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Cold or hot?

There's a theme to my life. I grew up in a relatively cold climate where the ground typically disappeared under the snow in October or November and never reappeared until May. I learned to cherish the short time of warmth before my world was inundated with cold and snow again.

When I became an adult I tried moving to warmer climes but I learned that warmth comes with a price: I can never find steady work in places where snow never falls. Twice I've tried relocating to tropical climates and twice I languished in unemployment as my job applications went unheeded. I have learned that I can be warm or I can work; not both.

Today I start a new job that I'm genuinely excited about. What does the weather do in celebration? It snows. It's still snowing as I write this and my employer has set back my start time to compensate for the traffic jams resulting from the snow. This is how I know the universe hates me.

3 years ago by spaceghoti with 16 comments

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  • ttubravesrock

    As someone who grew up and lived the first 24 years of my life south of 40 degrees North, I don't like warm climates for more than a week at a time. I live at 65 degrees North now and I'll admit that a week in Hawaii would be nice right about now.

    • spaceghoti

      In other words, you are the anti-me. It's probably best that we'll never meet, or our handshake might annihilate the planet.

      • ttubravesrock

        I'm similar to the Dr. Horrible's sidekick 'Moist' so at the very least, our handshake would be uncomfortable.

  • spaceghoti

    Well, my first day of work has been called on account of snow. After passing the third vehicle in my lane -- one of them an SUV! -- stuck because of snow drifts on the highway I decided that discretion was the better part of valor and turned around to come home. Fortunately my employer is extremely reasonable and agreed to move back my start to tomorrow morning.

    Fucking Denver. It's not like falling snow isn't an annual event around here, but apparently it's just too much to ask to engage sufficient resources to clear the highways.

    • Gozzin

      Sounds like eastern NC..One inch of snow and the entire south east closes down for hundreds of miles!

  • drunkenninja

    I've grown up and live in generally cold climate so for me the cold is much easier to handle than the heat.

  • jcscher

    Good luck with the new job! I have no answer for the weather or the timing of it.

    • spaceghoti

      Thank you. It may or may not be true that the universe has it out for me, but if it does then that would answer a whole lot of nagging questions.

  • SuperCyan

    As someone's that's just spent the week dealing with pretty cold temperatures, I miss the heat.

    Sometimes, when it's 90 degrees outside, I'll think "Man, I'd love some snow right now." However, heat's a lot easier to deal with. If I'm out in the heat, I'm not out for too long, and there's always a place to go. My house has air conditioning, my car has windows (no AC, unfortunately), and every place I go inside is a nice 70 degrees. While it might be the same for cold weather, hot weather doesn't bring the problems that winter does.

    I hate running to my car every morning, 10 minutes before I leave, to start it in order to actually see where I'm driving. I hate trying to do things, but being stopped by snow (school, I don't really mind missing). I hate that feeling when you don't have gloves, and your hands feel like you've just stuck them in an icebath. I hate the feeling of cold air cutting my throat every time I want to do something. I hate looking at empty or frozen swimming pools. I have looking at blank, expressionless trees.

    The heat can suck, but winter makes life a frozen hell.

  • jenjen1352

    Most of the time it's neither one thing nor another here. Quite nice, really. And then something happens somewhere and it's all hands to the pump! It has snowed twice in twenty years in my neck of the woods. That was fun for the kids but pretty awful for the motorists stuck on Haldon Hill for eight hours. The local village provided tea and sympathy.