A quest to make sense of it all. Or a sense to make a quest of it all.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


As a former Buffalonian, it has recently occured to me that I should haul ass back up there. There's not much keeping me here, and I have friends there. I look awesome in winter gear, and I dig the snow. (Ha! Get it?)

Contemplation...number crunching....

...I think this is a really good idea.


histrionicsdotzip said...

*jumping up and down and squeeing*

sarah saint said...

I've narrowed it down to NY, NC, VA, or LA.

But I do love Savannah, GA....

gah! too many options. Which is a nice change.

histrionicsdotzip said...

Well, I'll back you up, whatever you decide.

I just hope you decide on Buffalo!

histrionicsdotzip said...

Let me just make it clear, in case I haven't, that it gets COLD here. Bitterly, finger-eating, face-shattering COLD. We are situated right next to the largest collection of fresh water in the world, and the winds that come off Lake Erie and Lake Ontario are fucking blustery nose eaters. The low pressure systems that move across the lake suck moisture as they travel and when they make landfall on the metro Buffalo area they vomit snow in torrents. It's a weather phenomenon called the Lake Effect. There are beers and diners named after it. For at least three solid months a year you deal with mass quantities of snow, and for six months out of the year you deal with the cold. You MUST have special clothing - padded, insulated socks, shoes big enough to accommodate said socks, thermal underwear, insulated wind-resistant gloves, scarves, ear muffs AND winter hats. None of these are optional. Your heat costs will be astronomical if you're not okay with sitting at home in four layers, two pairs of socks and slippers, a winter hat, and never feeling your nose. Snow is heavy. It looks fluffy and light, but wait until you start having to get up at 5AM to shovel the shit out of your driveway for 2 hours so your car doesn't get stuck / can movie. It is cardio, and it is work. Ordinarily simple tasks - like taking out the garbage / recycling, running to the grocery store, going to work - take on whole new worlds on complexity when there is snow on the ground. If your gloves get wet with it and they're not waterproof, you're fucked. If you're cold natured or get cold easily you will freeze your ass off all winter long. Ice can be invisible and you will bust your ass if you're not totally careful. If you have a dog, taking it out multiple times a day will a tremendous amount of work to your daily tasks.

I just want to make sure you fully realize what you might be getting into.

sarah saint said...

That makes Louisiana sound a lot better!

I was so young when I was there. I remember it being cold, and I remember the snow, of course. And once Grandma Charlie visited in winter and for some reason we took her to the Falls, and she promptly got pneumonia. And my teacher's name was Mrs. Arnold, and she hated two things: carrots, and me. That's about all I remember of Buffalo.

Actually, it doesn't sound that bad. It sounds completely different, and that's what I'm going for. You know I rock a hat!

I didn't think about the dog, though. I've been wanting one, but maybe a cat would be better. A sleek little creature, full of disdain for the outdoors.