Cold?

A.J.’s post got me laughing. Yes, it’s a cold winter. But some people have cold winters every year.

My father-in-law lives in Nevada and once when we were complaining about it getting down to 36 he asked, with a tone of incredulity, “Above?” But hey, that’s in Nevada.

Here in the Central Valley of California, below freezing temperatures are not exactly the norm. It can get cold here. I remember many a winter when it was cold enough to freeze the glue. But when I had my shop in Nevada, the glue would freeze solid. I had a wood stove in that shop and I would light a fire, put the glue bottle under the stove and repair to the local bar which served, in the morning, as the coffee shop until such time as I felt the glue had had sufficient time to melt.

This seems like the coldest winter we have had yet here. I would have to check the stats but I’m betting if there have been any this cold, they were not in the recent past. And I’m not getting any younger and the cold seems to be harder to deal with. But every time my wife comments on how cold it is, I feel compelled to reminder her that there is no snow to be shoveled before we can back the car out of the driveway and even the ice on the windshield can be removes with a cardboard scraper.

D.D.

COMMENTS

  1. Keith ROwe wrote:

    Here in WI it is cold. While we have not”enjoyed” the cold we were getting 20 years ago (-40 degrees with 20+ MPH winds). yesterday the high was 1 above. And a week ago we left to head for church, only to have to scrape a 2nd windshield of ice off the car before we could move it. I did spend some time in CA. one year for the Rose Bowl Parade. The day of the Rose Bowl – it was 66 and Sunny. We wore shorts and T-shirts. Locals looked at us and said “It in’t that warm.” We said “Yes, it is.”

  2. Gene Kelly wrote:

    I was raised in Southern California and was quite spoiled by the weather there. I was in my late twenties and early thirties when I moved and lived in the Colorado Rockies. One year we had six feet of snow in our yards and temperatures would dip into single digits on occasion. I enjoyed it and the fact that it made me slow down. However, while living there thinking that I was impervious to cold I had the experience of visiting the Twin Cities, Minnesota for a week. The warmest that it ever got was minus 7 F. I was never so glad to return to the balmy climate of the Rockies in winter. Now, living in Northern California, I chuckle a little when I hear people talk about how cold they are here.

  3. dave decker wrote:

    Reminds me of a classic “Down Maine” winter tale:

    Old man Smithers lived on his family farm in Maine for about 70 years. The property was right on the Maine/New Hampshire border. One fall the Highway Department surveyors came to lay out for a new section of road to be built near the farm. When they finished surveying the property, they were surprised to discover that the farm was, in fact, actually in New Hampshire. They went to the house to inform Mr. Smithers.

    “Mr Smithers,” they said, “we have some bad news. After surveying your property, we discovered that it is not in Maine, but actually in New Hampshire. We hope you aren’t too upset.”

    He replied, “No, that’s all right. Anyway, at my age, I don’t think I could have lived through another one of those Maine winters!”

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