When it’s this cold…

…it doesn’t matter where you set the thermostat. In the first photo below, you see the Old Main thermostat, with the target and actual temperature. The furnace just can’t keep up.

I tell people Minnesota weather isn’t that bad (which is better than “isn’t that good,” for those of you who don’t speak Minnesotan), and that we usually have 3 weeks a year in which the temperature stays below zero F.

This is one of those weeks.

I’m on the way to university of St.Thomas for a journalism seminar. The second photo is the traffic, which is making me late (but also enabling me to compose this post via WordPress for iPhone.)

No animals or humans were harmed or endangered in the writing of this post. Traffic was stop and go, with more stop than go.

Updated: When I got to St. Thomas (about 9:45), I added this video I shot during the stop and go traffic. It’s not my best work, because I was paying attention to the road (though I was only going about 3 mph), but I think the message is good for young people considering journalism or PR careers.)


Author: Lee Aase

Husband of one, father of six, grandfather of 15. Chancellor Emeritus, SMUG. Emeritus staff of Mayo Clinic. Founder of HELPcare and Administrator for HELPcare Clinic.

2 thoughts on “When it’s this cold…”

  1. Glad to see you made it safely home from Mankato. I was lucky enough to get into Mpls before it got nasty. Others that I meet with where all coming from other metro locations, but had longer commute times than I did to the same north Mpls location (I arrived 2 hours early to do some prep) It reinforced to me why we live in greater Minnesota where time spent commuting is often short and almost always predictable.

    Nice work, but I’ll be looking for this video and Blog entry on the cable access channels while the legislature is debating a full cell phone ban while driving…

    Take Care

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