Monday Motorway Music™, January 13 – “A Little Winter Monday…”

2014-01-13 11.20.07

“…but after that, temperatures above freezing and rain.”

The weather people had actually promised us some winter this week. Technically, they can probably claim to have delivered as it was -3°C this morning. But …

For the record, I absolutely detest 1-2°C and rain. Like in hate. And while we’ve actually been having more like 4-8°C, we’ve also been getting rain. And rain. With rain. Hrmpf.

This relationship of mine with winter rain has been described very eloquently by Garrison Keillor in National Geographics (first appeared on the “Civilized Denmark” article there in July 1998, worth reading and really worth getting for the photos):

Sober-faced Danes queue at the bus stop in the rain, which they do not flinch at, and it dawns on you that a daylong rain is not unusual, this is a North Atlantic winter. The sun won’t shine tomorrow, maybe not the next day. You have arrived in a land where Christmas means more than in, say, Barbados; it is the last outpost on the long grim trek toward spring. Dark gray sky at noon, dull brown brick all around, dead trees, broken glass in the gutter, and you, sorry you, your head like a sponge full of mud. At first you think it’s jet lag, and then you realize that everyone else feels this way too.

Welcome to the birthplace of existentialism.*

Last week, I was desperate enough for some proper winter that I wrote in comments to some of my USAian friends that they were welcome to send their winter over here – well, I actually was a little bit of a chicken and just asked for some of it. Given how it turned out, maybe I shouldn’t have been so guarded 😉

At least I got a walk last night in light frost, clear starry skies and lovely, dry and crisp air. But I could do with some more of it. Pretty please…?

Roll Over Beethoven – Electric Light Orchestra
Hammer To Fall – Queen
Good Vibrations – Beach Boys
Old Pop In An Oak – Rednex
If I Could Turn Back Time – Cher
Born For This – Paramore

Image from app: glum weather forecast
*I may well have quoted this before around here – still, it’s a good quote!
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