When I left the house at 8:00 this morning, CBC radio was reporting the current temperature as -32C (-26F) with a windchill of -49C (-56F).
However, since I was raised in Winnipeg, which has the dubious honour of being the coldest city with a population of over 600,000, I merely scoffed, donned my serious business winter coat with the massive hood that makes me look like a bison (and scaring the hell out of the cat in the process), and trudged out to the urban assault vehicle.
I wasn't too concerned about driving on the frozen streets, as I had plenty of practice yesterday when I foolishly suggested to the Resident Offspring that we take in a matinée of The Orphanage on what was sure to be the final weekend of its run at the Uptown, a great little art house theatre downtown.
It was well worth braving the snow-blown streets and the wind tunnels created by the office towers, which gave us instant freeze-dried lobotomies, as The Orphanage is easily one of the creepiest, most stylish horror movies I have seen in a very long time. It steers clear of the ever so tedious gore factor that predominates Hollywood productions and instead delivers an increasing sense of unease and anxiety, with well placed startling moments that made me gasp audibly (just ask the Offspring).
Best ghost story since The Others. Better, actually.
After a cautious,but reasonable commute this morning, I was thrilled to discover that the parking lot was only half full, so I was able to park several rows closer to the building than I normally do. I made sure I faced the urban assault vehicle in a southerly direction to negate the wind factor, plugged in the block heater (which I haven't done for several years), and thanked my stars that I replaced the ailing battery last week. How's that for fortuitous timing?
And when I got into the office, I discovered that I was the only person who had not hit the curb with my front end that day. Not only do I not need a wheel alignment, I now have bragging rights as the best driver in the lab.
I pretty much ruled today.
How was your Monday?