withering where some snowman was

i'm having a hard time with the idea, or the practice of winter this year. it usually seems annoying, but tolerable.

but it seems intolerable this year.

denver doesn't have terrible winters - it has snow, which usually melts in a day or two, it doesn't get supercold except for a few days each season. i know i couldn't live in minneapolis or brainerd or green bay or pierre or buffalo or fort kent, so i don't live there.

but tomorrow it's supposed to be 8 degrees as a high. i've slipped twice on the ice in as many days. i have an antifreeze leak, so it's hard for my car to start in the cold. i have rear wheel drive and need new tires so badly that it's not even funny. and it's seeming interminable and so. bleak.

but i have to get up every day, plod through, and know that this will end.

because i'd be otherwise inconsolable.


jay are Tuesday, December 06, 2005 2:04:00 pm  

You have made a most excellent argument for me staying exactly where I am. Snowmen are pretty in pictures, but I don't want to be one. Thanks anyway.
And I'll be thinking warm thoughts that will hopefully warm the cockles of your heart...and the engine of your car...and the sidewalks where you walk...(this is turning out to be a pretty big job).

Anonymous Tuesday, December 06, 2005 2:09:00 pm  

oh dear. i feel your pain. i almost slid into a ditch during MI's i-can't-see-the-lane-markings-so-i'm-going-to-guess-where-it-is snow night.

i'm with jay are with this one...willing the ice to melt away so you won't slip anymore. i would will more to go away, but i don't have those kinds of powers. still working on them...

Chris Cope Tuesday, December 06, 2005 3:08:00 pm  

I love me some winter (good thing, considering where I live). One of the things I love the most is that you can tuck your head down into your scarf and talk to yourself and no one can see your lips moving.

Erik Tuesday, December 06, 2005 3:16:00 pm  

hey, i'm not sure if this is related or not, but on thanksgiving it was 75 degrees in san diego.

ok, i'm sorry you're not taking to winter this year. do you think i revel in your unhappiness or something? well i don't. it's the opposite. [console, console]

Rob Tuesday, December 06, 2005 3:30:00 pm  

Sorry the weather is bumming you out... I too am a hater of old man winter...if you like to read you should try the Jimmy Buffett book..."Where is Joe Merchant?" it is set in the tropics a breezy read and may take your mind off the weather...

heatherfeather Tuesday, December 06, 2005 3:40:00 pm  

erik, it's only related in the "you suck" sort of way. but thanks for trying! :)

particleman Tuesday, December 06, 2005 4:54:00 pm  

in an even less-related sort of way, it was like 80 here a couple days ago. and humid. now it's about 60.

Cherz Tuesday, December 06, 2005 6:25:00 pm  

have you thrown a snowball yet?

Chris Cope Tuesday, December 06, 2005 11:45:00 pm  

But while it was 75 degrees in San Diego, the median home price was more than $500,000, the entire region takes 90 percent of its water from somewhere else and is no more than 15 years from a hellish water crisis, the state and federal governments are corrupt, the last remaining watersheds are toxic, the air grows more unbreathable by the day (so much so that the mountains less than 40 miles away are not visible), and it is unsafe to go to the beach when it rains due to polluted runoff. Not to mention the laughable public transportation system, the outdated sewer system, the inadequate public housing, the poorly maintained roads, the cost of living, the total disrespect for local heritage, and aggressive police who have a record of shooting more people than any other California police force.

(Who can spot the former San Diego journalist?)

heatherfeather Tuesday, December 06, 2005 11:59:00 pm  

chris i grew up in the far eastern edge of the LA basin. in a quaint little town bounded by three mountain ranges that were approximately 25 minutes away. since i was bounded on 3 sides, all of the LA pollution would sweep in and get stuck in our little valley. our water source was a lake up in the said mountains and due to a bad legal contract, the city which owned the lake had to agree to import our water from colorado in case of ANY shortage of water, so while the rest of southern california was rationing water - we were showering, washing cars, and watering lawns. i know of the hellishness of which you speak.

and we all know the federal government is corrupt... did you mean state and local? ;)

jay are Wednesday, December 07, 2005 12:31:00 am  

now keep in mind, that's not ALL of California.

Chris Cope Wednesday, December 07, 2005 11:30:00 am  

Yes, I meant state and local, but was thinking also of Rep. "Duke" Cunningham who is federal.

Anonymous Wednesday, December 07, 2005 3:35:00 pm  

I had a prof who declared that southern CA was "a den of iniquity". He couldn't say the same about northern CA because his wife was from there. He pointed to problems like pollution and plastic surgery to illustrate his point. He also said our dorm lobby was a den of iniquity, which may have more validity, given the licentious behavior occurring in most college dorms.

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