Tuesday, February 10, 2015


Yesterday the temperature rose to 71 here.  And we're a mile high in the foothills of Arizona. Not in the desert, where it was in the 80's. 

And this is February.  Early February.  As was easy to recognize when I watched the (Lyin' Brian-less) evening news last night which was dominated by video of huge piles of snow in Boston and warnings of another storm heading their way.

There's no snow here.  It's been 70 or above for three days or more now.

I grew up in North Dakota.  I was just having an email conversation with a friend who also grew up in that frigid snow-covered state. He remembered taking his wife "home" to meet his mother some years ago. It was at Christmas. They flew from Boston into Minneapolis, where it was 27 degrees below zero. Then they rented a car and drove to Bismarck. He said the temperature never climbed above 15 below. When they got to his mother's condo she had the thermostat on 80 degrees and a fire blazing in the fireplace. 

He and his wife now live in Southern California.

One of my first winters in Arizona I had my picture taken in a swimming pool, holding a glass of champagne and wearing a Christmas wreath on my head and a big smile. I sent it to my relatives in North Dakota. Like Queen Victoria, they were not amused.

So to you people in colder climes, I'm sorry. I know you're suffering and I know you don't appreciate hearing this type of crap from me, here in sunny and warm Arizona. 


I can't help it. 

I just can't.


joeh said...

It is OK here in NJ, but if I was in Boston I would be hating you now.

Stephen Hayes said...

Just rain here in Portland. Actually, it's been a mild winter---so far.

Lori said...

Cherry blossoms are out in Seattle and not enough snow in the mountains to ski!

Anonymous said...

80 degrees inside? That's hot.

Tom Cochrun said...

Getting early spring blooms here on the central California Coast. Blue sky, ample sunshine and the hills are green as Ireland.

Thérèse said...

That's ok. That's why memories are worth keeping!

Tom said...

Now that's just plain naughty. Mind you, your technique of 'rubbing it in' has a certain effectiveness about it.

Sharon Anck said...

It is very hard not to brag.

The Bug said...

That's ok - let's talk in August :)