Man sells British fresh air to wealthy Chinese elite for £80 a jar
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3 days ago - A businessman is raking in thousands of pounds selling jars
of ‘fresh air’ to people in China for £80 each. Leo De Watts, 27, sells
air collected in the British countryside and ships it over to polluted
cities Shanghai and Beijing, where the wealthy elite pay a hefty sum for ...
I make a gag gift that I periodically send (mail) to friends around
"Genuine Arizona Air"
fancy label, picture of a saguaro, dead steer skull, etc. The fine
print directs them to put the can in an oven preheated to 350 degrees
for 5 minutes...
You must live in Tucson. The only way I want to ever go back to Tucson is during the winter. I thought I was going to die when I was there for a week. Northern Arizona is good, I've been there quite a few times. North of phoenix, in the rainy season, waterfalls were beautiful. Hundreds of people were under the water, getting soaked. It was an unpaved stretch of road about 40 miles long going through canyons.
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It depends on which time of the "non-winter" you visit.
As Monsoon approaches, things get horrible -- like Summer in
Chicago (humid and hot). Monsoon itself is delightful
(though incredibly humid) simply because of the spectacular
rains. I originally thought it pretty silly how folks would
stop what they were doing to stand and watch the rain.
("So what, big deal!") But, now find myself wasting hours
doing the same thing!
Summer is fine (110F) -- if you stay out of the Sun. I often
challenge folks to close their eyes and outstretch a bare arm:
"Tell me where the shadow crosses your arm..."
They are often amazed at how pronounced the effect!
To (year round) residents, Fall and Winter are the unfortunate seasons
as all the "winter visitors" show up, crowd the streets, drive up
prices for staples, exploit services available to "residents" and
otherwise contribute very little to the community. It's the "ugly
American" sort of experience: everyone looking for what they can *get*
(for little or no cost) FROM the community -- "Here I am, entertain me!"
Spring (which will probably be on a Thursday, this year -- last year
it was a Monday AND a Tuesday!!), gives us the hope that the "guests"
will be leaving, soon.
[We have many such friends whose presence we enjoy. But, would love
to have a few tens of thousands LESS!]
Certain parts of the state are much higher in elevation. And, it is
amazing how much difference altitude can make to weather! Flagstaff
often sees snow (by contrast, we've been "dusted" only two or three
times in 20 years).
In town, we have a "neighborhood" (no idea what else to call it...
sort of like "rogers park" or "lincoln park" in Chicago -- not a
genuine "legal entity") called Winterhaven. At the summit of
nearby Mt Lemmon is located Summerhaven. Some folks have homes
in each place and spend the thusly named seasons in those places.
I think there's about a 30F difference.
[Though get sick in Summerhaven and it'll be an expensive
ride to the nearest hospital! Likewise, if you want anything
other than "basic staples", you'll be making the hour drive
People are frequently getting swept away by the "natural water features",
here. failing to understand that its "nature" and not "an amusement park
And, of course, Monsoon often claims a few idiots and/or their vehicles!
"Yeah, that's a LOT of water! Wanna see how LITTLE it takes to
float your vehicle??"
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