January 16, 2008
Chilling Upstate New York
I'm heading to upstate New York, Richard Russo's stomping ground and the area that most inspired his work. While I miss this area on occasion (a number of family members still reside here), I don't miss winter visits, especially January/February winter visits, which are very different from December and March winter visits.
In other words, I may as well be traveling to Alaska or northern Maine because that's what the wind chill feels like. Apparently it was 7 degrees yesterday and now they're having a heat wave (18 degrees but the weather report says it feels like 10. READ MY LIPS - it should say 10 below zero).
I know global warming is real but it never 'feels' real when I'm in upstate New York in the winter. I love fresh fallen snow, pond ice whether its for fishing or skating, sleigh riding at midnight to a full moon and all those things that made CHILDHOOD grand.
Now when I feel the cold, I don't think of great childhood memories at all - I just think "this is insane, why subject yourself to this level of discomfort on a regular basis?" HA - something clearly has happened between African, European, Israeli, Australian, Floridian and now California living that made me say, "my bones can't take this cold NOoo mooorree!"
Yet I have no doubt, I will have some of those grand childhood moments while I'm here and they may even be of the callibre that great novels are birthed from.
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