Bitching Brew

Friday, December 08, 2006

You never forget your first time...

Walking home in twenty below zero.

While I had succumbed and bought a tuque to keep my head toasty, I naively wore my dress shoes (and socks) to work. Tonight's sharp wind drove the temperature down to -23. It doesn't feel quite like I'd imagined. Since most of the body is well insulated, there's no shiver. However, the exposed strip of my face felt like it was being peeled, yet peeled by the most dexterous and delicate of craftsmen: sliver by sliver. By some distance, my feet were worst affected. Those dress shoes have no insulation value, and I might as well have been standing barefoot on the frozen ground, skin turned to cold stone. I knew that I'd messed up badly once I got home and stripped off my socks. The feet weren't merely numb, but ice-cold to my fingers. To my alarm, a number of my tiptoes and small spots on my soles had gone white and hard to the touch. I ran a cool shallow bath for my feet, gradually warming the water for the next 25 minutes. Fortunately, there doesn't appear to be any lasting damage, apart from a small whitish lump on my left foot.

Hey, I'm not complaining. It's all part of the experience, and I've learned a critical lesson without too much pain. Insulate thy bloody feet! It's going to get twenty degrees colder...

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  • Martin... are you pulling my chain? Seriously! What kind of cold-ass temperatures you guys had down there. Because seriously, it's supposed to be colder here in Montreal, and we just had our two real first days of cold this week and it was like -5ºC. Curiously though, it's supposed to be colder in Quebec City than Montreal, and there was many days in the past months were I was checking the temperatures and it was warmer over there. It's all backward!

    Like I said the other day on my blog, because of all the damages to the environment, the world is all topsy-turvy.

    By Blogger Sonia, at Fri Dec 08, 03:03:00 p.m.  

  • Believe it or not, the temperature fell by thirty degrees in the space of a week. I was stunned. Since Friday, it's warmed up again.

    Even the locals (who love to tease us newbies about the winter) admitted that Thursday was insanely cold. The wind chill is the killer, but even before you factor that in, the air temperature was -15 Thursday. Madness.

    By Blogger Martin, at Mon Dec 11, 04:32:00 a.m.  

  • Hahahahaha . . . Philadelphia weather has been, well . . balmy! (Except for the one day when it was 22F)

    By Blogger dpineapple, at Mon Dec 11, 05:36:00 a.m.  

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