I Have a Shovel and I Know How to Use It
My Facebook page is looking an awfully lot like the Weather Channel lately. Friends around the country are updating about the cold they weren't expecting, the warm place they'd rather be, and what they're going to do if it doesn't change soon. Friends are getting snippy with each other, too, claiming that their weather is worse, or bragging that it's better, or threatening to send snowballs in the mail.
Carol in Florida writes, "It's 32 degrees outside and 63 degrees in the house. This message brought to you by the Actually, Sometimes It Does Get Cold in Florida foundation." When I asked if I could quote her update she said only if I promise not to make fun of Floridians.
In Poughkeepsie, Carla "is not leaving the house today...it's 19F, 11F with wind chill. H-E-double hockey sticks NO." One of her friends quips that it's -13 where she is so she refuses to feel sorry for Carla.
Laurie says, "today is the perfect day for a book, a mug of tea, and a fire in the fireplace. Brrr...it's chilly outside!" Laurie lives in the Bay area, so I asked her what "chilly" meant, and she sheepishly admitted that it was 46 degrees. Beth writes, "wishes i were in phoenix... it's 71 degrees there today. baltimore's high is 31 with possible snow flurries. ahhh, winter." Then one of her friends says, "Here in Chicago, they're touting the end-of-week 30 degree temperatures as a "BIG WARM UP"!
If I were with friends in a coffee shop, instead of in front of my computer, we'd all be stomping our slushy boots on the floor, blowing on our lattes, and staring out at the bleak, colorless, icy landscape. No one would pipe up that it's 77 degrees in Burbank, or question why it's only 3 degrees out. We all know that it's 3 degrees out because it's January in Chicago. We seem to consistently get what we're expecting here, and the beauty of all those Facebook updates is that even though it's only 3 degrees, I can take some sick comfort in knowing that I'm getting exactly what I thought I'd get.Continued on the next page