Monday, November 1, 2010


     Our Malay friends tell us that at home there are snow rooms.  Rooms filled with man-made snow that you can play in for an hour, for a fee.  I found a BBC website with temperature averages in Kuala Lumpur and for all 12 months of the year the average low temperature is between 22 or 23 degrees Celsius, or about 71-73 degrees Fahrenheit.  The chart had a column titled "Discomfort from heat and humidity," and it was "high" all twelve months of the year.  Of course, the BBC is British, making their comparison point a little different than mine in Arkansas.
     I thought that was funny, then I read about Ice! this week and realized Americans do funny things too.  Stay at the Gaylord hotel in Grapevine, TX and you can see 2 million pounds of ice carved by forty international artists, complete with two story slides.  It's all kept at 9 degrees.  Now in December, Grapevine's average low is 34 degrees, but the average high is 57.  And 57 is not exactly frigid, even if I do think I'm dying when the house is that cold. 
     And now...the geography quiz by Ally.
1.  Harriet Beecher Stowe's home and Yale University are in what state, which is the southernmost of the New England States?
2.  West Quaddy Head, the easternmost point in the US, is in what state, nicknamed the "Pine Tree State?"
3.  Plimoth Rock on Cape Cod and Harvard University, in Cambridge, are in what state also famous for the Boston Massacre?
4.  Concord, the state capital, is located on the Merrimack River, in this state, home to the White Mountains.
5.  Long Island and Niagara Falls are in what state, nicknamed the "Empire State?"

As an you, like me, find it ironic that our easternmost point is West Quaddy Head?
1.  Connecticut
2.  Maine
3.  Massachusetts
4. New Hampshire
5.  New York

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