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Sorry, but I just had to vent. It use to be that living in Wisconsin was a quiet affair. It was just too cold for most people to want to live here, so we didn't have a whole lot of complainers here. If you could make it through a Wisconsin winter, you didn't need to complain about much.

For the last few days, however, all I've heard is how cold it's going to be; brutally cold, dangerously cold, deadly cold... Yeah, it's going to be cold. Minus 25 degrees F is nothing to sneeze at. But it's Wisconsin in the winter time, it you can't stand the cold, get out of the freezer. I guess the media is going on that this will be the coldest it's been here in 19 years. BS!!! In 2003, on Christmas morning it was minus 27. I know this because I had to go pick up one of my great uncles and my car wouldn't shift out of first gear. We dealt with it. About 5 years ago I was dog walking in Jan. on a night that was minus 24 degrees. I dressed for it, the dogs and me had fun, and the stars sparkle more the colder it gets. We dealt because we lived in Wisconsin inn the winter time.

A long time ago my family made the choice to live where it was cold, but there were less people. Now there are these idiots that live here in Wisconsin and just seem to expect the world to revolve around them...even the WEATHER. "Oh...it's going to be soooo cold." Get over it or move south! Really, leave Wisconsin, the frozen armpit of the north, to those of us who go about our daily lives (I'll be milking cows tomorrow in minus 25 degrees) and deal with what we have.

I had a friend stop by and ask if she could buy some milk from me (I told her no, it's illegal) because the store shelves in town are out. I was wondering if the lack of a farm bill had done what the media had been whining about, finally made food cost what it should. But she said it was because everyone was so scared about the cold they were stocking up. I can see being nervous about 10 inches of snow or more, but the cold? It's just winter, happens every year.

Anyway, anyone else more tired about the snowbird that weren't smart enough to fly south than they are with the cold? I can take the mercury dipping low more than the new northerners that can't figure out how to dress themselves. Okay, the rant is over, my boys and I are going out to the sled hill. They have tomorrow off from school because it's too dangerous to be outside. Who wants to bet that the kids will spend the day sledding in these deadly cold temperatures. :thumb:
 

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You should move to Texas and listen to the newcomers complain about the heat. Same thing, other side of the thermometer.
I suppose that would be true. I, myself couldn't take Texas heat, which is why I leave it up to those who can and stay here. I couldn't afford the off grid system that handles air-conditioning.:D: It make you wonder why people would come there if they couldn't take the heat though.

I just remember a time when Wisconsin was just this quiet little state that no one talked much about and only visited for a week or two. Winter in Wisconsin was a time of peace, with all the snowbirds going south and leaving the state to those of us that would rather shiver than put up with too many people. My lack of people skill are showing...I keep whispering "move south, move south." But then you all would have to put up with these idiots.
 

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People do overreact about seemingly normal stuff all the time but its just plain funny how normal winter weather has become "extreme freeze warning!" or "dangerous levels of snow fall in some areas!" :rolleyes: My response to them? "Leather up, nancy"

Seems the media whores and their loyal viewers like to sensationalize everything, even the weather :mad:
 

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our kids got the day off to, yippie we'll get some work done. I think its funny how the media and folks think its just nasty terrible it goin to be cold, it friggin Wisconsin it spose to be cold and snowy in the winter. just goes to show ya john q public is getting soft
 

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People do overreact about seemingly normal stuff all the time but its just plain funny how normal winter weather has become "extreme freeze warning!" or "dangerous levels of snow fall in some areas!" :rolleyes: My response to them? "Leather up, nancy"

Seems the media whores and their loyal viewers like to sensationalize everything, even the weather :mad:
And let me tell you a little story about my parents. Mainly my Mother! My dad got involved in International Eagle River Snowmobile Racing... this was back in the early 70's? He trained my mother WELL! Heck.... dad raised me sucking the carbon exhaust of a duel carburator 1971 Yamaha! (japanese goes sideways, he always said) My dad died 1975.... but he raced a little duel carburator Yamaha up at Eagle River before he died! I was 11 when he died. My only regret in my entire life... is that my 4 sons NEVER GOT TO MEET THEIR REAL GRANDPA!:(

