Thursday, December 23, 2010

What would Ole do?

My new hero is Ole the First.

This marks my second Big Winter in Minneapolis. And it’s a doozy – the fifth toughest winter on record. Snowfall, even if only flurries, for 15 of the last 21 days.

Looking through the lens of history, I can see why Ole spent his first winter up here. He was snowed in! But, I cannot fathom why he spent the second winter, assuming he had a choice.

Admittedly, I’m feeling a little cocky. I’ve learned how to dress for the cold and how many calories I need to take in so I will have the strength to get the clothes off when I get indoors. I have learned to wear good socks because snow-slopped shoes are left at the entry.

Gradually, little things come to the icy dawning. Like frequenting only establishments with a parking lot that has been plowed recently. Curbside parking requires more athletic ability than I will ever again possess . Even in my best years, I’m not certain I could jump that high. Yessir, give me the good crunch, crunch, crunch of a fresh-plowed parking lot.

At last, I understand the muted cheers across the Twin Cities as the TV weather dudes get all wee-wee’d up about the temp “warming up to the twenties.” Between zero and 22, there's a big difference.

Only one last major hurdle: I scream a lot while driving.

The Mystery Woman is not sympathetic. She calls it my ice scream.

And then giggles.

1 comment:

Ken Martin said...

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“Writing is turning one’s worst moments into money.” -- J.P. Donleavy (b. 1926), Irish-American novelist. Playboy (May 1979).
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Now all you need to do, George, is figure out how to turn your worst winter moments into moolah. Whether you do or don't it's still fun to read of your cold-weather encounters.

I hope you and the mystery woman have a great holiday season and a happy new year.

I'm celebrating my 71st b-day today by finally going to the Blanton Museum of Art. It's in the neighborhood even but I seem never to get around to visiting. Today's the day.

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