Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Few Musings About 30 Below...

A few things that I've noticed about cold temperatures:

My car whines in the morning. A lot. When it first starts up, the steering is stiff, the brakes are stiff, and every bump on the road feels 10 times larger. It's fantastically exciting.

In addition, tires deflate when they get cold. As in, look like they're flat. So I've now changed a "flat" twice at temperatures that were at least 30 degrees below (I say "at least" because my car's thermometer doesn't register anything below -22), but the problem was fixed as soon as I put more air in the tires. Excitement.

I can still walk across the street to the West Ridge Cafe wearing a sweatshirt, boots, and a hat. And pants.

The door at the Patty Center pool looks all sorts of awesome with ice covering it.

Oddly enough, I still haven't had any major problems driving on the snow/ice. I guess I'm one of a handful of people from Michigan who remember what happens each winter when it snows and the roads are slick.

Moose are still awesome. So are fox (foxes?). Haven't seen a whole lot of other animals, outside of ravens. Seeing mountains in the morning with a pink sky will never get old, either. Even when the sun doesn't get much higher than those mountains.

That's all I have for now. I'm another year older, potentially wiser, and I'm still loving the winter. Although, that fact may make some of you think that I'm less wise. Ah well.