DIARY freezes Moscow residents (Oleg Kozyrev) 19-01-2006

DIARY freezes Moscow residents (Oleg Kozyrev) 19-01-2006

day first

It seems that this was the first weather forecasts, which all believe. Too vividly shown us what is happening in Siberia. Freezing frames on the fly Siberians more than convincing. Moscow froze in anticipation of cold weather.
The night passed in anticipation of disaster. Sleep was restless. I dreamed of snow, icicles and Chubais.
Strongly not want to wake up and wake up somewhere. It lifted me to my feet only just a desire to help the country to double the GDP.
Wound care of all that he could. Out on the street. Returned. I wound that could not.
For a long time fiddling with intercom. Entrance categorically did not want to let the cold outside. Finally, unable to stand, metal door opened, letting into the crowd surrounding crazed dogs.
On the street frightened lack of people.
I am trying to figure out how best to go to the subway. If a run - the wind in the face will be. About. If slow - about the same.
The windows behind me watched with interest Muscovites. In Sight Read 'reach - will not come? ".
At the road stood the figures of voting Muscovites. Some of them, without waiting for a taxi, and fell on the pavement with his hand outstretched.
Strange. The road to the subway, which is used to take twenty minutes, reduced to two. Einstein was right.
The metro unusually quiet. No one is talking. Nobody reads. All calculated, as they run up to the job. Some, calculating, turn and go back home. Home closer.
At work, I have not found the office half. It is a pity that I did not think to come.
The cold is felt even on the Internet. Muscovites sites were covered with frost. Mail brakes. Strangely, it should be faster at low temperatures.
Couriers escorted out of the office all in tears. As in the last journey. Some carriers will not be returned.
With horror, I think that might be fulfilled the prediction of Chubais to disconnect power in the capital. Remembering the old mass blackout, internally afraid that chief power still touches the switch.
The way home - the only joy of the day. So I hurried home only after demobilization.
Muscovites on the streets even less than in the morning.
Dogs are not allowed in the long staircase. I had to pretend to be a dog.
Is tomorrow is another day?

Day second (night-morning)

Yesterday the whole evening preparing for the night. Pasted over all frames of the windows. A little thought, did the same with glass.
An hour later, I went outside, climbed to the seventh floor and the windows sealed from the outside.
The program of the evening - the weather forecast. I watched it on all TV channels.
Tea is behaving strangely. It cools down more quickly than warm. Water to boil and did not work.
At night I went to the Internet. Look with envy on the diaries eastern zauraltsev "outside minus 40, it is advisable not to go out in the same T-shirts, we recommend long-sleeved shirts", "to visit me coming from Moscow, you do not know what they are in this weather wear? ". Here is a seasoned people!
The night passed nervously. For a long time could not sleep. Why today is not Friday? !!!
Again I dreamed Chubais. This time he was tortured Shoigu and Luzhkov. They demanded energy and heat. Chubais did not give up and did not let either the first or the second.
So morning. After hours of fighting with intercom take a step outside. Dogs never got out of the door yesterday, melancholy howl after me. They said good-bye.
The students, taught by the last day, moved only by three. And it changes all the time, someone in the middle. Often, other students joined the road to them. Prior institutions dokatyvayutsya huge balls. However, those who are outside of this ball, and sometimes do not get to school.
At the crossroads of a new regulatory color. Instead of yellow, red and green appeared blue. Blue from the cold traffic cop.
By the way, the car behave strangely. There is a feeling that they too move in groups.
Motorists are surprisingly polite and pass pedestrians at crossings. However, this is understandable. Pedestrians in Moscow already almost gone. This is clearly an endangered species.
All catch a taxi. His eyes saw a group of ten people did it. Taxi hardly resisted.
The new service showrooms. Two heater in the cabin.
Oddly enough, the cold is almost no effect on living creatures Moscow. The trees and many birds. It seems that they are not damaged frost. They quietly hanging on branches upside down.
Seen at the stop sobbing girl. She felt sorry for herself freezes.
Today I went out of the animal protection society. Give hats and fur coats! Warm and fluffy! Where there phone friend who breeds ferrets?
The Metro was again closely. But because a lot of people. Just the ones that have, huddling together.
Tea - a soft drink of the day. The recipe is simple. A hot drink is poured. Talking about it on the workstation. You're going to drink. Bell rings. You quickly respond to it. Pull to the circle. Soft drink is ready!
All take work home. Somehow they manage to make it even metrostroevtsy.
It has become easier to communicate. The first half of the day talking about how cold it was on the way to work. The second half of the day we will talk about how to be cool to go home.
What will happen next? We will see.
(to be continued)

