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Leaviní on a jet plane - at 4am - at 45 below ...


Yech.

Business travel is losing its allure.

At least the cab was quick and warm.
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Fun fact: The original title was, "Oh, Babe, I Hate To Go."
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Got ya beat (maybe). Next week I'll be flying to Shemya Island, AK.
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At one job a coworker went to Fairbanks where the high was around -10. Low around -30. She bought a new coat for the trip. She was going to run out to her car without her coat to grab something and the locals told her don't do it, you might freeze to death.
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One of my uncles (and his family) was stationed somewhere in Alaska in the very late '60s. They had a poodle; when the K9 would go out to "bizness," they said she would just walk slower and slooowwer and sloooooooowwwwwwer and then just sort of stop and they'd have to pick up the pupsicle and bring her in.

Not long after, my aunt said the lack of sunlight was making her crazy, so they transferred out.
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It really is stunning to me that humans could have survived in these extreme harsh climates in past centuries before the advent of reliable heating, etc. Yes, I know, "fire", but what a major PITA that must have been! And much had to occur away from close proximity to the fire.
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I’ve arrived. Only 6 below! Positively tropical!
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I would assume 100+ years ago people simply died when they could not make a fire or had other problems.
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Leaviní on a jet plane - at 4am - at 45 below ....
Canít blame you for leaving but youíve got, like, a return ticket, no?
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Northern Piper, at least you get to go somewhere warmer, compared to where you left from.

I've got some business travel coming up in February. I get to go to Edmonton. I doubt that it will be warmer than here. Most likely, it will be colder.
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Leaviní on a jet plane - at 4am - at 45 below ....
I wonder if "minus 45" makes things seem colder than it is, because it is a negative number. Does "228 degrees Kelvin" sound warmer?
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Darn, I was hoping you might be headed on a vacation my way.

The weather right now in East Hawaii is monumentally awful - deluges of rain that let up momentarily only to begin again a few minutes later. Everything is wet. My hair, which is not thick, took about 2 hours to air dry. Doors and drawers are all stuck because they're so swollen with moisture.

But, at least it's warm
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It was only the wind chill. The ambient temp as I was standing there in the war waiting for a cab was only 34 below.
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Northern Piper, at least you get to go somewhere warmer, compared to where you left from.

I've got some business travel coming up in February. I get to go to Edmonton. I doubt that it will be warmer than here. Most likely, it will be colder.
Youíre supposed to go south this time of year, not north!
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Heh. Next week I'll be travelling up to Michigan to visit my parents. I'll be going from 22įC (cool for central Vic, AU in the summer) to a high of -4į C. I'll be packing along my old parka and other winter gear, you can be certain. Might have to pack an extra bag to fit the stuff, though - it's pretty bulky.
(Gotta love that old parka - I had it when I left Illinois, some 30+ years ago, and it's still in good shape.)
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Can’t blame you for leaving but you’ve got, like, a return ticket, no?
It was actually the 4 am departure, in the dark, that triggered my whinging. The 45 below was an add-on.

There will always be 4 am.

I’m exhausted.
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It was only the wind chill. The ambient temp as I was standing there in the war waiting for a cab was only 34 below.
Whoa. It's dark, it's cold, it's windy, and there's a war on. Dang, where the heck do you live, anyway? Stalingrad in 1943?



(I realize it's hard to type correctly when you're exhausted, AND your fingers are probably all frozen...)
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Tensions have been running high since the election in October.

Justin’s decision to grow a beard, thereby throwing in his lot with the hipster generation and abandoning the clean-shaven baby boomers, has not helped the situation.
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I think my extremes were arriving to -17F in Milwaukee one January (-33F wind chill) and arrival in Abu Dhabi at 10pm at night and 96F. Been to over 110 airports so have survived most everything.
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Tensions have been running high since the election in October.

Justinís decision to grow a beard, thereby throwing in his lot with the hipster generation and abandoning the clean-shaven baby boomers, has not helped the situation.
... and apparently there's an unsolicited and ambit claim for the importation and formal restoration of the monarchy floating around to raise the angst of the Canadian populace almost to the stage of politely complaining.
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Youíre supposed to go south this time of year, not north!
I know! I only half-jokingly suggested to the organization I have to meet with, that we hold our February meeting in Las Vegas. Unsurprisingly, they didn't go for it.
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Varied locales define specific ranges of "cold". A winter Kansas reading of -40 (f or c, same-same) is noticeable. Sub-freezing in sub-sea-level Palm Springs CA is noticeable. "Too cold to pee" is noticeable almost anywhere.

An old (ca. 1960) book on Arabs mentioned a resident of Oman complaining of the bitter cold - 80f.

We drove through Yucatan in late November. The car thermometer displayed 93f. A local fellow bicycled past wearing a heavy sweater, no doubt to avoid chills.

I prefer cold to hot weather. Cold, one can always dress warmer. Hot, one can't strip past a certain limit. "It ain't no sin / To take off your skin / And dance around in your bones" but that gets messy.
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"Too cold to pee" is noticeable almost anywhere.
It's never too cold to pee, if you have to pee. I well remember relieving myself behind my friend's barn, in -25C temps, when I was helping him out with farm work, one cold winter's day. Of course, when doing so, you put your back to the wind. If you don't, things get messy.

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Cold, one can always dress warmer.
True, but that carries with it certain challenges. Ever tried to undo your seat belt when you're wearing a heavy parka (that overlaps the "seatbelt release" button) while wearing heavy gloves? It's difficult, if not damn near impossible, to do. So off comes a glove, up comes the parka, you get cold, and one of your hands gets frozen.

Then, you need to use your key fob to open or lock the car from the outside. The buttons on the fob are too small to hit with heavy gloves; you need to remove your gloves in order to hit the button. I must have removed my gloves ten times, in -25C temps tonight, with a wind chill, on a couple of simple errands that I needed my car for. My hands were so frozen and stiff, that it was ten minutes before I could put my groceries away when I got home.
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