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I spent all day Sunday giving in to the reality of oncoming winter and working outside -- cleaning gutters, putting plastic on windows and covering the air conditioner, raking leaves and such. For some reason I really hate doing the plastic; I think because it's an admission that the Evil Season is really coming, and there's nothing I can do about it. Between that and the sudden realization that I got no Halloween chocolate this year, I was a little down. Not as much as you'd think, though: I did get out into the sun, and it's nice to be able to accomplish something you can actually see.

Good luck to everyone doing NaNoWriMo this year! I'm not doing it myself, but I'll have my hands full with a dozen other projects, so I won't be able to comment on all your update posts. Go to it -- bring us the next generation of great novels!


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Nov. 2nd, 2009 08:29 am (UTC)
bleh, at least we won't be as fat as those other Halloween chocolate-eaters :P
I'll be around feeling winter depression as well if you need to commiserate. What a fecking awful season it is.

I'm actually planning on sending out care packages to various people who hate the season as much as I do. If you feel comfortable giving me your address, I'd love to send one your way. Drop me the info at thesauceispoison@hotmail.com you'd like.

Good luck with NaNoWamoBot (too lazy to remember the proper way to shorten it) month!
Nov. 2nd, 2009 11:51 am (UTC)
Re: bleh, at least we won't be as fat as those other Halloween chocolate-eaters :P
I know more people with SAD than I do without! Which just goes to show, the people who don't like winter are *normal*, dammit!

My address? Are you kidding? My address is in the white pages. :-)

Mark Hunter
309 S Orange St
Albion IN 46701

I could only dream that someone would someday have reason to stalk me! And by that time I'll be in my mansion in Hawaii.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 09:18 am (UTC)
Winter sure is a serious business in your neck of the woods.

Do you get S.A.D.?
Nov. 2nd, 2009 11:48 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, our winters in northern Indiana have been mild the last several years, compared to how they were when I was younger. Sadly, there are signs that our weather patterns are turning back toward the cold, snowy winters we had to muddle through in the early to mid 80's. In any case, I take preparing the house seriously because I can't afford high heating bills!

Yep -- SAD I am. I was diagnosed five or six years ago, and I remember a considerable sense of release: "It's not just me! It's a real problem!"
Nov. 2nd, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm not a great fan of Al Gore and the great global warming conspiracy.

And, bummer... any treatment you can take? I have a friend who's from Finland and she says it is a big problem there...
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
I'd take Al Gore more seriously if he had a scientific background, and if unbiased scientists weren't saying he fudged his numbers, and if he didn't stand to profit from the whole thing, and if he didn't have such a giant carbon footprint himself, and if .... hm. come to think of it, I wouldn't take Al Gore seriously.

Yes, there are treatments, including special lighting and medications like Zoloft. The Zoloft works, but I didn't like the side effects. Other things to do include trying to be out in the midday sun, exercise, extra vitamins, a good diet (people with SAD tend to snack on junk and become sedentary), and being around people. And moving to Florida. ;-)
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:20 pm (UTC)
No Halloween chocolate? That is sad! (And I hope SAD lays low this year. You have one of those lights, don't you?)
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
No, I don't have one of the lights, and I need one -- just haven't been able to scrape up the extra cash for it. Maybe with my longevity check; this year's been particularly hard, and the light would be better in the long run than the chocolate.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 12:43 pm (UTC)
Oh poor Mark - I have only virtual chocolate but you are welcome to it...
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:13 am (UTC)
Yum, thanks! A little is better than none. :-)
Nov. 2nd, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC)
We have to put the plastic on our windows tonight. UGH.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:15 am (UTC)
Horrible job -- not only is it no fun, but it always gives me this feeling of giving in to the inevitable.
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Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:16 am (UTC)
Thanks -- but the winters just seem to be longer and longer every year ...

I could be worse, though -- at least I don't live in northern Canada!
Nov. 2nd, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)

I'll try to send you out a care package. Because SAD sucks.

And I'm one of the people doing NaNo! I've currently got five thousand, five hundred words!
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:19 am (UTC)
Just come on over -- bring tea, soup, and some comedy DVD's. :->

Good for you! That's great progress. I automatically write about 6-7,000 words every month, if you count my columns and newspaper writing, but it just isn't the same.
Nov. 2nd, 2009 05:34 pm (UTC)

I suppose I really must be odd, because I love winter, especially when Autumn's colours presage the hoped-for snows on the hills. It's summer, and the heat, that depresses me. Don't get me wrong, I love to be in the warm, but I used to love walking my dog in the first snows of winter, often simply because she loved this ever-renewed sensation every year. Also one of my fondest memories is of delivering papers one morning, with freshly fallen snow, as far as the eye could see, interrupted only by a few bird tracks, and one set of fox tracks.

Nothing else but me, and the first light of dawn glittering of the snow.

Total Bliss!

Still under Willow & Tara's spell,
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:22 am (UTC)
We had a conversation on this subject up at the fire station just last night -- some guys hated winter, a few liked it, and a few didn't mind it. The vote came out pretty much 50/50, with one of our probies insisting I would find a location with no winter to be boring. Poor, foolish, rookie -- he obviously doesn't know me well.

Now: *whispers* I like that fresh, new snow fall too! And I like to watch the snow falling, as long as I don't have to drive in it. If only it wasn't accompanied by cold weather and utility bills.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 10:27 am (UTC)


You know Mark, you'd make an excellent Brit. Bemoaning the weather, whatever the season is almost the national sport!

Don't want to scare you (well actually, I probably do... imagine if you will an evil, cackling laugh 'a la Endora' from Bewitched), but there was a guy I used to work with who comes yto mind whenever this topic comes up.

There was one particular mid-winter morning, near christmas I think, when there were a couple of dozen working down at the railway station, unloading & loading mail. It was as bitterly cold as I can recall, about 3am, and everyone else was wearing those thick tights under their trousers; had on at least three t-shirts & two jumpers; with our uniform jackets AND greatcoats on top of that.


Him? He was wearing a pair of trainers (no socks), baggy blue shorts (to 'conform' to uniform code), and a thin t-shirt!!!

The man had anti-freeze for blood! I'm absolutely convinced of it!

Shivering yet?

Huh, that cackling's getting louder :-)

Still under Willow & Tara's spell,
Nov. 3rd, 2009 11:19 am (UTC)
I've heard that stereotype before! But I wouldn't fit in during the summer, spring or early fall, when I generally don't complain about the weather at all unless it's very cold -- and it never gets very cold here in the summer.

That guy you described has a doppleganger right here in our dispatch! He's standing on the other side of the console right now, wearing a short sleeve shirt. He's worked here several years, and I've never -- EVER -- seen him wear a coat, even in the deepest part of winter. the man's insane.
Nov. 3rd, 2009 11:27 am (UTC)

You're just in denial, Mark. If I had your address, I'd send you a pair of Union Jack shorts...

Still under Willow & Tara's spell,
Nov. 4th, 2009 05:35 am (UTC)
If you'll send me Union Jack shorts, I'll give you might address! It would impress my Anglophile girlfriend. (Okay, it probably wouldn't impress her ...) :-)
Nov. 4th, 2009 09:43 am (UTC)
You never know Mark.

There are some 'strange' people in the world.

Hmmm... must step away from the mirror. Must step away from the mirror. MUST ST£EP AWAY...

Still under Willow & Tara's spell,
Nov. 4th, 2009 11:37 am (UTC)
Come on, how strange could you be? It's not as if you liked to have sex with men or voted Democrat, or anything like that.

On a more serious note, "strange" is what the *other* guy does that you don't!
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