We are back to our milder-than-normal winter weather here in Connecticut, but last weekend, like just about everyone else I follow, it was freezing. Actually, it was below freezing. 42 degrees below freezing. -10°f (-23°c) isn’t nearly as bad the other negative numbers I’ve been reading about, but it reminded of a funny story.

This happened back in the aughts—I looked that up. What do you call the decade from 2000 to 2009—Google says “The aughts (American English) or noughties (British English).” I’m going to have to ask my friends from across the pond if ‘noughties’ is the right term because I’d be hesitant to use that. I digress. At some point in that decade, I started being invited to our company’s Annual Meeting. It was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida every year in February. It began with a Super Bowl party and rolled through lunch on Tuesday. I seem to be drifting again. I know, one-liner. Sorry.

The first time I flew to Ft. Lauderdale, I snagged a taxi. I got in the cab and started chatting with the driver. He was from Jamaica. I asked him if the weather was normal for Ft. Lauderdale in February—it was 70°f (21°c). He said it was a little cool that day. Then he asked me what the weather was like where I was from. I told him I was from Connecticut and that it was two degrees below zero when I left. Feel free to imagine your best Jamaican accent for his one liner.

“The temperature can go below the zero? I did not know that.”

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  1. It’s a lucky person who doesn’t know the temperature can fall below zero! I’ve been glad to read that those hideous temperatures have gone back up for everyone in the Northeast; those were some scary numbers. These winter trees are beautiful. The hawk tried hard to get away, but you nabbed him. Squirrels with peanuts are more cooperative.

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    • The hawk cheated me out of the photo I wanted most. I was hoping to get him with the sun more directly behind him. He ducked, perhaps swooped. I don’t know what to call it but he exited the frame before the shutter snapped. Squirrels are much more patient. Although, I think I’ve heard, “Just throw the peanut buddy, you have a zillion photos of us already.” We’ll be in the 50s today – weird.

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  2. Yes, I can imagine the Jamaican accent and him never having heard of weather below zero! Living in south FL would be perfect for him. I remember the snow we had in 1977, but that wasn’t even close to zero!

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  3. I agree with Judy, perfect one-liner for this week!

    Sunshine through bare-limbed trees, squirrels eating their peanuts, the hawk looking for something to nibble on that doesn’t come in a shell, and Old Glory not at half staff…good way to start my day. Thanks.

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  4. Whew, below zero. I don’t even want to think about it. Here in the mid-Atlantic, it’s unusual for the temps to get into single digits, even in deep winter. It happens now and then, but I’m very grateful things have been on the mild side in recent years. Hope you’re doing well, Dan!

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  5. Isn’t the Jamaican accent the loveliest thing? I have to say I would agree with him, though. How do you differentiate when it gets minus anything? It’s just plain freezing cold!!

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  6. We’ve been having chilly mornings but lots of sun in the afternoon which is hard for me because I still can’t navigate stairs to get down to the garden! Getting there but no star yet! Love that one liner!

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  7. The snowless winter continues in the Philly suburbs, Dan. People in shorts. I think birds are starting to contemplate building nests. It’s nuts – just ask the squirrels. That cab driver gets the quote of the day award. I’ve been around a couple of folks who were seeing snow for the first time. Everything is relevant. So many people in the world who simply have no frame of reference for the type of winters we have…um, used to have.


  8. I’ve been reading about those temperatures too and Judy’s suffering through them. We had some pretty cold days, especially with windchill, when we lived in Naperville. Love that one-liner. I can see why you might want to not use “noughties” if it’s pronounced the way it looks. :-)


  9. Hi Dan – I’ve no idea re the ‘naming’ … I’d probably say 2000s … anyway love the Jamaican driver – made me laugh – just taking the blues away … “The temperature can go below the zero? I did not know that.” I’m happy with our usually temperate weather … cheers Hilary

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