‘Raylan’ is Back . . .

One of our favorite shows is “Justified” on FX, and last night was the beginning of the 5th season. Raylan Givens, a Deputy US Marshall out of Eastern Kentucky, is a character created by famed writer Elmore Leonard, and brought to life by actor Timothy Olyphant. You’re never sure what will happen next,  but you can be sure the body count will be high,

With all the cold weather around the country, especially in areas that aren’t used to the low temps, I remember the time we spent in Fairbanks, AK in 2008 and how people reacted differently to the temps.

2008 was a cold summer in Fairbanks. We had 1 day in the 80’s – 81 on the 4th of July, 12 days in the 70’s, and the rest in the 50 and 60’s. When the temps were in the 50’s, you would have some people in parkas, and some people in shorts and T-shirts. Our granddaughter Piper who visited us in July couldn’t understand why she was bundled up in a heavy coat, and people were jet-skiing on the Chena River in their bathing suits.

I told her it’s all what you’re used. This was summer to the Alaskans and they weren’t going to miss out. Jan was an Air Force brat living in both Fairbanks and Anchorage. She said in school that they used to play outside until it got cooler than 20 below zero. It’s all what you’re used to.

As a follow-up on that idea, here’s a chart to compare people’s reaction to low temps around the country.

60° F: Arizonans shiver uncontrollably; 
            People in Buffalo, NY are still sunbathing.

50° F: Californians try to turn on the heat; 
            People in Buffalo plant gardens.

40° F: Californian’s Italian sports cars won’t start;
           People in Buffalo drive with the windows down.

32° F: Distilled water freezes;
            Lake Erie water gets thicker.

20° F: Floridians don coats, thermal underwear, gloves and wool hats;
           People in Buffalo throw on a light jacket.

15° F: People in Buffalo have the last cookout before it gets cold.

0° F: All the people in Phoenix die.
         Buffalonians close the windows.

10° below: Californians fly away to Mexico . 
zero             The Girl Scouts in Buffalo are selling cookies door to door.

25° below: Hollywood disintegrates; 
zero            People in Buffalo get out their winter coats.

40° below: Washington, DC runs out of hot air;
zero            People in Buffalo let the dogs sleep indoors.

100° below: Santa Claus abandons the North Pole. 
zero              Buffalonians get frustrated because they can’t start the car.

460° below: All atomic motion stops (absolute zero);
zero               People in Buffalo start saying, “Cold enough for ya?”

500° below: Hell freezes over. 
zero               The Bills win the Super Bowl.

Thought for the Day:

‘There’s a way of transferring funds that is even faster than electronic banking. It’s called marriage.’ – Sam Kinison



2 Responses

  1. We love Justified too……Timothy Olyphant is perfect for the roll!

  2. Timothy Olyphant was excellent in Deadwood. Loved that show. And that is too funny about recess in Alaska. I also have seen one other version of he weather scale. Adversity seems to bring out the humor in all of us.

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