2010-11-05 16:27:04.000 – Stacey Kawecki, Observer and Meteorologist
Some might blame it on the rain. The melancholy of the gray outside is having an effect on my normally (some might say disgustingly) optimistic outlook on life. Most days I would counter gloomy arguments with “Yes, it’s raining and the snow is mostly melted, but at least we don’t have to shovel today!” Today, however, the spitting rain and drizzle just make we want to stay inside, drink lots of hot tea, and listen to music. The good news is that I can drink lots of hot tea and listen to music. The bad news is that I must go outside at least once an hour – those pesky observations.
Steve will tell you that our choice of music is interesting at best. Well, any time I am upset, frustrated, studying, or just feeling a little glum, I listen to instrumental music. This probably stems from having been heavily involved in band all throughout high school. Today’s soundtrack has been heftily populated by Hans Zimmer’s film scores. Those low brass and string, slightly discordant crescendos really resonate with the gloom of a rainy day. Dreary days tend to promote introspection and reflection. Listening to instrumental music is probably the wise choice, considering that listening to music with lyrics can sometimes have detrimental effects on productivity.
In other news, the rain has stopped, and the cold front has passed. Temperatures are falling slowly and steadily and have just dipped below freezing. We should start to see a transformation on the summit very soon. The currently slushy and rocky summit will hopefully have some white rime on it in the morning! (There’s that optimism).
Stacey Kawecki, Observer and Meteorologist