But baby, it’s cold outside!

–27 degrees F predicted tonight

There is something in Blaska that loves a good storm. (Your average armchair psychiatrist could have fun with that.) The Squire is a tad disappointed at the snowfall Monday. We recorded 5.5 inches here in the SW side of the Emerald City, not the armageddon that had been predicted. Even so, plenty of work for the 24-inch, two-stage Ariens snowblower, which also visited our elderly neighbor. Good work to the city street crews; their plows were prompt considering how little-traveled is our street.

cold day 1-29-19As we write, the hatches are battened at the Manor in anticipation of bone chilling cold, so we’ve got that going for us. Temps overnight will plunge to 27 F degrees below zero. Wind chill values between -45 and -55. That’s some serious …. School’s out, even here in Madison, which is just and proper but causes working parents to scramble for daycare or call in for parental leave.

The servants are closing the venetian blinds and the quilted shades at night, opening them promptly in the morning for that solar gain. One gain: the indentured kitchen servants have extra cold storage — the garage works nicely.

The unlettered field hands have put out safflower seed for the finches and cardinals, suet for the woodpeckers. (Wonder if the birdbath heater can keep up.) Stale bread will nourish the squirrels. Do wish we could do something for the mailman. Perhaps a bottle of J. Henry bourbon on the bench next to the mailbox? Otherwise, if you’re on our street you either live here or you’re lost. (And some of us who do live here …)

We think of our dairy farming friends and neighbors; milking is 24/7 no matter the weather. Remember climbing up the silo chute on the coldest day because that is when the silage unloader froze up. Silos? Pretty much yesteryear’s technology, nowadays. Bitch all you want about the mega-dairy operations, many of them have heated floors and warm water from electricity produced by manure digesters. And the cows are covered and inside. So are the farmers.

Reading somewhere that the brutal cold will do a number on emerald ash borers. Goodie! Our empathy for the lower species extends only so far. We do hope no human being is found outside on a grate downtown. Plenty of shelters but some folks aren’t thinking straight, which is what puts them on grates in the first place.

Police Chief Koval is still reporting car thefts — one on Dorchester Street Monday from the house garage! So many of us learned from our parents to keep the car running for a good warm-up. Like I said about empathy … So please, kids, obey the law. Show some heart. Don’t make the nice police officer get out of his/her squad car. On the other hand, we presume Dane County is still heating the juvie center.

The engine block of our tiny, urban assault vehicle is plugged in to the garage alternating current, should we need a fast getaway. (Garage doors closed tight.) But plans are to shelter in place until the worst has passed. We’re running our campaign for Safer Schools = a Safer Community by remote control, for the moment. (We never promised a warmer community; just safer.)

Do visit our website at www.blaskaforsaferschools.org. We’re also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BlaskaforSaferSchools/. Send money. It’s so heartwarming.

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42 Responses to But baby, it’s cold outside!

  1. madisonexpat says:

    I’ll deliver your mail for enough J. Henry. Medicinal anti freeze harumph harumph.

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  2. Lars says:

    Reminds me of the good old days.
    1976-77, Wired Sun Praire for cable tv. 10-15 below. On a telephone poll in that temp actually hurts.
    66 below windchill 2 days running, little warmer after that. 76 was the year of the great ice storm, We watched out the window of the old woman the Squire now helps, as his trees crashed to the ground all around his home. Or the 90’s, I broke down on I/90 by Rock river bridge from jelled up diesel, trying to keep warm in 30 below wind chill, till help arrived.
    Global warming is never there when you need it. The more the climate changes, the more it stays the same.

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  3. Tom Paine says:

    Nort of y’all, we keep warming by dancing to these videos……..they on repeat, repeat, repeat till the cold goes away.

    Yeah, really, but ch’all should sit down before watching.

    Ain’t a liberal theme song.

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  4. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Highfreakin’larious! What PERFECT timing by news.wisc.edu.

    As The Climate Warms, Tens Of Thousands Of Lakes May Spend Winters Ice Free.

    Almost qualifies for Gore Effect status, am I right?

    It gets worse.

    Recall March 2000 and Dr David Viner, (senior research scientist at the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) of the University of East Anglia (UAE).

    for those of you’s scoring at home, those alphabet agencies were very prominently the ClimateGate/Email Deleting Hall-of-Fame.

    Anywho, the talented Dr. Viner: “(within a few years winter snowfall will become) a very rare and exciting event…Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,”

    IMMEDIATELY thereafter ( 2001 & 2002) North America and Europe experienced two of the snowiest winters In_ReFreakin’corded_History!!!

