Like the weather

13 Jan

When in doubt, talk about the weather.

While I am often content with silence and don’t feel overly invested in the need to make small talk, when small talk must be made, the weather is a safe topic.

Can you tell I have no idea what to blog about this morning? The stream of consciousness is running dry this AM. It’s dammed up, dammit!

So, the weather.

How about that weather?

Cold enough for you?

There is a local TV station that used to run this blurb advertising their meterological prowess that began: “You can’t live without weather, so you should have the best weather information.”

“You can’t live without weather.” Or oxygen for that matter, but let’s not talk about oxygen, let’s talk about the weather.

The close kin of talking about the weather is complaining about the weather. Right now in my corner of the world, people are complaining about the cold. We’re not having, like, freaky cold—it gets cold here most winters. But we complain about it anyway. We complain about the heat in the summer too, which doesn’t make much sense. You knew when you got up this morning you were in Florida and if you looked at the calendar and it was August, you also knew that is was going to be hot.

“Whew! Sure is hot out!” 

Right now we’d gladly trade the current weather for a scorcher.

I’ve noticed when it is winter, and we want to complain about the cold, a lot of people I encounter here in the Sunshine State will preface their winter-weather related whine with, “We’re in Florida!” Real indignent like. As if that invalidates the cold weather and, therefore, it should just go away.

Maybe this summer when someone complains to me about the heat, I’ll reply, “We’re in Florida!” Just in case they forgot.

Stay warm.

Happy Thursday.

4 Responses to “Like the weather”

  1. tracy~queenie January 13, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    so love this bill…

    way to tell those spoiled floridians….cheers
    to you from beijing….our home is cold because
    it is not insulated well….boo hoo~i’m in beijing….

  2. Fred January 13, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    The temperature is not usually the topic when it comes to weather around here. We have phrases that deal with the weather that like “It’s summer,” or “It’s winter”. “If ya don’t know by now when it’s summer … it’s hot, and when it’s winter it’s cold”, so we talk about the wind. “Sure is windy out there.” “Yep, looks like it’s gonna be that way all day.” or “Think the wind gonna die down any time soon?” “Maybe.” and as far as small talk is concerned it’s “stop talkin’ so much and get busy.”

  3. Pamela N Red January 13, 2011 at 10:46 am #

    People like to have something to complain about. If it weren’t the weather it would be something else.

    I tend to whine in the winter because I don’t like the cold but I do pretty well in summer time because I enjoy the heat and know in a few months it will be freezing again.

  4. That Weather Girl January 15, 2011 at 7:56 am #


    Can’t help it. This cold weather is ruining my gardening plans. Sorry.

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