Baby, its cold outside

I know that not all of my readers are NFL fans, but hopefully some of you are at least, and others might live in the area, or indeed, both.

Each Sunday, care of Sky Sports, we get 2 NFL matches live over here, one of the 6.00 games, and then one of the 9.XX games to follow. I know, its 1.00, and 4.XX Eastern time, but for now at least, I’m still in the UK, so…

This weekend, the early game was, yes, you’ve guessed it, the snow fest that was Detroit at Philadelphia. I have seen as much snow as that, but then again, it was crossing the Rockies in January, so…luckily enough I was on a warm train at the time! So in that sense, the 8 inches or so on the pitch at Philly, was nothing compared to the several feet of snow up there, but anyway…Lets just say that I’ve never seen a sports event played in anything like that.

The football, well, the first half, in the heart of the blizzard, pretty forgettable in all honesty. Hardly surprising though, is it? Thankfully the weather eased off, and the second half was better to watch, and provided a truly remarkable comeback by the Eagles. But one thing, not a single point (and there were plenty) was scored by a kicker. Indeed, only one extra point kick was even attempted, and despite much Detroit effort (on a time out) to clear a mark for the kicker, conditions still meant it was missed. First time since 1957 apparently when no point was scored by a kick, and that was only 6-0! This was 34-20!!! Funnily enough, that previous time, yes, Philadelphia was involved too, losing to Pittsburgh!

But do you know what? However much you admire the players for playing in that, you know the real heroes? Those fans who sat in the stands, and got buried in snow. Now thats dedication! But is that worse than watching in Green Bay (11F), or a night game in Chicago (7F) this weekend? No idea?

Summer baseball, much more fun!

The video, apologies. Its not a great version, but given the cage, the potion, and the cleavage reveal, I thought this might appeal. And for those so inclined, Tom Jones too!

A little bit of leather

Yes, before anyone mentions it, I know, I still owe a picture of me in a latex skirt. And equally seriously, yes, it really is down to a pretty crazy work life at present which is why it hasnt got taken. Hopefully Monday or Tuesday I can find time, if things remain calm, and nothing unexpected crops up. Like another 8-12 inches of snow lol! Seriously, a first today, I didnt get to work because of the weather, combination of both buses and trains failing to perform in all honesty, for various reasons.

Unfortunately it meant I got some practice at what it must be like to compete in the Iditarod, ploughing through the snow both into, and out of town, and all in the end, for nothing. Ah well…No, I wont be entering the Iditarod though, I know that was a stroll in the park compared to what they do, and that was bad enough at my age.

But enough about that, for now at least. Yes, I know, I mentioned leather, and you dont think I mean the purse in my handbag either, do you? And you’d be right, I didnt. Blame, or thank my friend Heather, depending on how you feel on this matter. Over at the MC Garden, we have a picture thread for the delights of bikers, principally female, and ideally wearing leather. Well today, she posted a series of videos there dedicated to that matter. And seeing how good I am to my readers, I’m reposting one of them here.

I guess the fact that she’s blonde, wearing a full leather suit, and its dated helps for me, you can tell its dated by the cars in it, if nothing else. The song, well thats slightly newer, from the 70’s, but very apt. No, I havent got a leather suit like that one, but if anyone wants to get me one, I’m open to offers. But I have got a few pairs of leather trousers, and a leather skirt, and a leather look skirt, so…you get my drift? 😉 But due to balance issues, the only way you will get me on a motorbike is balanced on the back, clinging on to someone in front of me, so…mmm?

Oh, and one last snippet about the artist, Chris Spedding. This might be remembered as his biggest hit, but its far from the case. Anyone remember that legendary pop group, The Wombles? Well yes, he was one of the guitarists in that group, and often seen performing in that large furry outfit!

So enjoy the leather look here, and if someone asks nicely, maybe I can get a pic done of me in leather trousers. Or is that thought just too scary for you lol?

If you want that outfit, you need to get it for me lol!

There might be some snow!

Yes, as I suspect many of my readers will know, I have a soft spot for the state of Kansas. Yes, it is for the obvious reason, as until September at least, I have never been to this mid plains state, in the heart of the US. But looking forward to getting there then, all the same.

Nor have I ever experienced what the Americans term a winter storm. I’ve seen plenty of snow passing through the Rockies in February, but that was already on the ground, I never saw it falling. And alright, as my dear friends in New England would tell me, a foot is nothing really! Talk 2 – 2.5 feet over there I gather, before they regard it as a winter storm lol! And yes, I saw a lot of snow falling in Rochester last April (yes, the same week I will be there this year), but that was only on TV, from the relative warmth of Seattle.

But even so, for us Brits, the 14 inches dumped on Wichita only a few days ago, is a mind blower for us. It breaks down totally over here when its more than 2 inches, let alone over a foot in one go. And now, apparently, only a few days later, Kansas has had another massive snow dump yet again. This video is actualy more of a warning for Kansas City (not even in Kansas), but he does mention the state, so…

And yes, I’m linked (like/friend, whatever at Facebook) to Cherryvale Council, in Kansas, and yes, I gather things have been pretty bad there, and I suspect Wichita is much of the same. Irony is, by the time I go in September, the temperature may be hitting 100! I think that might melt the snow lol! So alright, though living there might be a form of heaven for me, I’m not sure I’m entirely missing the current weather there, all the same.

Needless to say, all my best thoughts go out to the people of Kansas at present.

The video, well some might say its apt, some might not, so…

Winter Wonderland?

