Fred_McGriff wrote:vanwinkle wrote:paratactical wrote:OP, have you ever lived in cold? Cause I've met people from Texas that thought four seasons would be nice, but they didn't realize how cold it gets in Boston.
Think of waking up in the middle of May to ground frozen rock hard, snow outside, muddy sludge on the side of the roads. Think of salt and dirt caking onto every part of your car, your clothes, filling the crevices in your boots. Think of getting sick, unless you're super human you'll have multiple colds a year, your immune system and the immune systems of everyone around you will be weakened. You'll get chills, feel like you're a prisoner in your own house some nights because it's too damn cold to go out. Think about back to back to back days of little to no sunlight, slate grey skies fading to darkness around 4pm and all of the time you'll have to deal with the fools errand of winterizing everything you own. Waking up for work and cranking your rock solid frozen car out of it's slumber, the 10 minutes before it's really warm inside, sitting there shivering.
Now think of calling your friends and family in Texas. What's the weather there like in January, February, March, April, May? Can they go for a long walk outside? Are the kids early season practices a living hell? Are they still sniffling and wheezing?
Cold weather is awesome and romantic in theory, but in practice it really sucks, and is the worst part of living in the North.
You just described my dream weather. There is something indescribably beautiful about the cold that is simply absent in heat. I'm not trying to sound ridiculous or naive, but it's almost like the colder it gets, the closer it is to God (and for the record, I'm not religious, so don't start with the Jesus-freak comebacks). There is a small chance (very small, lol) that I will turn down Stanford (if accepted) for Columbia because NY is more seasonal and gets colder.