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Old 02-05-2007, 12:21 AM   #41
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Interesting custom over here in Kazakhstan (similar to the Polar Bear club though they take it a few steps further) --there is a group of people (women and men) who will chip out the ice on the lake, hang out in the sauna(banya) and then jump into minus 20-40 degrees water then run along the riven bank just in a bathing suit. I'm not exaggerating because it occurs every weekend and I live on the river. I hope to film this if I'm allowed permission to----I'm in such awe!!!! I've heard that vodka ia involved to keep the blood from solidifying though I'm not sure about that. It's truly awesome to watch from the inside of a warm apartment!!!!!! LOL!

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Old 02-05-2007, 05:24 AM   #42
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Yesterday was the day for a fund-raiser for the library. People were laughing at me. I walked there (what is the big deal, it is a half mile or so). They even thought it was weird that I wore a skirt. Let me tell you, I wore a long wool (albeit lightweight) skirt over high boots that are made in Canada especially for bad weather (but are still attractive ... they look like riding boots). Under the skirt I wore long underwear,and under the boots thermal socks. Since I'm menopausal, I did not wear the long underwear top, which was a mistake walking home. I have an almost ankle length wool coat, much of it lined with velvet (hood and wrists). I had on suede gloves lined with "thinsulate", and "180" ear muffs (I love them!) under my coat hood.

At my time to finish, 1 p.m., I think we were way up to .... one degree? Maybe five? I finished my shift (and yes, I did show our friends some of my underwear when they thought I was crazy for wearing a skirt)(they already think I'm nuts because I walk anywhere under a mile). After doing my couple of hours for the library, my husband met me and we walked the half mile or so (probably a little more, but not much) home. The newspaper bought us part of lunch (I write for them, for free) and we stopped at a couple of watering holes on our way home.

I have many friends who didn't leave their houses this weekend because it was just too ****ed cold. My knees and ankles aren't feeling too great, and today is an exercise class I'm going to skip.

Yeah, I lived in North Dakota and it is much worse than this. Probably not as bad as the UP of MI. But pretty darned cold. Tell Burnsville Hi.

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Old 02-05-2007, 05:29 AM   #43
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When they showed the national numbers this morning, you got a zero. I got a 5, so I win, I think.
Los Angeles got an 83. Who do they think they are????

Hot buttered rum, anyone???
How can we sleep while our beds are burning???
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Old 02-05-2007, 06:31 AM   #44
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Originally Posted by Claire
Since I'm menopausal, I did not wear the long underwear top, which was a mistake walking home..
hmm, i have a lot of questions on this one, but in the interest of good taste of which i'm rarely accused, i'll let it go.

good thing the kids aren't reading this...
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Old 02-05-2007, 06:58 AM   #45
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"in the interest of good taste of which i'm rarely accused"

J'accuse! Sorry Buck, somebody had to do it.

"Hot buttered rum, anyone???"

Are you kidding? it's 8 in the morni... *checking thermometer* On second thought, yes I will. Thank you!
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Old 02-05-2007, 07:01 AM   #46
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Nothing like so cold here. But don't tell my computer....the little dash board thing that comes up to tell me the weather is convinced that its -19 degrees celcius here in Milano, LOLOLOLOL....its nothing like that at all! BBC website says 7 degrees...much more accurate. But it is damp :( we have a heat lamp for our cats which we leave on through the day and I am sitting under it right now....what a relief it is. The only thing is it shines a low red light, so goodness knows what the neighbours think, lol.

BTW we are not central heating people, used it for only one week in london last year, where, I hold the temperature is lower. BUT this year we have needed it badly with the humidity. The law here is that CH can be on a maximum of ten hours a day at a maximum of 20 degrees celcius. Interesting adjustment for those of us not used to the restriction, but something we will all have to look towards in the future I guess.
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Old 02-05-2007, 07:50 AM   #47
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Wink Brrrrrrrr

Still freezing here to again today, temp 0 -wind chill -17! Yesterday I was wearing gloves while on my laptop! News today said, this wil be the coldest Feb. in thirty years -- I believe them ! I smoke - but not in the house any more, so needless to say, Iam smoking a heck of a lot less ! When you have to bundle up to smoke, they are few and far between !!
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:51 AM   #48
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It was 0 this morning. Now 5 with a wind chill. It is blowing snow difficult
driving conditions. Left work early. Many schools etc. have been announcing closings. Our wood stove and wood furnace are perking.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:00 PM   #49
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We had -7 degrees F this morning, and I am not the least bit interested in knowing the wind chill factor. I sure was hopping around in the barn trying to keep warm while the goats casually munched their grain.

And I had no problem understanding Claire's resistence to long underwear tops. My cousin who I am meeting in MN this week wanted to get me some new silk long underwear, and I quickly said..NO TOPS PLEASE.
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Old 02-05-2007, 12:27 PM   #50
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Cold again here, too. Coldest it's been so far this winter. Today's in the minus teens with the wind chill. I have family in northern Minnesota who are experiencing -48 F with the wind factor. I know what that's like since I lived there when it was that cold. I was never cold. We just dressed appropriately and coped.

I don't really mind the cold. Actually I'd rather have it cold than warm/hot. Sometimes it gets oppressive here in the summer and I have yet to figure out how to cool off enough to be comfortable. I HAVE learned how to make myself warm in the cold.

Nothin' like the warmth of our woodstove, goose down comfortors and flannel sheets.

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This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
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