However.... my Dad did manage to leave a legacy with his young wife!:)

Ya see.... back in 2004.... my elderly Mother and my step-dad, were still DIEHARD snowmobiler's of Northern Wisconsin! (and Michigan and Minnesota and Canada):thumb:

AT AGE 70... my Mother put 500 miles on a snowmobile at Northern Wisconsin vacation!!!! MY KIDS CALLED HER... GO GRANNY!!!!:D:

That was Feb 2004. The very next month she broke her hip... had emergency hip surgery... and never came out the surgery "right in her mind".:(

She died 2008.

We've become a nation of WIMPS!!!!!
 

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I hear it in MI all the time, and think the same thing. "Get out then! No one toldja to be here!"
It's the reason schools close when a snowflake drops. Yet these same people want the roads cleared as soon as a snowflake drops cuz they have to get to work, and don't want to learn how [leave early and slow down] to drive in snow to get there.

I think that attitude is worse, the closer to the cities you get. Up here near the thumb, the only complaint I heard so far was not having power during Christmas. I did hear someone say that some people couldn't stay in their homes for Christmas, and I wondered why. I mean why would you leave your home unattended when it needs it most? We stayed in to make sure our home was maintained.
Seeing city people on TV [after our power was back on 5 days later] whining about having to fuel their generators was enlightening as to their attitudes. I was thinking they should be happy they HAVE a generator! [or at least learn to be without]
We treated the whole thing as a learning experiance.
We chose not to go get a generator. Installed cut off valves for the water, so the pipes won't freeze [again], and stocked up on water, propane and lamp oil for the next outage.
Eventually, we will have a gas stove in the kitchen, and a wood burning one in the living room.

I once went to the Soo [top of da UP] in the wintertime, and was impressed at the 4 inches of snow on the roads that everyone just drove through it without a wisper of a complaint. No plows were plowing, cuz it was ONLY 4 inches of snow. Front porches became beer refrigerators, and folks visted their friends and played cards like normal. No one stayed in whining about the cold.
 

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And let me tell you a little story about my parents. Mainly my Mother! My dad got involved in International Eagle River Snowmobile Racing... this was back in the early 70's? He trained my mother WELL! Heck.... dad raised me sucking the carbon exhaust of a duel carburator 1971 Yamaha! (japanese goes sideways, he always said) My dad died 1975.... but he raced a little duel carburator Yamaha up at Eagle River before he died! I was 11 when he died. My only regret in my entire life... is that my 4 sons NEVER GOT TO MEET THEIR REAL GRANDPA!:(

However.... my Dad did manage to leave a legacy with his young wife!:)

Ya see.... back in 2004.... my elderly Mother and my step-dad, were still DIEHARD snowmobiler's of Northern Wisconsin! (and Michigan and Minnesota and Canada):thumb:

AT AGE 70... my Mother put 500 miles on a snowmobile at Northern Wisconsin vacation!!!! MY KIDS CALLED HER... GO GRANNY!!!!:D:

That was Feb 2004. The very next month she broke her hip... had emergency hip surgery... and never came out the surgery "right in her mind".:(

She died 2008.

We've become a nation of WIMPS!!!!!
Yeah my wife's grandpa is in his 90's with failing health but he still works around his farm, rain or shine, ice or snow. No complaints other than "the price of things these days" :D: The older generation truely is a tough bunch compared to the rest of us.

Your folks sound like they were awesome people. We need more like them. Thanks for sharing :thumb:
 

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I suppose that would be true. I, myself couldn't take Texas heat, which is why I leave it up to those who can and stay here. I couldn't afford the off grid system that handles air-conditioning.:D: It make you wonder why people would come there if they couldn't take the heat though.

