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January 11th, 2007

Pour myself a cup of ambition

Okay, so I stole this title from Lila's honours talk, but as she stole it from the same place I stole the last entry's title from, all is good.

It took a cup of ambition to walk the 1.5 km to the bus stop today. It may be lovely and sunny outside, but factoring in wind chill, it's -32oC. Tonight, it's supposed to get down to -41 including wind. First, the cold makes your nose run, then the snot freezes in your nostrils. There is ice in your beard. Your eyes are the only part of your body exposed, and the bones of the sockets ache. Doing anything fiddly, like getting out your bus ticket, requires taking off one gloves and after 15 seconds your fingers are in pain.


Paul's tips for walking in snow:

1. Don't

If one cannot heed #1 for whatever reason, the following may help:

2. Don't walk on fresh snow. It will tire you out like walking over sand dunes.
3. Don't walk on snow lots of people have walked on. It is now almost all ice & you will slip and either do a little dance or fall on yer arse.
4. Don't walk were there is no snow. There was snow, and it is now ice you can't see. Same results as above.
5. Walk where some people have walked and the snow has only slightly compacted.


Anyways, Winnipeg is awesome. There are are restaurants and delis for every possible cuisine you can think of (even Australian, whatever that means). I've found the large jazz scene already, which ranges from students from Uni Manitoba at local working
class pubs to guest artists from NYC in concert halls. Next month they have a 'new music' festival for which tickets to the whole 2 week season cost about AU$20, I think. They have much to offer in wines and I'm going to get my hands on a bottle of 'ice wine' soon. To top it off, everything is walking distance from my house. The people here are incredibly friendly, and apparently this is an acknowledged phenomenon of Winnipeg. I spent hours talking to a mathematician, Will, I randomly sat next to in the cafeteria a couple of days ago and the science librarian, Bill, has bent over backwards to point out local activities and places. Now that I am a president-in-exile, I will soon be meeting the president of the local postgrad physics association.

Photos will be up tomorrow. I think the people in the camera shop saw me coming, but I figure if you don't regret any items purchased in a splurge the next day then they were good purchases. I probably didn't need a waterproof camera or a memory card that big, but it is snowing here and I did run out of memory when I was in St. Basil's last year, so meh.

One last thing: after much observational linguistic research, I have determined that Canadians may not say 'about', but it's more 'aboat' than 'aboot' ;)

Get your motor running

Maybe not a constructive post, and possibly fuelled by some local swill entitled 'Old Vienna', but it is important for people to know that one fine day I will own that sweet car in Supernatural. The Statesman may be rockin' and all, but it isn't Henry Ford's favourite colour and it has two too many doors.

As Alan would say, that is all.

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