Monday, October 25, 2010

after which I set myself on fire.

It snowed today in Edmonton. Just a little bit, enough to make the river valley all white and sparkly and awesome (boo to all the snow haters, by the way). It's still pretty nice out, just around -2 to 0°C.

Edmonton, by the way, has a gigantic river valley in the middle of it. The North Saskatchewan river is about 30-40 m wide and is fed by glaciers in the Rockies. Not exactly a tiny stream.

Sitting on the train into school this morning, I overheard the following conversation:

Small child: Mommy! Why is the river not frozen?
Mother: It's because that river doesn't freeze, honey. It's filled with chemicals that prevent it from freezing.
Small child: What are chemicals?
Mother: Chemicals are toxic pollution that ruin the water and make it not freeze.
Me: *head explodes*

I really hope that kid grows up to be a scientist.


Bethany said...

Hey, remember how that river actually freezes every single freaking winter?

mevans said...


Will said...

Science is dangerous and scary, and chemicals are evil. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

cayliedawn said...

doesn't the n.sask. not freeze (or, not freeze enough to skate on) because it runs too quickly? that's what i've heard. did you know saskatchewan is an anglicized version of "swift current" in cree?

also, i really, really love snow. winter is my second favourite season, after fall. i'm wishing i were in edmonton right now.

kerry said...

PS, bahahahahahahaa.