I wanted to call this post “Instant Winter” but I used that title eight years ago. Pity given that, as of yesterday morning we had no snow, and by 5 pm it looked like the picture above.
It would have been a good title.
Obviously the well-worn “Winter Is Coming” would have been a bit past tense (and well-worn to the point of being threadbare).
From what I’ve seen, most Minnesotans mostly delight in the first snow, although one can’t but help think, “Well, here we go again…” How early or late that snowfall is has an impact — when it’s before Halloween there is concern it could be a long winter.
So when, at noon on October 20, it already looks like this:
And by 5 pm it looks like this:
(And one has decided one had better get one’s ass out for a bit of shoveling while it’s still light even though it’s still snowing and more shoveling will be required later.)
It definitely seems like it might be the long snowy winter the Farmer’s Almanac said would happen last year (but which didn’t really).
One thing that’s kind of nice is that, after my knee went bad on me and I had to stop taking my morning walks, I can get a little exercise and outdoor fun by shoveling.
That’s how I spent my morning, and it felt pretty good (first decent workout I had in weeks):
There is something satisfying about having a shoveled driveway. At the very least a feeling of accomplishment to start the day.
And the snow does make for a nice scene out my bedroom window (so glad I got out and washed my windows earlier this month):
Not a bad sight to wake up to.
(I’ve done a lot of dumb things in my life, but buying this place wasn’t one of them. Living here has worked out really well.)
((You can click the pictures for the large version if so inclined.))
You’d think having lived in L.A. for almost two decades I’d be more a Dodgers fan, but they tend to tweak my anti-dynasty sensibilities. I’ve always favored the “little guy” and the underdog, and I’m often uncomfortable with Big Whatever (pharma, industry, finance, business, industry, whatever).
With everything that’s been going on this year I’ve been more disengaged from baseball than since 2010 when I got really into it. I can’t tell if it’s just an interest that’s run its course, or if it’s due to, as I said, everything that’s been going on. Perhaps a bit of both?
I think baseball this year is just one more thing that’s wrong with 2020. One more example of how everything seems to have gone off the rails.
I pretty much ignored postseason once the Twins got taken out 1-2-3 by those verdammte cheating sleazeballs, the Houston Asstros (not a typo), but I will tune in for the last baseball of the season, the World Series. After all, it’s the last baseball of the season.
Not that I feel vested. My baseball loyalties usually run: Minnesota Twins, American League Central, American League, USA. In theory I’m hoping the Rays win, but I’m so utterly neutral on the team, I’m not sure it would bother me if the Dodgers won.
Maybe a little, but I don’t think the Ray are going to pull it off. Certainly not based on how they played last night.
In completely unrelated news, I wonder how the debate Thursday night will go. I understand there will be mike cut-off switches.
It’ll be interesting to see, although it’s doubly a moot point. For one thing, I’ve already voted by absentee ballot (and checked back to see that my ballot has been accepted and will be counted). For another, the choice has been clear since 2015, and it has become ever more clear since.
I truly do not fathom how anyone could be “undecided” at this point.
Just be sure you vote!
Having gotten through nearly all the Agatha Christie Hercule Poirot novels I can get through the library, I’ve turned to other reading material.
I’m working through The Sellout (2016), by Paul Beatty, which is not my usual sort of reading, but I’m finding it interesting, compelling, weird, chaotic, surreal, funny, and insightful. It’s also high-style writing and exhausting. Definitely not casual reading.
I’m also working through The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet (2014), by Becky Chambers. I liked it at first, but the more I read it the less I enjoy it. It’s feeling very derivative. I’d almost go so far as to call it bad science fiction, but I’m only 300 or so pages into the 900-something page novel (as paginated by my e-reader).
The thing is, around the 300-page mark I realized I was bored and that nothing had happened. I also wasn’t engaged by the characters, and certain aspects (like fuel) were raising my eyebrows. I think Ms Chambers may have lost me (or failed to ever engage me). But more on that when I’ve read more.
I’ve realized I’m not a fan of David Berlinski, which is a pity since he writes about mathematics (which you know I love). I’ve tried two of his books now (One, Two, Three: Absolutely Elementary Mathematics and A Tour of the Calculus) and couldn’t get through either one. I find his writing baroque in the extreme — lots of stylistic meandering that actually says very little.
Looking at his Wiki page just now, “He is a senior fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, a center dedicated to the promulgation of the pseudoscience of intelligent design.”
I read further that “An opponent of the theory of evolution, Berlinski is a Senior Fellow of the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture, a Seattle-based think tank that is a hub of the pseudoscientific intelligent design movement. Berlinski shares the movement’s disbelief in the evidence for evolution, but does not openly avow intelligent design and describes his relationship with the idea as: ‘warm but distant. It’s the same attitude that I display in public toward my ex-wives.'”
Oh, my. I wonder if that explains why his books seem empty of substance. Interesting how I took a dislike to his writing just based on the writing. And I really wanted to like both books.
Well I certainly won’t be trying any more books of his!
Stay safe (and warm), my friends! Go forth and spread beauty and light.