Saturday, January 2, 2010

Cold Weather Dog Walking - Revised

I'm very, very tired of writing about the weather. But if it doesn't get warmer soon, and I don't think it's going to for 10-15 days or more, I'm just going to have to kick somebody. It won't be my dog, because she's just a dumb animal and doesn't know any better, and it won't be my wife because I have to live with her. And it probably won't be anybody else, because I don't want to get arrested. But the thought is there. I'll mentally kick a passerby somewhere and leave it at that.

So Pickles and I walked the South Avenue, Praley, Pineburr, Orchard route this morning, a little shorter than normal, because it was 17 degrees out. (That's about -8 Celsius). This is normal, maybe even balmy for places like Minnesota, Montana, New York, and the southern parts of Canada, but I'm pretty sure we should be up around 50 degrees (10 Celsius) this time of year.

The dog didn't seem to care. But I did. It is funny how acclimated a person becomes. I lived in Minneapolis for 2 1/2 years, and I got so I could tell the difference between 2 below & 2 above zero (-18 & -16 Celsius). If it was 2 above, it was ok to go for my little pre-work 2 mile trot. If it was 2 below, it wasn't, and I could tell just by walking out side. At 14 below (-25 Celsius), breathing was painful.

14 below is 31 degrees colder than what I was walking thru this morning. So by one reckoning, I shouldn't complain. But it's an expectation thing. This part of the country should never be this cold this long. It aint right.

Now, before you go blaming President Obama for the weather, keep in mind that in this part of North Carolina, Republicans and Democrats that might as well be Republicans reign supreme. Our US Congressional Representative, Patrick McHenry, is a good example (That's a great name, isn't it?). He has to be a couple of steps to the right of Glen Beck. You have to get up on the sidewalk to get to the right of Patrick McHenry. If he were out on the coast, you'd have to swim in the ocean to get to the right of Patrick McHenry, and I bet that would be cold. I have to blame someone for all this, so I blame our local, state, and federal representatives, since they keep getting elected and should have a grasp on local conditions. Obviously they've dropped the ball here, and let it get real cold for too long. And I'll mentally kick a random person later, maybe.

But the dog doesn't care. She's just plain goofy. I cut it short because it was painful, I'm sure she could have gone 5 more miles.


Patti Anne said...

The wife thanks you for not kicking her.

A Valdese Blogger said...

You're welcome.

linlah said...

Maybe you could kick Patrick McHenry.

A Valdese Blogger said...

linlah: LOL!!! That would be a federal crime, no doubt...think I'll pass.