Monday, December 03, 2007

Negative Twenty... Cold Enough For You?

Winter is in full swing up here in Calgary, and I am noticing a couple things that I thought were blog-worthy.

1. I was told yesterday that if I refer to the temperature as being "negative 20" the person I am talking to will not know what I mean. Apparently, I have to say "minus 20" in order to be understood. That is Canadian for "20 degrees below zero" on the Celcius scale. This is rediculous to me. But in any event, it has been between minus 20 and minus 10 all weekend.

2. In Houston, we complain about the heat. "Man, it's hot." "Hot enough for you?" "Why do we choose to live in this city?" These comments are heard frequently in June, July, and August. Well, up here... it is the exact same thing but in reverse. I guess it is just the easiest thing to discuss when you are standing in line at Starbucks... or in the elevator. Everyone is very friendly, actually. They just love to complain about the cold. I tell them all how much I am enjoying it, and the look at me like I just said "it's negative 20 out there." Completely baffled.

In any event, I am enjoying the super cold weather. And from what I hear, this is just a prelude to the really cold months of January and February. I say bring it on. I get enough heat in my normal life... it is refreshing to be cold for a season.


Alyssa said...

I'm glad you're enjoying it! I do think minus 20 would be a little too cold for me. I'm liking it here at 45 degrees. That is Fahrenheit of course.

rwt said...

I'm with you Todd - love the cold!! You can always put on more layers; here in Houston, you can only do so much.

Bring the cold back with you when you come back from 'Cananada'.

ps. U.S. northerners say "negative"'re in the right.

Troy said...

What kind of heat do you get in your normal life Todd?

thePiks said...

Welcome to my world (for the first 18 years of my life anyway). I'm not sure I could handle it now.

We'll be in Helena from Dec25-Jan3, so if the roads are good and you don't mind a 6-7 hour drive, feel free to stop by. My folks have plenty of room.