Posted 01-05-2004 at 21:00:40
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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?