Snow Toronto

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Subject: Snow Toronto
  If the weather man/woman is correct Toronto should get almost 7 centimeters of snow tonight. That will be only our second accumulation of snow so far this winter.

Normally it snows then melts and snows and melts leaving just a little bit of snow on the grass. Last year we had trouble finding a place to put the snow and this year the grass is growing in February. We have no snow what so ever.

Tomorrow I will be arriving late to the office because no one will remember how to drive in the snow.

This is for those that think Toronto and not Washington gets snow.


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LOL, people here are yabbering that we don´t have any snow like it is some freak of nature. We RARELY have snow. God help us if it snows in the next 17 days. Vancouver has no idea what to do in the snow.

Besides, it will kill all the spring flowers that are popping out.

I must admit, this weather phenomenon has me giggling. It is the only thing the IOC can´t control!

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Talk Radio in Toronto are all upset about the Govenor of California caring the torch.

There was an olympian in Ajax caring the torch and no one said BOO!


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Losers are creating a topic to talk,,,,, there you go ,,,wowoww love in immigration site ....wirdos... total wirdos

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GGG - nobody is forcing you to read it.

Talk Radio in Vancouver is also choked about Arnie. Mostly because he is syphoning all the film industry with tax credits.

Media is everywhere on a stunningly beautiful clear night. It makes me a little nervous that more people might want to live here.

There are 9,000 pots of tulips in front of city hall, and the cherry blossoms are starting to pop. Winter Olympics... hmmmmm

Saw the Vectorial Elevation light show tonight. it is awesome.

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New Immigrants and Dave Letterman need to know that an hour or two north of Toronto & Vancouver there is lots of snow.


Snow Toronto (in reply to: Snow Toronto)
Roy, I have asked you the same question twice and you do not respond?? Just curious if there is something wrong with what I ask?

I am three hours NE of Toronto and no shortage of snow.



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Where would you live if you didn´t live here?

This is a fantasy game a lot of Chicago people play this time of year. February is our psychic fault line, the month when even a hardcore Chicagoan´s dedication may quiver and crack.

Is this how you want to spend your one and only life? Pushing against the wind? Slipping on the ice? In severe vitamin-D deficit?

Even a winter lover has to wonder. So we divert ourselves with the game: If not here, where?

"I was thinking that just the other day," said my neighbor David when I ran into him on Tuesday.

Like Sisyphus eternally damned to push the boulder up the hill only to have it roll down again, he was sweeping snow off his steps.

"Florida?" he mused. "California?"

These are the game´s two obvious answers, but he shook his snow-speckled head.

Who could afford California and its million-dollar bungalows? Not him. As for Florida, it´s a nice place to visit, but full-time with all those scrawny palms and pines?

Scratch Florida and California.

"It´s got be somewhere I can make a living," he said.

For the past few months, his wife, recently laid off in Chicago, has been commuting to work in New York. But he doesn´t want to live somewhere where people measure their living space by the number of windows they own, which, unless you´re Trump or Madonna, is too few.

Scratch New York.

This is how the "If not here, where?" game usually goes. You make a list of fantasy places followed by a list of reasons why you´ll never move there.

Arizona? Mexico? North Carolina? Oregon? Paris? Tuscany?

Just because you went there on vacation once and lingered covetously over the postings in some Realtor´s window doesn´t mean you´d really want to trade it for Chicago.

"Mar del Plata, Argentina," said Nick, one of my favorite coffeehouse baristas when I asked, "If not here, where?"

He described a wide white beach, endless sun, a remembered bliss of his unfettered youth.

So why was he here, overlooking a slushy parking lot, instead of there? He shrugged. He got married, enrolled in grad school, etc.

Most of us are tethered to Chicago by forces stronger than weather.

Work, especially if it´s work you love, is a tenacious root. It´s your daily purpose and your daily bread, how you fill your hours and your bank account.

Say you were to move to your dream destination. How would you pay for that cottage on the beach, that cabin in the woods, that condo in some great, livable city with balmy winters?

(Are there any great, livable cities with balmy winters?)

People root us, too. Family. Friends. The familiar faces at a cafe or school, a yoga class or church.

At some point in life, it´s the connections, even more than the work, that keep us from loading up the U-Haul. Severing old bonds, starting over again with strangers, trying to make a place for yourself in a new place, sounds as exhausting as snow shoveling.

"Just 45 days," said my neighbor David. The snow was falling harder now. I looked puzzled.

"Till spring," he said.

In 45 days let´s be honest, 75 Chicago´s glories will again outrank its inconveniences, and we´ll be glad it was so hard in February to figure out somewhere else to live.

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I assume your buddy Barrack will not joke about Washington winters anymore! I remember he was so shocked when the schools closed with only a couple of centimeters of snow.


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My buddy Barrack has failed me miserably in getting health care reform passed. Now I have to move to Canada for sure.

It´s a joke for the rest of us in the snowbound northern half of country. Washington gets a few inches and the whole town panics and shuts down. They buy 4-wheel drive SUVs on anticipation of frost and freeze, and the occasional few flakes.

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Wow Richard, I just now read this post and truer words were never spoken. Very eloquent (your first post in this thread, I mean). ´Tis so true, those ties that we sometimes take for granted but mean ever so much. So much given up, moving away. And for what? It´s a big, big question all future immigrants must honestly ask themselves. Sometimes that question is asked too late, when a small thing or a collection of small things add up and you are faced with the fact that no amount of seemingly important things (name your issue: health care, fleeting government policies, etc) add up to the truly big things that really do matter in life: friends, family, connection, a sense of belonging--even if that sense of belonging doesn´t occur until after you´ve left.

Thanks for the muse tonight. Good stuff.

(BTW: Ottawa shut down too. But for way lamer and more dangerous reasons than snow.).