The Deep Chill

Sports reporter Jordan Willi and I swapped emails the other day. I sent him the hilarious “NFL: Bad Lip Reading” YouTube video clip featuring Minnesota Vikings’ own Adrian Peterson, and he sent me a YouTube clip of California newscasters complaining about the frigid temperatures — 32-degree morning lows and 55-degree highs — that recently plagued Los Angeles.

It’s a toss-up as to which one was the funniest, but for the sake of writing this blog — and because I know next to nothing about football —I’ll write about how easy those Californians have it in January.

I see people wearing shorts outside when its 55 degrees in Minnesota. Heck, I see people wearing shorts outside when it’s 32 degrees. We just have thicker skins up here in the northland, yeah sure, you betcha we do!

Thick skin or not, the below-0 high we’re supposed to reach today, well, that’s just darn cold — no ifs, ands or buts about it. But … I wish it was a little warmer.

The last time it got this cold outside, I learned a couple of things. First, I will not step out the back door to toss a recyclable in my container after rinsing it out in the kitchen sink. The last time I did that in frigid temps, my wet fingers stuck to the handle of the screen door. Oopsie-daisy! (Hey, at least I wasn’t naïve enough to lick a metal pole — we’ll save that stunt for any of those Californians daring enough to make a Minnesota visit in the middle of January.) Secondly, it doesn’t matter how many layers of mittens and gloves I put on my hands, after shoveling the snow off my driveway I will not be able to feel my fingers anymore. I guess the only solution is to not to go out and shovel snow!

Now, those Californians might think they’re going to die if they have to step foot outdoors when it’s minus-4 with a minus 35-windchill, but my Minnesota answer to that is, you can always add more layers.

When it’s 110 degrees in L.A. in July, just remember that there’s only so many layers you can take off before you start getting dirty looks. Here in Minnesota, we don’t care what you look like in winter — as long as you’ve found a way to keep warm. (I’ll try to remember that the next time I wear my winter hat with the furry ear flaps.)

Regardless of where a person lives, weather is always a topic of conversation. It’s either too hot or too cold, too wet or too dry; and no matter what the weather is like in your neck of the woods, it’s always worse (or better) somewhere else.

That being said, it’s still darn cold outside, so take some extra precautions to get through the rest of this week. Maybe stay home if you can, get out a good book, a craft project or a board game and pass the time until the weather looks a little better outside.

As for me, I get to take a little road trip up nort’ for the rest of this week — well, only to the Twin Cities — but still, I betcha it’s colder up there!

2 Responses

  1. Tom Nelson

    I am a displaced Minnesotan that now lives in California. We have so little weather here, weatherpersons describe any amount of rain as a storm. A drop in temperature is a cold snap. A few days ago it was 27 degrees in the morning and that afternoon I mowed the lawn. As I like to comment ( everybody has to be someplace). Regards Tom

    1. Julie Buntjer

      Good to hear from you Tom! I just thought the YouTube clip was funny. You must know that we’d rather have your California weather during the winter! It’s bone-chilling cold out there tonight!

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