…And This is Why I Live In Los Angeles

the temperature in Chicago versus Los Angeles in Winter
Screenshots via weather.com
 

It only feels about 104 degrees warmer in Los Angeles than in Chicago when you factor in the wind chill. Yes I feel like an asshole pointing this out but at least I’m not being as blunt about it as my buddy Adam Rose, who posted a sun-drenched photo essay titled, “28 Things to do in Los Angeles in the Dead of Winter” this afternoon.

So to all of you back in the Chi, once you spend a “winter” in Los Angeles, you’ll never understand how or why many people withstand the endless bitter chill by choice. I always say there are 3 seasons here and 3 in chicago. LA has no winter, only a loooong fall. Chicago’s winter tends to skip spring.

I feel for you all — I remember what it’s like. but I am boiling right now in my office with the A/C on and the fan on high with the setting sun beating on my face. Apparently we topped out at 86 today, but hey — I’ve been in the office all day. You know those 75 and sunny with no humidity days that are so rare in Chicago? Yeah, that happens about 300 days a year here.

OK you can punch me now.

US Airways Flight 1549 Crashes in the Hudson River (TwitPic from Nearby Ferry)

twitpic from ferry of USAIR flight 1549 in the Hudson River by jrkums

Preliminary reports indicate that US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in the Hudson River soon after takeoff from LaGuardia around 3:20 EST. It’s suspected that a flock of birds flew into the engine, windshield, or otherwise interferred with the plane prompting the emergency landing, which, according to witnesses was impressively controlled.

This photo tells the story so much better than anything else. Actually seeing people getting off onto the floating escape chutes is the most relieving sight possible. News outlets are still scrambling for details. It appears that all passengers and crew were rescued — dry. I am currently watching live coverage via ABC 7 Online in NYC.

Photo by Janis Krums aka jkrums via TwitPic (which is currently down).

UPDATE: Check out this video 4 minute clip from the scene below:

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Some Great Videos Already into Live Earth Video

I was hoping for some good submissions, but a couple of these just rule — pushing for more over the next 24 hours… the best one’s will be screened at the 2009 Green Inaugural Ball. Entries can be new or old, as long as they’re relevant to the new green economy and the great opportunities ahead. Post anywhere with the tag GIB09 or submit (or record) directly to the Live Earth Video site.