But so far, this month has been a different story. I have gone to exactly two places. The first, Des Moines, Iowa managed to spectacularly destroy my "avoid the winter of 2013/14" plans. It was something-below-zero degrees. I don't remember the exact temperature but it doesn't matter. Anything below zero is uninhabitable and anyone that thinks otherwise is nuts. I chose to protest these inhumane conditions by following the path of activists and freedom fighters throughout history. That is, if their protest took the form of ordering room service and catching up on Netflix. This approach kept me warm but it didn't exactly make for a scintillating blog post.