CHIBERIA--this is why we live here

CHIBERIA--this is why we live here

Days like this, when it's colder than Siberia,  colder than Antarctica, we may ask ourselves, why do I live here?  Days like this ARE why we live here.  Life is clear, pure, essential--shelter, food, heat, light, color, wind, water. Frivolous things are stripped away.

This is the closest any of us will come to  life on another planet.  Here are some photos from the Chicago Tribune.

There are no tracks in the snow, no pathways. This world is alien, and we are the first explorers. The sun on the snow is dazzling. The sky is infinite, cloudless blue.

The laws governing this new world are different.

Motorized vehicles don't function in familiar ways. Trains are a rainbow of alerts and delays. Flights are cancelled.  Fires are surreal.

Metal things are less resilient. Anything metal carries a burning chill. It is dangerous to touch without protection.

Water, too  behaves differently. Most of it is frozen, or will freeze in the subzero air. A fall on ice can shatter bones. Ice that cools drinks on a  summer  day can kill us, here and now.

We become aware that we, too,  are mostly water. Scarves are encrusted with ice from warm breath in cold air.

We are warm-blooded beings--fragile, yet resourceful.  We are capable of  kindness, sharing and love.

We have  environmental  outfits.  We have public transportation. There is beer,  and pizza. We have  internet.

Yes, it is possible to live here!




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Tags: CHIBERIA, polar vortex


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  • It is enough that "scarves become encrusted with ice." I don't think WGN had to send Bob Jordan out with a wet t-shirt on a hanger to see it freeze. But I guess an egg wouldn't fry on the sidewalk.

    Metal seems to remind everyone of Flick sticking his tongue on the flag pole in A Christmas Story, about 28 miles from the Loop, which is still here.

    And, there is the [expletive deleted] [ethnic reference] above me who can't figure out that if the garage door doesn't close, shovel the snow that blew under it, instead of leaving it open.

    Anyway, I checked Internet sites today to confirm that places to which I was not going actually were closed. They were.

    Also, I saw people in ski masks, out of necessity, so they better not be going to the bank.

  • In reply to jack:

    Hello, Jack! Thanks for reading and commenting on my humble post. Lots of posts about the weather today, ha ha.

    A wet T-shirt? Good thing he wasn't wearing it. Yes, touching metal really is dangerous, now. Anyway, I tried to convey the otherworldly aspect of extreme cold. I don't think we're ready yet for life on Mars...

    Would you be interested in reading about the Polar Vortex?

    Thanks again for reading and commenting. Can you see the moon from your windows? Just beautiful tonight.

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    I already read the Polar Vortex stuff. Again, it seems related to the point I made earlier that maybe the Farmers' Almanac could predict a bitter winter if it is in tune with Pacific Ocean trends.

    Don't have the moon out my window.

    Somebody must have picked up my egg reference, because someone sent Skilling a picture of an egg on a frying pan on the sidewalk, which froze in 6 minutes. Now WGN is rerunning the Jordan piece.

  • Missed the Weather, but I'm sure Tom's having a good time. I did see the frozen t-shirt!

    What about the polar vortex and sunspot activity?

    BTW, I counted at least 30 posts today on ChicagoNow that are weather-related. I guess it's Chiberia, now ...

  • In reply to Weather Girl:

    Sunspot part I hadn't picked up. The last I heard was Ginger Zee and Tracy Butler simultaneously on Roe Conn's show saying that the vortex usually swirls around the North Pole, but the jet stream pushed into Alaska, pushing the vortex down here.

    Demitrius Ivory is now talking about it on Channel 9.1. Again, just the result of high pressure over the Pacific.

  • Beautiful observations, Weather Girl, even though the sun on the snow is now mostly highlighting the dirt in it. Even with the glare, I think I like the white version better.

  • Yes, CHIBERIA had much beauty, while it lasted.

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