don't mean to be negative, but the Twin Cities are at minus 28 degrees
Fahrenheit with a wind chill of minus 50. The Twin Cities haven't been
this cold since 1996.
We're colder than Alaska or
Just a reminder, at...
20 below - 10w30 motor oil turns
to sludge, road salt (calcium chloride) refreezes, skin freezes within
30 below - 5w30 motor oil turns to sludge, car
batteries are at 25% of their strength at 80°
below - soap bubbles shatter like glass Christmas ornaments, mercury
freezes in the thermometer, antifreeze freezes; cloud point of #1 diesel
below - skin freezes within a minute, metal turns brittle and snaps
60 below - cold on an unprotected forehead can knock
you unconscious in minutes
70 below - skin freezes in seconds,
frozen breath hangs in the air
80 below - people's voices can
be heard four miles away -- Temperature Inversion
Music Association: Foreigner -
Cold As IceFood
Association: Chili on baked potatoI
Am A Shoveling Machine
January 28, 2019
like it: snow... cold... people stepping up to close things that aren't
worth life and limb to keep open...
the National Weather Service says they'd like to get paid and issued a
winter weather warning of double digits below zero temperatures and
colder wind chills (that's
how it works
for Tuesday night through Thursday morning. Today is Monday. Climate
change has made the coming temperature drop less frequent, but ready or
not, here it comes.
This isn't for everyone. Not
the resources to cope with weather like this. Not everyone has the
ability to plan ahead and wear the right clothes. Recently a road rage
guy in a stylish
leather jacket expressed his fashion frustration in short words.
“Nice” wasn't one of them.
I shovel. I shovel with planning and care. I shovel my glutes off.
Music Association: Coldplay - Low“I Don't See
“What am I supposed to be looking
“Yeah, I don't see it.
It's a full moon that has been covered by the Earth's shadow. It's a
“So you hauled me out here in the
freezing cold to see what isn't there.
And the thermometer says... the temperature is zero. Normally it would
be below --
“I'm going in to not watch
something that isn't on.
Music Associations: Pink Floyd -
Dark Side Of The Moon & The Zombies - She's Not There
Bonnie Tyler - Total
Eclipse Of The HeartHot
January 19, 2019
night, winter came to the Twin Cities with snow followed by cold.
kidding. There was a dusting of snow that came down snowizontal. And it
was followed by a wind off of Alberta. But it's nothing compared to the
way Januarys used to be.
So far this winter, I've
shoveled snow once and water twice. This is not good for anybody.
hot Minnesota will not kill off all the Minnesota-tough bugs: ticks,
mosquitoes, corn rootworms, or soybean aphids. A hot Minnesota is a wet
Minnesota and a thaw-freeze Minnesota.
other climate news, U.S. carbon-dioxide
emissions rose by 3.4%
in 2018. Coal ash has been dumped
by 67 coal plants in 22 states
. The oceans
are warming faster
than previously thought, which will raise
sea levels by 12 inches by the end of this century. Ocean
waves have been increasing
and will continue to increase.
Music Association: Modern
English - I Melt With YouThe
Reality Behind The Wall
January 9, 2019
Trump thinks the United States needs a wall at its southern border. The
United States has
walls at its southern border, plus a river, a mountain range, a desert,
and the border patrol.
Walls have not been effective
defenses since the age of castles.
Federal government shutdown is Trump's way to interfere with the FBI,
the Courts, and the IR of S. It's a way of keeping Congress from
on climate change, health care, and the Russia investigation.
he thinks it'll work, he's thick as a brick.
Music Association: Pink Floyd -
Another Brick In The Wall"Hey, Trump, leave those kids
Year With 138 Months
Wow, this year took
I mean, I remember late last
year when I made the logo of Hopes and
with a sunny 2018 rising over it. Ha. Those were
But the reality of 2018 was every month
the calendar page would turn and it was still 2018 -- the year that
would never end!
was the kind of year that broke the rules of how bad a year can be.
Were any real steps taken to battle climate change? No. (It rained last
week in Minnesota.) Did people stop throwing out fresh vegetables? No,
they were told
to throw out vegetables, especially romaine lettuce. I like romaine
lettuce. It's one of the romain
lettuces that I eat. Did anyone win the elections last November? No,
not even the Russians. Did any investment end the year higher
it began the year? No. (Except maybe wheat or natural gas futures.) Is
California still on fire? I don't know!
flipping the calendar 138 times for the Twin Cities Calendar
more than 200 mid-month updates, I decided to stop flipping the
The internet was a different place in
2007, when I started the Twin Cities
, and yet it hasn't evolved. It is still
tough to get
clear, straightforward information without being bombarded by flying
I lift a glass to the Twin Cities
and wish you a happy 2019.
Music Association: Bob Seger -
Turn The PageMerry Christmas
December 25, 2018
you hope, peace, and love
now and in the coming year.
to others as you would have others do to you.
Music Association: Joseph Mohr -
Silent NightGlobal HeatingToo
Cold To Mow &
Too Hot To Shovel
calendar... and yup, it's December.
Twin Cities have received laughably little snow. High temperatures have
been in the thirties and the low forties, when normal highs for this
time of year are in the teens (Fahrenheit).
I had to
get a new shovel. My old one was neglected and lonely.
wildlife has been acting weird, almost lackadaisical. Red squirrels
sauntering around like they have all the time in the world.
Music Association: Power Station
- Some Like It HotTake
December 11, 2018
bow is used to play a violin. What things are used to play more than
Music Association: Blythe Danner
- He Plays The Violin (from '1776')
Gifs of Cats and Kittens Part 1