Wednesday, January 05, 2005


It's stinking cold here these days. Right now, Environment Canada is saying that the current Saskatoon temperature is -19 degrees Celsius (that's -2 degrees Fahrenheit for you Americans), with a windchill of -29 degrees Celsius (or -19 F for all y'all).

I never hear this on the radio anymore, but I used to love it when they would quote how long it would take for you to start to freeze at the current temperature: " flesh will freeze in [5] minutes..." Don't you love the Prairie outlook on life.

I suppose that the most amazing thing, upon which I should be commenting, is the fact that there are actually a lot of people in the Library on a Wednesday night when it is -20 degrees! I guess we're all acclimatizing, and it's business as usual. Personally, I would be at home with my warm felt slippers on, if I had my druthers, instead of squeaking through the hard-packed snow to the Library. But I have books to read at home, so I suppose I can say that.


Blogger Alicia said...

it's amazing how well people can adapt to the cold. we don't normally fall into the negatives here (Fahrenheit), but we come pretty close. last week, i think it was 6 degrees Fahrenheit, windy, freezing rain, the norm for winters in new england. people visiting the area think we are mad for choosing to live in such a climate. and as much as i don't really care for the cold, i've learned to live with it and go on with my daily life.

the snow scares the living hell out of them. i watched a bunch of out-of-towners trying to drive through the snow the day after Christmas. they wouldn't go above 20mph, and there was only 1/2 an inch of powder on the ground. drives me batty.

of course, i talk to cousins who live in Maine and others who live in Ontario (Sault Ste. Marie), and i think they are bonkers for staying where they are. my cousins from Maine were out of power for almost a month after a blizzard a couple of years ago. i couldn't deal with that. and driving through 8 inches of snow is NORMAL for my Canadian cousins, which blows my mind.

i guess, in the end, to each his own.

if i had a choice, i'd be living in hawaii.

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