Friday, January 3, 2014
Chicago Snow Memories: Or The Mouse that Froze
Chicago weather makes you tough. It was once so cold while I was walking to class at Northwestern that when I made the half mile or so, there were tiny icicles on my scarf where it had covered my mouth. Yes, the moisture of my breath had formed ice! On Lake Michigan, I saw waves freeze in mid-motion close to the shore.
Once I walked outside too soon after sucking on a menthol cough drop and my lungs seized up momentarily.
And then there was an endlessly cold winter my junior year at NU and all the houses in the sorority quad got a mouse problem because hey, they needed somewhere warm and the interconnected houses were perfect. We put out these sticky traps that didn't work mostly…. Grossed out one morning to find an unfortunate and chilly rodent stuck to the yellow paper, I tossed it outside in the blizzard where he froze to death soon after. Mousicle. A cautionary tale for his comrades.
Chicago's a tough town.
Stay warm, dear readers.