Bonkers

Bonkers is what the weather has been in my area lately. Consider the following:

  • The weekend before last weekend, Dina and I were essentially walking around Kenosha in shorts and T-shirts, as the high exceeded 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In. February.
  • The weather cooled off a bit last week, but remained unseasonably warm here. It stayed dry.
  • Last weekend, “cold” weather hit with temperatures that failed to exceed freezing. Nevertheless, it seemed to be an outlier at this point!
  • Tuesday, a severe thunderstorm struck Kenosha around 17:30, followed by a dense pea soup that I had to navigate through after the storm was done.
  • And finally yesterday, snow fell! It was only a dusting but still…

I guess that means March is coming in like a lion.

Or it means:

Go home Mother Nature, you’re drunk!

Of course, I’m also afraid about the implications of it coming from climate change…

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Nebraska Road Trip: 15 days

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We’ll all stick together in all kinds of weather

The school song for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has the following lyrics:

“There is no place like Nebraska,

Dear old Nebraska U,

Where the girls are the fairest,

The boys are the squarest,

Of any old school that I knew!

There is no place like Nebraska,

Where they’re all true blue,

We’ll all stick together

In all kinds of weather

For dear old Nebraska U!”

After last weekend, it made me realize how the “all kinds of weather” line is super salient to me. Not just for Dear Old Nebraska U, but also for my friends and causes that I care about. I can offer several examples from recent years that show my loyalty to people, teams, and causes are rarely sidetracked by the weather. These are in approximate chronological order.

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[M.M.X.I.V. 248] Get Ready To Rumble

Yesterday morning, there was a thunder- and rainstorm.  For some reason, my schema for these storms more frequently involves them at night.  But thunderstorms can happen at any time of the day!  I have some different stories of stormy weather, and so this will probably read like a freewrite, from one darned thing to another.

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[M.M.X.I.V. 78] Weather congruence

I find it really interesting how the weather can sometimes show exact congruence with a person’s mood, sometimes have the exact opposite effect, and sometimes be completely non-predictive.  Congruent weather is often used in movies and TV to depict the emotion or situation.  For example, it is often raining at funerals in movies (sadness), sunny after the character has accomplished something (happiness), storming when a conflict is about to happen (fear or anger), and others.

(EDIT on 10/31/14: A song that I heard today perfectly complements this post as well as what my mood was when I originally wrote this post… for those that want to re-read it!)

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