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January 5th, 2010


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04:47 pm - Snapshot
The subtropics, like half of these United States, are cold right now. Freakishly cold. Freakin' cold.

Yesterday afternoon I was driving down a residential street, as you do, and passed a woman sitting in the bright clear-cold sunshine. She had wrapped herself in layer upon layer of clothing, added a thick wool blanket on her lap, and pulled a toque over her hair. For further warmth, she was smoking like the proverbial chimney.

Her Adirondack chair was placed at the edge of her front yard, almost in the street -- near enough that I could see her eyes were closed. The better to soak up the light, I thought. Like a lizard, I thought.

When I looked back in the rearview mirror, she still sat there, somnolent, sun-worshipping. Something fluttered red at her neck.

A scarf, I thought.

A lizard's throat fan, seeking the sun, I thought.

I didn't look back, for fear of what I might see next.

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From:mamculuna
Date:January 5th, 2010 09:56 pm (UTC)
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I've been reading Stephen King, so I'm not going to think about this too much.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
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S King infuses the everyday with menace, doesn't he.
[nods]

[sends warmth]
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From:lounge_lily
Date:January 5th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
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God, I do love the way you paint a picture. [squeeze]
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Thank you thank you, L! [hugs]
From:gwynnega
Date:January 5th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
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::shivers::

:-)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
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It is cold enough for shivers! ;-)

Thanks, Gwynne. :-)
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From:nutterbudgie
Date:January 5th, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
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Oh don't tell Her Majesty! (You know of her de-lizarding prowess.)
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
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Luckily the Dog of the House wasn't in the car -- for, as you say, otherwise there could have been trouble. ;-)

Thank you for reading! :-)
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From:headrush100
Date:January 5th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Awesome! :-)

And I'm still not entirely sure how much is fact and how much is fiction. A pleasantly shuddery surreal vignette.

*hugs*
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2010 11:37 pm (UTC)
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The woman was real. ;-)

[hugs and warmth]
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From:paratti
Date:January 5th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
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Vampire Scarf of Doom!

Shares jumper stash.

((hugs))
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From:laurawise
Date:January 5th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
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It might have been a Scarf of Doom, but she was in the sunshine. ;-)

I think you need your jumpers -- it looks cold across the pond! We will all need a great deal of tea, I'm afraid.

Hugs and warmth!
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From:wildrider
Date:January 6th, 2010 12:23 am (UTC)
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Yep, everyone is getting winter except Southern California and Arizona... It was 72 today!
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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2010 01:38 am (UTC)
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Sounds utterly delightful. Enjoy the warmth!
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From:freixenet
Date:January 6th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
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eek. Now creeped.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
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I'm sorry, F! [erases the last two sentences of the post to eliminate creepiness]

[sends good thoughts and warmth]
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From:stateless82
Date:January 6th, 2010 07:07 pm (UTC)
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I'm always amazed by the worlds you see.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 6th, 2010 08:05 pm (UTC)
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You are v. kind to indulge me so, S! :-)

Hugs and warmth without lizards on this Wednesday...
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From:pinkdormouse
Date:January 7th, 2010 07:27 am (UTC)
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Very vivid.
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From:laurawise
Date:January 7th, 2010 01:49 pm (UTC)
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Thank you -- and stay warm in the snow, too!

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