As everybody in Ontario and beyond knows, today's snowfall is pretty big. We all knew it was coming, and most people prepared for it. We had lots of warning.
I had the pleasure of shovelling out my driveway this morning knowing that I'll probably be doing it again....and again. Really it's not such a big deal, it's not a large driveway, and the excersize is supposed to be good for me. It's only a few degrees below zero, so it's not a terribly uncomfortable chore.
My car is also pretty set for these conditions, I have good tires and am a fairly good driver, so if I stick to the main roads I should be alright. Days like today are really not the big ordeal that some people make them out to be (unless your roof caves in, then compain away, you have my sympathies).
What I don't like though, is the question that will be asked to me about 10 times a day on days like today. "Did you order this weather?" or some variation thereof (you could substitute the word snow for weather).
Why do so many people ask the same silly question? Of course I didn't order this weather. If I did have some sort of control over the weather we wouldn't really have much of a winter at all. Life would be fine in Southern Ontario. Geez Louis, enough with the silly cliches. Nobody really has control of the weather.
I realise that this phrase is some sort of rhetorical question that is supposed to grease the wheels of human interaction and make our exchanges with one another a little more palatable, but for heaven's sake, put a little thought behind it. Think of some new phrases that we can bore one another with. I suppose rhetorical questions can be answered with rhetoric, so I could come up with some snappy rhetorical replies to the question "did you order this weather?", but it would be so much more fun if the ladies at Tim Horton,s or the guys at the garage came up with something original of their own. I'd even be happy if once in a while some of the forgotten oldies were resurrected such as "It's cold enough to freeze the balls off a brass monkey" or "By gum she be nippy out" (I just made that last one up).
Anyhoooo, the weather is bad enough outside, so lets warm each other up with some zingy new phrases that have a little bit of thought behind them. It might put a smile on someone's face. I'm going to think of a few when I'm out shovelling the drive and wiping the snotsicles from my nose.