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Continued: Withering Glance: A hard look at a cold state

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CP: Good idea. As opposed to unbearable Sun Belt summers that are best filed under Solar Vortex.


RN: That leads to the inevitable question regarding the preferred use of a sidewalk during an extreme weather event: Frying an egg, or freeze-drying one?


CP: Searching for a silver lining, as is my wont, I noticed that this morning’s extreme cold amplified the exhaust from my dryer, creating a sort of Magic Kingdom around the house. It had everything but warmth, palm trees, green grass and the piped-in “It’s a Small World” soundtrack.


RN: Fine. I’ll play along and add that the stars are quite beautiful at night when the temperature is a ka-jillion below.


CP: What about that old moon shivering down on a yard full of fresh snow. What about that? Hunh? I am asking this in a rising voice, edged with hysteria brought on by months spent hovering between 66 and 69 degrees on the thermostat.


RN: Give it a few months. You’ll soon be in the same state of high anxiety regarding your air conditioning.



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