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Favorite Winter Activity

by vroom (His Eminence)
on Jan 10, 2004 at 05:25 UTC ( [id://320300]=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Vote on this poll

Ice Fishing
[bar] 6/1%
Ice Skating
[bar] 16/3%
[bar] 81/15%
[bar] 33/6%
[bar] 12/2%
[bar] 31/6%
What's cold weather?
[bar] 82/15%
It's summer over here
[bar] 48/9%
Going somewhere warm
[bar] 106/19%
[bar] 139/25%
554 total votes
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Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by PERLscienceman (Curate) on Jan 10, 2004 at 13:19 UTC
    One Vote for Other Favorite Winter Activity: Hibernating. :)
      I regret that I can only upvote this once.

        I only regret that I have already burnt up all of my votes for the day. I guess I need to come back tomorrow and upvote it twice. (oh that's right, only one on a node, DARN!!)

        I guess if you stayed inside and play (work) on your computer all winter, it could be called a cyber-hyber. Things that make you go HMMMmmmmm.....


        I regret that I can only upvote this once.

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Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by barrd (Canon) on Jan 10, 2004 at 13:32 UTC
    Had to go for Other as my favourite activities are directly related to my "child within", namely, building snowmen and having a good old snowball fight... ;)

    However... the winter here has been very mild to date, a couple of major frosts with puddles getting iced over (and BazB's dogs water dishes, poor things :) but no snow {sniff}.

    I miss Scotland, English winters aren't any fun :-)

Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by BrentDax (Hermit) on Jan 10, 2004 at 11:36 UTC
    Winter? What's that?</californian>

    Actually, it's been a relatively cold winter here: ~(high 65F, low 50F) a lot of the time.

    --Brent Dax
    There is no sig.

      it's been a relatively cold winter here

      And because of that, a lot of people in California suddenly got the idea that they were having "weather".

      We flew to Los Angeles over the winter holidays and my mother actually told me, who lives in Northern Europe, to "dress warm". She's a native of North Carolina and should really know better.


        How long have you been living in california? (you get used to a climate easily, and what was "cold" yesterday is "really really cold" today).

      I am forced to snicker at such comments. I mean... a low of 50F is the equivalent of 10C. Two days ago, we were at -45C, the equivalent of -23F -49F. Ha! :P

      Update: Fixed conversion result of C to F. Don't know what I did wrong to get my numbers.

        With or without the wind chill?

        As we say in Montreal to all the prairie folk (Well, at least it's a dry cold)
        * Never quite sure what we mean when we say it. Maybe we're just trying to be cool (ha ha).

        Worst I've been in is -38 C. That's cold enough for me.

        <mathgeek> Actually, -45C is -49F. </mathgeek>

        Here in Montreal we're in the middle of two solid days at -41C, but I remember years where the wind brought us down below -50.


        sorry but that's even funnier that you think that is cold. today it was like -5 degrees F and it didnt even feel that cold to me i went outside in a sweatshirt so yeah im pretty sure you have it pretty good where ever you are. chicago is freezing

      my condolences.. we hit 10C last winter and had to bring in the couch and telly from the outdoor living area for a week and a half.. sheesh! 8)

      Most of the year we have overnight minimums around 20-22C.. we're up to 25C overnight now..



      I don't think I've even seen snow except on TV...and I suddenly felt cold when I saw it...
      Just Another Perl Wannabe
Montreal Annual Winter Games
by Sandy (Curate) on Jan 13, 2004 at 22:58 UTC
    (weather permitting)

    I'm sure that I'm missing some, but here goes...

    Hide and Seek

    • Where's my lane? (played on snow covered roads)
    • Where's the road? (played during snow storms or blowing snow. For extra challenge, play at night)
    • Where's my car 1? (played after the snow removal guys have towed your car to some unknown location)
    • Where's my car 2? (played in large parking lots, after snow has covered all cars. Persons with car beepers are not allowed to play.)


