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08 January 2010 @ 12:26 pm
singing in the rain, whining in the snow  
This has been the Winter of the Weather. First floods, then snow (I never wanted a white Christmas, but I got one; presumably I shall next go bald and find myself enthralled by mathematics), and now impassable frost and ice. I walked through the New Gate building on campus and just had to stop in awe. Everything had a rime of white powdery stuff. In a hedge on College Road a spiderweb had frozen. Have you ever seen a spiderweb with little feathery fronds of frost? It is pretty fucking awesome.

... And still, I would trade all the feather-frosted spiderwebs IN THE WORLD to never:
- have to drive on ice again
- walk on ice again
- have the pipes in our house freeze again
- BE THIS COLD AGAIN.

When Terry Pratchett said 'human civilisation is a move to get as far away from nature as possible,' HE WAS RIGHT. Bring on those tree-less, temperature-controlled, WEATHER-EXTINCT domes dystopian sci-fi has promised us for so long.
 
 
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Riakessie on January 8th, 2010 12:31 pm (UTC)
I have two pairs of socks on and I can barely feel my toes. :(

They're not leaving us close early, either, despite many shops not even bothering to open.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 8th, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
I think it's nastier in Dub than down here? On the other hand, I've never worn a jumper and a jacket and a scarf and gloves and wanted to keep them on this long. I might end up going back to Auz after all if this keeps up. Till FEBRUARY, I heard! D:
Riakessie on January 8th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
Dublin's main problem is that there's only enough salt--now and salt and sand mixture--for the main roads. The streets and footpaths are remaining untreated; Grafton Street is a bloody skating rink.

It was -5C yesterday morning. We're not allowed close our doors because people then think we're closed--except our till area is beside the door, and it didn't go above freezing at all yesterday. All I had was a small heater, gloves and a scarf. Customers were mocking me for doing everything with gloves on, but they at least could move to someplace warm. I started shivering whenever I left the till area.
oh, make it non-alcoholic, I'm trying to clot: ortort on January 11th, 2010 03:12 pm (UTC)
I would trade you just to feel cool. Above 40 degrees here in my part of the world. (celsius)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 13th, 2010 09:59 pm (UTC)
LIKE A FLASH. :|
spark_of_chaosspark_of_chaos on January 8th, 2010 12:45 pm (UTC)
And in contrast I was so disheartened to have a freakishly warm New Year's! To each her own I suppose :) Hopefully the weather will be reasonable again soon. :sends you own excess 8C:
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 13th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
A freakishly warm ANYTHING would be a-okay by me.
spark_of_chaosspark_of_chaos on January 13th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
Haha, amusingly enough the cold thing really got blown away over here, heavy snow rumoured for Sun. Did you get our warmth in exchange? :)
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 13th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
No, but we did get our rain back. Long may it last!
real men love discotakkatakkatakka on January 8th, 2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
since i only got back to the UK on new year's eve, this is still quite a novelty for me. i'm sure the cold will get to me by next week, but for now every time it snows i am filled with glee.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 13th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
I think even Susan would have a hard time weighing up what's harder, snow or waterboarding. D:
and that was the beginning of fairies: Perplexednyx_nox on January 8th, 2010 02:24 pm (UTC)
It was -8 at breakfast :( What what what, that is not okay weather-dude.

My brother built a snowman and it has turned to ice(taking my hat with it, I might add)! It is kinda pretty I guess, but all these treacherous roads are quite enough to put me off.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 13th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Both building snowmen and skidding on roads are novel, but as they go hand-in-hand, I'd give up the former to say farewell permanently to the latter!
girl; obsessed: other - cream legscomplications_g on January 8th, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
Ugh, I am craving cold, but melting in the heat. :(((

But man, I do have vague memories of icy streets and cold wind that aren't very pleasant.

Lolol, sounds nice. I bet there are no bugs in those. :D
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 13th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
I rejoice in the fact that our snow has meltedm and nothing else!
girl; obsessed: bandom - blue!brendoncomplications_g on January 14th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Good good!
themadpokerthemadpoker on January 8th, 2010 05:12 pm (UTC)
-shivers- I have to wait awhile in between bus transfers to get to school and EVERY SINGLE TIME my toes have gone completely numb by the time the bus shows up. And I can't even count how many times I've nearly slipped and fallen because of the snow covering ice on the sidewalk. So i can only say WORD to this post.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 13th, 2010 10:51 pm (UTC)
I have been reduced to wearing fake-Uggs! UGGS!
o hulloah!: mo; is it poison?bogged on January 8th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
Have you seen this? IT'S CRAZY, although is that Ireland I see off in the corner, being green haha? THAT LASTED LONG. We're drowning in snow and ice here, too, but that's every year so I've grown somewhat used to it. That still doesn't stop me from sometimes wearing menstrual cramp hot pads during the day just to keep warm when walking to class. Nor does it stop my dad from wanting to drive out in a ton of the freshly fallen stuff just to get a hamburger. SIGH.
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 13th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
I too wanted to carry on my life as normal. It made me feel really insignificant and weak because I couldn't. DO NOT WANT.
Sereniaserenia on January 9th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
I'd still swap you!
every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 13th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
AS WOULD I.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 13th, 2010 10:55 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I was trying to remember the degree that was so cold the name of the degree was irrelevant! -40! MAY I NEVER LIVE TO EXPERIENCE IT.

In Cork, the Lock froze and some joker went across it to the island and stole the baby Jesus from the Nativity scene.
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every Starbucks should have a polar bearscoradh on January 14th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah, 'comfort' wouldn't be the buzzword springing to mind if I were designing those Clothes for the Crazy.

No, it was more like lol. :D

They haven't, but now every time it rains we get a flood warning. It'll be the boy who cried wolf if it ever does flood again.