EIGHINGER: Don't complain about hot weather; the alternative is much worse

Posted: May. 13, 2014 3:57 pm Updated: Aug. 5, 2014 9:15 pm

Those hot and muggy afternoons are creeping up on us. One here, two there, pretty soon most days when you venture outside, it will feel like walking through a sauna.

It won't be long until it is officially summer, and it is supposed to be getting warmer this time of the year, which I love. I swore back in the late 1970s during back-to-back brutal winters that I would never again complain about warm weather and all of the trappings that go with it.

I have kept my word. Bring on the sweat. Bring on global warming.

Some close friends, however, like to whine about it being either too hot (summer) or too cold (winter). Unless you want to move to Florida or Arizona or a state like that, you should know we have this little thing called the changing of the seasons.

It's going to be hot. It's going to be cold. You're permitted to complain about one or the other, but not both. It's some kind of rule.

A simple formula helps me decide why I would never again complain about those lazy, hazy crazy days of summer -- or any other warm-weather days during the spring or early fall. The "formula" was a little more than a list of pros and cons.

What I did was write down a trait associated with summer and something comparable with winter, then see which was preferable. See if you agree.

Summer: Muggy weather.

Winter: Freezing temperatures.

Advantage: This one's a no-brainer. If the heat index is like 120 degrees, just go get an extra glass of lemonade. If the wind-chill factor in the winter is minus-40, you have to get wrapped up like some lost Scandinavian to simply go get the mail. Summer, all the way.

Summer: Mosquito bites.

Winter: Frostbite.

Advantage: Mosquito bites itch, but will eventually go away. Frostbite is an entirely different ball game. Once again, gotta go with summer.

Summer: Sunburn.

Winter: Windburn.

Advantage: This one is actually a draw. Both are pretty annoying. But if I had to give an edge, I might go with winter windburn, simply because it's more likely to just be on your face (with the rest of you covered up). In the case of summer sunburn, we're probably talking arms, legs, backs, etc.

Summer: Running the air conditioner.

Winter: Turning the heat up.

Advantage: A dead heat on this one. The checkbook takes a hit either way. (But at least in the summer you have an option. You can simply stay hot(ter) and not turn the air conditioning on or down. In the winter, there are times when you have to crank the heat up so you can at least feel your fingers and toes.)

Summer: Grilling in the backyard.

Winter: Ice fishing.

Advantage: The summer choice all the way. It's much easier for my wife to grill us a couple of burgers than it is for her to drive, find a lake and then gauge the thickness of the ice just to catch a couple of trout or bass or whatever kind of fish are swimming around here in the winter.

Summer: Mowing the grass.

Winter: Shoveling the snow.

Advantage: Actually, this is another draw since normally I prefer "to call the guy." But it if given the choice, I would rather sweat behind a lawn mower than freeze in back of a shovel.

Give me all the muggy weather you want, throw in a few mosquito bites, a little sunburn, a char-broiled burger, a (riding) lawn mower and crank up that air conditioning.

It's (almost) summer!


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