(Hoth...or Chequamegon Bay?)
This week the local TV news has been all
"OH MY GOD IT'S TWENTY BELOW ZERO IT'S THE APOCALYPSE WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE OH NOOOOOOOO!!!"while those of us with cooler heads have been all, "Uh, it's January. It's supposed to be cold."
I mean, seriously. They cancelled school the other day due to the cold. Sure, it's cold -- it's below zero. But it's January. I repeat: it's supposed to be cold right now. We have the most reliable cars and transportation that humankind has ever had; we have polar fleece and waterproof boots and other things our grandparents -- hell, our parents -- would have killed for when they were growing up. And they cancel school because it's -20 first thing in the morning. Do you know how many times they cancelled school due to cold when I was in school? Twice. And that was the week it went down around -50 in 1996. If they'd cancelled school every time it got down around -20 when I was in school, we would've basically just had big chunks of January & February off entirely. (To be fair, I'm sure I would have enjoyed that.)
(Ice races out on the bay, 1/20/2013.)
There was much gnashing of teeth and rending of garments on Facebook about The Children. "My kids have to stand out waiting for the bus! They'd get frostbite!" "The buses are too cold to ride on!" "If it's cold enough to cancel recess, they should just cancel school!" My eye-rolling muscles got a workout. Especially as the day wore on, and I saw lots of moms out shopping downtown with their kids. If it's cold enough to cancel school, isn't it also probably too cold to be dragging them out to run errands?
Man up, everybody. We've got another two months of this and we can't go crawling back under our Snuggies every time the mercury dips below zero. Show some self respect! We're heartier than that!