Yep, Winter Is Coming

Ok, so maybe for some reason it’s 70 degrees outside today. But it’s still technically that time of year: Fall in Minnesota. Most of the leafs (leaves) are off the trees, ponds are freezing overnight, and Target has a whole section dedicated to Christmas stuff already, even though it isn’t even Halloween yet. It is at this time of year when two very different kinds of people emerge.

The first is the kind of person who lives in the moment and, despite vast amounts of knowledge, including memories from, say, six months ago, says things like “I can’t wait for it to snow!” This person represses memories of negative high temperatures, wind chills, icy roads, snow in March, snow in May, and everything else that makes a Minnesota Winter the best in the world.
Winter in Minnesota. Love it or SHUT UP.

The second kind of person, what is known as a “rational human being,” mopes and complains about the impending winter. They like warm, comfortable temperatures and they are sad to see them leave. For some reason.

These two kinds of people can be classified, as your favorite Congresswoman and mine might say, as Real Minnesotans and people with some very un-Minnesotan beliefs.

I often enjoy hearing Real Minnesotans and those with some very un-Minnesotan beliefs discuss Minnesota Winters. Those with some very un-Minnesotan beliefs will, very smartly and with every fact in their favor, complain about the awful winters in our state. Real Minnesotans will hear this and become incredibly defensive and dismiss all complaints, saying things like “Well, you don’t understand, it wasn’t this bad last year, this is just a fluke” or “Yes, but it makes you appreciate the summer that much more.”

I am a Real Minnesotan. I have said all these things. And you know what? It’s time to stop being so defensive about our legendary Minnesota Winters. We live here because it’s cold, damnit. I say love it or leave it. THESE COLORS DON’T RUN.

(photo came from here, btw)

5 Comments so far

  1. jamezicarius on October 30th, 2008 @ 3:21 pm


  2. jamezicarius on October 30th, 2008 @ 3:23 pm

    You live here because it’s cold? No. You live here because you were born here and don’t know any better. I moved here because I wasn’t in my right mind. I live here because I can’t yet afford to escape. Frostnick!

  3. David (jacc) on October 30th, 2008 @ 7:38 pm

    I would have ran when I was younger, but all of my immediate family lives in Mn.

    I probably won’t retire in Mn. Taxes,taxes, and more taxes.

    Sadly, I find myself enjoying winter more and more. I think I’m getting old and sentimental.

  4. Erica M (ericam) on October 30th, 2008 @ 10:00 pm

    Sadly, I find myself enjoying winter more and more.

    Really? ‘Cause I’m finally starting to understand the whole snowbird phenomenon.

  5. moe (emoeby) on October 31st, 2008 @ 8:52 am

    Amen! Winter is definitely my favorite time of year. All summer long I stay inside because I can’t stand the heat. But once the snow falls, I’ll all over it: snowshoeing, hockey, cross country skiing, donuts in the parking lot. I even tend to lose weight in the winter because there is so much more to do outside.

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