||Monday December 1st, 2008 -
Article - Cold Weather
"Winter is my favorite season."
"Traveling"- is a very real experience.
One whatever day- that you do just happen to be wherever you are...
There you are.
This word means many things.
My heater stopped working. My vehicle stopped running. My heart stopped beating... In cold weather? All of these are "bad things".
I really do- look at each new day as a new adventure. Perhaps someday I will "grow up"- or mature a little? Perhaps. And perhaps not.
I wander through my adventures- not really caring about what is gonna happen- because- I know from experience- that most likely nothing will.
Every common occurence to delay or detain me- is something I already know about- and obviously- I take precautions to avoid these types of things.
I suppose I should write several sentences about the reality of cold weather.
About freezing (32° F - 0°C) is the most I am comfortable with, sleeping with no heat. Given; adequate bedding. Alot of people are not comfortable sleeping at temperatures below 45° F.
Neither you nor your kids want to spend a night without blankets or adequate clothing- at freezing or below.
Below 20° F? This is cold enough to make you distinctly uncomfortable. This is cold enough to make it so a diesel engine- that is already cold- without adequate batteries to start it (or one not running perfectly)- won't start.
Below zero can kill you- if you are not careful...
The smell of a diesel engine being fired up "cold"- on a winters' morning- is one of my favorite experiences.
My first one? Firing up a battery of howitzers in Germany. It is an experience- one very difficult to describe...
I'm gonna guess that about half of my material is from "up north"- running the "high side".
Almost everything is from above Interstate 70 - the material from when I was running east-west.
Obviously- for me to go finding pictures for this page- all I'll need to do- is go looking in dec, jan, and feb folders...
Real internet webmasters will be wondering exactly why I am not capitalizing on the things I could be doing with place-names, months and dates, and other search engine types of things.
For one thing- as mentioned before- I really don't have time for these kinds of things- and truthfully? I could care less. For another- the current status of my bandwidth allocation for my website would not withstand that kind of traffic.
It's not as if I do not know what I am doing? Calculate the current size of all of the material on my website- the demographics of my visitors- and make an estimate for when my bandwidth allocation will be exceeded.
How much material is on my website?
Hmmm- should I write this?
It took no end of trouble to get Earthlink to correctly set up my limited folder. It took many hours to upload the first year of pictures- about 15,000.
Do not be deceived by the contents of the Nov2008 folder- that thing has only about 6,000 images- 120 some-odd placed online. More than all of the others? Who knows- I could go look I suppose...
Life is not "static".
Neither; especially in contemporary America- is technology.
My pictures? My video? They are what they are- they are static.
Everything you will ever discover about history is also 'static"- and you should be wary of being in love with the past...
Because as beautiful as they are- these moments cannot ever be replaced.
Be wary of cold weather... It can kill you. If you do not know how cold it might be where you are going? Purchase a pulp thermometer- and tape it outside of your vehicle somewhere where you can see it.
If you are in a ditch somewhere? Get a ride into town (any town).