Thermodynamic Weather

And taking the five loaves and the two fish, he looked up to heaven and said a blessing and broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples to set before the people. And he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And they took up twelve baskets full of broken pieces and of the fish. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men.

And he saw that they were making headway painfully, for the wind was against them. And about the fourth watch of the night he came to them, walking on the sea.

(Mark 6:41-44, 48) ESV

We’ve found an instance when a miracle had an effect on the weather of a region, as nature was subjected to a significant thermodynamic manipulation.

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There, and Back Again

I really should have known better than to try to travel through Chicago in winter. In all my years of traveling this is the first time that I have had to abort a trip. I’m home again, rebooked on a flight From Greensboro to Newark early in the morning. It connects me to a direct flight to London, Heathrow, so I will only be about 5 hours behind schedule.

I have got to say that I am very impressed with the professionalism, grace, poise and teamwork of the United Airways staff. Thank you so much!

The weather across the plains and Midwest is looking really bad. My flight to Chicago was delayed, which was fine, but when the Chicago-Copenhagen flight got cancelled I realized that it was going to be a big mistake to go to Chicago.

Fargo, ND

The United representative rebooked my flight and the United ground crew were able to get my checked bag off the Chicago flight. They made sure that I had it in my hand before I went anywhere. They were completely slammed but they remained courteous, polite and helpful with everybody.

The trip had started with an excellent UBER ride. The driver was easy going and we chatted quite a bit. The car was excellent. By the time we got to the airport I had given him the magic math to successful UBER driving and tax filing. We wish him the best of luck.

The ride home was quite different. The car had a very bad vibration from the rear passenger tire, where I happened to be sitting. I happen to know that this is likely to be caused by the tire being worn out because it has not been rotated on the correct schedule. It gave a very poor impression of the state of maintenance of that particular vehicle. I just happen to be an UBER driver and I just happen to know what it’s like when a rider reports you for a safety concern. However, safety has to be the top priority, so I let UBER know that I was concerned.

The next interesting challenge will be getting an UBER at 4:00am tomorrow morning.