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Monday, January 6th, 2014


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8:37 p.m. - Oh, the weather outside is frightful...
...and we don't even have the full force of the Arctic blast yet. Right now the main problem is wind (and I'll be turning off the computer shortly so nothing gets fried if the power goes out (please please please don't let the power go out tonight!)). As a general rule, I would rather be too cold than too hot; but when you're talking about wind chills below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, it's time to accept that Mother Nature wants to kill you. Folks in colder climates may take pride in the fact that they survive anyway, and that's understandable. But that doesn't negate the basic fact that such weather isn't made for human bodies to enjoy.

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A couple of silly linguistic links via the Slacktivist:

OED Birthday Words. Mine is "megastar."

New York Times Dialect Quiz. My three cities: Baltimore, Arlington (Virginia), and Raleigh. Not bad, considering I'm from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC. I wonder why DC itself isn't on the list. (Least similar cities: Providence, Detroit, Milwaukee.)

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Miles walked today: Roughly 3.5. I don't expect to go very far in tomorrow's chill.

Today's music: J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1. I was going to listen to all six concertos, but got distracted by the desire to go out while the weather was still semi-reasonable. Maybe tomorrow.

Loads of laundry done: Three. And that, my friends, tells you all you need to know about how exciting my day has been.
Current Mood: cold
Current Music: wind singing as it gathers strength
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From:daisydumont
Date:January 7th, 2014 01:48 AM (UTC)
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I took that accents quiz last week at FB and was astonished by how off it was. I've lived too many places!

Hope you don't lose power and instead stay good & warm.
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From:hummingwolf
Date:January 8th, 2014 04:14 PM (UTC)
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Our poor furnace was working all day yesterday trying to keep the house reasonably warm. Power did stay on all day, for which we were (and are) grateful!
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From:stevenglassman
Date:January 26th, 2014 12:49 PM (UTC)
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The accent quiz was kind of interesting for me because it gave me New York and New Jersey as my top matches.

The reason this is interesting is that I lived in Florida my entire life until 2011, but my parents are from New York and Jersey, and I was born in Jersey.

There is no escape!
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From:daisydumont
Date:January 26th, 2014 03:47 PM (UTC)
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I lived on Long Island for a while in the mid-'70s, but apparently there's no remnant of that in my speech. I can still hear the local accent in my mind's ear, though. Not a bad one to have!
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From:bluegreen17
Date:January 7th, 2014 03:45 AM (UTC)
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the howling winds should be arriving here soon. i hope you are able to stay warm and lighted! my word was 'photocall'. hmmm. not impressed. good day to stock up on the miles today and stay inside tomorrow,that's for sure!
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From:hummingwolf
Date:January 8th, 2014 04:15 PM (UTC)
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Our power stayed on. I hope yours did too!
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From:bluegreen17
Date:January 9th, 2014 11:24 PM (UTC)
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yup! at least got through that one okay!

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