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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 03:38 PM
Fall is my favorite season, but winter is a close 2nd. I like snow storms, winter winds, cold temps, grey cloudy afternoon skies, and winter sunsets can be awesome. Any other fans of winter here?



 
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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 03:41 PM
Not here. I hate cold weather. I had to garage the Harley for the winter yesterday. Winter gives me the blues.

 

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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 03:44 PM
Love it

Just wish it would come to NJ soon. Its been a pretty mild autumn

 

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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 03:55 PM
Not a fan of winter....although all those Holidays are nice.
It's the darkness more than the cold that gets to me....go to work in the dark, come home in the dark, even during the day the sun's too close to the horizon for me....


 
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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 04:01 PM
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Not a fan of winter....although all those Holidays are nice.
It's the darkness more than the cold that gets to me....go to work in the dark, come home in the dark, even during the day the sun's too close to the horizon for me....




I completely agree, Jim....in the Midwest (where I USED to lve) it seems to last forever, from mid-October to June....I was sitting at a Neil Young concert at the Marcus Amphitheater on the lakefront in Milwaukee on June 24th back in '04 and it was 42 degrees....granted, it was night, but I thought, what am I doing here?

Love the cool nights and warm days-and the sunshine-here in the Carolinas...

 

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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 04:16 PM
not anymore

I hate the Cold
I hate my heating bill
I hate the shorter days

 

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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 04:18 PM
Not a fan of winter, so here's what John Hiatt has to say about winter...
zeke

wintertime blues



I've been too long with my nose in a book
I hope you sing just as good as you look
Come on over baby, I got a song for you
A little jump of something I call
The wintertime blues

I wanna hear those mockingbird wings
I want gravy on everything
Lovin' in the kitchen
What have we got to lose
Just a nasty case of
These ol' wintertime blues

Cold as snot with a big frozen smile
Ain't foolin' nobody after a while
Time to let the cat out
I've got a real short fuse
I'm just about to blow up
These ol' wintertime blues

There's no spring
There was never any spring
Spring's a long gone thing
There won't ever be a spring no more

At least that's the way it feels when your
Skin is cracked and peeled
And you've been livin' under
sixty pounds of blanket
And the snow's drifting up to your window
And you're out of firewood
And the wolf is howling at your door

Three hours of day light
and all of them gray
The suicide prevention group has all run away
I'm running out of groceries
I ain't got no rubber shoes
Bring the bacon baby
I got the wintertime blues

I could cut a hole in the floor
Catch you a fish by a quarter to four
But I'm stuck up this mountain
Where I got a bird's eye view
Of couple more months of these
ol' wintertime blues

And it's a one, two
My lips are turning blue
Come on over baby
What have we got to lose
Just a nasty case of
These ol' wintertime blues

And it's three, four
I'm stiff as Al Gore
Come on over baby
What have we got to lose
Just a nasty case of these ol'
wintertime blues

Well, it's the same old drill
For Punxsutawney Phil
If he sees his own shadow
I'm shootin' to kill

Come on over baby
I stand accused
There's a man going crazy up here
With the wintertime blues


 

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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 04:57 PM
If winter lasted from Thanksgiving to Christmas I could handle it,but I like to ride my motorcycle all year long.

 

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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 05:25 PM

 

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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 05:42 PM
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Bring the bacon baby
I got the wintertime blues



Let's change that line to this:

Bring on the Beacon, baby
I got the wintertime blues

 
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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 05:54 PM
I think winter here in St Pete is wonderful!

 

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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 06:22 PM
I've always liked winter, although at my age I'm inclined to like it a bit more balanced than when I was younger.

I spent five years going to college in Rochester, NY - loved it, but wouldn't want that much winter ever again.

I've been in Charlotte for about 12 years now. Too far south for me - not enough winter. I miss those mornings a few times a year where its snowed overnight and you get out early. Everything's quite and pristine from fresh snow. It almost never happens down here.

The best balance I've found was living in Cincinnati. Just the right amount of some occassional real winter, but not too often, and usually not for very long.

 

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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 06:22 PM
No ... especially when the beauitful white snow gets all dirty and yucky looking....

 

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  posted on 11/16/2008 at 06:28 PM
I enjoy the winter more now than I used to. I've always loved a fresh snowfall, especially when it snows enough to make everything outside look new and beautiful, coating the ground and the tree branches and the fence posts and the rocks in the creek just above the water line. My favorite temperature in winter is 28 degrees and either sunny or snowing. The 'wet cold zone' between 32 degrees and 42 degrees feels worse to me. And, a cold wind will get to anyone after a while.

Veering my attention towards the sport of ice fishing has put me in a different mindset in recent years. These days, every cold day or night, every time it sleets or snows, I purposely take a walk outside to begin the process of acclimation. The human body acclimates just as a wolf or fox or any other mammal's body does that lives outside during winter. Walking to and from your car is not going to get it done.

