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I woke up this morning to look out at a blustery day filled with snow blowing up and down Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End.
This is a view from my fourth floor apartment; to the left you can see Harrison Avenue heading toward E. Berkeley Street and to the right is a view of the BSC South End gym and Gaslight restaurant. Hard to believe that spring technically starts in approximately 30-days.
It is so cold in Boston this week. I’m starting to wonder if the mild temperatures earlier this month was a hallucination. Dear Mother Nature, please tell Old Man Winter to buzz off.
No wonder this part of the country has a reputation for being unfriendly. You try to smile and make small talk while your teeth are chattering and you can barely feel your toes. It’s only January 3rd and I’m already over winter.
For the sake of those living in the northeast my message is very simple – bundle up. It is FREEZING. Think I’m exaggerating? Check out the weather in Boston. 30 F is approximately -1 C and tonight’s forecast 11 F is equal to -11 C. OMFG
Back in September I wrote my first How to survive a Boston winter blog post. In that post, I encouraged people who live in colder climates to book a flight to a warm destination because airfares are (usually) cheaper if you make the reservation ahead of time.
Today I’m in Florida. Sergio and I flew down yesterday, Friday, and we will be boarding a cruise that starts out of Fort Lauderdale tomorrow. Having this trip to look forward to has made the month of January fly by, and when we return although I’ll probably hate the cold, I’ll be in a much better frame of mind.
If you are living in a colder climate – I hope you too have a trip to look forward to break up the winter months. I’ll be sure to tell you all about this trip.
Starting this past fall I wrote a few posts called “How to survive a Boston winter”. I thought I’d provide some guidance for all those who may not have had to ‘weather’ a New England winter before. While many of my past posts can be adopted by anyone living in a colder climate (you can read them here, here and here), this months feature truly is advice for those in Boston.
When the mercury drops and temperatures are freezing, visiting a museum is a great way to pass a day, but Boston is very lucky to have the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The original building was modeled after a Venetian palace and home to the eccentric woman who the museum is named for. Starting Thursday, January 19th The Gardner reopens after a brief closure to put the finishing touches on its largest expansion in the museum’s 109 year history. If you visit be sure to go to the original building. In the middle of her house is a tiny, but beautiful garden where you can literally smell roses in bloom, see a beautiful patch of grass and temporarily forget that the weather outside is downright frightful. If you can’t get away and find the winter too much to take then treat yourself by visiting the Gardner; it’ll do a world of good.
It is a bone-chilling 28 degrees in Boston today with a steady breeze that makes you want to cry within minutes of stepping outside. I know the past few months have been unseasonably mild, but I miss the weather already.
Since September I have been adding a monthly post entitled “How to survive a Boston Winter”. I figure these posts can share some wisdom for people both new to Boston and new to colder climates (no matter where you may call home).
This past week I included my November post on the subject after a string of days with weather in the low 60s had concluded. I assumed that was the last of the mild weather (yes, that qualifies as mild in Boston at this time of the year). However, Thanksgiving weekend has continued the trend of what has been a fairly mild and absolutely delightful autumn. Yesterday Boston temps were in the low 60s and when I went out at night the temperature had hardly budged. Today and through the next few days forecasters are predicting equally pleasant weather. I know this will quickly become a distant memory so I feel the need to get out and enjoy the weather as much as possible.
Each month I’ve been providing a bit of advice on how to survive a Boston winter, but really the suggestions are applicable to anyone residing in the northern hemisphere coping with shorter days and cold temperatures.
In September, I suggested one way to survive a Boston winter was to plan ahead by scheduling a trip someplace warm. In October, I offered a more economical option by identifying a ‘cuddle buddy’ you can turn to for body heat. My advice in November is not as economical as last month but need not be as extravagant as September’s suggestion.
This month, I’m suggesting that you embrace the fact that you are living in what resembles a frozen tundra and make the best of it by adopting the “if you can’t beat’em then join’em philosophy.” Book a trip to one of the many Gay Ski Weeks that are held around the world. There are many options through out North America and Europe so choose a local option to avoid costly airfare and extra travel / vacation time. In the northeast, the Stowe Gay Ski Week is a great local alternative. If interested you can read more about the Gay Ski theme week many in New England attend, here.
Sadly, I cannot promise that the three friends above will be attending your specific ski week rendez-vous.
I’d snuggle with him
Last month I included my first “How to survive a Boston winter“ posting. This series (despite my focus on my hometown) is really dedicated to all those guys who live in colder climates where summer is a memory and sweaters and jackets are now necessities rather than fashion choices.
This posting is more economical than my first which you can read here. It’s pretty straight forward, find someone to snuggle with to keep you warm through the colder months. For those currently without a snuggle-buddy, use this time wisely and shop around before you commit. It can be a long winter in Boston.
Okay I didn’t complain when the weather in Boston this weekend more closely resembled early April, but I’m starting to bristle with all these clouds and cold weather. Would someone with any pull please let Mother Nature know her cruel streak after a bitter winter and cold & raw spring has left me with little patience and a bit of a chip on my shoulder. I want temps in the 80s (or higher) and sun.
I don’t think I’ve ever said this before, but I can’t wait for Monday!
I’m making a mad dash to the Carribean to escape this bitter cold. I want to remember what it feels like to have the sun on my face and be warm.
Since I bore easily I will most likely be tweeting photos and witty comments poolside / beachside. See below for some examples of my “Tweet Pics” from my trip to Puerto Rico this past December.
My alter ego, “Vacation BosGuy” is about to emerge, so check back and follow me on Twitter. I’ve included some Tweet pics from my last stay at La Concha Hotel in San Juan from this past December.
My handle is @BosGuy.
Tweet Pic #1 “Random Handsome Guy”
Tweet Pic #2 Hotel Bar (dispenser of all things rum)
Tweet Pic #3 “Random Handsome Guy”
Tweet Pic #4 Hotel pool & patio
Boston is about to get slammed with another snow storm, but that’s not even the worst part, the extended forecast shows it will remain in single digits thru much of next week. For those who don’t know Farenheit, trust me when I say that’s FREEZING even by Boston standards.
To stop scowling I’ve posted this picture. I think its safe to say I’m suffering from GetMeTheHellOutOfHereSyndrome.