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

פסח: ל”ח ימים (Passover: 38 days)

ארץ ישראל: צ”ב ימים (Israel: 92 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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Misadventure from Tuesday

On Wednesday, I had my job interview with UW-Parkside. But it was quite a misadventure to get there on Tuesday.

In some sense, the misadventure from Tuesday paralleled my “Worst Day in Undergraduate Years” with a few of the following parallels:

  • Backtracking
  • Lost item(s)
  • Flying “solo”
  • Transportation problems

So, here is my story. The present tense, when used, refers to my thoughts at the time.

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Shorts weather??

It’s November in west-central Wisconsin. The seventeenth, to be precise.

In the upper Midwest of the United States, I would expect there to be a short perception of autumn before wintry weather sets in.

Well, today was a very nice day, relatively speaking for the season! The high temperature was in the 50s (Fahrenheit), and I rode my bike to the office (not a surprise) wearing shorts (a big surprise!).

Of course, there are some people who wear shorts year-round, but I am not among those. (In fact, I had my nicer pants in the office for when I got there–I am simply avoiding bike rides wearing nicer clothes, because I’ve ruined more than my fair share of pants by riding my bike wearing them!

It was actually really nice riding my bike–though a tad chilly in the evening due to a mist, the riding warmed up my legs.

That’s a good thing about active transportation–I’d rather warm up my own heart and legs rather than warm up the engine of a machine!

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Thanksgiving Day: 9 days.

Finals Week: 30 days.

Joint Mathematics Meetings: 50 days.

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[O.C.T.O.B.E.R. IV-12] Wait ten minutes

Brr. That’s all I can say.

If you don’t like the weather in the Midwest, just wait ten minutes.

Yesterday, it was a little breezy, sunny, and the high was over 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

This morning, it was pleasant with sunny skies, but not hot or windy.

Later this afternoon, it was misty and I have no idea how the temperature changed.

But tonight after I left the office, it was quite chilly with a cool mist!

That is all.

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Today is the twelfth day of the fourth round of O.C.T.O.B.E.R. That makes one week and five days. (Clearly, I’ve been doing a ratty job of editing my template on some of these previous posts. HA!)

Memorial Stadium: 12 days.

Thanksgiving Day: 45 days.

Joint Mathematics Meetings: 86 days.

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