Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Winter Angst/National Pride

Like Dave's most recent post, this one has its origins with The Da Vinci Code. I'm not trying to leech off his popularity by replicating his posts, I swear. It just looks that way. Anyhow, I sold my illustrated hardcover copy on eBay a couple of days ago. It was a Christmas gift from someone who apparently wasn't acquainted with my pickiness regarding the books I read. A lack of interest combined with the complete failure of Brown's writing to hook me in any regard resulted in me never progressing past the fifth page. So, I sold it. Picked up a decent amount for it, too.

So, last night, I'm off to the mall to mail the thing. And the mall's soundsystem is belting out some riff on "Jingle Bells". Now, I can deal with the Santa display up on November 1st, but must they assault us with Christmas songs so early on in the season? I was, of course, moved to murderous rage by the mall's playlist, but was able to take solace in the fact that I'd just made $30 off something I never even paid for. Afterwards, all I could feel was sympathy for the mall's workers.

Then came the winter weather. This morning, on my way to work, Ottawa began to receive its first snowfall. After a few hours of that, Ottawa received its first dose of freezing rain. If you're not familiar with these kinds of weather conditions, the end result of this is that, when you return to your car, you find a thick layer of snow that's been solidified into a solid mass of ice and fused onto your entire car. Much ice scraping ensued.

Now, one might say that it's paradoxical for someone to continue living in Canada (especially Ottawa, which happens to be the second coldest national capital on the planet) when they hate winter so much. It might seem even more paradoxical for someone to love Canada when they hate winter so much (as opposed to our other season, road construction). Actually, I argue the opposite - I'm downright patriotic. I stick around despite the winter. And really, even though I hate it, I wouldn't trade it away. After all, if Canadians didn't have bitterly cold winters to complain about, what would we complain about? (Besides taxes, that is.)

As for Christmas, I reserve the right to remain humbuggish until at least December 1st. Who's with me?

1 Comments:

Arethusa said...

I do love Christmas but the manic decoration and onslaught of carols this early is testing my adoration. No snow or freezing rain has been sighted here, although we've been having some bitching wind.

Happy scraping!

2:49 PM  

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