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The Daily SlackerThe Daily Slacker

Dealing With The Cold

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

As you probably know, the International Bureau of Slacking is based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Being a pretty northern area and also being basically land-locked (yeah, we have the Mississippi, but it doesn't affect weather) we have to deal with this nasty little visitor for between five and seven months: Winter.

Yeah yeah, the technical winter "season" is three months using equinoxes and all that astrological or meteorological mumbo jumbo. Here, we use the Shorts-Sanity winter rating. Well we should anyway. Winter starts when the last mostly (We're talking 51%, so barely counts) sane person puts away the shorts and ends when the bring them back out again. Obviously this leaves room for personally variability since sanity is completely subjective.

This morning I woke up to see a double digit temperature, which is nice for winter here. Then I noticed the minus sign in front of that. So, seeing that the season is often way to friggin' long, we find ourselves thinking of the pros and cons of the winter season. As is frequently the case, like the yin and yang, these come as opposite sides to the same story. Most of you in wintery climates can relate, the rest of ya pansises, well here are a few of the many:

Pro: Frost on the ground is beautiful!
Con: Frost on the ground is cold and freakin' slippery!

Pro: Cold weather means it's Hockey Season.
Con: Hey, this is Minnesota, dissing hockey may get me hurt.

Pro: Seeing your breath is kinda cool!
Con: Until you can't feel your lips.

Pro: Ice is fun to skate and/or play on.
Con: Not to drive on.

Pro: Who doesn't love a snowball fight?
Con: Part of one of those snowballs inevitably makes it down the back of your shirt.

Pro: Snow is pretty.
Con: Not the Yellow kind, and brown road slush, not so much.

Pro: when it's cold enough, you can take a cup of boiling water, toss the water in the air and it disappears.
Con: Shortly after the feeling in your limbs disappears as well.

Pro: Great weather for snuggling.
Con: You actually have to have someone to snuggle with.

Pro: You can use the excuse that your glasses were fogged up to avoid the boss, coworker, enemy.
Con: You might actually miss someone you want to talk to.

Pro: We get to prove we're tougher than mother nature.
Con: Altogether too many people whine WAY to much while doing so.

Pro: Holidays!
Con: Holiday Television Specials *hurl*

Pro: Polar Bear Swims!
Con: have you seen most of the people who do polar bear swims?

Pro: The cold makes you appreciate nice weather that much more.
Con: You gain that appreciation in the first week, after that it just SUCKS!

Ok, so I think that puts things in perspective pretty well, no? Any others you think should make it? Lemme know!

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posted by Chief Slacker @ 9:22 AM,


At Tue Dec 06, 05:45:00 PM, Blogger Nicholas said...

First again! I have been slacking so much more lately.
Well, if it makes you feel any better, in about fifty years, you guys are only supposed to have winter like that for a month, and in less than a hundred, you won't even hardly have a winter anymore.
I wouldn't call deep Southernor's pansies...our summers are so brutal, you can't even go outside between 12 and 2 pm. In a hundred years, I don't see how people will still live here with the increasing heat-that, and we're slowly sinking into the ocean.

At Tue Dec 06, 05:46:00 PM, Blogger Pieces of Me said...

That is why I live in the south..and so should you ;0) TTYL mwah!

At Tue Dec 06, 10:43:00 PM, Blogger Esther said...

cold weather = snow on ski slopes

At Wed Dec 07, 09:13:00 AM, Blogger Amber said...

I feel as if I may beliving in the northern states this week -- right now it's -7 out and that's with out the wind chill. I hate this kind of weather, especially since it also snowed and the roads are crap. So yeah -- I feel your pain.

At Wed Dec 07, 09:26:00 AM, Blogger Anisa said...

brrrrrrrrr! i hate cold weather. here in georgia, it's 35 degrees and i am miserable!

At Wed Dec 07, 03:18:00 PM, Blogger Chief Slacker said...

Nicholas - Hey, you're more than welcome to call us northerners pansies when it's 90 and we're complaining. ;O) I read that same thing, it sid in like 20 years we'll have St.Louis' winter and in 50 we'll have Louisiana's. Crazy.

Pieces - Find me a kick ass job in atlanta, I'll consider it. ;O)

Esther - Very true. Though we don't need -13 for that ;O)

Amber - CO Counts as that since you guys get ust as much snow. How was that blizard for ya anyway?

Anisa - See, this is why I call you wussy, we'd kill for 35 right now ;O)

At Wed Dec 07, 03:24:00 PM, Blogger OzzyC said...

It's not much warmer here... and a lot of snow (relatively speaking). We usually don't get this kind of cold and snow for another month.

At Wed Dec 07, 08:44:00 PM, Blogger Liza said...

LMAO!! So very very true :) Hate driving on ice but it's fun to slide around on otherwise...hehe yellow snow...


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