No, I dont think the current conditions over here are very wonderland like, but at least I havent had to go out in it the last week, even if I have braved it a few times, as much for fresh air as anything else. And yes, I know, it could have been worse, but it could have been better too, even if I dont expect miracles in January! But tomorrow, here comes the bad news, its back to work time, and I have to go out in it! I’m sure the trains and buses will react accordingly now that I’m back to work, though to be fair, so far they’ve been pretty good, but now I’m back at work…And yes, its an early start again tomorrow, oh joy!

The funny thing at work is, that even the so called all weather racing is being cancelled at present, yes, thats how bad things are at the moment lol! Always the way, no sport on when I’m on holiday! Not that there might be much tomorrow, there are 2 all weather meetings at present, but both need to inspect in the morning, so…especially given one of those tracks couldnt race today! Mind, knowing the idiocy of our shop staff, and the desperateness to bet of our punters, I’m just wondering if there is any football in Fiji, or some other equally remote landscape where someone will find a game that they can bet on. I dont think form matters, just the need to throw some money at the bookies at times. No, I dont understand that need, but as they pay my wages…

The video, sorry, couldnt resist this, one of my favourite artists, lets face it. But no, that doesnt mean I think this winter weather counts as a wonderland lol!

Walking in the rain

Yes, its something that has been easy to do over here this year, believe me! Apparently even the weather people are now saying its been the wettest year in England, and given the UK only needed 46mm to break its record, and the fact its rained again since then, we will probably break that over the next 3 days too. No, I havent grown webbed feet, but they might have been handy this year, it has to be said!

I’m not going to say whether its climate change factors, or just a lousy year weather wise that would have happened anyway? I’m not sure if summer ever happened, it might have done for a day or two, but that really was it. Thankfully my 2 trips to the US generated some sunshine for me, or I might have thought it had gone into hibernation lol!

Saying that, compared to what parts of the US has put up with in the last week or so, hey, we’ve had it easy. As Heather, James and co would say though, its the norm over there, and expected. if we got an inch and a half of snow, let alone a foot and a half, everything would grind totally to a halt. Over there, life just goes on…

I’m hoping to get one more post in before the end of 2012, to tie up ends, though most things have been mentioned over the year anyway, as is the idea of a blog! If I dont, you’ll get it on New Years Day anyway!

The video, well a bit less clue than usual in the title, as a few songs could fit in with this. Its old, but not Johnny Ray old, just very 70’s soul.

Getting colder day by day

Hopefully that might throw most off the scent of the video, though some might recognise it all the same, without clicking on the link, or cheating by looking at the categories lol! 😛

Of course its been getting colder now for a while, but today, stood waiting for the bus to bring me back into Huddersfield, I really noticed it. No, not a big trip out, just some beauty work being done, try to make me at least semi decent for the works dinner next week. Facial is booked for Saturday morning (dry skin, due to cold weather), and the hair is booked for colour and cut next Tuesday as well, all done today. No call on whether I bob the hair to any degree as yet, suspect I’ll still be deciding on that shortly before heading to the hairdressers on Tuesday lol! I know that a good Flapper should have a bob, but surely not everyone of them did? I cant make myself look too boyish anyway, I can manage that without assistance as the photos posted here in the past prove!

The irony is, I notice it getting colder when the temperature dips below 40 daytime. Nome in Alaska (yes, one of my weather channel landmarks, cant think why) is already lucky to reach 14 daytime at present! In the past, I used to use this as an excuse to start making decisions on my next holiday, and booking it, as something to get me through the winter months, but of late, the holidays have been planned out well in advance, indeed the next 3 (2 April/1 September) are all sorted out, and just need booking. So why not book next April, you ask? Because there is a possibility of a tweaking to the itinerary, and I need to wait till the New Year before doing anything on that. It will be Wichita, it might just be a little more as well, thats all. 😉

Its hard to believe, in 4 weeks time, Christmas Day will be over! And I’m working Boxing Day too! Such is life…I suspect we will soon get all the requests for prices for a White Christmas at work, especially if the snow forecast for some places should actually fall over the weekend, hope it stays away from here!

The video. For me, this is one of those Christmas songs that seems to sail under the radar, so lets give it a boost

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCoZVxlZWtU&feature=related

Cold is relative

Depends on where you live I guess?

You get us British wimps complaining how cold it is when it hits the mid twenties over here, on the other hand, there are parts of the US and Canada who would think that positively tropical at present.  I’ve just taken a quick look, and currently Boston is in singles figures (just), and Buffalo barely breaking into positive numbers. Fairbanks, where I have one Facebook contact is currently -45, but it is still night time there, but even so…! I suspect thats pretty much one of the coldest places around though? Nome, a place close to my heart is at 1, quite warm for this time of year lol!

The thing is, I suspect that public transport doesnt collapse around New York State, New England, Toronto etc despite these temperatures, whereas 3 grains of snow over here, and everything will collapse totally! Thankfully its only frost so far, so it hasnt happened yet, but give it time, and I’m sure it will. Knowing my luck it will be the week after next when I’m off! I would like to do some day trips beyond the one to get my back and knees sorted out, to some degree at least, but…

I suppose its what you get used to? If I lived, and worked in, and around that North East sector I mentioned, the cold probably wouldnt bother me as much, if at all, unlike it does over here? Me, I just tend to get on with it anyway, but public transport seems unable to do so, and when you’re reliant on it as I am… But yes, I’d still love to chance to live and work in those chilly areas, given the chance. Seattle might be better, but… Hey, I’d probably go and work in Anchorage if given the opportunity lol! Fairbanks, hmm… 😉

Its something you get used to, or at least I assume you do, maybe James, Kate and others will tell me differently? Mind, a well insulated silver body suit might make for a good option for me, lol!

Alright, some music which seems applicable at the moment, though doing it along I-90 might be complex all the same! I tossed up several versions of this, but this seemed the most apt somehow

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OATi34PKNPw