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Jim Collar: Winter complainers still have reasons to love state

5:42 PM, Feb. 11, 2013  |  Comments
A snow plow clears a path along E. Overland Road on Dec.20 during a winter storm in Appleton.
A snow plow clears a path along E. Overland Road on Dec.20 during a winter storm in Appleton.

I recognize it may be sinful to say in the winter wonderland of Wisconsin, though I'll lay it on the line.

I don't do much with snow other than shovel it.

I'm not a skier. I've never been on a snowmobile. l occasionally enjoy a sledding excursion. My main winter-based hobby, though, is complaining when a sizable storm hits the forecast.

Misery indeed loves company.

A colleague of mine, after a recent severe weather forecast, renewed the question heard on dozens of occasions this time of year from the likes of guys like me: "Why do we still live here?"

We all have good reasons, of course.

There are jobs, there's family and one can't discount the ability to catch the Green Bay Packers without having a special satellite TV plan. One reason I hadn't thought about in a while came to mind this weekend while watching news reports of those monstrous sturgeon being hoisted from Lake Winnebago.

There's only one Wisconsin. Up here, we really are one of a kind. It's a pretty neat thing.

For the longest time, I discounted the acute levels of Wisconsin culture flowing through my bloodstream.

For one, I've never noted any truly remarkable difference in my word pronunciation from the plain Jane standard found on national television.

That changed when striking up conversation at a hotel during a Florida vacation. After a few minutes, the guy had the nerve to ask, "So are you from Wisconsin, or is that Minnesota I hear?"

I suppose that's settled.

We often shake our heads at how often our little corner of the world is simplified to dairy farms, cheese and sausage.

We're not all that different than anyone else, I figured.

That changed and again while staying out of state. After a few days, my gracious host could no longer hold back the question: "Do you really put cheese on everything you eat?"

No. I don't generally put cheese on my dessert. Though, come to think of it, I do prefer cheesecake.

We really are one of a kind.

It isn't just a matter of the surface stuff. It goes beyond the Friday fish fry.

One can't discount the history so many of our families were part of creating and how their experiences created us. There's a certain ethic and way about doing things here that was passed on from generations before. Its home and there's no place like it.

It's why I stay, and why no snow piles or bitter temperatures have or could drive me out.

Now bring on April.

Jim Collar: 920-993-1000, ext. 216, or jcollar@postcrescent.com.

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