Saturday, January 19, 2008

Don't You Wish You Were Here?

This is a bandicoot, per Barrett's request. It looks like a coat of its furs would keep you warm on a day like today.

I had as much as I could stand of trying to organize my messy bookshelves and gave it up to walk out to this coffee shop. It's cold but it isn't that bad if you wear lots of layers and keep moving.

The severe cold is even kind of bracing...it helps one understand why Scandinavians feel like morally superior ants to the warm-weather grasshoppers who never had to work hard inventing Polar Fleece [TM].

Once I got here, I read the local Severe Weather Advisory:

TEMPERATURES WILL SLOWLY RISE TODAY...WITH HIGH TEMPERATURES IN
MOST AREAS BETWEEN ZERO AND 5 BELOW. ALONG WITH WINDS OF 5 TO 15
MPH... WIND CHILL VALUES WILL VARY FROM 20 TO 35 BELOW DURING THE
LATE MORNING...IMPROVING SLIGHTLY TO 15 TO 25 BELOW THROUGHOUT THE
AFTERNOON. THEREFORE A WIND CHILL ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT THE
REST OF THE AFTERNOON. IT IS UNCERTAIN AT THIS TIME WHETHER THE
ADVISORY WILL BE EXTENDED INTO TONIGHT.

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND WINDS WILL
COMBINE TO GENERATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF
YOU DO VENTURE OUTDOORS...MAKE SURE YOU WEAR A HAT AND GLOVES. KEEP
BLANKETS AND EXTRA CLOTHING IN YOUR CAR IF YOU TRAVEL.

1 comment:

barrett said...

Hooray..hooray for the bandicoots,
a rattle of drums and a few toot, toots....a wonderful picture is worth a thousand words....they're tiny and precious...and they don't run in herds