Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Hazy Shade of Winter

Hey, look who's here...it's Ol' Man Winter! After a couple months of "Damn, Al Gore is right" weather, it suddenly dropped down into the 40's today (or, as we refer to it back in the Northeast, "Springtime"). We're not expecting a lot of sympathy from our friends north of the Mason-Dixon line, of course, but we think it's worth mentioning that most old houses here don't have heat, and ours in particular is designed without any internal doorways, so to get from one room to another you actually step outside into the courtyard. Mid-40s might not be especially cold, but it feels really cold in your living room.

The less amusing part is that, way out in the countryside, where the altitude is higher, the people are poorer and the buildings are flimsier, a number of people will almost certainly die - more likely from fires than from exposure. A couple of days ago one family learned the hard way that if you're going to build a campfire inside your house, you really, really, have to keep an eye on your 11-month-old baby. The good news is it's supposed to warm up on Friday. So, keep those greenhouse gases comin'.

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