    • Can I start my car? (on very cold mornings)
    • Should I leave my car running all day, or will I run out of gas? (variation of above)
    • Looking cool. (How long can I survive without my hat/gloves and winter coat because they don't flatter my image. - Popular game among young adults and teens.)
    • 4-way Stop
    • ( ... or 'Is that fool able to stop or should I just let him slide through the intersection before proceeding?')
    • Pass snow-plow on highway.


    • Drive with all-season tires. (s/all-season/no-season/ because they ain't good in summer, ain't good in winter)
    • Sidewalk walking.

    Body Building

    • Moving snow...
      • out of driveway
      • off of car
      • off of street leading to center of road which may be plowed.

    Spectator sports

    • Watch snow-removal operations.
    • Watch people attempt to drive up steep hills. (played when streets are snow covered)


    • Rent movies set in warm countries, and whine.
    • Complain to others about how cold it is, but always remember a time when it has been colder.
    • Laugh at other cities who come to a screeching halt when snow accumaltion exceeds 3cm.
    • Use common greeting "S'cold eh?".
    Update: added a few more.
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by nimdokk (Vicar) on Jan 10, 2004 at 18:39 UTC
    I went to the fights the other night and a hockey game broke out ;-) /me plays the intro theme for CBC's "Hockey Night In Canada."

    "Ex libris un peut de tout"
      Here in Manchester, NH, we have the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL), which happens to be the farm team for the Los Angeles Kings. And they play a GREAT game of hockey! Fights do happen on occasion, but not every game.

      The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing -- Edmund Burke

      <musing type="off topic">Sadly, that statement is seldom true anymore, thanks to Gary Bettman and his cadre of politically-correct, big-business marketeers trying to appeal to big-market US-based audiences that will barely notice (much less care) about hockey... They're spoiling the game.</musing>

      Back to perl now...


        Ah..."Old Time Hockey"....I used to enjoy to old Blackhawks - North Stars games where even the coaches would be on the ice. They would try to get into it, but those dress shoes just don't do to well on ice.

        LOL yeah. I'm not a particularly violent person really, but I got to let my aggression out in some fashion :-) Hockey is a rough game, even without fights. I think I've only had to try to break up one fight so far (I play in an adult league and also volunteer to ref some games). Personally, I think they should reduce the number of players by one, skate 4 on 4 instead of 5 on 5. But thats just me :-)

        "Ex libris un peut de tout"
[Other] Favorite Winter Activity
by Zaxo (Archbishop) on Jan 11, 2004 at 05:37 UTC

    Shivering. I do that a lot, shivering.

    After Compline,

Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by jonadab (Parson) on Jan 10, 2004 at 23:24 UTC

    I used to really like playing in the snow, but lately we've had so little snow around here that I've taken to spending most of the winter calling people whiners when they complain about how "cold" it is on rainy days. ("Cold? Whaddaya mean, cold? This is awefully warm for January...") On the rare occasion it actually gets below freezing, I just go around smiling, making remarks like "Cool! It finally snowed!"

    No, this doesn't tend to make me popular.

    $;=sub{$/};@;=map{my($a,$b)=($_,$;);$;=sub{$a.$b->()}} split//,".rekcah lreP rehtona tsuJ";$\=$ ;->();print$/
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by hardburn (Abbot) on Jan 10, 2004 at 20:30 UTC

    Picked skiing, though I'm currently transitioning to snowboarding. I tried it the first time a few years ago, but with a rental board that was poorly maintained and boots with major overhang. Came into the lodge that night, hit the bed at 7:00 pm, and didn't get up again until 9:00 the next morning. It hurt.

    Bought my own board this year to force myself to learn it. Gone once so far. There was an awful a lot of ground on that hill, and I hit most of it face-first. But I think I'm starting to get the hang of it.

    I wanted to explore how Perl's closures can be manipulated, and ended up creating an object system by accident.
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Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by theorbtwo (Prior) on Jan 11, 2004 at 10:15 UTC

    Staying inside. Preferably under the covers, with a good book, or a good woman. Even better, a good book, a good woman, and some tea within reaching distance.

