Cold

Froid, kalt, frio, freddo, koude

Jim Gale's "Sandia Snow Branches" makes winter seem a little less cruel.
Jim Gale's "Sandia Snow Branches" makes winter seem a little less cruel.

Uncomfortable, grey days like these are especially forceful reminders to be appreciative of warmer seasons. Desolate, bleak winter time, Demeter's scourge on the world, is my least favorite quarter of the annual rotation. I'll take 99 degrees over 40 any day.

Once I got home from my cold, cold walk from the office this afternoon, I tuned into KNME and just happened to catch "Absolute Zero," a two-part series on Nova. The first installment is about steam engines, refrigeration and man's dominion over cold. Part two, which airs this evening at 8 p.m. on channel 5, gets into fascinating advances in physics, and the race for absolute zero.

Tonight I'll be sitting by my heater, wrapped in a puffy blanket, cursing Hades and watching this program.