"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
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January 12, 2008


Ugh, I hate Minneapolis-St. Paul winters. In the spring, summer, and fall, it's a very pretty landscape filled with green trees and brightly colored homes and shops neatly lining the grid-like streets and quite a few lakes, rivers, and streams. Cars and the occasional cyclist or pedestrian zoom past you to their destinations. Most of my time is spent in the southern suburbs and south Minneapolis and, from a few places, you can see the downtown skyline and its multiple skyscrapers jutting into the air. Visually, it's not a terrible place to be for most of the year.

It's when the snow hits and blankets everything in a sea of white that it starts to look drab. All those picturesque, Norman Rockwell-type paintings show an idealized vision of what snow is really like. It may stay that way for a day or two but, after about a week, pollution from the cars seeps into the snow between the sidewalks and streets turning it gray with God knows what kind of chemicals. And all that white snow around you for so many months just ends up looking bleak.

2 comments:

FerdC said...

I spent 3 years in Rochester, and would visit the cities from time to time. Now I'm back in Toledo. Talk about bleak! I hear you about the dirty snow. --- I remember my 3 winters in MN fondly. The skies are bluer, with many less cloudy days than we have in Toledo. It was colder in MN, but the people were warmer.
I just wish we had like 1 or 2 months of winter, and the rest mostly warm and sunny shorts weather. Don't you think? Yeah, you bet!

Berryvox said...

Oh, yeah. If the winters were shorter, it'd be fine. I've only ever heard people complaining about Ohio. I'm sure it must have some redeeming qualities. And, yeah, Minnesotans are (for the most part) very polite and friendly.