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.
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!
Put your smile on and unwrap
A Square of Chocolate,