On Sunday we went to the Pacific Science Center and parked in the garage there. The longer that I live in Seattle, the smaller car I want because of traffic and parking. Unfortunately, many of my fellow residents have not yet seen the light. The Pacific Science Center parking garage is prime example of the Seattle parking problem. Lots and lots of narrow, "compact only" parking spots. This would not be such an issue if half of the "compact only" spots were not filled with gigantic SUV's that hog two spots because they are too big to fit into just one. I think that I need one of those paint pens that car dealers use so I can start writing "I park like a jackass" in large letters across the windows of people who park like that. Ah well, I guess my revenge is at the gas pump. Now that gas is over $4/gallon here in Seattle perhaps garage clogging SUV's will soon become extinct.
For Christmas my wife gave me a Netatmo weather station because I am a home weather station nerd. The Netatmo is very cool, but it has an unexpected feature: it measures indoor Carbon Dioxide (CO2) levels. As soon as I set it up, the Netatmo began to alert that our indoor CO2 was at an unsafe level. The notes said that outdoor CO2 is usually around 400 ppm, and numbers above 1500 ppm could be unhealthy. On that first day, my house was at around 1300 ppm. Prior to that, I never gave indoor CO2 levels a thought. I began to do some research and discovered high levels of CO2 can cause symptoms such as fatigue, headache, breathing difficulties, strained eyes and itchy skin. My family does have all of these issues, especially on the weekends when we are home all day, but I never connected that to indoor air quality. Previously, I installed a Nest thermostat . The Nest is very smart and saves energy by learning your habits and programming itself. Unfortunately, it is so efficient, that t