Getting Punched in the Face

My friend Amanda wrote about Chicago’s winters and summers back in April and came up with, I agree, the perfect analogy as to why we love our summers so much:

Now that I’ve survived two winters here, I have now realized the perfect analogy to explain this phenomenon for folks who don’t live here or are new to the area. Let’s say you’re walking down the street and an extremely overjoyed person prances up to you and says, “Isn’t it wonderful that I’m not punching you in the face right now?!” Of course you would look at them funny or try to avoid eye contact and escape, or perhaps just nod and smile and continue on with your day… Now, if that same person were to punch you in the face continuously for say, five (or more) months. When they finally stop and ask, “Isn’t it wonderful that I’m not punching you in the face right now?!” you would say, “Yes, oh yes! Not being punched in the face is marvelous!!”

Chicago, it’s April. Please stop punching me in the face.

Now that it’s June and the weather is still punching us in the face, over and over, giving us little shoulder jabs, just think how wonderful that one sunny day is going to seem. Whenever it gets here.

5 Comments so far

  1. spudart on June 12th, 2009 @ 10:27 am

    Chicago’s weather is punching us in the face? Temperatures in the 60s is punching us in the face?… in Chicago?

    SRSLY. I don’t understand how people can complain about temperatures in the 60s.

  2. spudart on June 12th, 2009 @ 10:31 am

    What is your ideal temperature? Maybe that will help me understand why temperatures in the 60s is like a punch in the face.

  3. yikesmoose on June 12th, 2009 @ 10:42 am

    I treasure this weather. Summer weather is too hot, sweaty, and overbearing.

    This is typical year-round weather in San Francisco and London. Might I suggest you never travel to these two wonderful world-class cities because you feel like "getting punched in the face, over and over".

  4. Fuzzy Gerdes (fuzzy) on June 12th, 2009 @ 10:44 am

    OK, maybe I’m being a bit histrionic when I say that we’re still getting punched in the face — at this point it’s just a little shoulder jab, over and over. But I still think Amanda’s theory about why we’re collectively so enthusiastic when it does finally gets warm is valid. Personally, I think my fed-up-with-the-chilliness this year is because I made the mistake of taking trips to Arizona and the Southeast in May. It’s *warm* in May in other parts of the country. Dammit — if I hadn’t known there was free candy, I wouldn’t be upset I wasn’t getting any (to switch up metaphors).

  5. Joann Landers (joannlanders) on June 15th, 2009 @ 2:21 pm

    Found this on the Drudge Report: WGN Weather Center Blog – So far, June’s chill is one for the records.

    With 33 comments many are saying things like: cooling cycle – Gore may be wrong – still waitng for spring! – the lunacy of Al Gore’s global warming movement.- I don’t believe in global warming – Glaciers advance despite Global Warming – I think this Global Warming stuff is a bunch of bull.- etc., etc., etc.

    Nelson Taruc (Weather Center Blog) thanks all for their comments, but then goes on to let them know that the weather blog is not the place for a discussion on Global Warming.

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