Second day (day or evening)

Have you ever seen how to go to the eternal fire of the Kremlin cadets? Slowly lift leg rides up ... somewhere right up to the chin ... unthinkable way does not stop the movement, and is lifted up even higher ... then descends slowly on cobblestones. Now imagine that you have removed the video of their gait, and then watching on fast. Presented? And now increase the speed by half. It was replaced by the so-guard at the Kremlin today.
Hoarfrost covered the whole of Moscow. White sidewalks, white trees, white students of the Russian University of Peoples' Friendship.
Afternoon was held in a mental preparation for the exit from work. It is strange to me for the first time in my life wanted to spend the night at the office.
Shot of the day: frosty car, from which comes out covered with icicles driver.
I used to think that it's hard to have a cockatoo or a chameleon. Judging by the responses of colleagues, the most difficult in these days to start the car.
Muscovites have gone mad. Running around on the roads, not paying attention to traffic lights and traffic by choosing the shortest way to the subway.
And we all like gait: straight arms, straight legs, the complete absence of the head. It is hidden somewhere under a cap and scarf between his shoulders.
Today, no one went without caps. I saw only one. But it turned out to be a monument.
However, no. By evening we realized that it was our courier.
In front of each ice longing.
Everything cancel meetings, trips, orders and delivery. From morning to night workers are busy only the abolition of work.
From the metro stations in the surrounding area spreads pairs. Steam comes from everything that is more or less warm. Par - all clear signal to all that there can be run and there is warm. Seen as let off steam for a man running is not a woman to let off steam. Judging by the scream in the dark alley, she caught up with him.
In some offices cut down heating. Worked in clothing. So in the morning and found them.
Siberians began collecting warm clothing for the freezing Moscow. We are afraid, not enough at all.
Hooray! Rumor has it that warming is promised soon! A few days later, instead of minus 37 at night, they say, will be a minus 32! Lord, how we love the heat!
I think the cold is driving me crazy. How else to explain the desire to warm the hands of the electronic clock face?
Oh no! In the news said that the frost will be another week. Well be with us - Muscovites?
At night, I watched the movie "The Day After Tomorrow." I found a lot of discrepancies with reality. Immediately clear that the director had never seen these frosts.
If you're lucky, and this winter will be left behind, be sure to make yourself a t-shirt or badge with the inscription: I - Muscovite. I survived the winter 2006!
Are tomorrow to get up and go somewhere? In his eyes welled up two avaricious man's tears. And then covered with frost.
The second day behind.
(to be continued)
Freezing Moscow. Second day (day or evening).

Third day (morning, evening)

Today naively drove into the suburbs. Barely got out. There are things going !!! And cold - not the worst. The worst thing is that there is likely to far. That is completely up to the whole away. In Moscow, after all how? Stall? Beside. Pharmacy? Beside. Metro? So, too, is not it so much. And in the suburbs, it turns out, everything is different.
Stall? - Through the park to the right.
Score? - For a stall.
Pharmacy? - Close.
Boiler room? - Cover.
Metro? - In Moscow.
Train? - Just leave.
Bus? - Not until the ferry.
There's even to neighboring houses away. And then there's this cold.
From the cold bursts all: bridges, wires, windows. And, of course, patience.
In the nearby park proteins get in packs and attack the seed sellers. Two of them dragged away right before my eyes.
taxi Dynamics of prices depending on the temperature:
Minus ten - plus a hundred.
Minus twenty - plus two hundred.
Minus thirty - five hundred plus.
Mathematics, explain, where is the logic?
The hardest hit in these days has to dogs. No, do not stray. Stray just well settled in our doorways. It's about home. How to say it correctly .... Let's just say, they have ceased to be in need. And, who would in their place is not stopped?
Imagine you itch on important business. You whined. And then bam! For you, minus twenty! At first I thought it was an accident. Whined you on the second day, when it is time new needs. Get minus thirty! By the third day you have to think about, is it really so great this need. In any case, so quietly plaintive look in his eyes .... Minus thirty-five!
We notice that now the evenings are almost no dogs that are walking? Just three days, and all the dogs developed a reflex of the absolute: you can eat, you can drink, but out of necessity? No, thank you. Go yourself. Never!
It is terrible to look at those rare dog lover who still have to carry out this procedure. At first the dog out of the house is shown. It rests on legs a little, clinging to the tail of the door handle (always thought that it is only capable of monkey), before it starts to reach where it leads. Then there is a dog lover, wrapped, as the commander of an aircraft in the movie "Crew". Both are on a leash. It is for the second leash home and pulls a dog lover back after the walk.
In offices where no smoking rooms, all the polls drop the habit. The number of drop-outs is absolutely equal to the number who have tried to do it in the cold.
Still, the trend of the day - Moscow adapts. And it's not that someone grew fur (although there were some cases), and not that used to the cold. Rather, we have learned to live with it. Behind the scenes in everyday habits of Muscovites appeared, which did not exist before.
We have learned to appreciate and love others. All willing to give each other space. Especially in the morning, when the seat is still cold.
Chiefs become good. Along with subordinates are drilled hole in the ice in the circles of the former boiling water.
We have started to respect the work of couriers. Like fire in New York City, this previously unnoticed (because moving faster than the human eye can discern) the guys became heroes. They all want to be photographed. Everyone wants to be like them. Of course, not as similar as couriers come in from the cold, but inwardly.
Every decent office now hang the board on which is noted the number of exits made courier. Each output is marked by a single asterisk. Can not do without black borders around some names. But they remember. And love. And in the spring, when the snow melts, they will certainly find. And they shall call anything their name. Maybe even the very cracked bridges.
Frozen ATMs have become fairer. Equally service and a millionaire and the poor. Money does not give neither the first nor the second.
We have learned not to call on his cell phone on the street. If your call, you hear "I'll call," this does not mean that the party is busy. This means that the user is looking for the nearest store, pharmacy, library. And if he finds, he will answer you.
And only one thing marred our third day. In most homes run out of products. Question of the day: who will go to the store?
We'll see.
(to be continued)
Freezing Moscow. Third day (morning, evening).

