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Buzz. Click. Snore.

Snoozing through Canada's cold

Students' minds worked overtime Thursday morning.\nWhen their alarm clocks went off, awakening them to another day of whipping winds, snowy sidewalks and freezer-like conditions, decisions had to be made.\nHere's how mine went:\nBuzz. Click. Snore.\nI went back to bed. Hope you did too.\nThe local Bloomington school system had two-hour delays to avoid the teeth-tickling temperatures. I decided to take one as well.\nNow, I'm not blaming the University for making us trudge to class worrying what color our appendages would be while faculty and administrators drive their foreign sedans with heated seats to their cushy parking spots feet from their office.\nI'm not blaming them.\nBut I am blaming Canada.\nIt's their air. It's their cold. \nAnd like a Celine Dion song, they can keep it.\nEverything in America is shivering right now thanks to Canada's most-recent ice invasion. There's no escape. Atlanta's 9 degrees. Jackson, Mississippi isn't much better. \nEven Florida's endangered manatees are in trouble. If the sea waters off the gulf coast stay below 68 degrees for a prolonged period of time the results for these teeming piles of blubber can be deadly.\nAttacking manatees, eh? Now that's just wrong.\nBut it doesn't stop there. The headlines running across the country offer a taste of the destruction from this most recent cold spell. Gas prices are rising. Water pipes are freezing. Shelters are over-crowded. Your pets aren't safe. Neither are your plants. Neither are you.\nSomewhere I can see Alan Thicke laughing bundled in a Gortex parka. The Canadian cold is running amok. \nAnd there's another three days to go.\nWhy won't you leave us alone Canada? \nWe don't need another reason to skip class.\nWe already have plenty.

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