Winter is about to rear its ugly head. In South Florida the cold weather has already come. Just this week the temperature at midday was below seventy. People were getting out their parkas, fur coats, and ski caps making sure they were prepared for the elements. I heard a lady the other day worrying that her heat worked because at night we might reach the forties.
Weathermen love this. They get to bring in alternate vocabulary like cold front and wind chill factor and make up new phrases like, “Freeze Watch 2010”. It gives people in the community something to talk about like this conversation I overheard, “Bro,it’s cold.”
“Yeah, I hear it’s supposed to last until Sunday.”
“And then what happens?”
“I don’t know. I guess it gets warmer.”
To be fair other parts of the country can be whiners when it gets to be summertime. The news broadcasters act like they’re reporting nuclear war when a slight drizzle comes from the sky. Northeasterners might be the worst. The slightest bit of heat or humidity and New Yorkers will act like they’re in the Sahara. They’ll talk about how Al Gore is right and something must be done about global warming at least until they winter in Miami and find themselves sitting next to people on the beach dressed in eskimo outfits.