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Goosebumps and grouchies [Oct. 1st, 2003|06:30 am]
Zoethe
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Where the hell is Indian Summer?!

We spent most of this summer just a little too warm, minimizing our use of air conditioning as much as possible, relying on the ceiling fans, sweating a lot. I hate that winter is coming, but consoled myself that at least we'd have that wonderful, cheap month where the a/c is off, the heat doesn't need to be turned on, and we are comfortable. Only toward the end of October would we be forced to start burning through gas for warmth.

It's October 1. It's 58 degrees in my house.(Fahrenheit; for the rest of the world thats 14 degrees Celsius)

I am by the gods not turning on the furnace yet!

This is the second morning in a row of chilly temps. I don't care. This is not heating season. (Ferrett concurs, bless him; he's in the house all day, so the chilliness is something he has to live with during his working hours, and yet he perseveres.)

At work yesterday I complained about this to Crista. All I really want is for it to stay in the 50s and lower 60s and sunny until Thanksgiving, and then a couple of months of snow, and then by mid-February the weather should soften into the 40s and the crocuses should bloom. Is that too much to ask?

"Aw," said she. "You're so cute!"
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-01 03:49 am (UTC)
Where in Ohio are you? We're in Cleveland - our third fall here.

And it wasn't like this last year or the year before...
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[User Picture]From: scouseboy
2003-10-01 03:51 am (UTC)
Ye gods, woman! Come to Northern England if you want to experience the cold. 14 degrees celsius is sunbathing weather round my way.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-01 03:54 am (UTC)
No

Thank

You.

[g]

I'm a spoiled American - and actually, I'm fine with such temps outdoors. It's inside that they make me pout.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-01 05:32 am (UTC)
Let me clarify. I would love to visit the North of England, just not with winter coming on. I have developed an aversion to cold that I didn't have when I lived in Alaska. Maybe it's just old age.
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[User Picture]From: scouseboy
2003-10-01 06:01 am (UTC)
The North of england can be quite grim in places. You've gotta know where to look to find the good stuff.

If you and yours ever come across, I nominate myself as official guide.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-01 06:51 am (UTC)
An offer to which I intend to hold you!
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2003-10-01 06:23 am (UTC)
You do realize you're talking to a woman who lived in Fairbanks, Alaska for a decade, where temperatures routinely went to sixty below on the Fahrenheit scale? Where you could, according to reliable witnesses, buy a cup of steaming hot coffee, walk outside, throw it in the air, and witness it transform instantly into coffee-flavored snow?

No, I don't get why she's bitching either.


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[User Picture]From: scouseboy
2003-10-01 06:36 am (UTC)
Um...
I think we have a winner in the 'withstanding cold' competition.

It's not that grim up north.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-01 06:51 am (UTC)
As I have said before, I left Alaska! After 20 years I eschewed the cold!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-01 06:49 am (UTC)
Remind me to bring sweaters if I ever come to your house. [g]
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[User Picture]From: danodea
2003-10-01 06:43 am (UTC)
It was a blessed 57 or 58 outside this morning when I woke up. (67 inside) This is the first day that has been below 60 in the morning. Our daily high temperatures are still in the 80's, sometimes high 80's.

Where I grew up (Sherman, TX), the temperatures are close to what you describe, but snow was a rarity. Most years we saw two or three snowfalls of an inch or two, and it rarely lasted longer than a few days. In bad years, we saw 3-6 inches of snow a couple of times, and ice storms once or twice... those were perhaps every 5 years.

Here, snow is extremely rare, and we normally get one bad ice storm every 5 years or so.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-01 06:48 am (UTC)
That sounds perfect. What were the summer temps like, though?

I have never been to Texas. Arizona, New Mexico, Utah (I love Utah, except for the politics), Nevada, but nowhere to the east along those southern latitudes until you get to Georgia.
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[User Picture]From: danodea
2003-10-02 12:33 pm (UTC)
Sherman tended to have a few to a handful of days of 100 or over. I remember one Summer where the local radio station was offering a "beach kit" to the person who correctly guessed the first day it hit 100 - and they weren't able to give it away, because it didn't. At the other extreme, in the horrid drought of 1980, there were 13 days over 100.

Overall, it is a wonderful area. It is in NE Texas, so it is green and damp; unfortunately, that does mean that for some, it is an allergy zone. 14 miles from Lake Texoma, one of the largest man-made lakes in the US. There's one small liberal arts college, one community college, a local museum and a local community playhouse, but otherwise it is small town Texas. The entire area and suburbs amount to perhaps 75,000 people. For serious shopping or dining, you have to drive to Dallas :)

The downside: Sherman is a little over an hour North of Dallas, so daily commuting is not really reasonable, and some types of jobs there are rather rare. It is a railroad and industrial town - Iron Foundry, ConAg granaries, Libby-Owens-Ford glass plant, Johnson & Johnson, Kaiser Aluminum, and of course, a Texas Instruments plant. It is a county seat, so there are some county jobs and some legal firms. Other than that, it is local jobs.

I moved to Dallas after college - largely because of the better job market there. I was in mainframe programming, and there were almost no jobs of that type in Sherman.

So I love Sherman, but to find work there I would probably have to work for one of the colleges, or for TI.
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[User Picture]From: danodea
2003-10-02 12:37 pm (UTC)
Should have mentioned: Texas is a big place. Climate and such vary drastically. I've driven from Sherman to Dallas with 4 inches of snow on my car, and gotten to Dallas and had people stare because they had no idea it had snowed at all.

The East side of the state tends to wet. The West side tends to dry. North is cool to cold, Central is warm to hot, and South is just Hot. All of it tends to Windy.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-02 02:06 am (UTC)

Re: I'm a little different...

It's the being October part that's frying my biscuit, too. It's not supposed to be this chilly yet, dammit!
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[User Picture]From: correspondguy
2003-10-01 07:06 pm (UTC)

If I owned Texas and Hell, I'd rent out Texas and live in Hell

Sis,

They have a place like you describe - Alabama's like that. My ex-fiancee moved to Minneapolis in 1992. We by Gawd had this converastion on a Sunday:

Her: "It's so frickin' cold that there's frost on the windows. I hate February."
Me: "I played softball today. It was muddy, but I wore a T-shirt."
Her: "I hate you and your family."

Still, you don't want to live in Alabama - they have giant flying cockroaches.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2003-10-02 02:07 am (UTC)

Re: If I owned Texas and Hell, I'd rent out Texas and live in Hell

The drawback to living someplace with the weather I want is always the other wildlife that lives there. Flying cockroaches = no thank you.

[shudder]
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From: (Anonymous)
2003-10-03 11:12 am (UTC)

Winter is coming

Someone tell the king...
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