“Oh, the Weather Outside is Frightful . . . “

October 20

People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy. ~ Anton Checkov

This is the first of what may be three such wintry events this week. For your dining and dancing pleasure, therefore, I have included Ole Slushball public service announcements in days of yore . . .

It is the life of the crystal, the architect of the flake, the fire of the frost, the soul of the sunbeam. This crisp winter air is full of it. ~ John Burroughs

And some places you been before are so great that you don’t ever mind going back. Some places you been before you don’t ever want to go back, you know, like Montreal in the Winter. ~ Morgan Freeman

We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives. ~ Gary Zukav

I love the scents of winter! For me, it’s all about the feeling you get when you smell pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread and spruce. ~ Taylor Swift

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn’t show. ~ Andrew Wyeth

I think bare legs in winter are idiotic. Unless your naked pins are toned, tanned and veinless, it’s best to cover up. There is nothing more elegant in winter than dark tights worn with matching knee-length boots and a belted trench coat. ~ Joan Collins

Songs that aren’t even remotely connected to Christmas are now officially canonized Christmas tunes. ‘Frosty the Snowman,’ ‘Jingle Bells’ and ‘Winter Wonderland’ never mention anything religious but are still notches in Christmas’ belt of musical dominance. ~ Matisyahu

I enjoy hiking and skiing, like most Norwegians. In winter, there will be snow for months on end. In the summer, there are the long evenings to enjoy. ~ Magnus Carlsen

I spent two years at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and then some New York types saw me there as Benvolio in ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ They sent me some enticing letters – about why didn’t I come to New York? – and since it was well below zero that winter in Minneapolis, it didn’t take much to get me to leave. ~ Peter MacNicol

In Minneapolis, the overhead sky walks protect pedestrians from the winter cold and snow. ~ Bill Dedman

Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen. ~ Willa Cather

Never take a job where winter winds can blow up your pants. ~ Geraldo Rivera

From my point of view, this is the best time of the year. I don’t love heat. I’m a winter guy. ~ Alexander Lukashenko

The best thing about a British winter is the cold weather, real fires, frosty mornings. I love living somewhere that has proper seasons. ~ Jane Fallon

All sounds are sharper in winter; the air transmits better. ~ John Burroughs

I once bought a winter jacket on one of my travels abroad – definitely an extravagant purchase because I hardly have any use for it, since I live in Mumbai! ~ Asin

I need a long, cold winter. ~ John Rzeznik

I hear from my Inuit and Yupik relatives up north that everything has changed. It’s so hot; there is not enough winter. Animals are confused. Ice is melting. ~ Joy Harjo

The winter’s a little bit daunting in Montana. ~ Phil Jackson

I’m an actress that’s game for anything. I would love to do a movie like ‘Winter’s Bone.’ ~ Eiza Gonzalez

The problem with winter sports is that – follow me closely here – they generally take place in winter. ~ Dave Barry

I got a bronze medal and I can’t complain about that, the only African-American to get a medal in the Winter Olympics. ~ Debi Thomas

[And then there’s Big Ole . . . ]

I had slumps that lasted into the winter. ~ Bob Uecker

I’m telling you, until I shaved my head, I never realized how much heat is lost through the top of the head. I walk out in winter and it feels like I have an ice pack on my head. Unbelievable. ~ Bryan Cranston

Up Next: Japan 1983 (Part 6), or something else . . .

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