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Tough or dumb?
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deadcarp    Posted 01-05-2004 at 20:26:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
the consensus seems to be that ya hafta be tough and dumb to winter-out up here. for years it's been tolerabble but lately i'm losing something - i see len heading for ft worth, neil for bullhead city, dwight for brownsville - and they come back smiling in the spring. could they all be raving cowards? :)

Lazy Al    Posted 01-06-2004 at 03:34:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Around here I have something to do all day and never get done . Ifin We went south for the winter what would a person do all winter ? Play shuffel board, horse shoes cards Golf Don't think so ... I think I'll stay right here and do what I want to do. You can pick your days to go some place and sit back and watch the blizzard on those days . I think going to a retirement place in the south would drive me buggy .

Willy-N    Posted 01-05-2004 at 23:48:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I had to work outside now for a living it might be different. On the coast side of Washington it was cold and wet all winter and I had to wear Rain Gear all the time. I hated the rain after 30 years of it! Now I live in a very cold dry area but dress right and stay dry but warm. I used to do a lot of Dock Work and the water sprays would get old wiring the Docks up in the cold rain and wind. Mark H.

Mike    Posted 01-05-2004 at 21:00:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The answer would be (at least for me) both. It is being tough and dumb. Maybe that is wishful thinking.

I am in southwestern Wisconsin and have lived here all my life. My last name is Anderson, and my ancestors came here from Norway in 1857.

They could have gone anywhere in the US, but no they had to choose another really cold place to settle. Clearly that is the dumb part. They went from one freezer directly into another.

What does that say about the rest of us? All of us (in this family) are still here. We stayed because Wisconsin has been good to us. Prosperity has abounded here. It is hard to turn away, and reject that which is good to you. Is that really dumb? I am actually not so sure.

Every winter I ask myself why I am still here. But actually, (just like my ancestors) Wisconsin has been good to me. I tried to leave, but the best job by far that I could find when I got out of college was right here. Family was here too. How could I leave?

Maybe someday when I retire I can winter in Arizona or the South. However, in the meantime it is subzero temperatures, frozen pipes, and all the rest.

I guess that is the curse of being from Scandanavian decent. That is my excuse. How about the rest of you?

deadcarp    Posted 01-05-2004 at 21:17:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
interesting - my ex was an anderson - her folks were alf & vi from wisconsin - he took his house apart (from double-"O" and "P") and moved it to seattle area, got a lot in ballard and reassembled the thing. his brother ropy and nora stayed in eau claire. they left a dog behind but it wandered off and after 3 months it found them. in ballard. :)

oops    Posted 01-05-2004 at 21:18:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
should be "roy and nora"

mike    Posted 01-05-2004 at 21:30:28       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes, that is interesting, but as you were probably sure, I did not know them.

We have tried to leave. My mothers parents (who were actually from Minnesota, married in 1936 and went out to Oakaland, California. They stayed only 11 years and came back. I have a cousin who moved to Georgia, but came back after less than a year.

It is like a curse. We travel a lot, but we always come back to the Midwest.

There are many many decendents of Sacandanavians who stay in the upper Midwest. I cannot explain why, but I guess that home is always home--no matter where one hangs his hat, and he always longs for home.

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