Reflections on a New England Winter
As Spring approaches here in Boston, it’s important to remember a few simple facts:
At 60? F:
Texans wear coats, gloves, and woolly hats.
New Englanders sunbathe.
At 50? F:
New Yorkers try to turn on the heat.
New Englanders plant gardens.
At 40? F:
Italian cars won’t start.
New Englanders drive with the windows down.
At 32? F:
Distilled water freezes.
Lake Winnapesaukee cools off.
At 20? F:
Californians shiver uncontrollably.
New Englanders have the last cookout before it gets cold.
At 15? F:
New York landlords finally turn up the heat.
New Englanders throw on a “sweatah.”
At 0? F:
Californians fly away to Mexico.
New Englanders take in the flag.
At -20? F:
People in Houston cease to exist.
New Englanders get out winter coats.
At -40? F:
New England Girl Scouts still sell cookies door to door.
At -60? F:
Penguins flee Antarctica.
New Englander Boy Scouts hold “Winter Survival” classes.
At -80? F:
Mount St. Helen’s freezes.
New Englanders rent videos.
At -100? F:
Santa Claus abandons the
New Englanders are frustrated because they can’t thaw the keg.
At -297? F:
Microbial life survives on dairy products.
Cows in Rhode Island complain of farmers with cold hands.
At -460? F-Absolute Zero:
Atomic motion stops.
New Englanders ask: “Cold ’nuff for ya?”