28. January, 2009 - winter

Definitely got the mid-winter blahs lately. The temperature hasn’t been horribly cold, and it was only a week ago that it was warm enough that snow was melting and forming puddles in my alley. But at this point it’s feeling like winter has gone on long enough, and I’m not the only one who could do with some warmth. But that’s at least a couple months off. And I don’t have any real plans to get out of town until March, if then.

Until then, it can be a struggle to avoid cabin fever. In previous years I’ve sought out the comfort of bars in mid-winter, but that doesn’t seem as attractive this year. Or I’ve run out to things like the Winter Carnival, but this year I’ve got a “been there, done that” feeling about the whole thing. I need to find a new winter-time activity, preferably one that not everyone else is doing.

Meanwhile, I’m amusing myself with facebook, posting about the huge excitement of the successes and failures of my Roomba to successfully complete its cleaning chores (it’s made it back to the base station four days in a row, which of course I’ve now jinxed by mentioning it). And I’m unbothered by the fact that its made by a company that also manufactures robots for the military (one reader commented that The only thing worse than a government thug is a government thug you cannot kill, which made me think someone’s been watching too much of The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Or should that be not enough?). Anyway, this too will pass. We’ll get some warm weather and I’ll get back outside enjoying things and pointing one of my cameras at them. Or I’ll just say to heck with it and get on an airplane to somewhere warm for a long weekend. Maybe spring training — February 14th is when pitchers and catchers report. It helps to know that’s an option when you live in Minnesota in the winter.

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:02:24.