Friday, February 15, 2008

Back on the blog

I'm back from my last trip of the residency interviewing season! No more canceled flights, waiting in airports, random-model rental cars, or worrying about arriving at my destination with a wrinkled suit.

Of course, after nearly a week in southern California and Texas (where I took another board exam, of which more later), I had to deal with the seventy-degree temperature drop of returning to my icy midwestern home. I try not to be that blogger, the one whose posts consist largely of quoting other folk's online musings, but I came across the following and it struck home. (And to my Minnesotan and Canadian readers: yes, I know you have it even worse.)

Cold Enough For Ya?

60 above zero:
Floridians turn on the heat.
People in IOWA plant gardens.

50 above zero:
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
People in Iowa City sunbathe.

40 above zero:
Italian and English cars won't start.
People in IOWA drive with the windows down.

32 above zero:
Distilled water freezes.
The water in CEDAR RAPIDS gets thicker.

20 above zero:
Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves, wool hats.
People in IOWA throw on a flannel shirt.

15 above zero:
New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
People in IOWA have the last cookout before it gets cold.

People in Miami all die.
IOWANS close the windows.

10 below zero:
Californians fly away to Mexico.
People in IOWA get out their winter coats.

25 below zero:
Hollywood disintegrates.
The Girl Scouts in IOWA are selling cookies door to door.

40 below zero:
Washington DC runs out of hot air.
People in IOWA let the dogs sleep indoors.

100 below zero:
Santa Claus abandons the North Pole.
IOWANS get upset because they can't start the Mini-Van.

460 below zero:
All atomic motion stops.
People in IOWA start saying..."Cold 'nuff fer ya?"

500 below zero:
Hell freezes over.
IOWA CITY public schools will open 2 hours late.

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