Monday, February 20, 2006

C-c-c-cold Outside

You know, it is cold outside. It is so cold outside.

I am not talking about real cold weather – those of you in Minnesota know what cold weather is really like. But here in Georgia, our blood must be thin, because whenever the mercury goes below freezing, we start complaining of the weather. Okay, and when I mention "freezing", you can assume I am talking about anything under 50 degrees Fahrenheit. What can I say, I am from Georgia.

I think God wanted us to be warm. The Garden of Eden was a warm paradise, where all you needed was less than a fig leaf. I know there are some agnostics or atheists reading this, and before you question if there is a God, please remember what Benjamin Franklin said: "Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy." Perhaps I converted someone with this quote. It sways me.

Getting back to cold weather, I can't help but think about the Winter Olympic Games. Now, I have not watched a minute of the Games. I know I should have watched part of it, but I don't like to be cold, and watching the games makes me cold.
Bryant Gumbel, on Real Sports, made fun of the games the other day, and I think everyone was focusing on the following sentence: "So try not to laugh when someone says these are the world’s greatest athletes, despite a paucity of blacks that makes the Winter Games look like a GOP convention." Funny thing is that I heard the remarks in their entirety, and the first thing I thought was wrong was that he quoted Thomas Paine ("These are the times that try men's souls.") and suggested that Paine thought this of the Winter Olympics. Of course, Paine never heard of the Winter Games, as they started in the 20th Century. Okay, I am guessing here, but let's pretend this is right. That's what infuriates me – that he misleads children on historic events. Okay, a little over the top. I think Gumbel was trying to be funny, and, well, it wasn't funny to some.

Personally, I used to watch the Winter Games. And I may watch the figure skating. And, for curiosity's sake, I like watching Bobsledding, Luge, and other sports. Curling is fascinating, really. To think you can get Olympic Gold for sweeping ice in front of the stone. I mean really, if you have a gold medal in your possession, what difference does it make if you were a sweeper or you won the gold in the decathlon? Gold is gold.

I went to work today, though I wanted to curl up in bed and read a book. Did I mention it is cold in Georgia?


Shannon said...

Hey Lessa~

My momma is from Georgia. =)She use to live in 30093 zip code but has moved. She still lives there and loves it. I went for a visit about a year and a half ago and I loved it there!! It was sooo warm (this was in March) and I love the stores there. Ohhh how I miss the shopping!!

I am in Pennsylvania.. it gets pretty cold here.. but this winter has been a good one. I just hate winter.. I don't like being stuck indoors especially with small children. *Sigh*

Here's to hoping Spring gets here fast!! *Cheers* =)

Shannon said...

Oopseee Leesa* Even.. sowwy!! =)

QChique said...

We have had a particularly warm winter so far this year in Dallas. Today it got down to about 35 degrees and there is sand out everywhere on all the roads and everyone is freaking out about the cold. In all fairness it was 76 degrees last week. Ah nothing like the warm south.

Dongley Shlongford said...

It is quite warm in Molokai today.
I'm on the beach, glass of Don Julio in hand.

Chris-el-da said...

who's the hottie above me with her arse in the window light?

i'll have to come back when i remember what i was going to say

but right now, i'm going to go sit by the window and stick my butt out!


Grant said...

Suck it up, wuss.

Sorry, that's my advice for everyone today. :)

Leesa said...

shannon: Atlanta is different than the rest of Georgia. Just because of the traffic. I could never live there.

QChique: I had a friend from Dallas, before that, I would never have guessed how cold it gets there. More than 100 in the summer and pretty cold winters.

dongley: what a pic, sweetie.

Chris-el-da: yeah, QChique has a nice caboose.

grant: I am a wuss. I know it.

Lee said...

I can cope with the heat but all my systems shut down when I am cold. Apparently the Eskimos believe Hell is cold, not hot.

My gripe with the Olympics, winter or summer, is the ugly side of nationalism and tribalism that they bring out. What does it matter what the 'medal count' is? It's the athletes doing the hard work. Even sweeping.

Bless you Ben Franklin, bless you.

Boris Yeltsin said...

I wish I still had the e-mail:
In February
In Ohio, we're complaining that the keg won't dethaw; everyone else stays inside.
In Ohio, we're sticking our tongues to metal poles; everyone stays inside.


Actually, I love the Ben Franklin quote. If that don't convert Aethists, nothing will. Love your work!

Solo said...

Atlanta may have it's traffic, but what the heck does Savannah got??!! You don't have our Butthead nightlife, or our charismatic Midtown, or our snooty Alpharetta, or our northern suburb of Crackworth, or our million dollar McMansions in Dunwoody., I guess you're right about Atlanta not being like the rest of Georgia. I suppose we should stop and give thanks...

~Deb said...

I never understood that game 'curling'. First of all, it looks just exhausting to sweep the ice so it can melt before that heavy ass puck arrives to it's goal. It's exhausting just to WATCH. I do love the free style snow boarding. (Not sure if that's what it's called...)

And do not complain of GA being cold! I just got done with below zero weather over here in New York. I froze my nuts off. Well. You know.

Keep warm and snuggle up with hubby!

kathi said...

It's cold in Dallas too, darlin, but I love it. Fire going, hot toddies a brewin and a good book to it. Just as long as it doesn't last forever.

Casey (my 16 yr old) and I have gotten into watching curling. It's addictive! I'm thinking those sweepers must have some really good muscles built up there. :)

Leesa said...

lee: Perhaps I should be an Eskimo. I believe Hell is cold.

boris: I am a wuss.

solo: Oh, a pissing contest with a girl. Nice. Savannah is quaint; it has character. And characters. Think "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil".

~deb: I am just cold-natured.

kathi: I really think many of the sports are addictive.

"N" Search of Ecstasy said...

It cold there and believe or not I had on my A/C today. I'm in Florida and it is too warm to be winter!

Solo said...

leesa, I jest. As you already know... :)

Leesa said...

n-search: love your blog!

solo: I really did not know. Just in a funk.