Cold, yes, though not quite 'Mongolia cold'

By Tom Lyons


Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 at 7:28 p.m.
The sunlight had diamonds dancing on the water under blue sky. The sailboats in the anchorage looked charming. But something was amiss.

Under the palmetto-thatched roof of the bayside, open-air dining area at O'Leary's Restaurant, a piped-in Jimmy Buffett song ended and "Don't Worry, Be Happy" started playing, but nobody cared.

Mid-morning Wednesday, not one customer was out there to take the laid-back advice.

It was just too dang cold.

Sorry, all you paying Florida visitors. Even Caribbean music, palm trees, beach views and tiki-hut decor can't make coffee-and-breakfast seeking tourists dine outside on the same morning that airliners departing Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport are being delayed by ice on their wings.

No one warned Marc Hanson, an artist from Minnesota who is in Sarasota for a downtown gallery show of his paintings. And, oh yes, while here, he's teaching other artists some techniques of the landscape painting trade.

That, in case you didn't make the leap, means painting outdoors.

Hanson assumed Florida would be toasty. On Wednesday morning he had his adult students and their easels lined up beside Sarasota Bay. As his students' cold hands gripped paint brushes, Hanson gripped a hot drink and paced around.

"I have lots of warm clothes," Hanson said. "I didn't bring them."

But there's cold and there's cold. Back home, he said, he takes his bundled-up students out to a frozen lake this time of year, to paint fishermen hunched over holes in the ice.

Talk about suffering for your art.

Nearby, two college-age people who also had the look of out-of-state visitors -- no coats, lots of cameras -- were taking turns at aiming a video camera as the other knelt and posed by the crystal clear water lapping the sands of the John Ringling Causeway.

It looked great, and no one back home would know from the video that the bay is cold enough now to give manatees pneumonia.

But, as it turns out, there is no need to apologize for the weather to these two. Oka and Undraa are a brother and sister from Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. Oka, a pre-med student visiting Florida to check out a medical school, said if they were back home on this day off, they wouldn't be out strolling on wet sand. They would hole up at home.

"It's minus 36 degrees Celsius," he said.

Since that's about 33 degrees below zero Fahrenheit, I checked a weather Web site later, to see if Oka was maybe gilding the icicle a bit. Nope. He was right.

So welcome to our semi-tropical paradise, where it is guaranteed to be sunny and warm, year round. Relatively.


Tom Lyons can be contacted at tom.lyons@heraldtribune

.com or (941) 361-4964.

Source:Herald Tribune newspaper of Sarasota, Florida

Share:

0 comments:

Post a Comment

Facebook page

Powered by Blogger.

Categories

Advertising in Mongolia An Culture Editorial of the Mongolianviews education Environmental protection Famous Mongolians Foreigners in Mongolia Inner Mongolia Ivanhoe Mines Mongolia agriculture Mongolia analysis Mongolia and Australia Mongolia and Belorussia Mongolia and Cambodia Mongolia and Canada Mongolia and central Asia Mongolia and China Mongolia and Cuba Mongolia and EU Mongolia and Germany Mongolia and Hongkong Mongolia and Hungary Mongolia and India Mongolia and Inner Mongolia Mongolia and Iran Mongolia and Italy Mongolia and Japan Mongolia and Kazakhstan Mongolia and Korea Mongolia and Kuwait Mongolia and Malaysia Mongolia and Nato Mongolia and North Korean Mongolia and Poland Mongolia and Russia Mongolia and Singapore Mongolia and South Korea Mongolia and Taiwan Mongolia and the world Mongolia and Tibet Mongolia and Turkey Mongolia and UK Mongolia and Ukraine Mongolia and UN Mongolia and USA Mongolia and Vietnam Mongolia Banking Mongolia civic society Mongolia crime Mongolia diplomacy Mongolia Economy Mongolia Education Mongolia Energy Mongolia Finance Mongolia Health Mongolia History Mongolia holiday Mongolia in international media Mongolia Industries Mongolia Joke Mongolia law Mongolia LGBT Mongolia medical Mongolia military Mongolia Mining Mongolia Mining Developments Mongolia Mortgage Mongolia natural disaster Mongolia Petroleum Mongolia public announcements Mongolia railways Mongolia Religion Mongolia society Mongolia Sports Mongolia Stamp Mongolia telecommunication Mongolia tourism Mongolia Urbanization Mongolia Wild Life Mongolian Agriculture Mongolian Archeology Mongolian Food Mongolian Gay Mongolian Government news Mongolian History Mongolian Military Mongolian Mining Development Mongolian Movie Mongolian News Mongolian Parliament Mongolian Political news Mongolian Press Mongolian Songs Mongolian Women Mongolian Youth Mongolians abroad Moninfo Opinion Oyu Tolgoi Investment Agreement Photo news Press Release Rio Tinto Tavan Tolgoi coal mine Ulaanbaatar development Weird expatriates in Mongolia

Blog Archive

Followers

Live Traffic