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It's probably not winter specifically, but several things about winter are annoying the shit out of me.

1.) The cold.
I can't seem to get warm anymore. I know it's not actually any colder than it used to be, it's my tolerance for cold that's diminshed. It's likely related to the diabetes and circulatory issues, but it's still a pain in the ass.

2.) The snow.
Shoveling snow is something that I've never really enjoyed. It's not good exercize really, it's far too stressful on the body. The snowblower helps a lot, but it's still hours of time that I'd rather spend doing something else.

2a.) The ice.
Sort of included with snow is ice. Ice on the roads for cars to slide on (I almost got hit by a car that slid through an intersection), ice on the sidewalks for people to slide on, ice on the gutters and roof to cause damage...

3.) Asshat drivers.
What the fuck has happened with drivers in Minneapolis? I know it didn't used to be as bad as it has been; the last couple of winters in particular seem to have brought out the WTF mode in people. I could see if there was a large influx of people moving here that have had no experience with winter driving, but some stuff just seems assholery born of frustration (like don't stop in the middle of a fucking intersection, asshat).

4.) Clothes.
Gone are the short skirts and skimpy clothes of summer, covered instead by laters of cotton, wool, and polyester, swaddled in Polar Fleece and down. There are no shapes, just sort of lumpy, swollen forms. Frumpy is not the new hot.

5.) Elongated darkness.
I like the night, because it's when I'm my most creative, but when it's dark by the time I leave for work, I feel opressed.


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Dec. 6th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
#3, hate to say this, but there are a lot of immigrants from warmer climes that simply don't have the years of experience and are making lots of rookie mistakes
Dec. 7th, 2007 12:39 am (UTC)
What and ignorant asshat thing to say. I have seen white folks in Edina drive like bigger asshats because they paid for some overpriced SUV and think physics don't apply. The somoli in my neighborhood drive slow, sure, but if anything they are /more/ careful then the stupid white folks who think they are such good and experienced drivers and DON'T PAY ATTENTION!
Dec. 7th, 2007 05:40 am (UTC)
Never said anything about race.
Dec. 7th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
You said Immigrants. Somehow I think you wouldn't say the same about an Irish immigrant even though they don't deal with as much snow in Ireland as we have here. I was using the Somali as an example. You could has as easily said 'People who haven't dealt with snow before' because I bet there are people from the southern US that have just moved here that don't know how to deal with snow as well either.

You make it about 'different from me'.

BTW? Starting with 'hate to say this' then
Dec. 6th, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
#4 - I look forward to lumpy sweaters and polar fleece! As a person who WANTS to cover up lumps and bulges, sweaters are my friend. Don't think of it as frump... think of it as... mystique!

#5 - I love the dark, too. But when I sometimes leave for work in the dark, come home in the dark, and work in an interior cubicle, the light of day escapes me most of the time.
Dec. 7th, 2007 03:25 pm (UTC)
I can't stand winter, period. If I had to choose one thing, though, it would be the darkness. It's oppressive.

When I was younger I dug the dark because I, too, felt like my creative juices flowed better. But now my need for sunlight is far stronger, so much so that I don't feel creative at all in the winter. I just feel tired and grouchy.
Dec. 6th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
That might be it, but I think some people forget that plain asshatery driving in the nice weather is damn near deadly on ice. I was merging into traffic on Tuesday and some douchebag accelerated to cut me off. Fortunately there was space and no accident...
Dec. 6th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
come to the pacific northwest.

Dec. 7th, 2007 12:32 am (UTC)
"come to the Pacific NW"
...where if there's snow, it's safest to stay locked in your house until it melts away?

Sure, we complain about Midwestern drivers in the snow, but I lived in Vancouver BC for 4 years, and saw some of the most unbelievably bad winter driving of my entire life there.

Of course, if you're just looking to get The Marmot into your neck of the woods, go ahead and ignore me.
Dec. 6th, 2007 10:14 pm (UTC)
My theories for the traffic blowup:

MPR said something about too many cops were assigned to snow removal duty, and not enough on traffic direction in downtown Minneapolis. I bet this had a serious domino effect.

Snow removal and road salting seemed slow. Maybe this was because MNDOT has been pre-occupied with the I-35W bridge project.

"Genius" urban planning has forced people to make longer and longer commutes, which has made people more impatient, obstinate and irritable.

I feel the culture has emphasized competitiveness and a "win at all costs" attitude for too hard and too long. Thus the competitive urge continues to bleed into areas it should not be, like driving.

We are all older, and therefore much crankier.
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