Day fourth (night-morning-evening)

In comedies often found such an episode. Heroes fall in some terrible situation, and then say it can not be worse. And a second later it just gets worse. So today, joked with Moscow. In the capital, came a snowstorm.
At first, like even warmer. And some naive Muscovites managed to get to the shops. That's when they got caught! I witnessed how carefully rolled on an icy track wipers group otovarennyh adult men carried away by the wind somewhere in the direction of the Canadian border. The girls flew further.
By the way, the girl in the wind - an unforgettable sight. If the wind is blowing at her back, then there is a feeling that the girl only touches the feet. And more to mind than good. And if she manages to go against the wind .... No, this I have not seen.
All products are immediately moved to the frozen section. A friend of mine, not hoping to drag the oranges to the house, he decided that in whatever was to deliver his beloved wife at least one piece of fruit. Basking him until the very end, hoping that at least he will not be chilled through. Indeed, chilled orange is not until the end. Seeds are not touched by frost.
Caption <HOT BREAD> acquired a different meaning. Muscovites do not look for fresh bread. They are asking:
- You have the bread which temperature?
If above zero - this is considered to be hot.
Always I thought that the cold red nose, is a character who has a red nose. Now, before I reached the true meaning of the expression. He really - frost. A red nose - it's just me.
I must say, we have all become very thin to feel Russian winter and its own history. Previously, for example, I did not understand the French at the time of Napoleon. Why they had to flee from Moscow? Now I have experienced not only the French, but our army, which went the same route followed by the fugitives to distant lands.
Stop for vehicles specially designed for our weather. The designers took into account all. In the case of heat they made glass roof. In the case of wind - openings in the walls. In case of frost - iron seats.
Every Muscovite is now able to open the door with his elbows. For metal handles otherwise dare to touch.
Couriers are gone. With the snowstorm came to the fore His Majesty the Janitor. From it depends on how far we will drive on icy pavement. It monitors the inputs and outputs of the entrances. It is finally the one who first dig couriers. If he wants to.
There is a strong feeling that all Muscovites are prepared for some wild challenges. That summer heat, the cold winter. I do not be surprised if the fall will be rain and snow descend en masse in the spring.
But it is not all that bad. There are good points. For example, now not afraid of bird flu. They say that when he learned about what we have frosts, decided not to go to the north. Viruses also have to live.
What is different from the Muscovite sleep walking in the cold to work? Exceptional presence of blankets. However, perhaps some added sneaker. So we spend the night.
I begin to understand the brown bears. I sleep all winter - my dream.
Frost has taught us to speak the same language with each other. And in St. Petersburg and in Moscow, Tomsk and Yekaterinburg, and in Kiev and Odessa, and in Moscow and Tyumen, and in Riga and Tallinn, and Vilnius and Minsk - everywhere people utter the same words when they hear the forecast for next week.
Ahead of a difficult task. How to spend two days so that rest and survive?
It will soon be clear.
(to be continued)
Freezing Moscow. Day fourth (night-morning-evening).

