Thursday, November 08, 2007

Kinda funny...and not so funny

A conversation:

New Guy: "So what are the winters usually like in Oklahoma?"

Me: "There is no usually."

New Guy: "Ha ha. No, really. What's it usually like? What should I expect?"

Me: "I wasn't being glib. There is no such thing as 'usual' Oklahoma weather."

New Guy: "What kind of snow do you get?" (They don't get snow where he's from.)

Me: "Last year we had 8 inches on the ground for several days. I didn't leave my house for 4 days. The year before that we had light snow one time, and it didn't stick. I went to a party in January that year and stood outside at midnight in my bare feet. You see where I'm going with this?"

New Guy: "Oh boy."

Me: "You have front wheel drive? You'll be fine. And they're saying La Nina should warm things up this year. But you should probably buy a coat."

Should be interesting!

And now the mother called to tell me my father stumbled and cracked a rib, and in the process of diagnosing that, they found a small spot on one lung. He's been a heavy smoker for 50 years, so...please send all good thoughts/prayers/positive energy his way. (He's having a CAT scan, and then we'll know more.) I refuse to panic yet, but I'm very concerned. Damn it. I'm not sure he's sturdy enough to undergo chemo or radation, so a cancer diagnosis is JUST NOT AN OPTION!

Okay, back to not worrying yet. Sigh.


3carnations said...

I'll keep your dad in my prayers.

You didn't leave your house for 4 days when it snowed 8 inches?!? Yikes. 8 inches isn't that big a deal here.

Sauntering Soul said...

8 inches of snow would probably close Atlanta down for a week (or more). I have relatives in the Oklahoma City area. The weather is completely nuts there.

I will say prayers for your dad.

Lara said...

Oh no! I hope your dad is okay!

And NewGuy sounds like me my first winter in Philly.
Co-workers: Lara, do you have a pair of boots?
Me: Enh. I'm much more of a flats or birkenstocks wearer myself. Besides, my calves are too big for boots.
Co-Workers: No, we're talking about SNOW boots!
Me: Oh. What exactly is a snow boot?

Stefanie said...

"You should probably buy a coat." Hee. Good advice.

Also, I am sending out good thoughts for your dad!

-R- said...

I will be thinking of your dad.

In MN, we always know it's going to snow, so not much surprise there. =)

Paisley said...

You're in my prayers! I hope your dad is ok.

Noelle said...

like a broken rib isn't bad enough! I'm hoping he's okay.

lizgwiz said...

Thanks for all the good wishes for my dad. You know I'll keep you posted.

3car, my car just sits too low to plow through 8 inches of snow. We seldom get accumulation like that, so the city has a hard time dealing with it. Only the major arterials get bladed/sanded, and I couldn't get to those arterials!

sauntering, so you know what I'm talking about. ;)

lara, yes, it's definitely a similar culture shock.

stef, yeah, I thought that was the best advice I could give him. Heh.

-r-, I'm not sure I could make it through a MN winter, but at least you know what you're dealing with!

paisley, thanks!

noelle, thanks! Me, too.

L Sass said...

Minnesotans eat 8" of snow for breakfast!

Hope all goes well with your father--your family is in my thoughts.

Stinkypaw said...

Sorry to hear about your dad, sending you all very good thoughts! Remain positive.

And New Guy should really get a coat, you're so good to him! ;-)

gorillabuns said...

i hate this news about your dad. hopefully, all is well with him.

i haven't worn a coat in three years. tell me i don't have to break down and buy one this year.