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Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by bronto (Priest) on Jan 12, 2004 at 16:02 UTC

    Sardinia is quite a warm place (we had only a couple of days under 0 Celsius weeks ago), so I guess I don't know what a really cold winter is. Anyway, I spent my two weeks of Christmas holidays sleeping; I spent a lot of time with my wife, too

    And... no Perl, no computers, almost no Internet... I couldn't believe I didn't need them!!!


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Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 10, 2004 at 23:14 UTC
    What, nobody else makes nude snow angels? Sheesh...
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by diotalevi (Canon) on Jan 10, 2004 at 23:01 UTC
      What IS that all about???
        That be morris dancing from the Welsh border. A rowdy dance done with sticks and frequently bells. All in all a very good time. We go out in public dressed outrageously, make a lot of noise generally are a portable party.
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by blue_cowdawg (Monsignor) on Jan 11, 2004 at 06:17 UTC

    One of my favorite winter activities is AFTER doing something outside on a particularly raw day whatever it was coming inside and makeing one or all of the following and consuming it:

    • Hot Cocoa
    • Hot Toddy
    • Hot mulled wine/apple cider/rum/whatever
    • Soup! I make a good soup! Good when coming in from the cold
    and that list is in no particular order and is not all inclusive.

    After having done one or more of the above a fire in the fireplace is good. Getting out one of the comforters and wrapping up in it in front of the fire with my wife makes it even better. After 26 years and 2 children it still is one of my favorite things.

    So, winter and cold weather are just my excuse to do all that!

    Peter L. Berghold -- Unix Professional
    Peter at Berghold dot Net
       Dog trainer, dog agility exhibitor, brewer of fine Belgian style ales. Happiness is a warm, tired, contented dog curled up at your side and a good Belgian ale in your chalice.
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by poqui (Deacon) on Jan 14, 2004 at 21:33 UTC
    I voted "other": a crackling fire, my honey, hot drinks, and cuddling.
    What else is winter for?
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by lcanty (Friar) on Jan 15, 2004 at 08:33 UTC
    well well well, your all just teasing! I'm in Perth and it's in the middle of summer where just two days ago we had a hot day of 42C. Yes guys that's Celsius not Fahrenheit. Right now i'd do anything for the middle of Winter again
      And what's the humidity?
        hmmm... didnt look that up cause it doesnt really effect us. In perth it's always a dry heat, which suppose makes it feel even hotter if your out in the sun
      42C. Yes guys that's Celsius not Fahrenheit.

      Wouldn't that be, like, above body temperature? Hope you have lots of cold drinks...

      $;=sub{$/};@;=map{my($a,$b)=($_,$;);$;=sub{$a.$b->()}} split//,".rekcah lreP rehtona tsuJ";$\=$ ;->();print$/
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by allolex (Curate) on Jan 10, 2004 at 20:40 UTC

    I picked "Going somewhere warm" since I just returned from my native Southern California, where it was hovering around 15-20 degrees Celsius. Now I am back home, where it is currently about 4 degrees (a warm day), I can only think about cheap flights to Italy, Portugal, or Spain.


Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by belg4mit (Prior) on Jan 11, 2004 at 18:50 UTC
    'Going somewhere warm' eq 'Staying inside';

    Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid-day sun.

    I'm not belgian but I play one on TV.

Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by DrHyde (Prior) on Jan 12, 2004 at 09:48 UTC
    Quaffing mulled mead!

    You can never have too much quaffing.

Swimming! Polar bear swimming!
by jonadab (Parson) on Jan 16, 2004 at 20:09 UTC

    I don't do this very often, but it's really cool. (In fact, it could be said that it's more than cool.) Just east of town there's a wide spot in the Olentangy, just about deep enough for swimming. Best time to go is when there's about an inch of snow on the ground.

    $;=sub{$/};@;=map{my($a,$b)=($_,$;);$;=sub{$a.$b->()}} split//,".rekcah lreP rehtona tsuJ";$\=$ ;->();print$/
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by tekniko (Deacon) on Jan 12, 2004 at 14:31 UTC
    ++ this poll!

