Sure its COLD up North, but .....

Cold means something different to a Floridian.

OK, don't get mad ...... yet. You haven't even read my opening sentence!

Let me explain.

I now live in Florida, south of Tampa and in a normal Winter, we just don't get cold.

Not Cold like it was in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia where I grew up and spent the first thirty or so years of my life.

And we don't get anywhere like the Cold weather you people in the northern states have to suffer through.

To us, our winter consists of sporadic spurts of uncomfortable weather that is driven down to us by strange happenings with cold fronts and such other winter weather things that you people who live "up there" know more about that us Floridians.

If you noticed, I said "uncomfortable" weather. To us, uncomfortable means we had to play golf with a pull-over on instead of just in a golf shirt.

Uncomfortable means rooting through your closet for a pair of long pants to wear that day instead of the year-round wardrobe of shorts.

Uncomfortable is putting the convertibles top UP for the trip to the supermarket.

Uncomfortable means wearing a pair of shoes and socks instead of your favorite flip-flops.

Hopefully you get the point. We Floridians are just not exposed to such horrendous weather as you people UP there accept as the winter norm.

Snow Angel

Making the best of a bad situation
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This winter has been a hard one for us all.

No, Really! This winter has been hard on everyone in the country. We Floridians aren't so isolated that we don't see how hard the weather has been on people.

We might be Southerners, but we also have TV, just like you people who live up North. We watch the same "news-less" news shows that you do.

And we get just as bored as you do when they spend hours showing the same news people standing in front of enormous snow banks explaining to us all, for the umpteenth time, how much snow has fallen on some in the far reaches of the North.

And, when we go to our favorite Tiki Bar, we have the same conversations as you do. You hear such things as;

Damn, I need to go on a diet. I haven't had these jeans on for three years and I could barely button them.

Did you notice the traffic on I-75? It looks like a parade cars with license plates from up North. I hear you can't find an empty hotel room anywhere around here.

And, honestly, I don't think I've ever heard so much French being spoken around me. I mean, really, after a few days of hearing so much French being spoken, you wonder "is there anyone left in Quebec?"

I hear that all of the cheap Airlines are losing their Butts. Every plane coming down is packed, and no one is flying back. Once they get here, they just stay.

Someone told me that if this keeps up the whole state will be put on rationing for Vodka and Tequila. The northerners are drinking so much of it that the Distilleries are running out.

And the funny rumors go on and on, just because of the weather we see blasting the Northern reaches of the continent.

But, you should look at the positive side of being Snowed in.

Really. There is an old adage that says something pithy about taking the bad and making something good from it.

You know, try to be positive and maintain a good attitude, and all of that. You know, let's make lemonade from all of these lemons thrown at us.

So, just to help those of you northerners who went glassy-eyed over the sorry weather, two or three storms ago, here are a few things you can do to improve your mood.

  • Having your car, sitting at the curb, covered with several feet of Snow is admittedly bad. But, look at the positive side. You haven't had to buy gas for over a week now.
  • Having the roof of your house covered with a foot of Snow is bad when it ever starts to melt. But, right now it provides an extra layer of insulation for your whole house and eases the load on your furnace slightly.
  • Spending several hours a day shoveling the new snow in your driveway and on your sidewalk is bad. But, look at the Calories you have burned doing this instead of sitting in front of your TV for endless hours.
  • Not being able to get to work is Bad. But, he can't get to work either so you just need to took at the time off as a surprise unpaid holiday.
  • Its very hard to get out and walk your dog. But, your Dog can now Poop and Pee in less than ten seconds before he drags you back into the house. No more sniffing everything in sight, making you miss part of your favorite game.
  • You cant' get out to get more groceries and that is bad. But, you are now digging out cans and boxes of foods from your pantry that have been sitting there for months. And by now, you have become very creative in making meals from these strange packaged foods.
  • You ran out of Beer two days ago, and that s bad. But, you have enough tea bags for at least two more days.

These are just a few examples of things that might seem bad about the continually sever winter you are experiencing, but as I have shown, you should look at the positive side of each of these and other set backs Mother Nature has thrown at you this winter.

And, there is one more thing you can try.

All of the major North/South Interstate highways are cleared.

So, Get in your car and COME ON DOWN! It might be Winter, but it's a Tropical Winter.

