It is currently -17 degrees here in Iowa. Here is what we have to look forward to… This is the National Weather Service shouting, not me….
DANGEROUS TO LIFE THREATENING WIND CHILLS OF 30 TO 50 BELOW WILL REMAIN OVER THE AREA TODAY THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. ACTUAL TEMPERATURES TODAY WILL RISE TO BETWEEN 5 BELOW AND 10 BELOW ZERO. TONIGHT… LOW TEMPERATURES WILL BE BETWEEN 20 BELOW AND 30 BELOW ZERO. EVEN WITH LIGHT WINDS… WIND CHILLS AT THESE TEMPERATURES WILL EASILY DROP INTO THE DANGER CATEGORY.
A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS A COMBINATION OF BITTERLY COLD AIR AND WIND WILL CREATE DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILL VALUES. THIS MAY RESULT IN FROST BITE… HYPOTHERMIA OR EVEN DEATH IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN. IF YOU MUST VENTURE OUTDOORS… DRESS APPROPRIATELY IN LAYERS COVERING EXPOSED SKIN. FROSTBITE ON EXPOSED SKIN WILL OCCUR IN AS FEW AS 10 MINUTES IN THESE CONDITIONS.
DANGEROUS TO LIFE THREATENING WIND CHILLS THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING…
ARCTIC COLD WILL CONTINUE TO SETTLE ACROSS THE AREA TODAY AND TONIGHT. HIGH TEMPERATURES TODAY WILL ONLY REACH THE SINGLE DIGITS BELOW ZERO. LOWS TONIGHT WILL BE FROM 10 BELOW TO 28 BELOW ZERO. THESE TEMPERATURES… WHEN COMBINED WITH WINDS FROM 10 TO 20 MPH… WILL PRODUCE DANGEROUS AND LIFE THREATENING WIND CHILLS OF 30 BELOW TO NEAR 50 BELOW ZERO.
After rejection in Burma, Kerry and I (who become engaged atop a skyscraper in Bangkok on Christmas, by the way) headed to Kuala Lumpur to cap off our Southeast Asian winter vacation. We made it back to Iowa this weekend, and more or less immediately got our car stuck in a snowdrift on an unploughed dirt road on the way to pick up Winston from his breeder’s farm. I was then off to a stimulating liberal/libertarian panel at Stanford, from which I returned this evening. Iowa is cold. Iowa is hidden under strata upon heaping strata of snow. Anyway, your regularly scheduled blogging returns tomorrow. I may post some vacation pictures. In fact, here’s one of us getting our feet exfoliated by small toothless fish…
After something of a bureaucratic hassle getting our visas from the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok, Kerry and I flew to Yangon this morning. At immigration control, we discovered that Kerry is some kind of danger to the blissful harmony of Burmese society. Her passport number evidently inspired panic in their database, which required a phone call to someone, who probably had to call someone, etc… We waited and waited, with the pleasantly patient Asia Air staff, who apparently could not leave until we were processed one way or another. Nobody asked us about our plans or what we were there to do. We simply were summarily denied entry and put back on the plane to Bangkok.
Lessons: (a) The Myanmar bureaucracy makes no sense. Not a surprise. (b) We love Air Asia, who apologized to us for holding up their return flight to Thailand and kindly advised us on getting back through Thai immigration in the weird circumstance of having just left the country hours before.
Sorry for the nonexistent blogging. Kerry and I are heading to Bangkok for Christmas, and then to Burma. Blogging will likely remain nonexistent, except perhaps for a picture or two. So what should we do in Bangkok? One well-traveled friend suggested “street food and, don’t take this the wrong way, the prostitutes.” So that’s covered. What else? Restaurants? Specific not-to-be-missed, off-the-beaten-path sites?
We got back yesterday afternoon, after a layover in Vienna. Austrian efficiency turned out to be a refreshing contrast to the customary Turkish goat rodeo. I’ll have a few posts this week inspired by thoughts about Turkey.