Sunday, January 16, 2011

don't stay in the lake too long

It's not just me.

The January blues are rampant this year, perhaps because the shit weather is so widespread across the continent. We are a grumpy disengaged collective of miserable people. There is little solace in that, but there is camaraderie in the uniformity of blank stares, dead eyes being the new secret handshake.

I've never been fond of winter, but neither have I been so sick of it so early in the season. Maybe when this latest deep freeze loosens its stranglehold upon the city and upon my psyche, I will be able to throw off these thousand pound shackles from my feet.

It's hard to dance when you are chained to the floor.

17 comments:

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Never been fond of winter yet you live in Canada? Holy heck woman, there's a huge disconnect there.

phlegmfatale said...

Ironic, because I have serious snow envy. We've had an eerily dry Fall and Winter here in this part of Texas, and now we are even denied snow. The little lake in town I walk around of an evening is ever-receding from the banks and this all feels more mournful to me than cabin fever ever could. Chilling, indeed. Still, I know how oppressive unending waves of the same day over and over can feel, weather-wise. I generally get sick of sunshine here.

Word verification - husnowei.

Even the WV has snow, but we can't get it for love nor money. The universe taunts us. I suspect Brisbane even got a little water meant for us.

Vol-E said...

I moved from NY to the south to get away from this crap. I don't like snow, and that includes admiring it (other than oohing and ahhing at pretty flakes that come down and then promptly MELT), playing, walking or driving in it. It can stay in the snow globes and leave me alone. You have my commiseration, Barbara!

Wandering Coyote said...

Yep, I hear you. I was sick of this season back in November, however, before it barely even got started! I really am serious when I say I'm looking for ways outta this joint next winter. I'm not sure I can take much more of it...

Dale said...

I'm a big winter hater myself so the pain and shackles are shared.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I know it makes absolutely no sense, Dr M, but it's my home and it holds me here. For now.

Is it cold as well, Phlegmmy. I often find the cold without accompanying snow is even more oppressive. And of course, this bodes ill for the crops. Be nice if we could just even things out a little.

You are braver than I am, Vol-E, to actually move to get away from winter. Or perhaps you just hate it more than I do.

And you have the ongoing battles with snow overhangs and ice piles and mini-avalanches taking out fences to contend with as well, WC. We have to find an escape for you next winter.

It's made so much more palatable, knowing that you are chained up with me, Dale. Dare I say, even a little exciting?

umbrellalady said...

Ouch! Your words hurt the child in me that loves snow and snowflakes, crunchy walks, skidooing, ice-fishing,skiing and all those great things winter is made for.

Chin up everyone - only 2-3 more months and the weather will be more to your liking!

Allison said...

Here there isn't snow, the the persistent rain definitely gets one down, especially with a migraine. I am dreaming of May already.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

With apologies to your inner child, none of those activities appeal to me, Kathy. Just putting in the time right now.

Your rain can definitely be a downer, Al - cold, soggy, dark, yuck.

27thstreet said...

What I like about our seasons is that they are constantly changing. Winter is long for sure, but we have spring to look forward to. And, my dogs are loving the snow. I try to be the cup half-full guy on winter, at least until February rolls around.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You are also blessed with four seasons where you live, Mr Anchovy. We really only have two, with both spring and fall showing up for about two weeks each.
It's crossed my mind many times during these waves of deep freeze that if I had a dog, I would not have the luxury of cowering inside, complaining.

John Mutford said...

Debbie seems to be where you are right now. And strangely, I'm not. Which is unusual because usually it's the other way around. Though we are in Yellowknife, the winter will be long enough for us to return to our normal roles before there's even a whisper of spring.

leazwell said...

It's the short gray days I abhor.

BeckEye said...

I'm already sick of winter, too. I've lived in the northeast all of my life and I'm beginning to think it's time to change that.

But every place has its issues. Big cities everywhere have roaches. The south has ginormous bugs. The west coast has earthquakes. The midwest has tornados. Coastal areas have hurricanes. Hawaii has volcanos and too many hula dancers. Where do we go?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You probably even have time to swap around a second time before winter loosens its stranglehold, John. So much to look forward to.

Ugh, yes, dawn at 9:00AM, sunset at 4:30PM, no sun in between - those are the worst, Leazwell.

Oh yes, the scourge of an overabundance of hula dancers! We can have that! But where do we go indeed? The answer, obviously, is that we are all going to move in with you, Beckeye.

Susan said...

Yep. Enough winter already. Although I might find it a lot more tolerable if we had a garage.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

As the ambient temperature increases, our garage currently seems to be holding the cold within it, Susan. It's the oddest thing, the windows are still frozen over solid.