This is the coldest night of the year, the coldest night in many years in fact. According to the weather forecast plug-in in my Firefox browser and the indoor/outdoor thermometer, we minus 13 degrees Celsius outside. Here in North Germany, minus 8 to minus 10 is usually the coldest we get in winter.
They’re saying that this is the worst of it and that it will get warmer in the next few days. Which would be a good thing, because in this constant frost it’s not even possible to cut the Christmas tree down. Even getting the snow from the branches will be a challenge.
Due to the persistent snow and frost, there was no school today. I had to go shopping though, get certain ingredients for the Christmas meals. So I drove to Roland Center, the oldest of the local malls. The parking lot was completely overcrowded, though the mall itself was full, but not overly so. I suspect that the majority of the cars in the parking lot belonged to people who didn’t even shop at the mall but took the tram into the city center instead. This behaviour is actually encouraged, since it reduces the traffic in the city center. But if shoppers have problems finding a place to park, because people who don’t even shop at the center take up all available parking spaces, things have really gotten out of hand.
At least I got lucky and found a pair of decent winter boots in my size after all. Though it seems that I’m up to size 41 now, at least for boots. This is a problem, because women’s shoes often top out at size 40. 37 and 38 seem to be the most common women’s sizes. I outgrew both at around 18 or so. I really wish there weren’t so many small people or at least that the fashion industry wasn’t catering to their needs so much. Even worse is that small people constantly whine about not being able to find clothing that fits, even though there is a lot more fashion catering to small than to tall people. And “large sizes” usually means for overweight people.
Finally, here are two links:
Seems that there’s something in the air, because Kenneth Mark Hoover also has a post on truth in fiction at the Apex blog (found via Charles Tan).