Wednesday, December 03, 2008


How weird is it that Glasgow is currently colder than Toronto?

Scotland is in the midst of a cold snap and to be honest, I don't mind; I like the cold and snow. Indeed, I love winter and snow - but only when countries/ cities can properly deal with the dip in temperature. For example, note the above pictures taken this morning on my way to work. The sidewalks are covered in a thin layer of ice - and have been since yesterday - and have yet to be sanded/ salted. In fact, last night I slipped on some ice while walking home from work and let out a loud audible, "WOAAAAH!" much to my own embarrassment and to the amusement of the dude walking behind me.

Nope, I don't mind all this crisp and cold wintery weather. The only part that I DO mind about it all is when the whole fucking city acts like the end of the world is neigh and we're about to enveloped by deathly sheets of snow. Watching the weather bulletins this morning on TV, you would think that it's absolutely Baltic outside when the reality is, it's only about 0C with an expected DUSTING of snow over night.

THIS is proper snow:


So, listen up, Glaswegians. You think this is cold and snowy? Puh-lease. Try snowy blizzard conditions. Try exposing your nose in -25C temperature and having your nose hair freeze (which happened to me in Toronto a couple years ago). Try walking to work on unplowed sidewalks. In fact, try driving to work on unplowed snowy streets! Try being evacuated from your apartment because the power went out (due to an ice storm) and it's well below freezing and you're surrounded by live electricity wires! I lived through the ice storm of 1998 in Kingston, Ontario, and that looked more like death and the end of the world then anything I've seen before.

So, yeah suck it up, weegies.

Check out more of what the ice storm was like here

6 comments:

Melaina25 said...

I would put money that this "blizzard" the BBC is predicting will come nowhere near Greater Glasgow...

Jennifer said...

Me too. A shame really...

DaviMack said...

You know ... that's just so unsympathetic to all of us who aren't from those crazy places where mankind wasn't meant to actually live. I mean, really: who in their right mind actually tries to live in Toronto? Sheesh!

Jennifer said...

Ok, I just saw your own post and you're excluded having only seen snow twice in your life.

However, seeing as Scotland is on the same latitude as Moscow - and therefore snow isn't totally foreign here - you would think that people would have grasped the idea of snow already!

I don't mean to sound unsympathetic but as you say, perhaps Glasgow is one of those places men weren't supposed to live (evidence being the amount of rain that falls in a year) and yet, roads still flood and trains are still brought to a halt due to said flooding. I would have thought that people/ machines would have adopted by now.....

I guess what I'm saying is, weather is extreme on the west coast and I think cars and people need to adapt.

Actually, I'm not entirely sure what my point is.

Loth said...

I have to say I couldn't wait to read your blog when I saw the doom-mongering on the news. I immediately thought "I bet any Canadians around are howling with laughter at this". My great uncle lives in Winnipeg and counts any snowy day as a bad one when he can't find his car to dig it out.

Jennifer said...

Loth - Thanks! I did have a little chuckle, yesterday, at all my co-workers hysteria over forecasted snow. And when I woke up this morning, looking forward to the snow, what did I see outside? PISSING DOWN RAIN!!!

And that sounds about right with your Great Uncle in the Peg. I don't want to be one of those Canadians that's all, "when I was a kid, I had to walk to school in blizzards and through snow drifts 6 feet high!" But you know, I literally DID have to walk 1km to school in 3 feet of snow!

Anyway, I hope I didn't come across as a total unsympathetic bitch.