Monday, January 9, 2017

Minnesota is #1 for This and My Space Heater is Proof!

I've talked about Minnesota winters here before (Read this post), but now it's been validated that Minnesota is ranked #1 as the worst and most miserable state for winter by Thrillist Travel


Image Credit: Pixaby - Unsplash

Truthfully, I can't believe we out-ranked North Dakota. I'm wondering if the authors of this article just weren't hardy or valiant enough to risk life and limb to enter the subterranean blustery tundra of North Dakota.  Mister O worked a few winters in the oil fields near the N. Dakota Canadian border and had stories comparable to Ice Road Truckers. Stories of white out conditions where you couldn't tell the difference between the blowing snow over the road and the clouds in the sky. Stories of -30 below temps with frozen equipment and parts snapping off like ice covered twigs. 

Well, Thrillist Travel, we Minnesotans are very honored and full of pride to accept being number one. Some of our secrets of survival are a mystery to some, but that makes us even more worthy and admired by sun soaked southerners; unless they think we're crazy as hell. 

Our sports teams may have difficulty winning championships, but we find ways to champion ahead to find our blue ribbons and trophies in other ways.  For instance, our MN State Fair is one of the largest and best in the region. We are the home place of the prized Honeycrisp apple. Mayo Clinic is based out of Rochester, MN and is well-known all over the world for its expertise in the medical field.  

Other awesome MN inventions: 3M Scotch Tape, Post-it Notes, snowmobile, water skis, Bundt pan, rollerblades, toaster, Medtronic pacemaker and the list of champions goes on. Find 50 Minnesota innovations here.

Recently, a Minneapolis radio station Kool 108 had a little fun mocking our -8 below zero temps and DJ, Lee Valsvik, knew one of the ways to survive these sort of temps is having your space heater turned up full blast to thaw out and restore vital signs. "Those of you listening from work right now, send me a picture of your space heater at your desk. I know you have one," she jested. 

She was right! Mine had been pushing amps of heat all morning. If my toes aren't warm and happy, then I'm not warm and happy. Survival baby...survival!! One secret revealed. 




All I had to do was send this picture for a chance at a prize. Secret number two...if we're living through this miserable winter, why not have fun with it and win prizes!!! Here's the link to the gallery of pics. You'll see my toes warming among them. 

I've yet to hear back on any prize giveaways for my space heater picture, but I guess "winning" is surviving this cold snap and being able to participate.  

If you're wondering why we live here, let me add that Minnesota also made the list as the best place to live. Which is it? Miserable or happy...confusing, I know. Maybe Minnesotans are miserably happy! We may feel a little distressed at times with our bi-polar weather, but we're NOT miserable. It's all about perspective, attitude and a good working space heater. 

Try to remember, if you see someone wearing shorts with a parka....you're in Minnesota!


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Laurie O



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14 comments:

  1. I got chilled reading this. You are tough stock!

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    1. Yes Haralee, you might be right, but it doesn't stop us from complaining about it. haha

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  2. OK, YOU'RE the home of the Honeycrisp? That makes it all worthwhile.

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    1. I know right! Honeycrisp is my favorite apple - we can be ranked #1 for good things too :)

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  3. I have no earthly idea what would make a human being want to live in those conditions LOL. It gets down to 20 in southern Indiana and I'm looking for jobs in Florida online!

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    1. Oh I could get all poetic with ya on why we choose to live here, but the easy answer is...it's the people (friends & fam) and maybe the 10,000 lakes ;-) However, come every February, when winter has lost its charm, so have the people. Then its spring! Lol

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  4. I love Minnesota! But in the summer. ;) I hate being cold!

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    1. Rachel, I guess looking forward to "summer" is why we ride out here :)

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  5. I left Vermont after 18 years. The final winter had a 40 day stretch where it never broke 0 degrees. The big problem for me is the grey grey grey days. You seem to have a great attitude about it!

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    1. Anna, I agree about the grey days. We do get the winter sunshine here, but sometimes clear skies means colder temps. Ugh! Thanks for your two cents Anna.

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  6. Great article - of course you couldn't reveal all of our winter survival secrets. You're right - it's the people here. A stranger will push your car out of the ditch, say Uffda, smile, and be on his way, like it was nothing.

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    1. Lol Uffda, you're right about that! Minnesota nice don'tcha know. Thank you Juls :)

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  7. I'm with you--- I live in Vermont where it's currently -6 (-15 windchill) and I love/hate it.

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    1. Beth, I didn't know Vermont got those brutal temps too. Vermont is #22 on the list..stay warm girl!

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