Life in a Northern Town

The dogs and I have been waiting a week and a half or so to get out for our daily constitutional. Waiting for it to be “warm enough.”

It’s been too damn cold here, you see. When it’s as cold as it’s been, Zoey, our long-haired dachshund, and Lucky, our lab-spaniel cross, start doing a not-so-funny dance, holding up first one frozen paw, then another, then another and then another, trying to keep them all off of the frozen sidewalks.

We do our best to avoid that.

Here’s what the past 10-12 days have looked like:

Weather app screenshot of minus 24
Weather app screenshot of minus 35 windchill

That’s 56 degrees below freezing. Fifty-six. With the windchill that’s 67 degrees below freezing. Sixty-seven. Frigid.

By comparison, at 5° Fahrenheit, today is downright balmy.

So while you’re out there, wherever in the country you are, posting Tweets like this –

Twitter post: I hate late winter

Keep in mind, we here on the Upper Great Plains are doing this –

World's smallest violin

So, yeah, quit your whinging.

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Martin C. Fredricks IV

Martin C. “Red” Fredricks IV here. I’m husband to an amazing woman who is also my best friend, dad to three outstanding kids, Fargoan (North Dakota, that is), proud introvert, veteran messaging strategist/copywriter, blogger ( nonprofit founder ( and big-time reader. As they say, if you're gonna write good stuff, you have to read good stuff. A ginger, too - ergo the "Red" - although some of it's going white. Cinnamon-Sugar, I call it. Tattooed to boot; seven so far. At age 54, I'm stilling crankin' AC/DC & Metallica, but now and again I spin some Eric Church and Black Uhuru, too. I love hanging out with my (much) better half, spending time with our kids, writing, hiking, riding my mountain bike and reading.

1 Comment

bz · February 17, 2021 at 7:20 pm

North Dakota has sidewalks?
I didn’t know that! lol

Let me know what you think!

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