Originally Posted by Nodak
The only problem is winter and, if I remember correctly, Charles Kurault once wrote "In North Dakota winter is a joke that keeps people together". All in all it is a great place to live.
When our born-and-raised-in-Hawaii daughter was visiting Notre Dame, she asked the college-student tour guide how cold it got during the winter.
The guide, a sophomore, said "Oh, winters are such fun here. We all bond together like a big family and spend a lot of time in the dorms coming up with great activities. Why, in February we even have a Hawaii-themed beach party! There's so much to do in the student buildings, blah blah blah..."
During this paean to South Bend's winter wonderland, I eventually noticed that she hadn't coughed up a number yet. A few seats down, one of the other parents noted the same. Seeing our Hawaii t-shirts & shorts, he took pity on our ignorance and leaned over to announce sotto voce "20 below!" My spouse and I, raised in the northeast but having forgotten most of what we learned about winter, simultaneously winced & groaned in horror.
My daughter, politely listening to the sophomore's soliloquy, heard his remark and our reactions and looked down to ask "20 below what?" That pretty much stopped the sophomore's speech right there.
Later our daughter told us that she thought he meant 20 degrees below the temperature it was then, and 55 degrees didn't sound so bad to her.
Her well-being is much better in Houston...