I dunno - I was raised on the Canadian Prairies, and there's just something about that winter that sinks into your bones and never quite leaves...
*chuckles* Yeah - the first winter that we lived there, there was a day where it got to -60 Celsius with the windchill. And it's not that strange to go weeks where it never gets higher then -30.
-60 is pretty serious weather. I lived in stuff like that in Fairbanks.
I hated it then, too.
Oh, I'm not saying I _like_ -60 weather...
Just that now that I've lived through that, these piddling little -15, -20's don't seem to have quite the teeth they might otherwise.
I distinctly remember freezing my hand to a gas pump because the temp had gone up to a balmy -20F and I had removed my gloves.
I can see that happening - I'm pretty sure 0 was basically considered to be t-shirt weather.
Cold places are definitely out to get you, one way or the other.
At 0 Celsius, I wore shorts to walk to the mailbox.
One of the things that prairies are really good at... Wind ;)
*chuckles* one of the nice things about the northern prairies - tornadoes don't tend to make it that far.
I guess the tornadoes do occasionally make it to the Canadian prairies, but for the most part keep themselves to obliterating trailer parks south of the border.
My personal heirarchy of the seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer.
Fall is perfect: Not too warm, not too cold, and gorgeous to look at.
Winter has some nice blustery winds to keep me going, but it does tend to last about a month too long here.
Spring is like fall, but with added allergies to make it not so fun.
Summer is too frikken hot!
It's always easier to warm up then cool off, in my experience.
Add some Bailey's to the cocoa - it's been recommended to me.
Screw the hot Cocoa....stop at your local Williams Sonoma and spend an assload of money for their hot Chocolate. It's actual shaved chocolate. Tastes like you're drinking a melted candy bar :)
2004-12-13 08:54 pm (UTC)
Cause I can always put on more clothes
As always, the offer is on the table to trade anyone their winter weather in exchange for them taking my Arizona summer.
2004-12-14 02:05 am (UTC)
Re: Cause I can always put on more clothes
Afuckingmen. I used to live in Phoenix, and wouldn't do that again for ANYTHING. No one should get a second degree burn from their seat belt buckle.
And before one single person says it, no, it is NOT a dry heat. From July through September is the "Monsoon Season" and it is so humid that your hair doesn't dry between showers. If I hear one more, "but it's a dry heat" I will kick the living CRAP out of someone.
NO WINTER IN SOCAL
Just sayin'. :)
2004-12-13 09:36 pm (UTC)
NO AFFORDABLE HOUSING ANYWHERE YOU'D WANT TO LIVE IN SOCAL.
Winters in Oklahoma and Arkansas very, but I tend to like it. I suppose I like the barrenness of it all. The one thing I don't appreciate is the daily thirty degree shifts in temperature (it was sixty degrees yesterday, then it turned south to thirty).
You'd hate being in my apartment - I don't have the heat on. On purpose, not because it's not working. I was slightly uncomfortable yesterday, but putting on socks and a sweater fixed that. You described my feelings about warm weather perfectly. Just substitute "sweating like a pig" for "cold and shivery and miserable."
2004-12-13 09:26 pm (UTC)
Seasons and Winter ...
I spent 3 years in Hawaii. Hawaii does not have a winter! Though they do have a rainy season.
I also spent some time in the mountains in Colorado. A hot summer day there still required long pants and long sleeves.
I prefer all 4 seasons. Guess it's what I got used to growing up. Though I really prefer Fall most, I do prefer Winter over Summer. Right now I'm hoping it will get cold enough today/tonight so that we can start a fire in the fireplace. I love the smell of the wood burning, the heat that fills the house unlike that from a heating system, and the glow from the fire.
Besides, when it's cold I can put on more clothes to get warm. When it's hot I can't take off enough to cool down. Also my eyes are extreemly sensitive to bright light. I prefer the dull days of winter over the bliding days of summer.
Then again I also realize not everyone likes the same things that I do. I'm just happy to live where there are all 4 seasons again.
Cleveland. You gotta love it.
Well, no you don't. But you do have to deal with it.
My drive home today was rather harrowing. :( I don't mind driving in this sloppy mess, but what worries me are the dorks who forget *how*.
I live in DC. We don't have *anything* approximating serious weather, never mind snow. So if there's a bit of rain, or even one snowflake, the moron brigade is out in force. In SUVs. Going either 20 or 70, and no speed in between. (The speed of the Yuppie Vehicle of Death(tm) is directly proportional to the ickiness of the roads. Dipwads.)
Oh, and they only sand/salt/plow the roads 1) preemptively, which guarantees there will be no snow/ice at all, or 2) after the snow has been completely stopped for at least 12 hours, preferably after it's frozen solid.
I miss the weather in Denver, though I think you know this from my other comments! Let's trade: you move to Florida, and I'll live where you are :)