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01/30/2014

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Yes, I woke up the other morning and wondered what this noise was. I've never heard it before in my life. How weird that I would experience it in Houston!!!

Yeah, pretty funny--not just a warm climate but a notoriously hot and uncomfortable one. Imagine how nice that sound would be at the end of a serious winter.

When I lived in Boston, I became aware of the danger of falling icicles -- they grew mighty big up there. Had to always look up first before going out the door.

Never thought of them as being actually dangerous.

I guess they get pretty pointy and big. :o

The thawing sound would indeed be very nice at the end of a big winter.

There is a famous sequence of Peanuts cartoons in which Snoopy is trapped in his doghouse because a huge icicle had formed over it. He is trapped in fear for several panels, then escapes in the nick of time because Charlie Brown coaxes him out with a pizza.
https://peanuts.wikia.com/wiki/Snoopy's_doghouse?file=Pe600213.gif

I think it's great the way people construct these very detailed encyclopedic repositories of information about comics and similar things.

I was a Peanuts fanatic as a kid.

Oh. You're talking about the web page. I always wonder how people have that kind of time.

"...a bit of compensation for those who live in colder places."

Oh, we get all sorts of compensation: the way the sunlight sparkles on the snow like tiny diamonds, the silence when it is still and big snowflakes are drifting earthward, a world reduced to black and white and blue, etc. But our greatest compensation is only occasionally having humid days that are over 90 degrees instead of a whole summer of such.

It rarely got over 90 for very long last summer, which I guess was a harbinger of the unusual winter.

"...how people have that kind of time..." Yeah, I always wonder that, too. I'm glad they do it--nice for the rest of us.

That is odd; I lived way up north in Virginia years back and I remember endless 90s with 90% humidity or so. And no air conditioning. AND I was way younger...

Oh yeah, it was definitely unusually cool, also unusually wet. Part of the reason most of my grass died, I think.

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