Scott Craig

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79/365 O, Canada!

79/365 O, Canada!
This is a message for all of my Canadian friends. I just want to first say that I have no personal grudge against you our your country. In fact, one of my best friends, Ken, is a proud Canadian. Heck, he gave me the sweatshirt I am holding in the pic.

One complaint I have is your weather. Being in the northern latitudes your winters are much colder than those farther south.

Well, most of the time.

Now here in southwest Virginia we are far from tropical. But we are not accustomed to dealing with the stuff you have been sending our way over the past 3 weeks or so.

We got 15 inches -- 38 centimeters -- of snow on Dec. 18. Boy, was it beautiful! And fun to play in and take pictures of! Got some good stuff from that.

Trouble is, as of Jan. 5, it is still here. And not just the parking lot bergs that hang around until March. There is still snow and ice on many side roads and only the slopes with sun most of the day are bare.

So it is cold here. The time we will have above freezing this week can be measured in hours. And it is windy. Snow showers will be around a couple days coming up.

So, Canada, thanks for sharing a little bit of your cultural climate with us down here, but you can take it back now. We are over it. We are ready for some warmer temps.

I know you are busy getting ready for the Olympics next month. It must be just a huge feat to stop playing hockey, drinking beer out of green bottles, trapping all those beavers or whatever, and putting down the occasional Quebec uprising and get Vancouver ready to host the world.

It can be distracting and stressful. I get it.

But please, corral your cold weather and keep it north of the border. We have had all we want for now, thanks.

Oh, and say hi to the Queen next time she visits the peasants in Newfoundland or wherever.