Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Big Cold Front

A cold front came through Houston yesterday. When I say cold, I mean cool. It's not like we're living in Greenland or anything. Although for a minute I thought I was as I drove home from work yesteday. You see I drive by Memorial Park everyday on my way to and from work. For those of you who don't know about Memorial Park, it's like the "it" place to see and be seen exercising in Houston. People take their dogs, their kids, their significant others or whatever else they want out there to get their exercise. Some people out there are really serious or maybe I should say take themselves very serious. Others are just out there to be seen.

I always thought it'd be cool to live by Memorial Park because it was a great place to go running. Man was I wrong. First off, it's crowded. All the time. At its busiest there can be at least a couple thousand people on the 3 mile running path. That's not to mention the long stretch of the path that runs parallel to Memorial Drive. As you run, you inhale fumes from the hundreds of cars that pass you at any given time. So as you run and get fit, you inhale toxic fumes into your lungs. Not my idea of a good time.

Anyway, back to my point. My point is, as I drove by Memorial Park yesterday, I saw people dressed like we were on the verge of getting our first snow. I saw people with stocking caps, scarves, long pants, big coats, and any other thing to help people survive this "arctic blast." "Are you serious?" I thought to myself as I drove by. "Do people really think it's that cold out?" By the way, this arctic blast I'm talking about was 58 degrees. I can't wait to see what's going to happen when it actually gets close to freezing here. I know what happened last year, schools shut down, offices were closed, and people were scared to go outside. Memo to Houstonians, 40 degrees is not going to kill you. Ask the people in Minnesota about this. They call 0 degrees in the middle of Winter, a heat wave. I think we'll survive.

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