Right now, it's oppressively hot there.
It's always too hot or too cold or too wet or too snowy or too thunderstormy or too earthquakey (which I know isn't the weather, but it's part of the whole "too-whatever" mindset). I never have to look at the Eastern Ontario weather report because fifty or more of my friends have already informed me through their facebook status updates. My facebook feed fills up with these complaints.
It's worse than Farmville! At least now I can block Farmville!!
You'd think that, of anyone, it would be my northern friends (from the Yukon right across to Nunavut) that would complain about the weather. After all, we live in a barren wasteland permanently covered in snow and ice.1
But I almost never hear complaints about the weather from my northern friends. Instead, when the topic is raised, weather is spoken of with glee or, dare I say, reverence.
"I love these beautiful, long, hot, summer days!"
"I just got back from a walk. It's freezing cold out but the sky is so clear!"
"It's snowing! Yippee!!!"
"Raining again. Good for stopping those forest fires."
So what is it? Why the difference? Is it the humidity? It our northern weather just plain better? Is it something about our expectations? Is it something engrained in the northern mentality? Something engrained in the southern mentality?
Please, someone, help me to understand.
1A common - but erroneous - stereotype that many people (including friends of mine) have. This stereotype is usually shattered when they come to visit.