    It’ll be a rare and exciting event when we get a Warmalista Alarmacyst Big Gubmint/Taxpayer Funded Scientist/Reseacher that knows his @$$ from a hole-in-the-ground.

    Children just aren’t going to know what an honest scientist is.

    BWAAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!

    Brr!

    The Gotch

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    • old baldy says:

      Exactly, Abob. And yet again the gibbering fool confuses weather with climate. But I guess for him ignorance is bliss. Let’s wait and see how he slobbers all over the keyboard trying to sound smart……

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    • richard lesiak says:

      gotcg writes; “it gets worse.” Yes it does; he keeps typing.

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      • Tom Paine says:

        Space only for silly comments by the regular trolls?
        So, since my links to intelligent content-satire are deleted or edited out, I’ll decline to post in the future. Pointless to reply like a 5th-grader to the never ending, childish trolling of the residents.

        Bye.

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        • Batman says:

          I don’t blame you Mr. Paine, Batman is considering the same. Your satire vid was fabulous and properly placed under a blog post without any real topic other than the weather. Perfect harmless good fun while stuck inside because of the weather.

          My Mark Levin/Sydney Powell interview is now “unavailable” and lesiak continues to pollute this site. He was once banned and then allowed to return but the content of his remarks are unchanged. He’s the first to post off-topic and most of us are guilty of responding because it’s hard to leave his attacks and smears unchallenged.
          In fact lesiak virtually only posts off topic and often in a disgusting and crude fashion.
          Some off topic comments are allowed while others are spiked including non-personal comments like some of mine that were meaningful to me. No consistency.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @Tom Paine & @Batman;

          If you’s let a certain someone that “continues to pollute this site” chase you’s off, the morons have won.

          Don’t let the morons win!

          The Gotch

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    • richard lesiak says:

      You will stay plenty warm running around trying to protect the gop for the damage caused by the Foxconn bomb.

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  5. AnonyBob says:

    Now tell us how deep the snowdrifts were when you walked 20 miles uphill, both ways, to school everyday. How old ARE you, Angry Old White Man?

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @AnonyBob;

      “How old ARE you, Angry Old White Man?”

      Sheesh! Don’t get The Gotch wrong, he’s only trying to help; this really isn’t yer best side.

      Angry: Anyone that knows me, like my pals @Zoltar Speaks! & @Batman, will say that’s not an apt descriptor.

      Old: Were I to be one of yer protected class/privileged groups, I’d be elderly..

      White: More of a healthy ruddy, I’d say. Plus, The Gotch is the 14th cousin of Martin Luther King, Jr., so there’s that.

      Man: Youse don’t get the concept.

      Which is why we never see yer best side!

      The Gotch

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  6. Scott Freeman says:

    Never missed a day from 11/1957 to 05/1960…..

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  7. old baldy says:

    Freedom of speech? Only for those in the echo chamber.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @hankdog/old baldy;

      “Freedom of speech?”

      Perhaps youse weren’t aware; the protections provided by the 1st Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America do NOT extend to a moderated blog that YOUSE don’t own.

      The Gotch

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  8. old baldy says:

    I know that gootchy, but give the nonsense you post it appeared that dave has a pretty broad range of accepted speech. Guess facts are troublesome for you all.

    BTW: You still confused weather and climate. And making that silly mistake numeraous times does nothing for your credibility. Nor does it enhance you bromance with Al Gore.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @hankdog/old baldy;

      “I know that”

      It’s painfully obvious youse don’t, otherwise youse wouldn’t have made that statement.

      The Gotch

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  9. madisonexpat says:

    Yeah. The last five glaciers that formed the upper Midwest would never have happened if Trump hadn’t pulled out of the Paris Accords!

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    • old baldy says:

      splat:
      You have your geologic timeline all screwed up. But we probably would have 6 convictions and 37 indictments either.

      How is that wall going? Or the new health care program? Or cutting the deficit?

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      • richard lesiak says:

        Holy frozen gotch crotch OB. Reality has hit and it’s name is Foxconn. Looks like walker and company ripped us a new one once again. Nothing new about that. They got their donations and talking points; we got poop. Vos, Fitz and the rest of the Goobers On Parade will be retiring in droves very soon. They don’t have the guts to face the voters after this mess. This will really hurt scooter and his new career speaking on the chicken dinner circuit.

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  10. madisonexpat says:

    Second sentence is a non sequiter.
    US fourth qtr. growth 4.1%.
    Eighth year of Obamanomics 1.8%.
    Germany projected 2019 growth 1%.
    France 0.8%
    The Difference?
    President Trump.
    Where’s RBG?
    Did Stormy Daniels pay for the President’s legal fees yet?

