So it's been cold the last few days in Iqaluit. Temperatures hovering around -30 with the windchill down around -50. Today it's -44 with windchill and tomorrow it will get up to a balmy -39. There are consequences to this, of course. Boo hasn't been out of the apartment in days. Even with his coat we feel that the temperature is too cold for him. This means he's going slightly insane. The fact that a new couple have moved onto our floor with a new puppy - a husky who is not happy about being left alone - means he's going binky and being more vocal than normal. We're thinking about taking him into Cathy's school to let him run around a bit. We tried once before and he didn't seem that interested, but maybe this time it will be different.
Another wonder of the cold is that the car is apparently getting cranky. As best we can figure, the transmission has partially frozen. We can start the car and it will go in first gear, but that's it. It won't go much faster than 20 km/h and it also won't go in reverse. The later isn't a problem at home, believe it or not, but it is at work. Basically I have to put the car in neutral, push it out into the middle of the parking lot, put it in drive and then go.
We're hoping that warmer temperatures will thaw things out and the car will go back to normal. I really, really do not want to have to take it to the garage and say "I have a problem with the transmission." Short of "I have a problem with the engine." few things make mechanics drool more. And it's always uncomfortable having to wipe up drool while at a garage.
The car has been mostly good to us. The problems we've had haven't been its fault. So I really hope that streak continues.