Once upon a time, it got soooooooooo cold . . .

For when (not if) we lose water

Susanna stayed up until 12:30 in the morning doing laundry and cooking a nice dinner for our neighbors and guests the next day. Why? Because that evening we had water and we didn’t know when we’d have water again. For the past week, we’ve been without water for part of each day. Why? Because the pipes that carry city water to our apartment have been freezing. No–it’s not like in Siberia, but long-time Tbilisi residents say the last time winter was so cold was in the early 1970s. We’ve also had an unusual amount of snow. Before we arrived, my co-workers told me that it generally snows 2-3 times a winter in Tbilisi, and the small amount generally melts by mid-day. This year must be an exception, I think, as I stare at 18 inches of snow on the air-conditioning unit outside my window. This winter’s also exceptional because it must have snowed at least 20 days this year. So when Tbilisi residents say, “Once upon a time,” they mean “winter 2012.”


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

One Response to Once upon a time, it got soooooooooo cold . . .

  1. sherry says:

    Poor babies!!! I shiver for you both. Eighteen inches of snow and no water…..insult added to injury. We send you both warm thoughts. I just wish they’d melt the bloody snow.

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