So this is four below

This morning, after fighting with the clogged toilet (frozen pipes?) for half an hour, I headed out the door and literally slid across the frozen street to my truck. I pried open the door, turned the ignition and felt the engine shudder hard. I know, baby, I know, I thought as I sat there watching clouds of air puff from my mouth and waited for the truck to warm up.

As I backed out of the parking space the wheels spun and danced on the ice, and the radio gave me the weather report. Nine degrees at Midway, two degrees at the lake. The wind chill is four below. I smiled as she said this. Four below. I don’t recall ever feeling four below. I’ve felt 32 degrees plenty of times: the walk-in freezer at the restaurant I worked at in college, the ice cubes used to keep my favorite cocktail chilled, the pitcher of ice I use to calibrate the milk thermometers at work.

But I don’t remember seeing the roads lacquered to a black sheen. I don’t remember my finger tips burning as they warm up. I don’t remember my skin ever being so dry.

I’m starting to forget what those sticky, luke warm Texas winters feel like.


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  1. * mike says:

    You should probably start your truck and let it run for a few minutes every day if you’re not driving it. Also, if you haven’t put in a new battery in a while, you might do that.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  2. * Rebekah says:

    Not driving it? Hah! I retired my bike a long time ago. Also, the battery is only a year old.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  3. * Rebekah says:

    My truck, like myself, just hates being cold.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  4. * Ryan says:

    Makes me certainly miss Cincinnati. Cold weather makes for lots of great memories.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  5. * Jen says:

    OK, so it’s not four below in Dallas, but it’s 29, and you know how that shocks our systems. Stay warm!

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago
  6. * Rebekah says:

    Hah! Dave and I were just talking about that this evening, how Texans freak out when it’s in the 20s and how it is just bitterly cold here sometimes. I’ve got a big coat and boots though, so it’s all good.

    | Reply Posted 10 years ago

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