Friday, January 19, 2007

I live in such an odd place.

I am still, after several years, getting used to living in an area where all of the lakes and ponds freeze pretty solid for most of the winter. Now this* is taking place on the lake four blocks from my house. How odd.

It's pretty cool, though.

*"The U.S. Pond Hockey Championships: Hockey. The way nature intended. Outdoors in the crisp winter air, skate blades gliding on the fresh ice below, with the sounds of clacking sticks and the smell of grilling bratwurst filling the air. The 2007 U.S. Pond Hockey Championships will be held January 19-21, 2007 on Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis, MN."

(Please note the obligatory bratwurst. Warm out? Beer and brats. Cold out? Beer and brats. Welcome to Minnesota.)

Edited to add:

Of course, I am totally there this weekend. All this people-watching for only a five-minute stroll? I wouldn't miss it.


mar said...

ok, that is kind of awesome...

Anonymous said...

T says:

Oh, that is fabulous! You must do a follow up after the event. I agree, if I were in your place I wouldn't miss it :)

Grendel said...

Great. Another anthropological study of MN insanity. Although, I don't think you fully appreciate the miracle of beer and bratwurst as a way of dealing with inclement temperature. The beer, of course, is the important part. While it neither makes you warmer or cooler, it does make you mind being hot or cold much less. :)

Tori said...

::snicker:: ah, but the Russians would disagree. While the Russian mind feels that beer is a non-alcoholic beverage, vodka is considered an excellent way to warm up on a cold night. Or a cold day...or a day that's mildly chilly...well, you get the idea. I'm not kidding about the beer thing, to this day they have two drinking ages-18 for beer and wine and 21 for the hard stuff. Which to *some* Russians apparently includes shoe polish and that stuff they use to disinfect combs at hairdressers.

Whit said...

So how exactly did they become a world power again? Was there some sort of screw up when they were handing out the first world country ID cards?