Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Hot times in a cold place

It's 6 degrees outside. Furnace is going. But having gotten used to a winter with temps in the 30's, just can't seem to get warm. What's a Cheechako to do?

Jump in the outside "smoking" Jacuzzi. Gives you a "good" pain. 103 minus 6. That's a 97 degrees change in 3 seconds. Your skin goosebumps (yes, it is a verb). Fingers and toes start to "hurt". It's a Raynaud's type pain. It's intense. But it's a "good pain": knowing they are finally warming. In 4 minutes the pain will end. And your core will be warm again.

(Cheechako: What natives call newcomers to AK)

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