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Cold Days

Today, here in Wisconsin, it’s so cold that the schools are closed. Our high is predicted to be a balmy 2° F, but right now at 10 AM, it’s –7° with a wind-chill factor that makes it feel like –25°. The hair in my nostrils, which is about the only part of me that’s exposed when I go out outside, starts to freeze within seconds.

I don’t suppose it’s any coincidence that the two latest novels I bought are The Crook Factoryby Dan Simmons and A Salty Piece of Landby Jimmy Buffett, as both are set in tropical climes. I haven’t been to such places in years, although I have plans for this spring. It can’t come soon enough.

Thanks to my pal Rich Dansky for alerting me to the existence of the first. Dan Simmons writing a novel about Hemingway chasing Nazis around Cuba during WWII? How did I miss that? Hemingway’s one of my favorite writers, and Simmons writes the way I want to when I grow up—should that ever happen.

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  1. Sometimes I forget how much I liked living in a colder climate. Not that I miss scraping the inside of the windshield of my Bug while driving, but I do miss the seasonal changes and running in the snow.

    I love Southern California, but having to drive a couple of hours to see snow is moderately irritating.

  2. Sometimes I forget how much I liked living in a colder climate. Not that I miss scraping the inside of the windshield of my Bug while driving, but I do miss the seasonal changes and running in the snow.

    I love Southern California, but having to drive a couple of hours to see snow is moderately irritating.

  3. Generally I love it here. I like the different seasons, and I’d miss the snow, I’m sure. At the moment, though, I’d be happy to miss it for a week or two. 🙂

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    Generally I love it here. I like the different seasons, and I’d miss the snow, I’m sure. At the moment, though, I’d be happy to miss it for a week or two. 🙂

  5. There’s a typo in the post: the Dan Simmons book should be The Crook Factory.

    It’s pretty cold here in Indy this week (just a little warmer than where you are), but up until now we’ve had very little snow. That’s supposed to be corrected this afternoon. I may have to go home early. (Darn!)

  6. There’s a typo in the post: the Dan Simmons book should be The Crook Factory.

    It’s pretty cold here in Indy this week (just a little warmer than where you are), but up until now we’ve had very little snow. That’s supposed to be corrected this afternoon. I may have to go home early. (Darn!)

  7. Thanks, Carl. That’s one heck of a typo. At least the link still goes to the right place. And, hey, at least you have the Colts’ victory to keep you warm. In many cities, the cars overturned in the victory riot would still be burning.

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    Thanks, Carl. That’s one heck of a typo. At least the link still goes to the right place. And, hey, at least you have the Colts’ victory to keep you warm. In many cities, the cars overturned in the victory riot would still be burning.

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