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12 November 2012 @ 09:30 am
It doesn't actually get cold here in Southern California. I used to complain, "Gee, it's cold!" and my dear friend Laurie, who grew up in an uninsulated cabin in the Bitterroot Mountains of Idaho in snow up to her elbows, would look down her nose at me and sneer. (And she's right - one year I was a guest at Arisia in Boston during a blizzard and later went out to Old Sturbridge Village when it was two degrees and my escort and I were the ONLY tourists, and THAT was cold)

But it's DAMN frakking chilly.

Mr. Heater Repair Man is going to come this afternoon (allegedly) to make everything okay again, but the heater is only in the front part of the house. The study isn't heated, except by a space-heater which I've now put in the living-room for Rocky the Cat, so it's REALLY chilly back here. (Poor Rocky is still fighting with Polly, the New Girl, and won't leave the living-room - I have to feed her specially. It's her own fault - she hates other cats - but she's old and tiny and she needs the heat) (And yes, I'm going to get her one of those microwave heating-pads but it won't arrive before the heater is fixed).

I've just turned in the copy-edit on Good Man Friday, so I get about 3/4 of a day to actually work before Mr. Heater Man arrives - I've just realized that I'll lose another day of work next week, tidying up the house in preparation for the Family Thanksgiving. No wonder the book is coming slowly.

I need a Latin phrase translated. Could people who can do this message me?
Elizabeth McCoyarchangelbeth on November 12th, 2012 08:16 pm (UTC)
I have forgotten all my Latin, alas. (Well, except "Semper ubi sub ubi," the first couple lines of "Adeste, fidelis," and how to say "I love you"...)

I hope Mr. Heater Repair Guy shows up in a timely fashion, and you don't get too chilled!

(It is traditional for Arisias to get snowed in! It's always a bit odd when they don't.)
wmilliken on November 12th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
There must be a disease afflicting heating systems this season -- my mother just went down to Florida for the winter, and discovered her heating system was out, too. Fortunately a friend supplied her with a space heater for the moment, and there's no cat to usurp it.
jamesdunstan on November 12th, 2012 10:23 pm (UTC)
I might be able to help. What do you need translated? Do you want the phrase Latin-English or English-Latin?
incandescensincandescens on November 12th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
I have a little Latin (and less Greek), but would be glad to be of any assistance that I can.
Don Simpsondonsimpson on November 12th, 2012 11:28 pm (UTC)
I was in Boston one Winter for a gallery opening and a convention, and I was perfectly comfy in my wool long johns, heavy clothing, and down overclothes, plus high altitude flight boots. :)
Red-Handed Jillrhj_rs on November 13th, 2012 01:06 am (UTC)
Houses in colder climes have more insulation and more is done to protect the inhabitants from cold weather. So when someone in Arisias goes into their house and turns on the heat (or fires up the wood stove or fireplace), the house warms up and stays warm. In those locales where it doesn't get below freezing (or not too far below freezing), the homes/condos/apartments aren't built with the same weather-guarding. So when it does get cold, one doesn't get as much relief from being inside. And when the heat is turned off, it starts getting cold pretty damn quickly.

A couple of years ago, I was sent quite a few times to Chicago, including the day after an apocalyptic blizzard (THAT made for some interesting driving...) No matter how bitterly cold it was outside, any trip indoors offered immediate relief. I haven't found that to be the case in less typically cold climes. Heck - the windows in homes in Hawaii and Florida are made of slats. They don't even seal when closed.

Edited at 2012-11-13 01:15 am (UTC)
apollo_f1apollo_f1 on November 17th, 2012 04:22 pm (UTC)
I'm in Anaheim, until tomorrow visiting the House of Mouse, visiting from Seattle. It definitely doesn't feel at all cold to me.
I can't imagine needing heat here ever. But, after a moment of thought (pre-coffee on a lazy Saturday morning) I realized that with the sun so low in the sky houses get heated much more unevenly and the difference here is more dramatic than up in the soggy Seattle area.
Susan LockhartSusan Lockhart on November 19th, 2012 01:40 am (UTC)
Reunion UCRIverside group looking for you!
Hi Barbara,
I met you at Sensei Dalke's induction June 2011. We've had two reunion's of the old family and I have been looking for you to join us. We had another reunion last weekend and I found out you are a writer, so I think this must be your site. Please contact me at SCPartridge@gmail.com

Sue Partridge