November 29, 2004

You live in California. How cold could it be?

44 degrees right now, with a low of 39 for the night and a frost advisory in effect.

Thank god for snug, cozy cottages with powerful furnaces which warm the entire house quickly and evenly. Lacking that, thank god for snug, cozy cottages with powerful furnaces which warm only the living room no matter how hard you try to get air to circulate. If we get frostbite in the bedroom tonight, at least we can move to the couch and pile the cats on top of ourselves to stay warm.

I'm rapidly devouring the last few chapters of Yann Martel's excellent book Life of Pi. It reads like a worst-case survival manual: what, in fact, DO you do when you find yourself mid-Pacific with a Bengal tiger for a rafting companion? I suggest you read it. You never know when it might come in handy.

Posted by dianna at November 29, 2004 06:27 PM

My car gave its cute little It-Is-Getting-Cold-So-Keep-Your-Stupid-Californian-Ass-Out-Of-Black-Ice beep this morning for the first time in quite a while. I am suitably terrified.

Posted by: Erik at November 29, 2004 07:46 PM

It beeps when you hit black ice? Or it beeps when you hit the temperatures at which black ice becomes a hazard? It has a separate beep for black ice as opposed to all other things you might want to watch out for, like deer in the road, brakelights ahead, buffeting winds, large concentrations of windshield-height insects?

I'm feeling sarcastic and frustrated. The ending of Life of Pi left me profoundly worried. I need to yell about it for a while, in case anyone else around here has read it. Please speak up if you have.

Posted by: Dianna at November 29, 2004 07:54 PM

/me pokes head up and looks cautiously around like a groundhog.

I read it a while ago. I also forgot most of the specifics of the ending, but remember being dissatisfied that it didn't end the way I expected.

Posted by: Chris at November 29, 2004 10:09 PM

As I said, the beep is merely suggesting that I keep my ass, and only my ass, out of black ice, which is really a good suggestion any time of the year. A frostbitten ass is least of all a pretty thing.

It just so happens that my car only makes the suggestion when the outside temperature drops to 37 degrees Fahrenheit (which is quite amusing on days, like today, when sunlit areas are above 37 degrees and shaded areas are below; my car beeped quite a bit on the way to work, passing under bridges and through the shade of tall buildings).

Posted by: Erik at November 29, 2004 10:27 PM

After watching the movie "?," I have resisted reading "Life of Pi" for fear of unjustifiably but inevitably comparing the one to the other. And, no offense to a book I've never read, but the movie will blow its socks off. No contest.

But I'd love to hear about the book, as that beats reading the damn thing any day.

Posted by: poot at November 30, 2004 05:28 AM

Silly rabbit, "?" is for kids!

(it's not showing up as the symbol for pi on my machine. Anyone else having that problem?)

Posted by: poot at November 30, 2004 05:29 AM

yeah poot, i'm not so much seeing it, either...and i was just about to ask if "?" is the sequel to "PI".

Posted by: Erik at November 30, 2004 07:11 AM

Life of PI: the story of how a young man in search of God crosses the Pacific Ocean with a migraine headache.

Posted by: Dianna at November 30, 2004 09:21 AM

Incidentally, Poot, Life of Pi is not about the number pi. It has, indeed, nothing to do with numbers or patterns. It's about animals. I really doubt you'd find yourself comparing it to the movie Pi, so you'll need a new excuse not to read it.

Posted by: Dianna at November 30, 2004 01:14 PM

I believe that "poot" is intentionally left uncapitalized. In fact, the only time I've seen it capitalized is when the honorofic "the Destroyer" is included.

Posted by: Chris at November 30, 2004 06:04 PM

Well, far be it from me to contradict his wishe-- wait, no, sorry, I got that one wrong. More capitalization for him! Poot Poot Pootity Poot! Take that, sucker!

You know, since I'm a card-carrying member of the club to which I believe I referred once before when finding myself in a discussion with him, and all.

Posted by: Dianna at November 30, 2004 06:30 PM

I guess the "unjustifiably but inevitably" line didn't convey a half-joking tone very effectively. All apologies.

Dead serious about not reading it though. My time is reserved for video games, and possibly (shudder) research.

Speaking of research, if anyone knows where I can get info (REAL info) on Clear Channel Communications' national holdings, acquisitions, and/or corporate infrastructure, please let me know.

Posted by: poot at December 1, 2004 05:48 AM