Don’t Watch the Weather

winter weatherI am continually surprised to see people pre-decide that the weather is too bad for an activity. They watch the weather on the local news and believe the hype that we’re going to have a blizzard or that it’s going to be bad out there… so they pre-decide tonot go to work, school, or church.

You hear them say “It’s going to be bad out there.”  Then they stay home.

This leads to a two-part thing that I don’t like about living in Michigan.

  1. People born and raised in Michigan are wimps about winter weather. They live in a state surrounded by water and Canada on 3 directions and are surprised to see winter weather.  Instead of being like Wisconsin or Minnesota or Northern New York and taking  “bring it on, nothing will stop us” attitude they wimp out and pretend to be surprised when winter weather comes.
  2. People born and raised in Michigan tend to lack the hardiness to overcome weather adversity. I think it took us moving to the West Coast to really see this. There are people who won’t let anything stand in the way of their going to work, school, or church and then there are people who just look for an excuse to not come. We had people in California tell us they skipped church because it was below 40 F and might freeze. Some Michigan people are the same way. They look for any excuse to call out to work, school, or church. It’s not worth the trouble they say.

A lot of people want to blame the governor or the auto industry for the poor economic state of things in Michigan. I think residents would be wise to examine their work ethic. If something as simple as a snow storm or even a rumor of a winter storm is enough to negatively impact our economy… I think we need to examine these cultural things. (After all, this is reality we are talking about. We’re talking about attitudes.)

You know it’s coming. Adam’s annual rant about dirt roads is coming. 

By Adam McLane

Kristen and Adam live in Ahwahnee, California.

7 comments

  1. As someone who complains about the cold, let me respond. I agree that people are wimps and will use the weather as an excuse to bow out of work, church, etc. and that is lame. While I hate cold weather and every year I gripe about it, I also just deal with it. It sucks but it is what it is and it is where I live.

    What bugs me more is the idiots who forget how to drive in the snow and ice, even though we have it every year. How difficult is it to remember?

  2. Hey…you should hear the complaints we get here in Pennsylvania. My wife is from Northern Michigan and she thinks people in PA are wimps (i’m from NJ) when it comes to snow. I tend to agree with her. We got three inches of snow today and it’s like the world has stopped. Three inches, go figure?!

  3. At least we can function in snow.
    My brother says that they get about an inch of snow in Oregon, and all the schools close and nobody does anything.

  4. we just had an outreach event here in California and it was pretty cold…I actually had a group of people call me and asked me if we were gonna go still feed the homeless and pass out socks and other clothes….um….YES!
    People are wimps!

  5. “A lot of people want to blame the governor or the auto industry for the poor economic state of things in Michigan.”

    OH, WAIT YOU PROBABLY DON’T HAVE A COLLEGE DEGREE – GO DO SOME RESEARCH – (IF YOU KNOW HOW TO) SO WHY SHOULD ANYONE LISTEN TO YOU – MOST OF OUR JOBS IN THE STATE HAVE SHIFTED OVER SEAS.

  6. “Tom” (nice email address, by the way. ;)) Thanks for your comment. You can learn about me by pressing “about me” on the tab above.

    As far as my ability or inability to do research or about my credibility, you are welcome to your opinions just as I am.

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: