Jan 23 2009

Driving on a sunny winter day!

Published by at 3:00 am under Why?!?

winter in chicago

For those of you who are smart enough to live in a place without winter, look at the fun you are missing! I took this photo out of my front windshield yesterday. Looks a little bit like trying to drive on the surface of the sun doesn’t it?

You see, when it’s really cold the sky often becomes very clear making the sun brighter than you might be used to. Add in white snow everywhere, white salt stains and wet icy roads and guess what pal, you’re fucking blind! The icing on the shitty cake is that your windshield is perpetually dusted with salt and dried slush so when the sun hits it it’s like trying to see through a white bed sheet.

GOD I LOVE WINTER! I hope it never ends!

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17 comments so far

17 comments to “Driving on a sunny winter day!”

  1. Peteon 23 Jan 2009 at 7:22 am

    Try living on the west side of the downtown metropolis where you work. That way you get to drive with the sun glaring in your face both to (sunrise) and from (sunset) work. In my midwestern city, the winter can last anywhere from October-May. We’ve consistently had snow in those months. And in between, it’s all grey skies. Some people think this is damaging to the psyche, but it sure toughens up our balls

  2. Yours Trulyon 23 Jan 2009 at 7:46 am

    What’s worse is that every time the snow falls the general population of motorists suffers a severe case of “snow retardation”, as evidenced by the number of accidents I pass by every morning. Here’s a hint: try not driving as fast as you normally do, maybe you won’t crash your shitty car.

  3. Ronon 23 Jan 2009 at 9:33 am

    This is even better when I have to use my wife’s car (like, for instance, when I have to buy a new battery for my car because the -10 degree temps have finally killed it). My wife does not believe in replacing her wiper blades or filling her washer fluid resevoir. She also doesn’t believe in cleaning the inside of her car, including the front windshield. Imagine driving on a sunny winter day in THAT fucking jalopy.

    I love her though – I don’t know why.

  4. You Just Made My List!on 23 Jan 2009 at 10:11 am

    Ron – I was going to suggest a divorce but I guess if you love her you can stay.

  5. Anneon 23 Jan 2009 at 11:35 am

    This is why I can’t live too far away from work. The road rage from the blindness would cause a heart attack.

  6. Tommyon 23 Jan 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Yeah winter is tough out here in southern California too. Yesterday I was out surfing in newport beach and the first rain of the year started to sprinkle down on me WHILE I WAS IN THE OCEAN. You can imagine my alarm when the sun came back through the clouds and a rainbow formed out over the water. Fuck winter!

  7. LLGon 23 Jan 2009 at 1:25 pm

    I know how Tommy feels, I actually had to take out my sweaters because it was only getting to 50s and 60s during the day. I can’t wait for winter to be over down here in… oh… about two weeks.

  8. Jasonon 23 Jan 2009 at 2:18 pm

    Here in the sunshine state we recently had our own winter difficulties. The temperature dropped to 29 F and I nearly froze to death. Then the F-ing sun comes out and I had to shed my windbreaker and my sweatshirt! Damn, I hate winter! I’m really glad those two days are over and we can look forward to highs of 75+ and lows around 50 or so.

  9. You Just Made My List!on 23 Jan 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I hate everyone.

  10. Saraon 23 Jan 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Fuckin’ A Pete! I hate working in the east in the winter when the sun is only comming up at 8:00 AM then the beautiful GLARE of the 5:00 sunset in my face all the way home to the west

  11. guilty noodleson 23 Jan 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Wow, I’m going to have to agree with YJMML there. You assholes do SUCK.

  12. Bobcatson 23 Jan 2009 at 9:56 pm

    I especially love when ice crystals form on the trees, reminding me of a nuclear winter.

    I hope California falls off the United States and into the Pacific Ocean in a fiery earthquake of death.

  13. hodanon 24 Jan 2009 at 11:59 am

    that picture nearly blinded me! I’m thinking of suing you listman.

  14. Paul in St. Paulon 24 Jan 2009 at 9:28 pm

    What the hell? Sunlight is the only thing that gets me through winter, that and television, and I barely see it – the sun, that is – I watch mountains of movies from November to March. I go to work before the sun’s up and get home well after it’s down. So while I don’t have to drive in blinding sun, I also don’t get to appreciate sunlight much, especially from a classroom with one meager window that has the blind drawn to prevent blinding children. I count every extra minute of sunlight after the solstice. Yes, the downside is that it’s blinding and it comes with the particularly cold days, but it’s a reminder that the sun still exists when the temperature suggests otherwise. Also, I think California and Florida should be thinking about wildfires and hurricanes while mocking the frozen.

  15. rxon 25 Jan 2009 at 7:37 am

    hooray for albedo!

  16. Laurenon 25 Jan 2009 at 10:19 am

    That is exactly how I felt yesterday! My girlfriends and I were going to take a mini-road trip to this store that’s about 45 minutes away. By the time we leave the sun is setting, the highway was wet, and we had to travel west the entire way there! On top of that, I’m only 5 foot one, which means that that stupid visor thing does me absolutely no good. And then factor in my teething 14 month old daughter and you have the carride from hell!

  17. Aequitason 03 Feb 2009 at 11:49 am

    I have not had power in over a week thanks to winter and the lovely ice storm hat has just hit the Kentucky area. Looks like I HAVE to wear shoes!