Day the fifth. Output at the zoo

I decided to go to the zoo. During frost there made free entrance. In my opinion, the animals would prefer for a free exit.
What I always liked in the Moscow zoo, so it is easy to review the enclosures. Aviary is perfectly visible. But you will not find an animal.
Yet understand that if I can not see the lynx. But when I can not find an elephant, a little lost. They say that for many years the zoo staff somewhere hiding hippo.
All animals were replaced by summer clothes for winter coats. One monkey has managed to sneak in visitors of more and winter hat.
Flamingo formerly stood, tucking one leg. Now stand, pursing both.
I knew it! Polar bear winter overweening! Calmly and lie motionless in the snow. But why on the label it says it's a koala?
South flew many birds. Example ostriches was contagious.
Seeing how much is a ticket to a warm pavilion of exotic animals begin to understand why the entrance made free.
Shot of the day: a chameleon, who wanted to catch a fly sitting on an iron frame frozen glass.
Parrots gathered in the corner of the cell and, it seems, were digging a tunnel. Probably, too, like in the south. They did not know that on the other side of them broke a boa constrictor. He wanted to parrots.
Visitors look at the crocodiles. Crocodiles look at visitors. There is a strong feeling that the reptiles look interesting, because we are at least moving.
Sparrows manage to live in each cage. A couple of sparrows I have seen even in the aquarium.
The route is made in a zoo so that you are sure some animal missed. But past the empty cells go all the time!
Raccoons something again rinsed. Someone from the zoo staff is clearly not a washing machine.
Children's Zoo - a great idea! Where else can the children to see who is going to eat the gray wolf?
Animals are not afraid of people. And camels, and deer, and horses - all want people to come to know him better. Especially this dream of a tiger.
Have you noticed that only the animals comply with a request - <NOT FEED>? People do not understand this line.
In the aquarium, floating measured electric rays, which are sometimes carried off to recharge the batteries zoo machines.
In the cold wakes up the appetite. But zoo cafe he quickly falls asleep.
I am afraid there is a local shawarma. I have not seen for a long time too hippo.
But that's all. From den policeman got out and returned to the post. Good luck. Probably go cold.
Let's hope.
(End soon)
Moscow got frozen. Day fifth (Output at the zoo).

Day sixth. Winter!

How beautiful was the capital today! How I missed the Moscow air! Right to left on the main road and would be breathing, breathing, breathing!
What a darling, - to go on the road, trying to see what the smoke escaping from rattling ahead mechanism! What kind of happiness - enjoy white snow before the dog will understand that the street became warmer! What a joy - to be pedestrian, who goes slowly and is no longer fined for speeding!
The happiest people - four-eyes. We finally see where we are going. Prior to the first entrance to the store or the subway, of course.
About entrances. In Moscow, the best in the world inputs! Marble. Expensive. Beauty. How nice, outstretched arms and legs move on the snow-covered stone, trying to get to something less expensive, but reliable.
Merchants no longer care about you buy something at the store, or buy. For them, it is important to only one thing - if you close the door.
Motorists are trying to justify its name. Himself freeze, but the machine will warm! If I could, we would certainly have taken iron friends at night to his home.
Deep frost turns into a normal winter. Muscovites pulled out. Revived cultural life. The audience returned to the theater. Later, there will necessarily return and actors.
Above the ice cream vendors no one else laughs.
Couriers longingly looking at the thermometer. The higher the degree, the more they will be sent.
Peddlers hot pizza pleased that they no longer have to make fires at the entrance to the customer. Pizza is hot already.
Blue sportsmen and sportswomen red spilled on the road. Well this is what expert on healthy living has climbed thought to run along the roads of Moscow?
Again there were children in the streets. And I began to forget what they look like: three scarf, shawl three middle - spout.
That someone was a joy. Why children abolish activity, while the parents of those children who need somewhere to attach, no? It's like winning the lottery, but do not know where to give the prize.
From the south, the birds began to return. Penguin colonies have just proceeded to the Moskva River.
Giant icicles on the roof waiting for the thaw to habitually strive to meet the Muscovites.
On the ice came the first fishermen. However, while they sit only on indoor rinks.
In general, the city returns to its normal crazy life.
And this is very good!
(Tomorrow - Conclusion)
Moscow got frozen. Day six (Winter!).