I just remember a time when Wisconsin was just this quiet little state that no one talked much about and only visited for a week or two. Winter in Wisconsin was a time of peace, with all the snowbirds going south and leaving the state to those of us that would rather shiver than put up with too many people. My lack of people skill are showing...I keep whispering "move south, move south." But then you all would have to put up with these idiots.
You bring back memories for me growing up in Wisconsin in the 50s and 60s. Yes we were the quiet little state as Chicago O'Hare was the major airport hub guaranteeing that Milwaukee (and the rest of the state) would stay in obscurity. Grew up in Milwaukee. A great place to grow up with good people, good schools, low crime, great food, mild summers , and harsh winters.

I remember winters where only the main streets were plowed and the side streets were just 2 ruts several inches deep. I remember my dad turning the car wheel while giving it some gas to bump up out of the ruts to park by our house. We had a Rambler. Nobody complained and did stupid things like march on city hall.

People survived and survived quite well.

Does anyone remember the Packer-Cowboy ice bowl in (correct me if I'm wrong) 1967? I guess there will be another ice bowl there today?
 

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Too Funny,

I though it was just me.

They might as well change the name of the Weather Channel to the "You're all Going To Die" channel.

I live in a place Wikipedia calls "The Frozen Hell of New York". I actually just got back from a quick snowshoe jaunt with the dog and stumbled onto this thread.

As a New Yorker I was embarrassed that the New Mayor of New York City announced they would be closing school because it is too cold. The city is about eight hours south of me. The kids in my area will go to school. It was -24 a while back, temperture not wind chill and school stayed open.

I immediatly thought of kids in the U.P. places like Ely, MN. and around here. They must be laughing their butts off.

Sadly it does seem that we have turned into a nation of whiners. The truth of the matter is, we have it too easy. So it is easy to whine about stupid stuff. I think television and the internet amplify this syndrome.

I personally jettisoned televison about 6 years ago. Best thing I ever did. Don't miss it one bit. No monthly bill, and way more time on my hands to devote to real projects. Truthfully I think I would be better off if I disconected from the internet too. But obviously I haven't been able to do that yet. I am not however a facebook, twitter, person. Actually I spend too much time on here, especially lately.

I am with you, and not overly fond of hot weather. Which is why I choose to live where I do.

I tend to hike/snowshoe more in the winter. Mostly because I know I won't run into anyone else. Someday solo trekking in the winter may kill me. But I can't think of a way I'd rather go. Or a place I'd rather leave from.
 

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ice cubes

Great posts!!! :)

When I was living in Minot, ND in the mid 80s. Saw wind chill of -100F, now THAT was cold...used to tell family back in VA that I could make ice cubes out on the deck faster than in the freezer. ;)
 

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You should move to Texas and listen to the newcomers complain about the heat. Same thing, other side of the thermometer.
Stole my response!

I suppose that would be true. I, myself couldn't take Texas heat, which is why I leave it up to those who can and stay here. I couldn't afford the off grid system that handles air-conditioning.:D: It make you wonder why people would come there if they couldn't take the heat though.

I just remember a time when Wisconsin was just this quiet little state that no one talked much about and only visited for a week or two. Winter in Wisconsin was a time of peace, with all the snowbirds going south and leaving the state to those of us that would rather shiver than put up with too many people. My lack of people skill are showing...I keep whispering "move south, move south." But then you all would have to put up with these idiots.
Maybe they could all move to another country with perfect weather year-round. I don't know where that might be, but it would need to be far away and not connected by land to North America.
 

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Ok, I'm a whiner. Moved to AZ some years back as hubby got a job here. HATE IT!! Hate the heat. Would move if I could. Would require leaving / divorcing hubby. Lived in area with snow plows, logging trucks would trade in a heart beat.
 

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I'm on the other side of the river in MN. I love the cold winters. It shows who takes care of their vehicles and other equipment. I fired up the generator for it's monthly test last night to make sure it's good to go if we would happen to need it. I just wish we could get a couple of feet of snow to go with it. It got up to 9 degrees F today. I think I will do my annual freezer defrosting today. I can just put the contents in grocery bags on the deck until the ice in the freezer melts. I also put a charger on the batteries in vehicles that are stored for the winter to top them off so they don't freeze.
 
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