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It’s Too Darn Cold

on Dec 14th 2017

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Fun fact: there’s been a “coldest night of the year” every year of Janis’s life, and yet she’s still alive. And it’s not as if she’s going to be spending the night outdoors (though I guess we can’t be entirely sure), although in any case they apparently live in the South, so it probably isn’t going to get as bad as a summer in San Francisco.

So basically the question is, why exactly is she losing her mind here?

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16 Responses to “It’s Too Darn Cold”

  1. ja Dec 14th 2017 at 05:20 pm 1

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    Grocery stores tend to get swamped any time there is an impending snow storm or cold snap. People come and buy a week’s worth of supplies even if the chance of them being homebound for a week and that of their as their house being pummeled by an asteroid are just about equal. Weathermen hype anything out of the ordinary, adding to the sense of urgency.

  2. Cidu Bill Dec 14th 2017 at 05:28 pm 2

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    I can understand panic buying when a blizzard’s coming — but cold? That’s basically business-as-usual, unless they’re at the point where cars freeze up.

    I’ve lived in upstate New York.

  3. DemetriosX Dec 14th 2017 at 06:47 pm 3

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    Maybe Arlo hasn’t brought in the cold sensitive plants from the patio yet and she’s trying to motivate him. OTOH, this is just what Janis does. Overreaction, panic. It’s her thing.

  4. Sue Dec 14th 2017 at 09:49 pm 4

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    A couple times this fall my Intellicast app has warned about extreme cold temps. I don’t remember this from before so I think it might be a new thing. The first time was in November and I think the temps were supposed to be in the 20s. I thought it was pretty funny. In January that would be a heatwave some days.

  5. turquoisecow Dec 14th 2017 at 11:30 pm 5

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    Maybe it’s an actual question. The weather forecast says it’s the coldest night of the year…are we supposed to do something special with that information?

    It does sound like kind of a silly question coming from a grown adult who has survived many winters, but who knows.

  6. Mark in Boston Dec 15th 2017 at 01:01 am 6

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    You can know if it’s the coldest night of the year only if it’s December 31, and usually at that time you know it’s not the coldest night of the year.

  7. Cidu Bill Dec 15th 2017 at 01:55 am 7

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    To be fair, Janis only says “coldest so far.”

  8. Kilby Dec 15th 2017 at 02:31 am 8

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    I thought that the panic attack was the whole point of the (weak) joke (such as it is). Something unimportant happens, and we’re supposed to laugh because she goes bonkers. Do people laugh when a cat jumps up and freaks out because a leaf fell on the ground? Judging from the number of cat videos posted on the Internet, I’m afraid that the answer is “yes, they do.”

    P.S. One would think that Arlo would come up with more practical suggestions about what to do on a cold night.

  9. James Pollock Dec 15th 2017 at 04:40 am 9

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    “You can know if it’s the coldest night of the year only if it’s December 31″

    Nah.
    You can decide that it was the coldest day of the year, starting from one year ago and ending today, any day you’d like. Ditto for decade, century, millennia, era, etc.

  10. Ted from Ft. Laud Dec 15th 2017 at 07:11 am 10

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    Not sure that “coldest” matters (since until 2 weeks ago, the coldest here was still in the 60s), but temps below a certain point can certainly matter. Up north, temps below freezing apparently can impact pipes and such. Here, when the temps dropped to the low 50s earlier in the week, they opened shelters.

  11. BillClay Dec 15th 2017 at 12:03 pm 11

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    Fun fact: Janis doesn’t say anything about the time frame. This could be the coldest night of her life, so far. She very well might not experience one of these every year.

    But usually that does refer to a more recent time frame, such as this year or in the current cold spell, so the question about why she is worried is still mostly valid. Just the statement “coldest night of the year” was not part of the original cartoon.

    It is a fair question to ask about what to do to prepare for particularly cold weather. Open the cupboard doors, make sure the water spigots outside are covered, bring in plants that are susceptible, maybe drop a faucet or two inside.

  12. Onnie Dec 15th 2017 at 01:07 pm 12

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    Anybody here married to a spouse whom they completely understand?

  13. woodrowfan Dec 17th 2017 at 10:06 am 13

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    the local TV stations are playing it up to get viewers’ attention.

  14. woodrowfan Dec 17th 2017 at 10:07 am 14

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    Onnie: nope, what fun would it be if we did??

  15. Meryl A Dec 19th 2017 at 03:35 am 15

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    1 - Yes, if the temperature gets below freezing pipes can burst. We have been in our house for about 30 years and until 3 or 4 years ago there was no worry about same. All of a sudden it was so cold that there were news stories about people’s pipes freezing. He panicked. We covered all of our basement pipes with a foam tubes to insulate them - except the pipes which go to the basement sink and clothes washer as those pipes are attached to the (inside of) the external walls and put him into a panic. We would turn on a heater near the pipes and close the door to that room in the basement to keep the heat there - plus the furnace’s heat.

    Similarly in our RV we have to winterize it by getting the water out of the pipes, valves and tanks and add non-toxic anti-freeze to them to keep them from freezing - and even so with the terribly cold winters we had, we had a different valve freeze each of 2 years. (The biggest mess is in the spring dewinterizing and getting the antifreeze out of it all and running bleach through to sanitize it.

  16. Meryl A Dec 19th 2017 at 03:42 am 16

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    Onnie (12) - I don’t always understand why my husband thinks what he does - but I understand what things upset him and what he is thinking about them. (Such as his concern over the pipes freezing.)

    And he understands me more than anyone else has ever done or I think could and thinks my oddities and confusions to be “cute”. I can tell him a thought I am having that confuses me and ask if “it is a Meryl thing” as I tend to take things too literally, at least now I sort of figure things out. Example of this - we were in Lancaster, PA at one of the farmers markets we go to and I noticed a sign on the building “Vendors only park here.” My initial reaction was to wonder why the vendors could not park elsewhere - only there along the building. The old me, before he helped me - would have assumed that it was something odd. The me I am now, thought that I must be misunderstanding it and asked him about it and was it incorrectly written and meant “no one but vendors park here” and he agreed that was what was meant. Every now and then when I ask if something (as this was) is a Meryl thing, it is not and he agrees that it is perplexing.

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