Snow Blower versus 100 Pumpkins

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billybuc 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

Too funny!

I'm sitting in a northern state that really hasn't seen winter at all this year. We went from fall to late fall to early spring, and it will be sixty again today.

One thing that drives me crazy is the east coast news bias. If I hear about one more storm hitting the east coast I'm going to vomit. You never hear about the storms approaching the west coast where we sit. We've had heavy rains, flooding, landslides, high winds, but not a word is spoken about it on the news. It's like we don't exist on the west coast as far as national news is concerned...and that's perfect because it means no one will move here. LOL


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MizBejabbers 21 months ago

Really funny, Don. I've tried to get Mr. B to move to Florida for years because I hate winter. However, he'd rather dodge tornadoes in tornado alley than hurricanes on the coast. That's why he insisted on an underground house.

I look on the bright side. North Arkansas is one of the fastest-growing states for Yankee retirees. Weatherwise we are caught in the middle here. And with all the snow that we usually get, black ice, and impassable mountains, Florida will look more attractive to them than my state. So, I don't really mind being iced in on my hilltop. Bring on the out-of-date Campbell's soup. Just make sure we have plenty of crackers.


Carolann (nurse240) 21 months ago

Sorry to hear you are so miserable. In lower Michigan it was -24 this morning. But, it is warming up a lot, at noon the temp says -7. We are glad this is only temporary.


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Rachel L Alba 21 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

You have to be a really positive person to think of all those things. lol Here is NE PA it isn't as bad as other places. Try telling the positive side of things to the people in Boston MA.. Your positives do make you think though. I voted a thumbs up.


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Don Bobbitt 21 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

BillyBuc- What News Media. Haven't you noticed that real news is passe'. Now they concentrate of Social Fluff! A three hour article on the depth of Snow in Boston is much preferred over What our Congress might be doing to us, on the sly.

And you guys on the other side of the Rockies? Well you don't have a chance getting noticed, unless maybe your cops shoot a teenaged Gangsta.

Whoops, Did I say that? Oh, well, I'll never make it on CNN, MSNBC, or even FOX, after they see this.

DON


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Don Bobbitt 21 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

MizBejabbers- You are too funny. There you are in your Hobbitt house, secure from the vagaries of almost any weather situation, and I'm the considered the comedian.

Love it!

As we say here in the South;

Y'all Come on Down! Ya Hear?

LOL!

DON


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Ericdierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

We have it bad here in the coastal desert. What is up with needing socks and shoes. We had to close windows and doors here today as it dropped into the mid sixties. I guess we do get some coverage because of our drought, but I would have to turn on the TV to see it and no thanks.


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Don Bobbitt 21 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

crolasann It is so hard to experience what you have gone through. I know in spite of my excessive humor,but lets all going through this world of cold and just enjoy what e hve, ..... Today!

Thanks for the read and the comment,

DON


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Don Bobbitt 21 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Rachel L. Alba- I'm glad that you liked my little Rant against the news system.

I thought I would give them something positive to share with their viewers other than "Look! Here comes another Storm!" LOL!

Thanks for the rad and the Comment,

DON


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Don Bobbitt 21 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

EricDierker- Hey, I can appreciate your flip-flop mentality! LOL! These storms they have up north seem to really shake some people up, and I can appreciate a little press on the subject.

But, to drone on, and on, and on, and on about such tripe?

Get a new subject to talk about. Isn't there a spelling bee somewhere? Ha!

Thanks for the read and comment,

DON


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MsDora 21 months ago from The Caribbean

Living in the Caribbean, I understand your tropical winter. Sweaters come out if the temperature drops below 70F degrees. Your "but" situations are humorous but true. A great read!


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Genna East 21 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

As a New Englander, I loooved this hub. And I agree with Billybuc about being tired of seeing what we see outside of our living room window on the news 24-7. Minnesota has had -40 degree temps; there are regions of this wonderful country still fighting droughts, while other parts are having raging winds and mudslides. True, this has been the winter from hell for us, but I don't need to turn on the "news-less news" (I love that term), and watch our Bostonians jumping out of their windows into the snow. Enuff already. I'd much rather be sitting at that Tiki bar and complaining about my jeans being too tight. Great, fun article. Voted up and shared. :-)


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Don Bobbitt 21 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

MsDora- The Caribbean is definitely a place with weather that is what I call "civilized". I love your reference to wearing sweaters at 70F. My first year in Florida, I thought the "natives" were crazy. The next, I was rooting around in my closet on such "cold" days. LOL!

