Baby it's cold outside -- 12/29/09

If you have just wandered in from Holidailies and wonder who's who, there's a brief introduction to various characters at the end of this entry...

Oh, it is so cold outside! Right now it is 18°F (about minus 8°C) but we have very strong northwest winds and the wind-chill factor is the equivalent of one degree (or about -17°C).

Nancy's car wouldn't start... so I went to get my jumper cables out of my trunk... except my trunk was frozen shut.

But wait... I have another set of cables in the garage. We can use them. Uh, but I bent my key struggling with the frozen trunk and now it won't work in the ignition. But wait... I hammer the bend out of the key and now I can start my car. Nancy's car still does not want to start (just click-click-click-click). Whereupon I announce that there is a reason we have a membership in AAA and given the temperature (or lack thereof) and the wind and I am still wearing that moonboot on my right foot, this is exactly the kind of situation where I am more than happy to turn things over to a professional. So Nancy called them... and they just called this moment to say they would be here within the next fifteen minutes.

Ah, yes, my moonboot....

I saw my podiatrist yesterday. He examined my heel and decided that it was too soon to decide whether or not this conservative approach was working. He did decide to make the treatment (for torn Achilles tendon) more aggressive by giving me a cortisone injection in my heel. I'm to wear the boot for another couple of weeks and come back on January 13th for a decision about surgery.

When I had come inside a little while ago I immediately went into the living room and started a fire. It is now burning quite nicely and the it is warm and cozy in there. According to the online weather report, the current temperature (at 3:28 pm) is now 17°F (wind-chill equal to minus 2°F) and is expected to drop to single digits overnight (and I don't even want to think about what that would be taking the wind-chill into account).

I'm going to FTP this entry and go read a book by the fire.

(p.s. -- AAA just got Nancy's car started.)

A brief introduction for those of you wandering in here from Holidailies for the first time: I'm just a middle-aged guy (but somehow I hit 66 on my last birthday) who lives in Rhode Island with my wife Nancy (a middle-school math teacher), daughter Gillian ("Jill" -- 27 yr old college student and baker), son Jeremy (24 yr old restaurant cook and part-time college student), and Tiger (senior citizen cat). Eldest child Adam lives in New York City with his wife Leah and our grandsons Sam and Milo. I'm a former programmer/systems analyst who got involved with software training and instructional design. For the past several years I have been working from home (you can't beat the short commute!) doing quality assurance and editing on course material for both classroom courses and Web-based training courses for a very big computer company. I've been writing this online journal since 1996.

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