Tuesday, November 01, 2005


Top Ten Tuesday - Why winter's bad

Well today is officially the first day of November, also known as All Saints Day (not a day dedicated to the pop band but rather a Catholic holiday). There's another reason though why the 1st of November is significant. Here in Ireland it is now officially the first day of winter, the most depressing season of them all. With that being said, permit me to give you the ten things I hate the most about winter. Without further ado:

1. Weather - The weather is what we associate winter with the most. It's bloody freezing! Here in Ireland it's very bad. We're used to cold weather all year round but in winter things are really cranked up a notch. Better wrap up!

2. Flu season - Winter sees everybody with colds, even the people who don't tend to get colds earlier in the year. This is the season where doctors come home to their families with a turkey under one arm and a bottle of wine under the other. Enjoy using public transportation too as you pray you don't end up sitting in front of some guy coughing and splurting behind you. You will.

3. Shorter nights - Bye-bye sunshine. What fun it is to wake up in darkness and to come home from work in darkness! Solar power will never catch on in this country...

4. Runny noses - You might get lucky and avoid the flu but you won't avoid having your nose dripping like a faucet. Make sure you bring a few hankies with you otherwise your sleeves are going to have some very nasty marks indeed...

5. Depressed people - When it's warm out people are fairly cheerful, when it's cold...well, people aren't. This is the season of the 'winter blues' and for some people it's serious as they have SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). Those people would do well to avoid the weather reports at this time of year.

6. Snow - There's not always snow in Ireland but there was some last year. Last year we had the 'White Christmas' which wasn't bad but when it comes on any other day it's just a pain in the arse. Snow is fun when you're a kid but when you're older you find yourself bemoaning that lazy milkman who decides not to bother delivering because of it...

7. Don't go out as much - What with the cold weather and all you tend to find yourself spending most of the time cooped up at home. Granted the quality on TV is alot better at this time of year but it's better to be out and about instead of watching Harry Hill on TV (as great as he is).

8. Football season - This year it's particularly bad. The Premiership looks done and dusted already and to make matters worse, we'll have to watch the World Cup play-offs bemoaning the fact that we're not there. Still, maybe we'll do alright in the Six Nations. Ah, who am I kidding...

9. Christmas build-up - I love Christmas and it's probably my favourite holiday of the year but it is but one day whereas the build-up will be non-stop from here on in!

10. Dodgy fashion accessories - A big heavy jacket, big gloves and a wooly hat do not make for an attractive combination. Throw in the obligatory runny nose and you're left looking forward to the advent of Spring as soon as possible!

So there you have it. The top ten reasons as to why winter is bad. Feel free to comment on my choices or to offer up some of your own.


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