Quick study break post, then on to Fed Jur.*
The hurricane season has ended. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicted a higher-than-normal season, with 13-16 named storms, 7-9 hurricanes, and 3-5 major hurricanes (here). There were an average number of storms this season, and they were exceptionally short-lived (lowest average duration in the past 30 years). (Here.) Cooler water temperatures in the Pacific Ocean contributed to this phenomenon.
In other news, the Midwest and the Northeast are digging themselves out from underneath piles of snow. (How does the shoveling, In2theFray?) Cool water in the Pacific; snowstorms blanketing half the nation – who wants to complain about global cooling? Takers?
Tact doesn’t come only on two legs, people (here). First of all, never bring along uninvited guests. It’s impolite to expect your hostess to reconfigure her social gathering around your choice of companions. Kids, dogs, undesirable insignificant others – names are enumerated on the invitation as a limited list for permission, not a suggestion. Second, do not bring along badly-behaved guests (good behaviour does not preclude responsibility under Rule 1, please note). Here’s a keeper:
“The first thing Dude did was jump into the outdoor pond,” Sally said. “He shakes off on the grass lawn, then promptly heads inside and leaps onto the white couches, leaving a trail of pond scum. Then he runs outside, jumps onto one of the dining chairs, jumps on the table and helps himself to the hors d’oeuvres and fillet.”
It’s not cute when people, kids, dogs, or pet boa constrictors do it. Do not bring anyone to a social gathering who cannot meet the etiquette standards of the occasion.
*At least it comes with its own study song.