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Tom Sherry Summer Wimps?

by Tom Sherry

KREM.com

Posted on October 19, 2009 at 1:11 PM

Last winter a local columnists wondered if folks in the inland northwest were winter weather wimps. And of course the answer is no. People across the eastern washington and northern idaho dealt with the snowiest winter EVER quite admirably, even helping their neighbors when it was needed.
Recently I read the same columnist complaining about people who enjoy our summer weather and its warm temperatures. Lamenting that not everyone likes the sun or the lakes or the heat or the outdoors. And criticizing people who do. So I'm wondering if a couple of days or even a couple of weeks of 90 temps are really that hard to deal with. You don't have to shovel it. You don't slip on it. You don't have to scrape it. And you don't have to take an extra 10 minutes getting dressed for it. Even when we do get a brief heatwave we almost always get nice cool nights for sleeping. People fortunate enough to have air conditioning find they only have to use it 3 or 4 weeks out of the season. A fan usually does the trick.
50 lakes within an hour of spokane. How lucky are we? And most of the lakes have great public access parks or docks. I can't imagine living here and not going to "the lake" at least once a season. It would be like living in Hawaii and not going to the beach or living in Jackson Hole and not skiing the Rockies. When you have it use it.
No we are definately not winter wimps, not after dealing with back to back record snow years. But after reading last weeks paper I'm now sure there are a few summer wimps. And thats why some folks should consider a move to Fairbanks Alaska. Average July high temp 72 degrees.

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