we whine about this every winter. the cold. but this is different. and i think i even said that before in the deep freeze winter of 2007, but really. this is entirely different... you just don't know.
it's been cold before. chicago is supposed to be cold. i'm blessed/cursed with unsympathetic southern friends, whose automatic response is a reminder of but you're in chicago. it's supposed to be cold in chicago. no, people. it is not supposed to be this cold anywhere in the world. we chicagoans did not sign up for this.
we are hale and hardy, but there are certain givens that must be in place. we must be able to walk from the train station home. that is the key to our survival and we have done that many a winter. but 15 hours later, our sinuses and lungs should not still be feeling as though they are being pricked by shards of frozen glass and burned in fire. this is something new.
i'm pretty sure it's the end of days.
yesterday, it was the coldest it's ever been. -9. yes, you read that right. -9. that was the actual temperature (to say nothing of the windchill). 9 less than nothing. which seems like a mathematical impossibility but apparently isn't.
and we persevered through that nightmare because there was the promise of today. a new, warmer day, which we were told would top out at 6.
15 whole degrees more than yesterday. a positive number. a veritable heatwave.
it's hard to express my disillusionment with the weather channel and chicago and God and commonwealth edison and the meteorological sciences in general when i woke up in an apartment with no hot water and saw this.