Saturday, December 16, 2006

Birnam Wood

It has warmed up again. Today was sunny and at least 12°C downtown, some trees appear to be leafing out! The weather is beyond absurd and becoming worrying. This is the warmest winter in 1300 years, according to a report on the radio (based on geologists' analysis of ice samples from glaciers). As far as I can tell, there hasn't yet been a night of frost down here in the valley.

Last year at this time there was so much snow that roofs were collapsing under its weight.

Nonetheless, Christmas approaches. The city is full of those odd temporary forests that spring up at this time of year, every vaguely public piece of open land in the city has acquired a stand of pine trees. I like the look and the smell of them, even as I can't help but deplore the waste of those young lives cut off in their prime.

In other news There's a party happening somewhere across the street, and they are playing That Special Party Song. You know the one, it's the song you hear every time the neighbours let their hair down:

thumpa thumpa thumpa thumpa
thumpa thumpa thumpa dang

The funny thing is that you never hear it being played when you're at a party; but every party across every street puts it on "repeat" the whole damned night long. It's a mystery.


Blogger zhoen said...

Yeah, I know that song.

December 16, 2006 at 10:47:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Jenni said...

It's quite warm here as well....somewhere around 80 degrees F....blech. Too hot for Christmastime!!

December 16, 2006 at 11:16:00 p.m. GMT+1  
Blogger brooksba said...

Ha! I completely get that song. The people who live above me play it at least 8 hours a day 4 times a week.

We've hit a warm spell right now too. Odd, and maybe a green Christmas, but I guess I like the warmth more than the -40 weather, so here's to it!

December 17, 2006 at 10:57:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger Rob said...

Shouldn't it go

thumpeda thump-thump-thump thumpeda
thumpeda thump-thump-thump thumpeda
thumpeda thump-thump-thump thumpeda


Oh, wait, that's the Nibelungs downstairs.

December 19, 2006 at 3:41:00 a.m. GMT+1  
Blogger CarpeDM said...

Every time the politicians say there's no such thing as global warming, I want to remind them of it being 50 degrees in Minnesota this weekend and it snowing in Texas of all places.

But it's snowing now. I'm not sure how I feel about this.

December 21, 2006 at 8:52:00 p.m. GMT+1  

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