Why the hell do you live up North? For f**k's sake - the miserable snow, havng to buy all that gear, having to stay inside most of the winter, having to put on six layers when you go out. Who the hell volunteers to live like that AND pay more taxes than the rest of the country? Do you just get used to the cold, or is it a deal where that's all you know? I spent a year in MT and North Dakota and I loved the (brief) summer. But when October/November hit, I couldn't believe people lived like that. When January came, I fully realized why everyone up there drank their faces off. There's nothing else to do in the wintertime. It's 54 degrees here in Florida and I have the space heater on.