10 things I ac­tu­ally like about win­ter

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Sunday Arts & Style - Jim Shea is a life­long Con­necti­cut res­i­dent and jour­nal­ist. jim­[email protected]; Twit­ter: @jim­boshea. JIM SHEA

To­day is the sec­ond day of win­ter.

Yeah, yeah, I know the cal­en­dar says win­ter doesn’t be­gin un­til the 21st, but that is astro­nom­i­cal win­ter, or anal-re­ten­tive win­ter. I am a devo­tee of me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal win­ter, which is made up of the three cold­est months — De­cem­ber, Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary. Whether of­fi­cially, or un­of­fi­cially, win­ter has ar­rived. This, how­ever, does not mean the end of all hope. Win­ter has a lot go­ing for it.

Ten things I like about win­ter:

Out­door Chores: There aren’t any. You don’t have to mow, or rake, or prune, or mulch, or plant, or fer­til­ize, or paint, or try to fix stuff. Not that I’m a stick­ler for any of these things, but it’s nice to go about your day not feel­ing guilty about all the things you should be do­ing. Ex­er­cis­ers: Speak­ing of feel­ing guilty, you see a lot fewer peo­ple out run­ning, walk­ing, or rid­ing bikes in

the win­ter. This re­duc­tion in traf­fic makes it much eas­ier to drive and eat my cof­fee roll in the morn­ing. An­other group of ex­er­cis­ers you don’t see as much of are dog walk­ers. While I don’t miss them, ei­ther, I do some­times won­der where their dogs go when my yard is not made avail­able to them.

Snow­birds: I know this is a per­sonal fail­ing, but I be­come a sig­nif­i­cantly less bit­ter per­son when the last set of Flor­ida li­cense plates has mi­grated south. Maybe it’s envy on my part. OK, it’s def­i­nitely envy on my part, but Flor­ida plates on a car say two things:

One: I have a sec­ond home, and you don’t.

Two: I don’t pay taxes in Con­necti­cut, and you do — sucker.

Hol­i­days: Win­ter has the best hol­i­days. Christ­mas isn’t just a hol­i­day, but an en­tire sea­son of ho-hoho. New Year’s is a great party, even if you have to be filled in on some as­pects the next morn­ing. And then

there is the Su­per Bowl, an en­tire day de­voted to eat­ing, drink­ing and pay­ing homage to the maxim that a flat-screen tele­vi­sion can never be too large. Watch­ing Foot­ball: I know this is per­verse, but I es­pe­cially love watch­ing games in De­cem­ber and Jan­uary. In par­tic­u­lar, I en­joy view­ing games be­ing played in snow­storms or sub-arc­tic tem­per­a­tures while I am com­fort­ably en­sconced on the couch in front of a roar­ing fire.

Cloth­ing: One of the ad­van­tages of liv­ing in a tem­per­ate zone is that we switch to an en­tirely new wardrobe twice a year. Win­ter at­tire has two ba­sic func­tions:

To keep us from dy­ing of ex­po­sure.

And to hide from the world just how much we overindulged dur­ing the var­i­ous hol­i­day cel­e­bra­tions. Li­po­suc­tion has noth­ing on the bulky sweater. Win­ter Sports: There is down­hill ski­ing, cross­coun­try ski­ing, sled­ding, skat­ing, snow­shoe­ing… With so many op­tions is it any won­der that we are often able to stick with our New Year’s get-in-shape res­o­lu­tions un­til mid Jan­uary? Weather Re­ports: Is there any­one in any pro­fes­sion who en­joys him­self more that a lo­cal tele­vi­sion me­te­o­rol­o­gist when a snow storm is ap­proach­ing. Oh, the bread. Oh, the milk. Oh, the bat­ter­ies.

Bing­ing: Sure, you can binge-watch tele­vi­sion shows year around, but it’s so much more en­joy­able when you can oc­cupy the re­cliner for nine straight episodes on a snow day and not have the nag­ging feel­ing that your life is pass­ing you by. Driv­ing: Granted, driv­ing in the win­ter can be ex­cit­ing, ex­hil­i­rat­ing, ter­ri­fy­ing, and that can be just back­ing out of the drive­way. And, yes, tem­pers can run hot, es­pe­cially if there is snow fall­ing. That said, I find that in the event of an en­counter, I am nowhere near as of­fended if an­other mo­torist flips me the mit­ten.

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