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So my friends from Ohio are reporting that it is cold there. In the haziness of my memory I do recall that this is the case in February, it IS cold in Ohio. But here in Osaka it is in the mid 40s to 50s every day. It is warmish and the weather is now not so bad. Then it hit me, what if I go soft? The whole great thing about being from the Midwest is it gets cold. That gives me a certain knowledge, a certain mindset. It is what makes a Midwesterner a Midwesterner! Why do I hate people from the coast? Because they are not grounded in reality! It is never cold in California. New York is the financial capitol of the world, if it got snowed in people would come get it. These little crutches keep Caly people and Yorkers from really knowing the truth that all Midwesterners know. Winter will come, it will get really really cold, and you are all alone. But now I am in a climate that snow rarely even hits ground let alone snows people in. I am walking around thinking, “I need to get some more layers on!” when it is only 50 degrees. Have I gone soft? Have I forgotten where I come from? Is it only a matter of time before I become a vapid California wanna be, with no real knowledge of how winter can come and wash it all away? I am also near Osaka, the financial capitol of Japan, if something happened people would come. Will that make me change the way I look at my self sufficiency? And where is the venom? I am not an angry person, but I think being “angry” and “mean” are funny because it isn’t really mean, all in good jest. Fleur pointed out a while ago, and it has burned ever sense, that my writings are all happy go lucky and I am at my literary best when I am suffering (thanks, I guess) so is the fact that I am not in the Midwest totally ruining my sarcastic side? Sarcasm is, of course, a staple of Midwestern humor. Am I loosing my Midwestern-ness or is it always in me? I just don’t know! Man I need to go buy a car, eat some corn, be sarcastic, and experience the swing state experience!
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Date:February 9th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)

I understand

I've been loosing much of what it is to be in Ohio. Why, just last night I saw someone eating corn on the cob on TV, and I stared longingly. There's just so much to be missed from a good old midwestern background.

Most people here simply don't understand the wonderful humor that is sarcasm. Most of it just doesn't translate, or they think I'm speaking badly. However I think I have managed to teach sarcasm and punning to a few lucky folk.

As for the coldness. You have nothing to worry about, I'll go soft long before you do. I'm living in a desert. It hasn't so much as rained here in like a hundred years or something. The coldest it ever gets here is to the point where you can see your breath, at which time everyone is convinced that hell has in fact frozen over and thermodynamics has failed them. As for rain, a heavy mist is akin to the flood of Noah.

Also, I happen to be entrenched with several californian ex-hippie surfer pastors, who are actively trying to convert me. So fear not, I think I shall grow old and weary and lost from that which is our beloved state long before you do.
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Date:February 9th, 2005 07:42 pm (UTC)

I will disagree on one minor point

it gets REALLY REALLY cold on the east coast. I've been colder on the East coast than I ever was in Oberlin. Seriously, painfully cold. While the West coastline doesn't ever really get below slightly chilly, people die every year from the cold in NYC and Boston and Philly. So it isn't only the midwesterners that know what it's like to be COLD.
For my part, it was definitely colder in OH than it is in Colorado, despite our rugged mountain reputation. Boulder's weather is just unbeatable, what can I say.
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Date:February 10th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)

Our Mutual Hobby

BG, our mutual hobby has always been thinking. We've always loved to just sit around and think. About what? Doesn't matter; anything will do. But in this case, you're thinking too much. Who you are isn't affected by the weather outside. 50 degrees is cool! Today I wore a t-shirt and a sweatshirt over top, with my semi-heavy suede coat, and I was still freezing. It was in the 50s. That's some cold weather!

My point is, certain things about you may change depending on where you are, who you're with (just ask high schoolers), and what you're doing, but what makes you YOU will always be there. Just relax. :)

I will assure you on one point: your sarcastic side is very much intact, and I have to disagree with Fleur in that you're a fantastic writer in 2 main areas: when you're suffering, and when you're feelin' good. Look at the tale of "manlyosity!" The tale of "brainlyosity!" Welcoming back the Quote of the Day! You are one of the best writers I've ever known, and your humorous, more sarcastic side is very much intact, no matter what continent you currently occupy.
Date:February 12th, 2005 10:05 am (UTC)

Re: Our Mutual Hobby

I'll second that last paragraph. But if you ever do want to remember northern Ohio cold, come visit me sometime. Same Oberlin weather, no centeral heating...

-Eric in Hanamaki
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