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    • richard lesiak says:

      you should be worried about RWG.

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      • madisonexpat says:

        Why should I worry about someone I don’t know?
        Do you worry about strangers?

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        • richard lesiak says:

          You don’t know who RWG is? What kind of right-winger are you. You see him slobbering on faux news constantly while talking nonsense. You have seen him on tv a lot more than Ruth Ok I’ll let you off the hook. Rudy William Giuliani.

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    • old baldy says:

      splat:
      Nope, you brought trump into the discussion.
      Q4 growth has been revised down a bit. As far a growth goes, Obama beat that numerous times…..

      Where is RBG you ask? In the pantheon of great Justices.
      RE: Story; I don’t care. Did 45 or his campaign collude ? Looks like it….

      How is that wall going ????

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      • madisonexpat says:

        How’d Obama’s GDP do in his last year. Apparently he could only blame his predecessor for weenie growth in his first six years.
        Why the globalists insist on near zero growth is beyond me but seemingly they all do.
        I’m glad we don’t have one as our president.
        Not anymore we don’t.

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  11. madisonexpat says:

    I see. He must be your media outrage du jour.
    Unless of course he becomes a supreme court justice.

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    • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

      @madisonexpat;

      “Unless of course he becomes a supreme court justice.”

      You think?

      The death-sucking-on-a-lifesaver-and-can’t-discharge-the-most-menial-aspects-of-her-position-and-should-be-summarily-removed RBG should have her Health Care POA activated and be required to submit to guardian/conservatorship For_Her_AND_OUR_Own_Good sometime late next month, if not sooner.

      IMHO, The Donald will then nominate the eminently nominatable Amy Comey Barrett.

      Having just turned 47 on Monday, she’ll rule the roost, helping strike down Lefty Gimmee Gimmee Pipe Dreams, for a looooooooooong time!

      And if you’s think Lefty went into spittle-flecked slobbering apoplexy with Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination, you’s ain’t seen nothing yet!

      The Gotch

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  12. Cornelius Gotchberg says:

    Wore my ski mask/balaclava running for the first time in many years, got eyecicles too.

    No doubt due to The Global Warming That’s Here And Worse Than The Models Predicted, am I right?

    Anywho, the Usual Warmalista Alarmacyst Suspects will be quick to retrodict this bone-chilling cold as EXACTLY what the models PREdicted, even though, you know, like, they didn’t.

    Brrr!!!

    The Gotch

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  13. madisonexpat says:

    OB, you may be the last person in the world to still believe in collusion. Please find one vote turned by anyone having anything to do with Russia.
    Putin wanted Hillary to win so his $149M paid to the Clinton Foundation and the $500K he paid Bill for one speech would pay off.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      You guys are part of the handful of people that believe there WASN’T any collusion. Stone is just the latest miscreant looking at jail for lying about it.

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  14. madisonexpat says:

    ABob, do you believe the woman allegedly assaulted by the VA. Lt. Governor? She IS a woman you know.
    Please note the post Kavanaugh Hearing rules you applauded, to wit: a woman MUST be believed and there is no need for due process.
    Karma.

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    • AnonyBob says:

      Then you think the Lt. Gov. is in the clear, like beer-swilling Kavanaugh?

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      • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

        @AnonyBob;

        “Then you think the Lt. Gov. is in the clear, like beer-swilling Kavanaugh?”

        Let’s ask WaPo, they seem to know the difference.

        Ah Lefty; were it not for DOUBLE STANDARDS you’s would have NO standards at all!

        The Gotch

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      • AnonyBob says:

        Another highly credible woman, another professor, a self described Democrat with nothing to gain and much to lose, comes forward. THIS one you you guys will choose to believe. Hypocrites. No wonder women are abandoning the GOP in droves.

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        • Cornelius Gotchberg says:

          @AnonyBob;

          “THIS one you you guys will choose to believe.”

          Couldn’t be because Farifax’s accuser actually has proof-n-a-timeline rather than “Gosh, I think it happened somewhere, sometime, with someone”?

          @AnonyBob compares apples to a 1934 Packard Super 8 and truly thinks he’s onto something.

          Don’t be like @Anonybob!

          The Gotch

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  15. madisonexpat says:

    Blasy Ford was credible? That requires a willing suspension of disbelief. A Hillary quote for you before she voted against The Surge that won the Iraq War.
    You don’t drink beer?

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