Web Log Entry #0086, Monday, October 13, 2003: Day 329
Anchorage Sunrise: 8:35am Sunset: 6:55pm High Temp: 42° Low Temp: 30°
I went to Portland, I came back, and it was COLD. Last week was chilly, about sweatshirt level. On the way to work this morning, it was definitely coat level, almost coat-hat-gloves. I walked out the door with a sweatshirt (because it worked last week), and seriously considered going back in for reinforcements. On a workday, though, I only deal with the outdoors in 50' increments. The sweatshirt was fine for that, but it went against my Winter Policy from last year. The policy is that no matter how short the walk from car to building, I dress warmly enough to be outside for an hour. I figure wearing a coat that I don't really need one hundred times will be worth it if I have car failure once and end up waiting in the cold for a tow truck or walking home. Part of that is the old "be prepared" training (once an Eagle Scout…), but part of it feels rather Alaskan. Sure, driving around Anchorage isn't anything like being in the bush, where roads are mostly theoretical, but in the middle of winter, it's still extreme weather conditions. The ramifications of the unexpected can be VERY unpleasant. So it's back to the big coat, hat and gloves stuffed in the pockets, just in case...
© 2003 Evan M. Nichols