I guess this is a bit of a tool related rant. As the temperatures start to dip down I am reminded that they just don't use good 'ole rubber much anymore. All those cords, hoses and cables that were so nice and pliable during the summer months have now suddenly started to petrify into a semi-rigid plastic.
I was out in the garage trying to coil up the extra wire from my solar Battery Tender today. All summer long the cord is nice and soft and pliable. But now in just 40-degree temperatures it has become so stiff that you can't even roll it up.
I have a nozzle hose on a fuel tank that becomes so stiff in the winter that you can hold it with a 5-foot length sticking straight out stiff as a chunk of PVC. You can't really bend it very easy. I suppose you could break it over your knee. ;-)
Rubber oh rubber, where art thou?