Friday, November 14, 2008

November Thoughts

No Leaves
No Sun
No long bike rides
No shorts, bare feet
No swim in the lake

No vember

But that’s about all I can say bad about November. It can get us down and dark, but judging by the all places to go and things to do and see, the arrival of winter doesn’t diminish the amazing array of traditions and fun we have when it gets cold. For a lot of us – Bill Berg and Harry Hutchins come readily to mind – this is the first of five months of winter revelry. Ski swaps, holiday celebrations, and musical events, cultural traditions like lefse, ice fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, skating, basketball and HOCKEY! (my emphasis there - Fred Friedman and I are old friends, but when it comes to hockey, he’s from Mercury and I’m from Jupiter).

Except for the most gung ho, Winter gets long and we usually need to get away for a week or so. I’m planning to visit my brother in San Jose, CA in February. He and I will go for a some bike rides, and we’ll also check out a few stages of the Tour of California. It’s an eight day bicycle road race through the wine country, mountains and along the beautiful California coast. Lance Armstrong is in it this year so the crowds will be big and the hotels will fill up.

Please tell us what winter means to you and tell us about your special traditions and plans for this winter.


Anonymous said...

How come people who live in year round mild climates don't get the itch to head north for a good blast of artic wind in the throes of their "winters"? Maybe they don't know what they're missing.
Really (or surreally), you haven't lived until you've gone bike riding down a road surrounded by snowy fields and woods!

Anonymous said...

you forgot curling!