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Monday, December 9, 2013

How Californians Are Surviving the 'Cold Snap'

40Gawker:  A Chilly Apocalypse: How California Is Surviving the "Cold Snap":

From the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast, America is struggling with ice storms and blizzards and general misery. The winter weather has been especially tough on Californians. Many of us don't own gloves, or forgot where we put them several years ago after we got home from Mammoth or Tahoe. Few of us have those scrapey things to get frost off the windshield—frost!—but I have witnessed our brave people making do with their credit cards or even the edges of their phones, which is probably not recommended by the manufacturer. But what do we know of frozen water outside? Frozen water goes in margaritas! Yet we are surviving this unusually chilly weather, together and mostly apart, like usual. ...

Local dogs are uncharacteristically angry and unpleasantly constipated, as their keepers refuse to go on the usual walks due to the brutal temperatures that have already dropped to the 40s ... But by next week, we will begin to rebuild. We are a resilient people, and we will come back even stronger, even more determined to continue doing whatever we do, such as wearing yoga pants and T-shirts outside at Christmastime.

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Time for an earthquake?

Posted by: Scipio | Dec 9, 2013 1:39:23 PM

I refuse to buy an umbrella, let alone a winter coat. I can just wait a few days for better weather!

Posted by: AMTbuff | Dec 9, 2013 2:09:05 PM

Typical Gawker-variety, progtard elitism. If these special people didn't reside in one of the very few places in the contiguous States that didn't require heating for several months of the year, they wouldn't sound like New York City wusses on a two-day camping trip, deprived of their French-milled soap and non-GMO cornflakes. Their ridiculous state can afford to strangle the electricity generators, but most other states cannot. They can puff themselves up as heroes for dealing with mundane winter conditions, but they'll still be special snowflakes to somebody. Retards.

Posted by: skh.pcola | Dec 9, 2013 8:06:39 PM

Retards, ouch! Infrastructure just not set up for freezing, e.g. water pipes outside and exposed cause burst pipes or no water til sun thaws them toward noon. Improvised insulation works just fine though. Only needs to happen once.

Posted by: Susie Morse | Dec 10, 2013 8:18:14 AM

Nice debate topic: what is worse, a lack of a sense of humor or the insipid coinage of words with the suffix "tard" to describe someone, real or imaginary, that you disagree with? One implies a lack of understanding and the other seems to result from some mental disorder.

Posted by: George | Dec 10, 2013 10:28:58 AM