, especially with it being almost the end of June. But have never been back east I am not familiar with the weather patterns at all. I will say I would not mind some of those cooler, rainy days about now. It is just down right hot here in Phoenix and they tell me, it will be probably be getting hotter before the summer is over. Its been pretty typical to have days from 106-111. I am just thankful for air conditioning. I find myself being in doors most often as it is just to hot to be outside and do anything. Some days there is a breeze, but its nothing but hot air LOL.

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  2. Is the weather you are having the norm? It seems from reading your blog on regular basis, it seems you are apt to get some rain pretty often, especially with it being almost the end of June. But have never been back east I am not familiar with the weather patterns at all. I will say I would not mind some of those cooler, rainy days about now. It is just down right hot here in Phoenix and they tell me, it will be probably be getting hotter before the summer is over. Its been pretty typical to have days from 106-111. I am just thankful for air conditioning. I find myself being in doors most often as it is just to hot to be outside and do anything. Some days there is a breeze, but its nothing but hot air LOL.

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