Ice fishing is about 70% mental and 30% preparation, in my opinion. Your mental outlook will literally affect how your body deals with the elements. Learning how to dress and to set up your gear is also essential, figuring out what combination of gear works for you, from your clothes to the right color ice jigs to tie on your miniature foot-and-a-half long ice fishing pole. Once out on the ice, you feel good that you can handle it, and you get into a groove where your body and mind adapt to the surroundings. That is when you find yourself taking the time to look up and around, enjoying the nature that is out there with you. Many times we will not get to the lake until dark and on a clear night when the moon is up, the woods are fascinating. I admire the animals that live out the winter up here, from the sparrows, cardinals and owls to the deer and the coyotes. I've heard owls calling in the trees up above me and have come across fields with over 30 deer kicking up the snow looking for food while being wary of the coyotes that are always out there somewhere in the dark. There are no wolves in these parts, but the yelps of a coyote pack are pretty cool to hear off in the distance. And, I still find it amazing that you can lower a fishing line into a 6-inch wide crystalline hole in the ice on a frozen lake and catch over 100 fish on a good night.

After the ice fishing is over for the year, I am ready for that first warm sunny day that says Spring time is near. But, when hanging out around the campfire, the few of us that have been ice fishing over the winter are standing around with just a sweatshirt on while the others still have to wear a coat or two. By that time, we have some new stories to tell, as there is something very cool about doing something that 99% of the rest of the population will not ever experience. It's not a contest, it's just that you see and experience a side of nature that most folks miss and you are a participant as well as observer. And, I find that ice fishing makes the year seem longer. Spring time is awesome, but heck, I caught my first fish in January!!

DH

[Edited on 11/16/2008 by DerekFromCincinnati]

 

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  posted on 11/17/2008 at 10:56 AM
The older I get, the less I enjoy winter. A nice fire, a new snow, (the quiet in the woods after a new snow is amazing), Christmas, New Years....

But I don't ski much anymore (having a son that plays hockey pretty much put the kibosh on that).

So I find myself longing to ride my Harley, cruise in my Jeep with the top and doors off, go camping, sit on my deck and girl watch everywhere I go. I hate gloves, jackets, hats and pants. Shorts, a tshirt and my Teva's are where it's at.

I have some cities' weather on my Ipod that I check every day. Since I got it, Ocho Rios has had one day time temperature that started with a 7 and one that started with a 9. Otherwise basically an 11 month run of 80s.

 

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  posted on 11/17/2008 at 11:02 AM
Love the winter. Love it love it love it. I hate the heat.

 

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  posted on 11/17/2008 at 11:02 AM
I'd probably enjoy winter a lot more if it didn't fluctuate so much.
Temps jump between the high 40's to the teens and snowfall either is
dustings here and there or we get dumped on big time.

Otherwise, I'll stay with Fall

 

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  posted on 11/17/2008 at 11:08 AM
The only real problem I have is driving through poorly-plowed (if at all) Chicago streets.

Other than that, I don't mind it much.

 

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  posted on 11/17/2008 at 11:08 AM
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Not a fan of winter....although all those Holidays are nice.
It's the darkness more than the cold that gets to me....go to work in the dark, come home in the dark, even during the day the sun's too close to the horizon for me....




Not a fan of winter here either, I get the doldrums easily in the colder, darker months. I'm a lover of the great outdoors!

 

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The only real problem I have is driving through poorly-plowed (if at all) Chicago streets.

Other than that, I don't mind it much.


One of the things I miss the most about living in Chicago is the weather. Imagine that!

 

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  posted on 11/17/2008 at 05:27 PM
Wow. Winter Boo Hoos.

Ok, here is a pic to warm you up that friend of mine, Berkley bluegrass/folk fiddler Laurie Lewis, sent to me today taken a couple of months ago at Pt Reyes National Seashore;

 

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  posted on 11/17/2008 at 05:36 PM
Not a big winter fan here and I live in Middle Earth where we get it's full affects. While the snow and some ice and cold can be a beautiful thing the fact that the cold can hang around soooo long can be a drag. And the shorter days ... I like more light, less dark. And the REALLY cold minus-zero-windchill stuff ... blech.

 

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  posted on 11/17/2008 at 05:49 PM
I would rather have a sunny, dry,zero degree day (as long as the wind is below 20 MPH) than a grey, damp 40 degree day anytime...just can't handle that dark, damp, drizzly stuff.

 

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  posted on 11/17/2008 at 05:54 PM
Had to bundle up today.

78 degrees here in Central CA..

 

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  posted on 11/17/2008 at 05:56 PM
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Had to bundle up today.

78 degrees here in Central CA..
Not feeling sorry for you, Bruce! (Especially after spending yesterday with my house open all day in high 30's weather as I had new storm doors installed ... brrrrrr)

[Edited on 11/17/2008 by lolasdeb]

 

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