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Megan Rossman, Photography Editor
Photo by JOHN JERNIGAN
By Megan Rossman
February 6, 2014
I wish sometimes there was a U.S. Bureau of Unacceptable Weather, or some nationally recognized entity that could receive and reply to the letters of complaint I write in my head every time the temperature drops or soars to an extreme degree. I’m not sure I’d want a government agency to actually have the power to control weather, but I’d want its employees to at least share my impotent indignation and send out worldwide news releases to that effect: “United States Outraged by Arctic Blast Headed for Oklahoma—Considering Talks With Canada.”
My grandiose fantasy may be symptomatic of an unhealthy reliance on big government and some kind of personality disorder, but I choose to view my discontent through a lens of patriotism. If one thing unifies us as Americans, for better or worse, it’s our constant sense of injustice. Even when it’s directed at weather conditions. In a way, I’m just doing my part on this front.
The reality is that I have to content myself for now by shaking my fist at the atmosphere, eagerly anticipating the halcyon days of spring and fall, and trying to see the good in the bad. The latter can take a lot of creativity. The part of me that’s windburned, human, and drives a rear-wheel-drive car says nothing good can come from this deadly Canadian air. But, try as it might, my primal instinct cannot completely smother some inner voice that occasionally manages to choke out words of positivity and reason.
If you’re like me, and this cold gets you down, here are some thoughts that may help alleviate your winter blues.
We have somewhere warm to ride this out. Every time I think of that, I’m reminded that my whining comes from a place of privilege. My increasing gas bill and poorly insulated home are luxuries that not everyone enjoys. Revel in the warmth, and, if you’re willing and able, help spread the wealth through the many charitable avenues that exist.
It’s a good time to be fat. I’m not encouraging weight gain, but if you’re already there, wear those love handles like an extra layer of clothing. Blubber is nature’s armor against the cold. Think about grizzly bears. Plus, all this bulky winter wear is great for disguising a disproportionate amount of body fat, if you feel you must try. It’s a lot harder to do that in the summer. Enjoy it while you can.
Sometimes winter weather gives you an excuse to stay home. Unless you are an editor for Oklahoma Today, freezing precipitation is a legitimate reason to forgo a treacherous drive to the office. Like most people, I enjoy the opportunity to curl up on my sofa with a blanket while streaming Netflix.
Soup. The colder it gets, the better soup is. With a little help from Julia Child and fancy cheese from Forward Foods, I’ve learned to make a damn fine French onion soup. When I’m without onions and motivation, I have go-to soup places all over Oklahoma City—Lido for Hot and Sour, Picasso for lobster bisque, or Nebu in the Devon Tower. Nothing hits the spot on a snowy day like soup and a sandwich.
I’m sure there are many things I’ve overlooked. Feel free to let me know what they are. I look forward to the days when my troubles will melt away. In the meantime, stay safe and warm.