Friday, January 16, 2009
Dead Of Winter
Invigoration versus enervation.
The bright morning sunlight streams through my windows. But as soon as I snap open the translucent plastic blinds, a sheet of frost obscures the outside view. It’s –10 degrees Fahrenheit (-23 Celsius) beyond the protective pane.
Another damn winter in Plattsburgh, NY. Venture outside: the life-giving sun energizes but that vampire winter sucks away all that energy, despite layers of warm clothing. Add some flowing air and the wind chill kicks in, biting any exposed skin. When you walk inside a warm shelter, the cold clings to you like Oort cloud vapor.
Nothing motivates me more than an arctic blast.
This winter has been a real struggle for me. It snowed in October and since then more storms have been rolling through, adding to the mess. Throw in cold snaps (like the one for the last couple of days) with temps plunging down to –20 F (-28 C) or more at night (before the wind chill factor) and you’ll know why I haven’t been posting that much lately.
Make like a snowbird and fly down to Florida for a break? On my budget? Sure.
Plattsburgh by itself is difficult. A Plattsburgh winter is impossible.
But I’ll try to slog on, shorter posts.
Posted by Ray Palm (Ray X) at 6:57 PM