how to piss off a northerner in 1 simple step
CAN I SAY THIS IS SO TRUE.
Like just reading this actually made me angry.
God, this. I grew up in Wisconsin. I remember one year we had this new kid who’d moved from Georgia, he’d never been in a northern winter. In early November we got like an inch of snow. We got to school and he was like I CAN’T BELIEVE SCHOOL’S OPEN WHY ISN’T IT CLOSED ZOMG.
We all just looked at him like he was nuts. An inch of snow? People are still riding their bikes. Wearing shorts. WITH SANDALS. We couldn’t WAIT until January hit with its ten below temperatures and four feet of snow to see what he thought of THAT.
I think the reason southern states freak out and close schools is because we never have this kind of weather so we don’t have the resources to salt or plow all the roads when the time comes. We’re unaccustomed to it and we don’t have the slightest idea how to drive on snow or ice. Asking us to continue on with our day during winter weather is inviting a five car pileup. I promise you.
We failed to close schools one year and (in my little town) three teachers broke their arm and a bus turned over. I kid you not. We’re idiots when it comes to the cold. We’re like a bunch of headless chickens or something.
Conversely, we think it’s crazy when people freak out over hot weather. 104 degrees fahrenheit? Pfft, no problem. Stop whining. But we’re also failing to consider that northern states aren’t used to that kind of heat. Why would you guys need air conditioning when you live in a cooler climate?
It’s the same with tornadic weather. There’ll be sirens going off and we’re standing outside gauging the skies ourselves. But we don’t know diddlysquat about blizzards.
So yeah. Climate and adaptation.