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I’m Melting

by Richard

No, I’m not the Wicked Witch of the whatever direction it is that doesn’t like water and reacts badly to a little improvisational comedy in the vein of the Three Stooges. That is, the one that melts when water gets thrown on her.

I’m just talking about the heat.

That terrible, horrible heat.

Most of the country has been under a heat warning the last couple of days. I came back from Florida, where the temperature was 93 degrees, and home to North Carolina, where a temperature of 104 degrees greeted me.

That’s hot.

To make matters worse, this was the day Casa De Dude hosted a family reunion of the wonderful folks on the side of the family belonging to my wife, known to me and braggingly known now to her family as She Who Must Be Obeyed. And it was hosted outdoors.

Yeah, we set up the party in the heat. Got out the plates and tables and drinks and party games and suchlike in the heat. We cooked in the heat. And then, when everybody else arrived, we had the party outdoors in the heat. If our backyard wasn’t a miniature forest for all the trees, I’m sure somebody would have melted.

My favorite ice cream dessert I make, Heavenly Layers, basically melted just moments after I cut the pieces and put them on the plate. And that was indoors.

Dude, I have no idea how people managed to survive life before air conditioning, much less wearing all the thick clothing for which those years were known.

Not me, dude. Not me.

And with that whine, I’m headed indoors to stay. Somebody can crack me out of the house once the temperatures go back down to tolerable, somewhere around 95 degrees. I won’t like it, but I can live with it.

What more could I ask?

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Blowin’ Stuff Up For Fun: Family Style

by Richard

Dudes, I had just about the best night a couple of days ago. For some reason, my youngest little dude, Hyper Lad, had been hitting the you tubes and watching videos on how to blow stuff up. .  . with science!

Blowin’ stuff up. It’s okay if it’s done for science. Not just for fun. The fun is a nice side effect. But, no, it’s really for science. I mean, come on, that’s the whole reasoning behind the Mythbusters television show on Discovery Channel.

Hey, if it’s good enough for Jamie and Adam, it’s good enough for everyone living in Casa de Dude.

So, anyway.

Hyper Lad was watching a couple of videos of dudes doing things with solid carbon dioxide, also known as dry ice. This is carbon dioxide, which normally is a gas at room temperature, that’s been frozen to temperatures below that at which water freezes, until it’s solid. When left exposed to air, the carbon dioxide will sublimate directly from a solid to a gas, without going through a liquid stage, the way ice does.

This leads us to some very interesting properties, with some quite interesting side effects. For one thing, put dry ice in a bucket of water and you’ve got instant fog.

Put some dry ice chips in a plastic bottle of water and then seal the water bottle and, well, you’ve got something quite different than you had when the dry ice and water were separate. Now you’ve got a bit of a bomb.

But I’ll get back to that.

She Who Must Be Obeyed happened to watch a few of the videos with Hyper Lad and thought it would be a good idea to — sometime — maybe mess around with the dry ice. Of course, Hyper Lad took that to mean it was an order and we should go out and get some dry ice as soon as possible. Which he and I did.

So we got the dry ice and horsed around a bit, putting it in water that had lots of dish soap bubbles in it and making dry ice bubbles. Watched the chips spin in bowls of water. All that sort of stuff. It was fun.

And then Hyper Lad brought out the water bottle.

Now, She Who Must Be Shielded From Any Possible Explosions and I followed Hyper Lad out onto the back deck, thinking it would be some little thing, not really worth all the fuss. We started laughing when Hyper Lad capped the water bottle and then threw it out onto the lawn and stepped back. We laughed and laughed and lau–

The bottle exploded. Well, not so much exploded as forcibly separate itself from its cap, releasing all the accumulated vapor in one loud detonation. The bottle shot one way, the cap another and She Who Must Be Able To Leap Four Feet From A Standing Start still another.

Sure, I was startled by the explosion, but she just freaked the heck right out. It was awesome. It was almost as good as the time I took her to see Aliens after I’d already seen it and knew the scary parts during which she’d really hate to have a sudden hand to the back of her neck.

It was freakin’ amazing. Sarcasmo joined in and we filled up another couple of bottles and watched another couple of explosions.

Fun with science and explosions. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Go for it, dudes and dudettes. Be the adult supervision you always wanted when you were a young dude and let’s blow some stuff up.

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