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Weather not fit for human consumption

I went outside today to wait for the streetcar to school. I was sorely tempted to just turn around and go home again. The Bitter Winter faery came to visit with a vengeance! (See here for the faery's context)

The low tonight is meant to be -17°C/1°F. Currently, it's a "balmy" -15°C/6°F with a brisk bit of wind blowing and bright blue clear skies to help any heat go away as quickly as possible. Environment Canada cites the current wind chill as being around -23°C/-9°F. At least we aren't in Moscow. C. mentioned it was -40° there last week. It doesn't matter which scale you use at that temperature - they cross over there.

I designed my going-home route to minimize outdooredness and, as a consequence, ran into a random poll taker, my friend Ilana, a student of mine from last year, and a mug of banana hot chocolate.


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Jan. 18th, 2003 05:41 pm (UTC)
Banana hot chocolate?
Banana hot chocolate? Sound intriguing and yummy.

I hope you didn't have to answer too many questions for your student-turned-pollster, especially not if you were out in the cold!
Jan. 20th, 2003 06:14 am (UTC)
Re: Banana hot chocolate?
It was quite decent banana hot chocolate. Actually, we hadn't realized we could order plain hot chocolate there. The menu listed 8 flavored varieties. I learned later that plain was, actually, an option, but I was quite content with my banana variant.

I see I have confused you. My former student and the pollster were entirely different people and happily I encountered both of them while safely indoors. The pollster only had 3 quite random questions (What is the first thing you notice about me? When did you last have a hair cut? Do people work more now than they did 50 years ago?) It made me think he was a psycho students or the like. One of the nice things about Toronto - and Montreal even more so - is that large stretches of downtown and midtown are all connected underground, so I can escape the cold and not come back out again until I have to change from subway to other transit to get home. Or go back to campus.
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