I don’t know if you’ve heard, but it’s really cold in New Orleans right now. It is much, much colder than I can remember it being since I moved here, and I don’t exactly know how to ride a bike in this weather. I know, I know, you just ride, but how do you stay warm? I realized today that I don’t even really have a decent coat. But I wanted to ride the Surly, so I piled on layers of sweatshirts, two pairs of knee high socks, jeans, a scarf, a hat, and a pair of mittens and fingerless gloves and headed Uptown to meet a student. Once I got pedaling I warmed up–removed the hat and mittens, unzipped the outermost layer. I was actually sweating by the time I reached my destination, but then I got cold again–layer on, layer off. How do you people in cold climates possibly get anything done with all this un- and re-dressing? It was even colder on my ride back downtown, but after a couple drinks with a mayoral candidate, I was warm enough to just enjoy the ride. I stopped to take this picture of a tree growing out of the sidewalk on Magazine and Toledano, in front of Slim Goodie’s. I can’t tell if there was a small crack that’s been made bigger by the growing tree, or if somebody planted a tree in a pre-existing hold in the sidewalk. I guess we’re all just going to continue to act like there’s nothing to see here, as if growing a tree and keeping the sidewalk passable aren’t fundamentally at odds. But perhaps the cold snap will take care of the problem–nobody’s slipped a cozy on the thing.