Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Fool's Day In Minnesota

We Minnesotans took a certain glee in winter 2007-2008, because it saw a return to the fierce winters of yore, making us celebrate our Viking heritage. (Like roughly 99.9% of Minnesotans I am of Norwegian descent).

We saw 20 days or so where temps dipped into the double-digit below zero range, and for the first time in years we felt good about our hearty ability to thrive on the edge of the polar icecap. We hate global warming not because it threatens the planet, but because it threatens our reputation as America's heartiest citizens.

So we have rather celebrated this particular winter. We've laughed at wind-chills rated at -50 degrees. We've gone to school plays and routine dentist appointments in weather that would utterly paralyze the sissies who live down in Des Moines.

But it is now April 1. Enough is enough.

Make it stop. Please.


August said...

Having lived in Toronto and now Berlin, I know all about those bone-cracking temperatures. But I'm still a sissy.

I always smile when I see you true Northerners wearing shorts around this time of year.


Glamourpuss said...

Blimey. We never see the like of that here in temperate England. The very fabric of society breaks down as the first flakes settle.


Dhamma81 said...


I grew up in Michigan and now live in North Florida and find it strange to see people in scarves, ugg boots and winter jackets on during our usual 65 or so degree winter days.

Kiyotoe said...

My nose started running just from looking at those pictures.

Okay, not really but damn it looks cold up there!