Monday, January 24, 2011

So damn cold...

"I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood" - Bill Watterson

Man, it is really, really cold. This isn't just your run of the mill northeast winter, it's bitter, face pinching cold. Yesterday the low was 2 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill. For anyone reading this from across the pond, that's -17 degrees Celsius.

Usually I tout the upside of winter. As an allergy ridden nerd, much like Paul from the Wonder Years, I appreciate cool, crisp, pollen free air. I love snow, it looks cool, is super fun and doesn't even make noise when it lands and blankets the world in white. I also think that people who have perpetual sun don't understand something about the world. There is a lot to say about the character of a man/woman who's survived through many winters. Waking up every morning in a warm bed and house, dressing so no inch of your skin is exposed and entering the frozen tundra to scrape and chip an inch of ice off your car just to leave for your commute will give a person, to borrow a phrase from the tribe, Chutzpa.

I once wore shorts through the winter on a bet. Granted they were my shorts in 1993, which effectively meant they were pants made for an overweight midget with pockets that could fit a gallon of milk cut a foot below the knee. But I did it, with relative ease.

Now, shit, I'm way more of a sissy about it. I guess age has lessened my tolerance. I even turned down tickets to a Giants game this year because my head told me that my couch and TV were way more comfortable and it wasn't worth the hassle. That is a 30 year old thing to do. Back in the day I would've been a 1/5th of whiskey deep before kick-off and hurling throwback NJ trash talk to unsuspecting Redskins fans all afternoon.

Maybe if they didn't build a giant, oddly colored mall with an indoor ski slope where the parking lot used to be. Then charge $25 to make people park at an office complex in Secaucus where pre-game beer and sandwiches are banned. To then take 2 shuttles to the stadium to pay hundreds more dollars for the privilege of entering a drab, gray, corporate shit box. I know this blog started about winter, but I truly hate the new Giants stadium. So sad.


  1. what a good quote. calvin and hobbes is the best. i'm so over it being winter.

  2. You bring back memories of JNCO jeans. That's what they were, weren't they? Pant legs that could double as a jean skirt.

    As a 25 year old woman, I still rock my men's UFO shorts in the summer. Built like a tank because they're 11 years old and still good as new. Granted, for UFO shorts, they're not that awful (I actually mean that). But shit, I owned some AWFUL clothing back when I was a 15 year old girl who thought she was a 21 year old dude. Can't believe I just admitted that. See also: silver lipstick; I was an Orgy fan back in the day.

    I had quite a long "I'm too good for winter coats" phase. Uh, Chicago beat that one out of me, for sure. Wind chill of -10F? You better bet that I'm going to be bitching about it while my nose hair freezes. nI'm ready for the cold to end and take the winter depression with it.

  3. It stated snowing at the beginning of December here in the UK and we were all like ‘ Yeah’ its snowing Christmas is coming… Now it feels as though we are living in a ever lasting scene from 30 days of night minus the killing vampires ( if you haven’t seen that film its about an Alaskan town that is plunged into darkness for a month out of the year). Saying that when the Summer comes and we are living through the heat wave we will properly be wishing for a bit of that winter blues to come back to cool us down… Summer 2011 going to be the best one yet!!!

  4. Pissing of fans from the other team ìs one of the most satisfying things I can think of

  5. you should make some blogs about who is on your drum set tour to tour. brian said that they change all the time on a different spin.