Whether weather here, or whether weather there…………….

Lake Michigan January 6 2014

This is Lake Michigan today.  Rather brooding and cold-looking, wouldn’t you say?

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And these are from Mars, um, Winnipeg.  Ice fog included.

Recently I noted that Winnipeg, Manitoba was colder than Mars! And by all accounts, I am sure there are some Martians breathing a sigh of relief that for once their home wasn’t one of the coldest creations in our solar system.

Now, today in Chicagoland it is COLD!  Not just the, oh, shiver-me-timbers I need a jacket cold, but full gear, need my thermals kind of cold……

HOWEVER……………………

I wanted to see how it felt; you know, could I tell all of my Canucks back home that finally, FINALLY, I could actually say that this was just like Winnipeg, that, oh, it felt like Edmonton on a typical January day.  So I ventured down the street, waiting for the past (yet familiar) Winnipeg wind feeling to grip my face, make my eyelashes start to freeze kind of cold…………

IT DID NOT!!  Yes, as soon as I got outside, I knew immediately that it was colder than I have ever felt here in Chicago.  But how do you explain Canadian Prairie cold unless you have experienced it?  My eyelashes have frozen, a cough would not stop until back inside the warmth of some heated structure, ice fog bellowing from cars so thick you couldn’t see in front of you.  Car parts falling off from sheer frigid temperatures, you get the picture.

Did I see any of this today? Nope!  I did chat with a lady about the cold, though.  When I told her I truly have experienced much, much colder, she looked at me and said, “Where are you from…………….MARS?” “Close” I said, “Winnipeg”!! *just teasing, but she did gaze at me as if I were from Mars.* 🙂

I will never complain about the cold in Chicago; ever.  After all, Martians have a way of reminding you what cold really is!

Stay warm!

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