January 16, 2007
As if this week weren’t already bad enough, I realized that I had to go to Minneapolis Minnesota for three days of meetings. I am not sure who the comedian is that thought it would be funny to send a guy from Arizona to Minnesota in January but I guarantee there will be payback. I’m already planning a follow-up meeting where people from Minnesota will travel to Phoenix in August. After a quick check of the Weather Channel I found that the high temperatures in Minneapolis would be hovering around 8 degrees but with wind chill it would feel like -12 degrees. To try and get a sense of comparison, I placed a thermometer in my refrigerator freezer and found that it was hovering at about 29 nine degrees. I also found a half eaten Dairy Queen Dilly Bar that I believe carbon dates to the Reagan administration but I left that in the freezer just in case I get hungry sometime later. Negative numbers are never a good sign. They are bad when I am doing the checkbook after a trip to the scrapbook store and they are even worse when put in the context of temperature. I will gladly admit that I am prejudiced against cold. After 4 shoulder surgeries, three knee surgeries, an ankle, a wrist, and a reconstructive finger surgery; I don’t deal well with cold. My entire body aches and about the only way I survive is by “better living through chemistry”. I needed to do some quick planning if I was going to deal with this trip.