    We've had a rotten winter: temperatures dipping only as low as 20 F and no snow at all! The temperatures have mostly been above 40 F.

    I really miss living in Fairbanks, but my wife won't move there.

    As for my vote, it was a toss-up between cross-country skiing and snowboarding.

Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by zuqif (Hermit) on Jan 13, 2004 at 16:08 UTC
    Other : Snow-surfing & boardin ..
    come on - less of the ski-snobbery!!!
    Who would have thot IBMs infamous ad : the web developers are snowboarding comment could be ommitted (or accurate! :) from the monastery

    the 'qif;

    PS There a few perl-monks heading for Aonach Mor in Fort William this weekend if y'all fancy a troop up norf!
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by talexb (Chancellor) on Jan 19, 2004 at 01:05 UTC
    • UK, Christmas 1980: Very pleasant weather of about 15C on Christmas Day visiting my uncle and aunt on the way back from a work term in Germany. The grass was green, and my cousin Frances coasted up and down the road riding his bicycle, grinning at the gorgeous sunny weather.
    • Mountain View, California, 1987: I think it dipped down to 33F one day in January, and all my co-workers came in wearing their ski jackets. I laughed and talked about driving to work with the window open and the heater on.
    • Whistler, British Columbia, 1985, 1987 and 1989: Idyllic vacations spend getting up at 9am, having some quick breakfast, getting dressed for a day's skiing at one of the best slopes in North America, lunching at the top of the hill, finishing the day at 4pm at the bottom of the slope with a Kokanee, wandering by to the condo to get into bathing trunks and to pick up another beer, ending up in the hot tub for an hour before wandering back to the condo to get dressed for a fabulous restaurant meal, some dancing, only to collapse into bed at midnight .. and do it all over again the next day.
    • Toronto, 2004: Last week it was -24C, -36C with the wind chill. Starting the car in the mornings was quite exciting, and the normally soft seats were rock hard it was so cold. Today, -1, and snow was melting everywhere in the bright sunshine.

    Winter? It comes every year, folks. Yes, it's cold. Yes, we get snow. Accept it, deal with it, embrace it.

    Alex / talexb / Toronto

    Life is short: get busy!

Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by Pug (Monk) on Jan 13, 2004 at 17:30 UTC
    Personally I love to go bike riding during the winter. The cold has a nice contrast to yourself. 8) As a added bonus you don't have to feel guilty about the holiday eating (Thanksgiving, XMas, New Years Eve) after the bike ride.

    Of course I can do without the snow. With snow on the road I can't ride using my racing road bike. 8( The reason is because I am very likly to get killed by black ice or snow that is on the road.

Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by karisma (Scribe) on Jan 14, 2004 at 09:52 UTC
    I voted for Other:
    Gamecube (Zelda Windwaker is great!!), hot chocolate, and yummy kinds of winter teas!
      Got that right. Wind Waker has taken over my life, and I really haven't been aware of any "weather", "family", or "school" for a week or so. Just me, the couch, and Earl Grey. My son sits next to me and cheers me on until he has to go to bed. (By the way, I just realized that this is the first thing I have ever posted here. Hooray for me.)

      Sure, remind me of the fact that I regret getting a PS2 over a gamecube. I want Wind Waker :(. Ocarina of Time is my favorite game _ever_ (on any system).

Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by greywolf (Priest) on Jan 12, 2004 at 00:05 UTC
    Snowboarding is the activity of choice.

    mr greywolf
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by xenchu (Friar) on Jan 13, 2004 at 07:20 UTC

    Other, definitely other. A gentleman has better things to do than be outside. Especially when it is cold.


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Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by runrig (Abbot) on Jan 12, 2004 at 08:14 UTC
    Being in California, I had to go with feigning ignorance of what cold weather is. One of my other favorite activities, though, is dragging my kids out on a "grueling" hike. Today we trekked up to Holy Jim Falls.

    Update: (nope, no mountain lion sightings).

Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Jan 12, 2004 at 14:21 UTC

    My favorite winter activity? Tough call; it's either spending time with my SO or watching the The Colts play. Then again, doing both at the same time is great. (Yes, my girlfriend has become a football fan; I must be the luckiest guy on Earth, after Ringo Starr.

    Ain't enough 'O's in 'stoopid' to describe that guy.
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Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by kutsu (Priest) on Jan 11, 2004 at 19:10 UTC

    Trying to make snowmen though snow would help that process considerably. Snowmen is proably the wrong word either by design or accident they rarely look like anything of this world

    "Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - I think that I think, therefore I think that I am." Ambrose Bierce

Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by KPeter0314 (Deacon) on Jan 15, 2004 at 18:54 UTC

    Hey, just got back from a Boy Scout Klondike Derby campout (as an adult leader) and it wasn't all that bad.


      I did the Klondike Derby once when I was a Boy Scout. We did pretty good considering that I was the most 'advanced' one of us, at Second Class Scout.
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by Moriarty (Abbot) on Jan 12, 2004 at 10:05 UTC
    Although it is summer over here, I went for the warm place. Being summer here I do the exact opposite and head for air-conditioned comfort (pity we don't have it at home).
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by ambrus (Abbot) on Jan 17, 2004 at 22:26 UTC

    My favourite is skiing, but I don't get to it too often.

    You left out snowboarding from the answers. (I'm not a snowboarder myself.)

Other: Snowboarding?!
by reyjrar (Hermit) on Jan 19, 2004 at 23:44 UTC
    Definately put in Other for Snowboarding because its definately not Skiing.

Only (sane) Winter Activity
by htoug (Deacon) on Jan 13, 2004 at 12:47 UTC
    is waiting for the sun and its warmth to return.

    I just sit around moping and nurse my winter depression and long for the south - having no money to go there 8-[

Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by mcogan1966 (Monk) on Jan 16, 2004 at 17:19 UTC
    Alas, I too had to select "other"...

    Shivering out at a shuttle bus stop.

Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by hatter (Pilgrim) on Jan 20, 2004 at 16:32 UTC

    What no 'coding' ? And what about those who fill the winter months with cowboy neal ?
    the hatter
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by xtype (Deacon) on Jan 13, 2004 at 00:10 UTC
    By "Skiing" I assume you mean "Downhill Skiing" and not cross-country skiing or something silly like that. I therefore selected "Skiing" even though I snowboard. I feel the two sports to be close enough related. I, like many snowboarders, started out on two planks instead of one.
    "Skiing" should be changed to "Skiing/Snowboarding" perhaps, Or is that why "Other" is so far ahead?
Re: Favorite Winter Activity -- Other
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 20, 2004 at 07:24 UTC
    Hide under a warm quilt next to my computer, and swear because the perl reference slides off my lap this way.
Re: Favorite Winter Activity next to Curling
by Ea (Chaplain) on Jan 23, 2004 at 10:23 UTC
    I see that everyone has already listed their favourite Winter Activity next to Curling and mine would have to be Hockey. But alas for me, the only curling club in England is in Wales. ;)
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by fraktalisman (Hermit) on Jan 26, 2004 at 17:50 UTC
    Again the winter is not cold enough to go ice skating on the lake. So I don't go ice skating indoors but inline skating indoors. A skatehall is not only for skateboarders as you can clearly see: (site in German) ...
other: snow fscking
by Anonymous Monk on Jan 15, 2004 at 11:32 UTC
    other: snow fscking {grin}
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by melora (Scribe) on Jan 25, 2004 at 19:11 UTC
    Going someplace warm; that is, my husband's gravity well. That's not a euphemism, he's just heavier than me. Keep warm, folks.
Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by tbone1 (Monsignor) on Jan 28, 2004 at 13:09 UTC
    How about my LEAST favorite winter activity: watching the refs cheat the New England Patriots into th Super Bowl.

    Not that I'm bitter, nope, not this Colts season ticket holder.

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Re: Favorite Winter Activity
by Dru (Hermit) on Jan 30, 2004 at 19:55 UTC
    Woodworking - My favorite spring, summer, fall, and winter activity.

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