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Without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain’t as sweet.

Without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain’t as sweet.

Mar 6, 2012

Brrr…it was minus 3 degrees C today in NYC. For reference, in Phoenix its 22 degrees C, in LA its 13 degrees C.

NYC winters are cold.  If that wasn’t obvious enough, this reality is driven home by the stream of Facebook pictures from friends in LA that showcase a beautiful sky with people frollicking on a beach in the dead of January.

Quite often, I hear people say “OMG, You should move to LA, its summer all year around!!!! “.

Taking a line from Vanilla Sky, I summon my inner Jason Lee and respond:  “Naw, I’m ok with winter, because without the bitter, baby, the sweet ain’t as sweet.”

When I lived in Seattle, it was cloudy 8 months of the year. But for those few days when the sun would peek out, it was euphoria. In New York, in late March when the temperature rises, the sun stays out later, and the winter jacket finally stays home, there is electricity in city folk. Be it NYC, Seattle or Toronto, spring is one of life’s simple joys.

But, if everyday were nice, then I bet we would all take the sun and blue sky for granted. Like everything else, spring would be normalized away. You need winter’s cold to appreciate spring’s warmth.

Its going to be 18 degrees C on Thursday, I can’t wait, I haven’t been this excited since right about this time last year. It’s coming.

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