Skyway || The Replacements

Frigid weather here in the Upper Midwest. Breaking 0°F today might require a miracle of epic proportions, although the weather app says we’ll be flirting with that possibility at -1°F for the predicted high temp. Forget about what the air feels like when you factor in the wind. Razors and pins, I tell you… Knives and needles. Skies are steel and something they swear is snow, but feels like ice pellets, is supposed to blow around and fall on us. Winter is here, the spirits seem to want to make us realize.

And, as always, they overdo it a little bit.

It’s all very melancholy when you get down to it, which is why it probably reminds me of The Replacements ode to the cold and something Minnesota has in spades: Skyways.

I know other places have skyways, but they are late to the party — we had them well before anyplace else. To be fair, the state university in Bemidji, Minnesota relies more on tunnels than on skyways to get around this time of year, but that’s a different kind of mood than the melancholy of roaming downtown, always looking down onto the street unless you are down there, freezing off your ass waiting for a transit bus. What makes it even more so is, when you are down on the streets, the snow has lost any magical charm it might have had when falling, and becomes a grey, dirty, slushy, shitty mess.

So — melancholic is the word for days like today.

You take the skyway
High above the busy
little one-way
In my stupid hat and gloves,
at night, I lie awake
Wonderin' if I'll sleep

Wonderin' if we'll meet
out in the street

Sometimes life feels like I am people-watching from the street and you (whomever you are) are one of the people I am watching from below, one of those beautiful people passing through the skyway on your way someplace interesting and entertaining while I, being of a practical nature, am in my second-hand military surplus woolen cap and gloves, waiting to catch a ride. And, for weeks, I watch you go by above me at the same time every day, being the beautiful person (whomever) you are.

Then I say, Screw this, very loudly in my head and decide to take some decisive action, go introduce myself to whomever you are, and let you know in no uncertain terms that I find you interesting (and beautiful) for all those times I watched you walk high above me with all the other beautiful people. So I go up to the skyway, just another bum, wildly looking for you to make your daily traversal and…

Of course…

Oh, then one day
I saw you walkin' down
that little one-way
the place I'd catch my ride
most every day

There wasn't a damn thing
I could do or say

Up in the skyway

9 thoughts on “Skyway || The Replacements

  1. I could never get my head around Fahrenheit (centigrade makes more sense to me) but I do know that 0F is pretty cold! In central UK we had a few nights of -7C (which is about 19F) and it felt really cold. Coupled with the fact that over here fuel prices have just about doubled over the last 2/3 months doesn’t make for pleasant times. Stay in and enjoy the view!

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    1. My scientist head prefers centigrade and metric because it does make more sense. Unfortunately, both are firmly rejected by the American public. As such, my brain *knows* what 19°F feels like, but can’t process what -7°C feels like, if that makes sense. Same thing with metric… I’d suck estimating how many kilometers between two places… It has to be miles. Gallons over liters. Etc.

      Right now it is -6°F outside, or about -21°C.

      Cold any way you measure it….

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      1. The lowest we’ve had (in my lifetime) is about -12C, so I don’t know how you cope. Mind you the UK does generally grind to a halt if we get anything over a couple of inches of snow! If you ‘do’ Christmas then I hope you have a good one. If you don’t then enjoy the holiday!

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          1. Not a bad analogy re. the ‘inch of snow’. Our climate has certainly shifted a bit over the years – we tend to get wetter, warmer summers these days and Milder, drier winter’s, but definitely not the extremes of the central U.S.

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