Saturday, January 31, 2009

Cold Enough?

Why do we live with this cold weather?

So many of you know that I really love warm places. In fact one of my favorite means to evaluate cities and towns that I visit revolves around the presence of palm trees on the street corners.

The weather lately has been very cold. I have not been as cold as I was in Omaha a couple weeks ago when it was -7 F. But even here in balmy, by comparison, Maryland it has been cold in the teens and twenties.

The problem of course is the puppy. Since 5:15 AM this morning I have been outside with her four times to perform various elimination activities. (I've been told that the "P" words are on the outs so I can't write pee or poop)

And the temperature is in the teens. Cold. And ice to fall on. I slipped the other night walking the puppy. In our neighborhood it seems homeowners do not really like to clean off their sidewalks. Ugh.

And then there's the electric bill to keep warm--the constant tension between being warm and paying the electric bill. Turn it up, turn it down. Too hot, too cold.

Ah--well--we can always travel someplace warm and dream. But then, would we be confronted with this?

A man relates the following travel story:

I couldn't find my luggage at the airport baggage area. So I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. 'Now,' she asked me, 'Has your plane arrived yet?'. . .

I guess I'll wait for Springtime and to open the pool.

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