Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Somewhere around minus 30F

Winter view from my front porch

Monday was downright balmy for January on the Northern Plains. It was up around 42F in Sioux Falls.

But when I got home around 9 p.m. Monday night, a blast of Arctic air arrived , and by Tuesday morning the air temperature was subzero and the wind chill factor was about 30 below.

I have a p/t second job just now (paying down some piled up medical bills). I am a parking valet at a large medical center. This has me out trotting back and forth between the hospital and the parking tower. Most days that's a pleasant few hours of good cardiovascular exercise...but in subzero conditions it is something else altogether.

I don't have any great spiritual or theological insights to pull out of this. Just sharing a slice of life from the Northern Plains.


David Handy+ said...


I don't have any profound thoughts to offer either, but just a base of comparison. I'm currently visiting my two children and two grandsons in suburban Chicago. I'm having a wonderful time with them all, but that same Artic winter storm moved into Chicago Tuesday night and it hit about minus 20 degrees with the wind chill here. I happened to be talking with a close friend back in Richmond last night and I mentioned how bitterly cold it was here. He replied that even though it was about 10 pm, it was still in the 50s in Richmond, VA. Somehow, it only made me feel colder!

Oh well. When I was growing up in Sioux Falls, some of my Norwegian descendant neighbors would joke that the harsh winters were one of the reasons why our fair city was such a nice place to live. The saying went: "It keeps the riff raff out!"

Now if only the Episcopal Church, like the military, gave bonus pay for accepting hardship assignments to especially remote and difficult places...

Alice C. Linsley said...

Dear Father, I'm praying for you and your family. That "bonus pay" is accumulating for you in Paradise!