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Friday, 24 December 2004


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0833 - Insanely f***ing cold

I'm at vakkotaur's family's house in Merrill, Wisconsin. Merrill is a town of about 10,000 people a little ways north of Wausau, in the middle of Wisconsin. The drive over wasn't bad.

When I got up this morning, Paul's mom and sister were up, talking to him about this and that. Pual pointed out the thermometer display in the kitchen, which claimed it was -29.7 F outside. It obstinately refused to indicate a sane temperature even when I tap-tapped on it. I looked outside, but the car's tires hadn't shattered, for which I was profoundly thankful.

A bit later, we went out in search of, $DEITY help me, Cool Whip. It had warmed up (FSVO "warm") to a mere (!) -15 F. The car started on the first crank, though it wasn't its usual sprightly self; the shifter stuck in Park until I fiddled with it, and the steering was stiffer than usual. Paul said that that's normal, and when he drove back, he didn't think the car was performing unusually at all for being that cold.

Paul drove back because I was on the phone with the guy from Madrid. I'm going over there the first week in January. Now, to get the ticket...

current mood: [mood icon] frozen solid

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From:howardtayler
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I was a mormon missionary in Minot, North Dakota during January of 1987. How well I remember what it's like to be TRULY COLD. Frost on the inside of double-paned glass that has been plasticked over from the outside... cars that don't steer well until they've been running for 15 minutes... block heaters on all vehicles... wow.

For two weeks that January the temperature never broke -20F. I remember when temperatures first got to +20F on the approach to "spring." We thought it was downright balmy.

It dropped to 15F here in Orem, Utah last night. The only reason it gives me any grief at all is that I'm too lazy to dress properly. In Utah I can get away with it. In Minot that would have killed me.

--Howard
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From:taper
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I lived in Watford City (a bit to the west of Minot) for a few years; I think it was December 1990, just before Christmas, when the big blizzards hit, and shut the whole state down with -40 temperatures and -90F windchill.

Of course, Dad decided that that was a great time to hit the highway and drive up into the mountains in Montana, though we did end up making it to California safely.
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From:cathyr19355
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See, Jay, that's why I refuse to live in Minnesota, or anyplace where it gets that f***ing cold routinely.

Have a happy Christmas anyway!
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From:jmaynard
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How's your snow and ice, hmmm? and is Warren Road passable yet? :-)
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From:cathyr19355
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We barely got a dusting. It was cold today, and windy, but nothing like 29 below, and no impact on travel whatsoever. :-)
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From:kinkyturtle
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Guess what! It snowed down here. My car is coated with white stuff! It looks just like it did the day I started driving home from Midwest Furfest 2002.
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From:melissasutton
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Madrid?

why on earth are you going to Madrid and will you send me a postcard? (grin) Hey.. everyone has to collect something!
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From:jmaynard
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I'm going to Madrid to play computer geek. I'll have some time to do touristy stuff.

I think I can manage a postcard, though.
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From:melissasutton
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WOO HOO

thank you - i hope you have a WONDERFUL time! I'll email you my addy =)

Hope you and Paul had a very merry christmas!
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From:sunnielady
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Me Too

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...and I'm still waiting for my picture you were going to send. Anyway, I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Happy New Year to everyone too.

It was interesting seeing snow on my car here in Houston when I got off work yesterday. Poor Victoria, TX, got a foot of it.
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From:jmaynard
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Drat. I'll get that out this week. Sorry about that.

You got more snow in Houston than we got in Fairmont, and Victoria got more snow than anyone anywhere around here that I know of did.
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From:shellbellbunny
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Mardrid, during New Years???
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From:jmaynard
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Unfortunately, no. I'll be getting there Monday the 3rd.
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From:shellbellbunny
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It would've been awesome to spend New Years in another country, but it's probably better 'cause you can now spend it with the special people in your life. darn, it's cold over there!!! How do you handle it??
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From:vakkotaur
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I'm tempted to say Jay doesn't handle it, or handles it poorly, but actually he does fairly well. He avoids unnecessary ventures outdoors, keeps time outdoors down, and tends to wear a thicker, heavier coat and such. Fortunately he's not really the outdoors type and so doesn't have to deal with the typical Winter recreations that some folks get into. I'd be more than surprised if he expressed any interest in taking up cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, or ice fishing.

I'm a bit more used to low temperatures. Jay and I disagree on just when it gets cold (and what is too hot, as well). But below zero Fahrenheit we both agree that it is indeed cold. He uses more colorful adjectives sooner than I do. Also, he's rather less apt to joke about it. Much is simply that I grew up with cold Winters and see them as not that big of a deal.

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From:shellbellbunny
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What is the time frame difference as to how long you've been handling the cold weather in comparison to Jay? I mean, why live in an area that experiences such weather if one does not handle it well? :) Below zero Fahrenheit is definitely way too cold. Being that I'm from Cali, I'd like being in that kind of weather but definitely could not live in it. :)
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From:vakkotaur
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Jay moved up here in late 2001. I moved down to Fairmont, MN in mid-late 1996. I'd been living in or around Merrill, WI since, well, as long as I can remember and a bit before that.

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From:shellbellbunny
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Ok well I'll excuse Jay since he hasn't really been in MN for that long. :P You've been there a long while now, so it's totally understandable that you're used to the weather. What made you move to MN & eventually Jay to move there?
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From:vakkotaur
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I moved as that's where the job was. I moved from a small town in north-central Wisconsin to a small town in southern Minnesota so the change wasn't that much. It's generally warmer (or not as cold, if you prefer) here. The thing that's really different is that being more on the plains, there is much more wind. I'll let Jay answer for himself.

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From:shellbellbunny
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It doesn't sound like too much of a change except you had to move all your belongings to a whole other state. :P The wind makes it colder too.
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From:jmaynard
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I moved to Fairmont because I needed a change of scenery. Going from a big city in the south to asmall town in the frozen north qualifies. I picked Fairmont because I knew Paul.
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From:shellbellbunny
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A change of scenery is definitely a good thing & being able to pick a place that you knew someone was even better. Seems like it worked out well for you. Well, mostly, besides you freezing your tail off. :P

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