The Chicagoland area is gearing up for another “major” snowfall. In addition, the temperatures may drag down into the single digits. Hmmmm Bad news, oh, wait — I don’ t have to go out in it (much) because I am retired!
The work I had done for over 43 years was primarily outside work. I actually don’t mind cold (I often go out with no coat or jacket even into the teens), but prolonged work in it is not fun. Years ago I was looking at taking a job on the construction of the Alaskan Pipeline (yeah — the 1970’s) while laid off work locally. The money was good but what stopped me cold was teh requirement of having to work bare-handed (15 min at a time every 1/2 hour) in cold down to -40. By the way, did you know that one of the only readings that coincide between Fahrenheit and Celsius temperatures IS -40, so yeah that is cold. Minus 40? Seriously. That was the end of that.
So, now I can see the beauty of falling snow more readily. I can empathize with workers who make a living in it. I can enjoy a warm snug spot due to work done well starting long ago. I can still mutter, “Damn it looks cold!”