Herald Journal Columns
Jan. 21, 2002

New slogans for our strange state

By DENISE ROSENAU

I am trying to understand this crazy Minnesota winter we are having. Last Saturday, we grilled steaks in our driveway. Come Monday morning, I got stuck in my driveway leaving for work because of the snow.

I found out that we have a very nice neighbor. He helped dig me out and gave me a quick push so that I could get to work at a reasonable time. I do appreciate it.

This has been a strange one, and I really believe that we must be changing climate. Not necessarily global warming, which I heard was supposed to change the temperature over many hundreds of years, but something different that is affecting our climate.

Maybe it's because of an El Nino-like front. From what I understand, El Nino is returning. But don't quote me.

While we were celebrating Christmas with my Dad and stepmom, Linda, the weekend before Christmas, it was raining in Eagan. It felt so weird to have rain on "Christmas" (even though it was the weekend before, it still felt like Christmas to me).

I'm hoping to see a long-term weather change, preferably to a tropical 80 degree average temperature. I'm not holding my breath, for obvious reasons. The only way I will see that kind of climate change is to move back to Florida. When I suggested that to my entire family, they looked at me like I was off my rocker. Hmmmmm . . .

In the meantime, while we suffer through yet another strange Minnesota winter, I thought I'd give you something fun to quote.

Possible Minnesota slogans

· I came, I thawed, I transferred

· Survive Minnesota and the rest of the world is easy.

· Where visitors turn blue with envy.

· One day it's warm, the rest of the year it's cold.

· Home of the blonde hair and blue ears.

· Come fall in love with a loon.

· Land of many cultures - mostly throat.

· Where the elite meet sleet.

· Land of two seasons - winter is coming and winter is here.

· Glove it or leave it.

· Have you jump started your kid today?

· There are only three things you can grow in Minnesota - colder, older, and fatter.

· Many are cold, but few are frozen.

· Minnesota - theater of sneezes.

· Jack Frost must like Minnesota - he spends half his life here.

· Land of 10,000 Petersons.

· Land of the ski and home of the crazed.

· In Minnesota ducks don't fly, people do!

Hang in there kids. Just a few more months until spring.


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