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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Freakin Frozen!



First off, no regrets. My lovely wife and I are happy to be home. We were gone for most of 6 months and we are glad to be back.

That being said, I am officially not acclimating to the cold. It's freaking cold. Sunday night it was down into the single digits. Monday night it's supposed to be 3 degrees Fahrenheit. That's really not unheard of for early April in the Great North Woods. What has changed is me. I'm no longer used to the cold.

We plan on being home for the rest of the year, only heading south after the holidays. I'm hoping that by living through the fall I'll get somewhat used to the colder temperatures. One thing that does not work is going from sunny Florida back into winter conditions.

My lovely wife was talking to some of her elderly friends from church. In recent years they gave up being snowbirds and now spend winters up north. They are suffering and have not adapted to the cold at all.

One thing for sure, I'm going to have to get some more long pants, warm jackets, fuzzy socks and lots and lots of fleece.

After one more week of cold it is supposed to start warming up again. My suffering shouldn't last too much longer. I'm chomping at the bit to start on some outside projects, but they are going to wait until I can work outside without wearing mittens.

-Sixbears

22 comments:

  1. What about the sky condition -- typically freezing with overcast, or freezing with blue skies? Makes a big difference for me in terms of my ability to tolerate cold temperatures.

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    1. Overcast, mostly, often with high winds. Brrrrrrrrrrrr.

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  2. Did you get any of the snow that passed through on Sunday- Monday? Yesterday was 3-4 inches down here.

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    1. Just a dusting. Didn't amount to much, but more in the forecast.

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  3. As we age, dealing with temperature extremes becomes more and more difficult. I'm guessing Maine has quite a bit of humidity, which when teamed with cold, REALLY feels colder than a dry cold like the western deserts.

    Wish I had more constructive comment to help.

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    1. I guess I'll just have to work on being younger.

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  4. Hang in there warm weather is coming. Honest. :)

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  5. I find that as I age, I don't handle cold as well, circulation - I guess.

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    1. Guess there's nothing for it but to reverse aging.

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  6. Been living in Maine for 35 years and I still can't get used to it. Where is all that confounded globular warming they keep blaming me for?

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    1. That's why the actual name is "climate change" vs. "global warming". Not just political correctness or slick marketing this time. Some places hotter, some colder, some drier, some wetter. Bugs (and dengue fever, for example) migrating out of necessity to where they never used to be. Animals no longer able to survive in their natural habitats. In other words, change. Widespread, serious, and blisteringly fast global climate change by normal geologic standards.

      That and much more are what idiots holding up snowballs in the Senate can't comprehend or, worse, choose to ignore. And to top it off, such people do so while trying to justify their position with financial concerns. Clearly, as the global climate worsens, the previously manageable cost of a remedy will not only look reasonable, but like a tremendous bargain ... now out of reach at any price. More importantly, if the alternative is a barely habitable or inhabitable planet, should we really be focused on what's "cost effective"?!? Of course not.

      I simply cannot believe that any person in such an important position can be this stupid and incompetent, but still have the capability to get dressing in the morning. That only leaves deceit motivated by greed and selfishness as a possible explanation.

      A disgraceful position for any person, but more so for one aligned with patriotism, family values, and religious morals.

      And for a person in a position of public trust and leadership, at the very least, it is gross criminal malfeasance. At most, premeditated mass murder.

      As a society, and a planet, I hope we collectively figure this out before it's too late ... if we haven't already crossed that line.

      I'd like to say that I'm sorry for jumping on the soapbox, but I can't. This is far too important and really strikes a nerve.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3E0a_60PMR8

      An interesting comparison from 2014:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpJh1xtg28I#t=59.461

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    2. Yes, climate change is real, and pretty weird sometimes too. 70 degrees in Feb. and 4 degrees in April. Really stresses the plants and animals.

      . . . and yes, I do know the difference between weather and climate.

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    3. Yoda- I love your rant. Keep it up!

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    4. "Yoda- I love your rant. Keep it up!"

      So many rants. So little time. ;-)

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    5. You call it what you want. I call it a scam to redistribute income from those who work, to those who refuse to, so the greaseballs in Washington can subsidize their luxury living, and perpetuate the lie that your existence depends on them. The reds of the 50s and 60s have painted themselves green. I don't care for the flavor of that poison swill.

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    6. Don't tell me ... don't tell me ... let me guess ...

      http://arstechnica.com/science/2011/11/fox-news-successfully-creates-climate-confusion-but-only-among-conservatives/

      http://www.autostraddle.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/fox-autostraddle-3.png

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    7. FOX news? why would you want to watch such left wing liberal rubbish?
      I much prefer this take:
      https://youtu.be/qJUFTm6cJXM
      ;-)

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    8. That was pretty funny. I can surely empathize with people trudging through a frozen tundra ... or frozen suburbia.

      Too slowly for their liking, but it looks like those two in the music video are getting their wish:

      http://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/07/climate-change-in-minnesota-week-1-highlights

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  7. Thermal underwear - problem solved! :o)

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    1. I don't even own that many pairs of long pants anymore. That might have to change.

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