when it's bitterly cold
Today, Jan. 6, 2014, is the coldest day throughout the United States in 20 years. It's been below zero all day here in Cincinnati.
Of course, across the Internet are the ever-present holier-than-thou types complaining about how they had school when they grew up and it was bitterly, dangerously cold and it didn't faze them. AARRGGHH!
The winters of 1976-1977 and 1977-1978 were the two worst in Cincinnati history. I was a sophomore and junior, and my sister was an eighth-grader and freshman, those two years. Walking to the bus stop and waiting for the bus every day, coming and going to school, has had ongoing repercussions for both of us, even decades later.
We both suffer from SAD. My sister's fingertips got frostbitten and she has not had feelings in them since. I grew up thinking it was normal to have very cold hands, feet and ears for six months. It wasn't until I was out of college and working and driving a car to the office that I realized that being cold between November and April is NOT the norm!
Oh, and I was at my mom's house today. I couldn't have left if I wanted--my car is frozen and I can't get inside it! We tried several different types of spray (WD40 and a de-icer) and nothing helped. What was even scarier was that for the five minutes I was outside, my glasses froze! They steamed up and the steam froze on the lenses! I went inside and had to wait for the glass to thaw out. I was worried that the glass might crack!