DON


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tillsontitan 21 months ago from New York

Well let's see. I've used up boxes of old cake mix to give me something to do and cleaned out the freezer in the last week so I could use all that good stuff. You're definitely on the right track Don.

However, we also had a bad roof leak that has ruined three ceilings, we're almost out of firewood, and my husband is out shoveling/snow blowing yet again.

Good and bad? Certainly but if I had a choice I'd take the good any day.

Voted up, funny, and interesting.


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fpherj48 21 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Don.....As a native Western NY'er......I'm sure you know we have 4 distinct unique Seasons. Each has it's stark characteristics. I've always had the attitude, if this is where I call home and choose to stay, GET USED TO THE WEATHER, LIKE IT OR LUMP IT AND GET OVER IT!! LOL.

Just like everything in life, we learn to tolerate the bad with the good. In all honesty, sure...our last 2 winters have been totally brutal. The lucky snow birds get to escape for a few months and the rest stay and bear with it.

It's a matter of asking yourself what you really want, what you're willing to give up or change and what you're willing to tolerate. Right?

Like I said, this is my home. I've lived elsewhere at times throughout my life, but always wind up back here (Home Sweet Home)

I can't think of another place where I'd rather spend my Spring, Summer and Autumn......SO, this means I "prepare" for the 3 to 4 rough winter months, hunker down and bite the bullet. Once in a while I'll shout out a gripe or 2, but no one listens anyway! LOL UP+++


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Don Bobbitt 21 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

GeenaLee- I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub. It's just so irritating to see 24/7 coverage of how high the snow is piled in Now York City, or how much over their snow removal budget Boston happens to be.

And, my point is that the first time I hear the same thing on national TV is OK, even the second and third. But, dozens of times?

Just Stop it! And tell me something that is read news.LOL!

Please.

DON


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Don Bobbitt 21 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

tillsontitan- I appreciate your problems and I hope they are resolved as easily as possible.

My article was meant to be more of a slap at our news networks who no longer follow real news but rather prefer to spend hours and hours on "fluff" pieces.

Like I mentioned, how many times do they have to tell me about the great snowpile in New York city and how much over budget Boston happens to be because of the snow.

My question is; what ever happened to real investigative news? LOL!

Anyway, Have a good day, as someone famous once said; "even this will end" LOL

DON


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Don Bobbitt 21 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

fpherj408- Great response.

You are so right, we all have different tastes and we can all have different preference for home climate.

DON


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dahoglund 21 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

A warmer state has appealed to me but for one reason or another I've lived in northern states most of my life. Last winter, I think was worse than this one.


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mary615 21 months ago from Florida

I came to Florida in 1965 to escape the cold weather of Atlanta, Ga, and I would never want to leave. I complain when our weather is below 60 degrees, and I long for the warm weather to return. Hurry up, Summer!! I feel bad for all those people underneath all the snow. I couldn't live in it.


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Don Bobbitt 21 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

dahoglund- I have traveled to probably half of the states in the Union and honestly, Each one has something beautiful that makes it stand out.

I just decided to go where the Palm Trees grow. LOL!

Have a great day,

DON


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Don Bobbitt 21 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Mary615- It takes so little time for our bodies to become "Tropical". One or two years at the most and you actually start avoiding trips to the North in the Winter. LOL!

Thanks for the comment,

DON


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MG Seltzer 17 months ago from South Portland, Maine

Love it! Even my fellow Mainers, who are pretty winter-hardened, were losing it this year. I enjoyed the part about creative use of whatever there is to eat in the house when snow keeps us away from the grocery. The phrase "strange packaged foods" made me smile. Thumbs up!


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Don Bobbitt 17 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

Some times, my sarcasm take over and I have no control of what I say. Or, at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it. LOL!

Thanks for the read and the comment.

DON


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MG Seltzer 17 months ago from South Portland, Maine

I'll be back to read more of your stuff!


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Don Bobbitt 17 months ago from Ruskin Florida Author

MG Seltzer- Great to hear from you again. Yes, Please come back and look for some more of my writings. I hope they entertain you and maybe even make you smile.

Thanks again for the read.

DON

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