Thank goodness winter is almost over! I can finally get back to wearing sandals and tank tops 5 days a week instead of being constrained by things like long yoga pants and three-quarter length sleeves. LA is known for overreacting to "cold" weather as Jimmy Kimmel so accurately pointed out when he mocked LA news coverage of the "Arctic Blast." (Although I will admit, it was A LOT colder than I was expecting. I didn't move to California for 40 degree weather!)
As winter weather wreaks its havoc on the east coast again (its March 6...seriously? its almost spring!) I am very happy to be watching from a distance this time, if nothing else because its comical. There's nothing the media loves more than creating stupid names for mega snow storms. Snowpocalypse, Snowmaggedon, Snowtorious B.I.G. This year in wake of federal budget cuts and furloughs in DC, the sequester has become "The Snowquester." Clever. Apparently the Snowquester has been a lot more underwhelming than the past storms.
Snowstorms that rocked the east coast in 2010 and 2011 were part of the reason I left. It was pretty overwhelming...we were getting so many inches you'd think it was black snow. And snow days weren't as fun as they sound. I couldn't drive anywhere, I still had to work from home, the roads were covered with ice when you could start driving and the beautiful white snow that initially dropped turned into disgusting black slush in no time. The only thing snow did for me was ruin my social schedule, what a jerk. I can almost say that I dislike snow as much as I dislike Taylor Swift.
Don't get me wrong, it wasn't all bad. I started watching the "Lost" series out of boredom...which led to me further wasting hours of my life watching that show. And spending two days and nights couped up with my parents, aunt and uncle with no electricity at my parents' house in the middle of the woods, burning old documents from the 1980's in the fireplace to keep warm, grilling filet mignon outside and heating tea on the grill since there was no electricity, playing hours of card games, giving in and drinking copious amounts of rum at 4 pm because there was nothing else to do and passing out at 8 pm in a house with no heat, was legitimately pretty fun. Until we found out that 3 trees fell at the bottom of our 1/2 mile long driveway and we had to shovel our way down and remove the trees ourselves with a small saw.
My mom grilling and heating up tea
|My aunt, uncle and dad sawing the collapsed tree down (Don't worry I didn't only take pictures, I helped too)|
So yeah, I have totally turned into a Californian when it comes to this but I am thankful I don't have to deal with snow anymore. To those people who say "I like to experience all four seasons"-- screw the seasons, I much prefer running, biking and volleyball on the beach in the winter.