28 November, 2005 Temperature: 45 degrees F
First, let me tell you about a small change I have to make in this blog. I will be updating every evening, instead of during the day. It seems that I am violating internet protocol here at work by doing this during my breaks. We are approaching zero-tolerance these days for any personal internet use in the workplace. How sad. But that’s what the boss tells me, so that’s the way it has to be.
Apparently it’s the monsoon season here in tropical Minnesota. I awoke this morning to the patter of rain on my south-facing bedroom window. It’s a balmy forty-five degrees outside, and I’m rummaging around for my Hawaiian shirt. Some Winter Challenge this is turning out to be.
Yes, things are getting weird here in the waning days of November. The Vikings have won four games in a row, and I’m riding through a misty rain forest on my way to work, four days into the Christmas shopping season. Strange days indeed.
It did snow a little bit on the Friday after Thanksgiving. We ended up with about two inches of accumulation, and much of that packed down on the road in front of my house. This was a perfect opportunity to get some practice. I took the Baron out, and we performed the stunt maneuver known in local vernacular as “whippin’ sh*tties”.
The front tire skidded almost as much as the rear, however, and we looked perfectly ridiculous out there. But it was all in the name of Science, of course. Traction research, to be precise. On a scale of one-to-ten, with one being snow skis, the traction afforded by the stock street tires was about a three. The Kenda knobbies are going on tonight, and I expect a measurable improvement from them.
The Windsock and Crystal Ball Guild are predicting snow for late tonight, into tomorrow morning. I hope they are right this time. The Baron is ready, and I am pumped… It’s time to get this party started.