Web Log Entry #0054, Thursday, March 20, 2003: Day 122
Anchorage Sunrise: 7:02am Sunset: 7:13pm High Temp: 32° Low Temp: 20°
It's Spring! We celebrated the final night of Winter with a light layer of snow, the first in several weeks. The Alaskans drove very cautiously to work this morning, which surprised me. I expected them to show the snow the same disregard they have for speed limits and red lights. Perhaps last year's 48" snowfall on March 17th has them suspicious, fearing that the snow may actually be quite deep and they'll vanish into it like a car driving across a "puddle" whose bottom is unexpectedly far down.
So I've survived an Alaskan Winter! I've earned the title "Sourdough" (I suppose it means less when one can fly South for a vacation from the cold rather than being forced to huddle in an igloo for six months, but it's tradition). It's probably not a title that I'll use very often, like "Supreme Emperor of All Bivalves" (another title I hold, which carries few responsibilities, as most bivalves are low-maintenance when it comes to governing, not like amphibians). Perhaps one day I'll look back fondly at the Coldest Winter of My Life*, but I doubt it.
* Actually, the coldest winter I've ever experienced probably happened near Flagstaff, Arizona when I was an infant. Since I don't remember it, it doesn't count.
© 2003 Evan M. Nichols