Steer into the skid
CultureMap Cold Weather Quiz: How prepared are you?
After spending four years in Missouri, which was blanketed in 18 inches of snow in some areas this week while we whine about 30-degree days, it's been almost comical to watch the city-wide freak-out that comes with a little dip in temperature. I know people who were afraid to come to work because of the weather and, as my mother says, that's a whole type of person.
Which got me to thinking — when it comes to cold-weather preparedness, what kind of person are you? Take the first-ever CultureMap Cold Weather Quiz and find out.
When it comes to my landscaping, if I know the temperature is going to get below freezing I:
A) Cover my plants, of course.
B) Eff em, if it's too cold for them to survive, it's too cold to be outside finagling them.
C) Cover the flowers, throw out some mulch and let the rest fend for themselves.
I think the rolling blackouts are:
A) Caused by a demand overload for heat — we've usually no use for it in the winter.
B) A signifier of the end of the world, much like this blizzard.
C) Better than brownouts or whiteouts.
When driving on a road that may be icy, I:
A) Put my cell phone away and drive slower and more defensively.
B) Look for orange safety cones so I know where all the icy spots are, because everyone knows we erect roadblocks around every icy patch.
C) Pay attention and if I hit a patch, steer into the skid.
Cold weather makes my personal appearance:
A) Not a priority — visibly. I can dress however I want and use the weather as an excuse.
B) Expensive, because I have to go out and buy winter clothes at peak prices — cute winter clothes.
C) A little bulkier, due to the layers. The more you have on, the less cold you are, generally speaking.
If I wake up to find ice on my car's windshield I:
A) Turn my defroster on full blast and go inside for a cup of coffee while the ice melts.
B) Call in frozen to work, or pour more water on it, hoping it melts.
C) Scrape it off, either with a nifty device called an ice scraper or, failing that, a credit card.
If you answered mostly A's, you're:
Almost acclimated. This freezing-cold thing may be new to you, but you're greeting it with common sense and a sense of humor. Bravo!
If you answered mostly B's, you're:
A cold-weather wuss. Get it together! You haven't the slightest idea what real winter weather is like, so quit complaining and make the best of it.
If you answered mostly C's, you're:
Perfectly prepared (and probably a transplant). You've been through this before and know how to deal when things get a little nippy. Pass on some of that sage wisdom, or balance the insanity by having a laugh at your less-able neighbors.